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DeKalb voters approve half a billion in vague promises

5:16 pm Nov. 8, 2017

Our ancestors loved liberty and hated taxes.

In 1773, they stormed the docks and cast crates of tea into Boston Harbor to protest taxation without representation.

I’d have gotten along with those guys. If I had a time machine I’d undoubtedly drop in and introduce the “high five” and “fist bump” a few centuries early.

Tuesday, DeKalb County voters tossed more than half a billion dollars in additional sales tax revenue at politicians

Fear of fun ruining Halloween

9:47 am Oct. 26, 2017

What better time than Halloween to point out the obvious: fear sells.

Almost every advertisement tells us a purchase will alleviate some form of fear.

Worried about getting old? You need funeral insurance, retirement planning advice, hair implants and various prescription pills your doctor will prescribe if you ask him about it.

Concerned others may think you’re not successful? You need new clothes, shoes and maybe a car in the driveway with a

Irony found after sheriff’s unusual school drug search

9:16 am Oct. 19, 2017

Police spend most of their time trying to catch and fine the easily caught.

Hundreds of state police officers write traffic tickets. Roughly zero look for ID thieves.

I’m not a police officer, but I’ve long suspected finding drugs is as easy as enforcing the speed limit.

As a kid, I figured the Scooby-Doo gang’s “Mystery Machine” had to be a tempting law enforcement target. How the hippie kids behind “Scooby Snacks” never

Fake news travels fastest

10:57 am Oct. 12, 2017

News has always traveled fast. Thanks to social media, it’s never moved faster.

But speed, as my insurance adjuster will tell you, causes accidents.

It’s true behind the wheel and, I’m sad to report, a keyboard. With everyone in such a hurry to get the news out right now, it’s sometimes not right.

Last week, major news organizations reported Tom Petty’s death before he died.

This week, local news organizations reported Atlanta Mayor Kasim

‘Decriminalizing’ marijuana all about the green

10:49 am Oct. 5, 2017

If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone complain about their work, I wouldn’t have to work anymore.

I try not to complain. Writing one mildly amusing column a week shouldn’t be that difficult, but this week’s been a struggle.

The Las Vegas shootings were horrific, and Monday I heard southern rock legend Tom Petty had died — twice.

The depressing stories kept coming.

A sheriff from my former south Georgia

Atlanta traffic pits drunk high school student vs. MARTA

8:16 am Sep. 28, 2017

I don’t believe in fate, but sometimes it seems like mysterious, unknown forces are trying to impede all forward progress.

Monday morning, DeKalb police identified one of fate’s minions as an intoxicated 19-year-old high school student who’d knocked a utility pole and power lines across the busy street I was driving on. The student, charged with DUI, was not seriously injured, police said.

The wreck knocked out power to nearby Georgia Piedmont

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