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Hurricanes and history can’t be wished away

9:43 am Sep. 21, 2017

If Mother Nature had a home address, deputies would have served up millions of restraining orders in the last few weeks.

In late August, Hurricane Harvey ended a disastrous run across the Atlantic by flooding Texas.

Then Hurricane Irma swept across the Caribbean and nailed Florida and Georgia.

Two major earthquakes rattled Mexico this month.

Hurricane Maria just ripped into Puerto Rico, destroying the island’s power grid.

As a friend said on Facebook, “the earth

It’ll take more than Irma to leave us powerless

10:03 am Sep. 15, 2017

There’s something about pine trees swaying in a sustained 40 mile-per-hour breeze that brings religion out in all of us.

Like many of you, I was beseeching the heavens Monday as Irma strolled into town, the lights first flickered and many of us plunged into darkness.

After immediately polishing off a carton of ice cream and my phone’s battery, the reality of life as a modern caveman set in. Netflix withdrawal

16 postal carriers busted in cocaine sting

2:44 pm Aug. 30, 2017

At least 16 mailmen wanted Atlanta to be the home of more than just one kind of coke.

A press release from the U.S. Department of Justice say postal carriers here accepted bribes to deliver “kilogram-quantities of cocaine” to locations across the metro area.

Only the cocaine wasn’t the real thing.

The arrests came after a sting operation where the mailmen (and mailwomen) “provided special addresses that the drug trafficker could use

History’s losers win with Confederate memorials

6:57 pm Aug. 23, 2017

Growing up, I had plenty of opportunities to chant “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

I’ve slowed down a bit since those fleet-footed days, but more things bounce off

Cheap eclipse glasses not a bright idea

1:46 pm Aug. 16, 2017

Since the dawn of history, mothers have been telling children they like to not stare directly at the sun.

Monday, millions of Americans, many of them in Georgia, will ignore that excellent advice and bet their future ability to see on free sunglasses.

I am clearly not qualified to offer career advice, but, if I did, there might be a burgeoning need for ophthalmologists come Tuesday.

Like many of you, I ordered eclipse

Youth football called ‘child abuse’

6:04 pm Aug. 9, 2017

Football is religion in the South.

I tried playing youth football, but was so good at typing my agent advised I not jeopardize an uncertain financial future with unlikely gridiron glory.

In high school, football players were treated like rock stars even though our team was so bad it was invited to play five homecoming games in one month.

In Valdosta I lived so close to the high school and college stadium I

Parents rejoice as free daycare begins early

9:08 am Aug. 3, 2017

Few things delight the modern parent as much as hustling the kids off to the first day of school.

I was once again reminded of this while getting a sandwich. Two women in the slow-moving line were exchanging high-fives and hip bumps when I asked what the heck was going on.

“School starts Monday!” said one joyous lady.

“Are you excited because your child will be enriched by even more knowledge bestowed upon

Tyler Perry jet deal fatter than Madea

8:27 am Jul. 27, 2017

“Life’s not fair,” is the battle cry of the envious, but it’s also true.

Through no fault of our own, some of us are born ugly, poor or incapable of laughing at mildly amusing stuff in newspapers.

Laws exist, in part, to balance out some of the unfairness, but those things almost never work as promised.

The Georgia Constitution, for example, says the General Assembly can’t “forgive any debt or obligation owing