Four little words

On an otherwise ordinary day, an extraordinary thing happened. Four little words. That’s all it took, and the entire day changed in an instant. Tears started streaming down faces of the two adults in the kitchen. The words sent one to his knees unable to catch his breath. The other, also unable to breathe, immediately […]

The wager

I am not a gambler. I am, from time to time, a risk-taker but that does not extend to gambling. Once in a very great while, I will buy a lottery ticket if the prize is about a gazillion dollars. But I don’t really expect to win. I do buy raffle tickets at the Marine […]

A tribute to Charlotte Ray

My wife of 51 years passed away last Saturday after a long battle against multiple health issues. We met in the musical theater. She was in it. I wanted to be on stage. I have a passable singing voice. Her contralto voice was powerful and perfectly pitched. She could hit the back seats without amplification. […]

The uproar over DeVos

The bad thing about elective politics (not the only bad thing; there’s a long list) is the philosophical and, especially, rhetorical extremes into which it squeezes differently minded folk, who, more and more frequently, find themselves saying things like: “You un-American crackpot!” “You racist neo-fascist!” “You (expletive) hater of (fill in the blank).” Which could […]

Obama’s historically weak economic performance

On Jan. 27, the Commerce Department reported that the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of only 1.9 percent for the fourth quarter and that the overall rate of growth for 2016 was a feeble 1.6 percent. During the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, the average annual real GDP growth was 1.5 percent […]

Will the real Donald Trump stand up?

Recently President Donald Trump spoke to the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., as his predecessors have consistently done since 1953. Called the Presidential Prayer Breakfast until 1970, the event routinely attracts 3,000 or more people to pray for the country and world and hear addresses by religious luminaries. Originally organized by Methodist minister Abraham […]

Minimum wage and discrimination

There is little question in most academic research that increases in the minimum wage lead to increases in unemployment. The debatable issue is the magnitude of the increase. An issue not often included in minimum wage debates is the substitution effects of minimum wage increases. The substitution effect might explain why Business for a Fair […]

The tractor

It was time for spring cleaning around the Rondarosa which seems to always start with a ton of limbs, twigs and branches that have fallen during the winter. For the past several years as the climate varies between too much rain and drought conditions, the trees have suffered terribly. A few huge oaks have uprooted […]

No violence, no arrests at our Atlanta march

An open letter to Bonnie Willis: I am sorry that the women’s marches across the country embarrassed you as a woman. You stated this in your Feb. 8 column titled, “The age of drama, pseudo-reality.” In that same column, you characterized presentations made at the women’s marches as vulgar, hate-filled rants. Bonnie, I think you […]

SPLOST is good investment for us

I have lived and worked in Fayette County for 22 years and I want to tell you why I am supporting the SPLOST. As a small business owner, I try to look at every cost to determine if that cost is worth the investment. To me, paying a little extra for the SPLOST ( an […]

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