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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

Christmas gifts Atlanta needs

10:37 am Dec. 21, 2017

“Giving is better than receiving,” said someone who’s never gotten a gift from me.

Not to brag, but my prowess at finding the perfect gift is the stuff of Christmas legend.

Consider 1977 when I gave my mom a football. Sure, she didn’t get much use out of it but I learned to throw a pretty good spiral.

The secret to a good gift is getting people something they don’t know they need.

Long arm of the law shortens sentence

9:53 am Dec. 14, 2017

Sometimes the news strikes close to home.

Sandra Putnam, a former top official at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, pleaded guilty Monday to racketeering and violating the oath of a public officer.

She hired my wife at the GBI.

Putnam faced up to 20 years in prison for fraudulent charges on her state purchasing card. She admitted to spending $60,000 on items including a leather sofa, furniture to go beside her pool, clothes and gifts for

The ghost of SnowJam haunts Atlanta

10:54 am Dec. 7, 2017

Atlantans are good at everything except winter.

As I type these words, weather forecasters are suggesting ice and snow might fall and the frightened masses are denuding store shelves of anything resembling bread, milk, beer or soup.

I just picked up a few cans myself. I’m thinking I can survive at least four days on nothing but broccoli cheese soup sprinkled with “flavor blasted nacho Goldfish.”

In my car I’ve stowed a gallon of

Santa’s sleigh loaded with guns

10:06 am Nov. 30, 2017

It’s a question Santa often ponders on rooftops throughout America: Will an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle fit down this chimney?

The jolly fat man will be asking himself that more than usual this year.

CNN tells us Black Friday was the biggest day on record for FBI background checks, which loosely track nationwide gun sales. On the shopping day after Thanksgiving the FBI reported 203,000 background checks. The previous record of 185,000 was on Black Friday 2016, which

Recipe for Thanksgiving grief includes politics

10:31 am Nov. 22, 2017

If you wake up on Black Friday and there’s still relatives in the house, it’s time to get folks moving.

Scheduling an early morning fire drill works, but even your Auburn cousin who’s devoted most of his brain to recalling every play of a certain recent football game has figured that one out.

Less obvious, but equally effective, is to discuss politics as often and eagerly as possible. Not only does it

New street names pave over history

9:42 am Nov. 16, 2017

It’s not easy running one of the biggest cities in the U.S.

Or is it?

Atlanta City Council has solved the issues that plague most big cities.

Atlanta has all the police officers promised and people feel safe in all areas of town.
Residents are billed properly for the excellent city services they joyfully receive.
The highly-profitable Streetcar project has turned downtown Atlanta into a cultural Mecca.
Government corruption is non-existent.

Yet, one issue remains before Atlantans

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