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States seek divorce from marriage business

10:43 am Feb. 28, 2018

The perfect neighbor is so quiet you begin to doubt their existence.

Unfortunately for Georgia our neighbors are Alabama and Tennessee.

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems the folks living across the border enjoy making news. Usually, it’s because they’ve elected someone who thinks marriage is as sacred an institution as reality TV.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned from office last year after a sex scandal so extensive it has its

Doing my (jury) duty

12:57 pm Feb. 21, 2018

As most of you know by now, I am an excellent judge of others.

DeKalb County must have heard the news because they recently summoned me for jury duty.

Usually, the court, like a wife in a country song, quickly tells me I’m not needed and I go home and wonder where it all went wrong.

Not this time.

I arrived early Thursday morning at the courthouse with a stack of law books, water

Good crime news from hard police work

1:50 pm Feb. 14, 2018

Georgia has its share of problems. Traffic, crime and rain currently top my list in the Atlanta area.

The sun will shine again, eventually, I figure, and traffic isn’t so bad if you start driving at 3 a.m.

Crime is trickier. It’s existed as long as people have complained about weather, but at least there’s something hard work can do about it.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation recently recognized some of its agents

Mutant clones of Georgia crawfish besiege planet

9:33 am Feb. 8, 2018

As a hobby, taking over the world isn’t what it used to be.

After several experiments ending in disastrous wars, people, and major countries, pretty much quit trying.

Corporations picked up the torch, including a few very successful ones in Atlanta.

It’s difficult to find a place on Earth that hasn’t been conquered by Coca-Cola.

And though I rarely wear them, Spanx, the “slimming hosiery line” that made Atlantan Sara Blakely the world’s

Imagining the emergency presidency of Sonny Perdue

10:11 am Feb. 1, 2018

Georgia, despite all its awesomeness, has only created one U.S. president.

If you just fell off the back of a turnip truck, he was former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter, who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981.

If a catastrophe worthy of a blockbuster film had struck during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night, the number of presidents from Georgia would have doubled.

Trump named former

Georgia deer celebrate end of hunting season

11:12 am Jan. 25, 2018

In my neighborhood I still hear occasional gunfire, but out in the Georgia woods things have grown quieter.

Deer hunting season is over.

Well, it’s almost over. If you have a bow-and-arrow and a hankering for venison you can stalk Atlanta’s suburbs until the end of the month. Please be careful.

Thankfully for our eardrums and homicide rates, you can’t legally hunt deer with a firearm in Clayton, Cobb and DeKalb counties.

There ought to be a law about new laws

10:57 am Jan. 11, 2018

I don’t watch a lot of sports, but when I do it seems Georgia teams exist solely to make other teams look good.

The same might be said of the Georgia Legislature.

You’d think after 230 years we’d have enough state laws, but no. Like the emergence of mosquitoes from stagnant cultural backwaters, pesky politicians annually swarm Atlanta to create new laws intent on sucking our blood or embarrassing us further.

Wherever you

Georgia No. 1 in convicted felons

10:46 am Jan. 4, 2018

People like to complain, but a lot of good things happened in 2017.

I kept breathing and typing and my 401(k) grew almost as fast as gray hairs.

And, miracle of miracles, the Georgia Bulldogs 1980 National Champions Coca-Cola bottle on my office shelf may finally get a companion. I was 14 when I got it and figured I would collect a six-pack before I could legally mix their contents with Jack

Fewer pills should top New Year’s resolutions list

10:57 am Dec. 28, 2017

New Year’s resolutions are as close as some of us get to admitting we’re not perfect.

For many, the beginning of each year is a time of self-assessment. Many of us will create a list of things we can increase — like exercise — or decrease and eliminate — like smoking and huffing bacon bits.

It can be a constructive exercise. It can also be a way to obtain an expensive gym