Columnists
  • The major purpose of the Founders was to create a system in which no one political party, nor any one group, could prevail without being challenged. Interpreting the Constitution, its Amendments and other legal documents has had to change with the times, or we would still have slaves, disenfranchised women and many other issues. What has not changed is the need to check and balance the power that comes with money, office, and hubris.
  • This past week, I uncovered the leavening agent that gave my childhood family cohesiveness and substance. No, wait! It was more like the sedative that put us all to sleep---THE CURRIN FAMILY SLIDES.
  • As had been widely expected, the Permanent Court of Arbitration under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) ruled on July 12 in favor of the Philippines' suit to declare Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea (SCS) illegal.
  • Soon after the July, 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed, I joined a multi-group project to accompany black citizens of Athens, Georgia to register to vote for their first time.
  • Do you know what's faster than a speeding bullet? No, it's not the cheetah. It's the kid at the car wash. When he drives your car onto the belt, he looks like someone who would nod off during a traffic light. However, during the forty-one seconds it takes your car to travel through the chamois and suds jungle, he springs into action like a predator that hasn't eaten in three days.
  • Henry Clay has often been quoted by politicians who have lost the presidential election when they put their moral beliefs above determination to win. Clay owned slaves in Kentucky and freed them. His stance as an abolitionist cost him the presidency. He had been warned that this stance would cause his defeat, to which he replied: "I would rather be right than be president."
  • I remember when sales clerks were in numbers too great to count. They swarmed about from the moment you entered their territory to the moment you moved on. At times they were pesky and you wanted to spray them with something, but the upside is they were there when you needed them.
  • Climate change is not a partisan issue. It does seem to divide those who affirm reality from those who hope this change is a passing trend being manipulated by political opponents.
  • Representatives John Lewis (Georgia) and Katherine Clark (Massachusetts) initiated a sit-down on the floor of Congress on June 22 to pressure a vote on gun safety regulations.
  • When I'm sick, the first thing the medical profession does is order me out of my bed and into the office where they dress me in a Hefty Bag and put me on a cold table. They give me a copy of CYSTS DIGEST to read while I'm waiting. The doctor arrives and asks, "What seems to be your problem?" I tell him I'm not happy with my life, all my appliances are going, and I need dental work. My hair doesn't shine anymore and I've had to change door keys on my kids three times.
  • Comparing the 2016 presidential candidates' economic plans
  • After the shooting deaths of 49 people in Orlando, Florida, in mid-June, 2016, many funerals were held. One in particular demonstrated that sheets could symbolize the opposite from the KKK's legacy of the lynch.