Opinion

Opinion

The Oakland warehouse fire was a parent’s worst fear

The warehouse blaze that claimed 36 lives, and counting, will no doubt be examined from many angles. But the parents’ perspective is the one we must not forget.

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Why is China so upset about Trump’s Taiwan call – and could it lead to war?

The fact that Donald Trump is the first U.S. president to have a call with his Taiwanese counterpart in nearly four decades, seriously upsetting China in the process, might come as a shock when you think that Taiwan is the world’s 22nd largest economy. The answer as to why this call has taken so long – and has caused so much trouble – is fascinating and goes back years. In fact, even though Taiwan has managed to work wonders, including manufacturing 80 percent of the world’s computer notebooks, it somehow has failed to be recognized as an independent state by the rest of the world.

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Trump, Taiwan and China — a phone call and a change in direction?

Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan’s President Tsai-Ing-wen on Dec. 3, triggering a thunderstorm of media clatter and protestations. Some mainstream media analysts were “aghast” at the incident. But the fact is Trump was correct to take the call from the diminutive but steely, determined and democratically elected Taiwanese president. The Taiwanese have lived under the threat of invasion and even nuclear attack from the communist Chinese for decades.

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Losing one’s home to fire is a painful experience

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state. A community leader and a successful business man — he is president and CEO of Wilheit Packaging in Gainesville. Wilheit is also one of Gov. Nathan Deal’s oldest and closest friends and advisers. He served as chairman of Deal’s first gubernatorial campaign in 2010 and now sits as a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

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Remembering those aboard the USS Arizona

The events of the past few minutes coursed through John Anderson’s mind like the hellish nightmare that it was. He had been assigned to set up chairs on the ship’s main deck for the Sunday morning worship service. His brother Jake and many others were still sound asleep below deck on a serene Sunday morning at Pearl Harbor.

Editorials

A good week for Georgia’s military facilities

There was good news for the Hinesville-Savannah region of the state last week as the Pentagon announced the Army’s decision to create a new Armor Brigade Combat Team at Fort Stewart, a conversion of the 3rd Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team. This will be Fort Stewart’s second Armor Brigade Combat team.

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The gospel of Thomas

It’s December of 1975. We’re boating down the Nile River from Cairo to a small village called Nag Hammadi. Right in front of us is a grubby camel driver named Muhammed Ali. (No, not the great prize-fighter) Ali is digging in a cave with his two brothers, searching for nitrate-rich fertilizer, but what they find is worth a lot more: Manuscripts from the first century!

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Lots of life uncertainties

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve spent more time reflecting about life. I’ve drawn certain conclusions and, in particular, how it often doesn’t “work” like you think it’s going to work. Let’s look, together, at just the recent past for me to make my case for the certainty of uncertainty.

Editorials

The water wars continue — for now

It’s hard to get excited about water in Macon-Bibb County. We mean that in a positive way. When the rest of the state was parched because of weeks without rainfall, we hardly batted an eye, even in the midst of a declared Level 1 Drought Response imposed on Nov. 17, by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for 58 counties, including Macon-Bibb. Why were residents so nonchalant even though the declaration put some restrictions on water use?

Editorials

Once again, the South is leading the way

A just released study by Gallup-Healthways, part of its “State of American Well-Being” series, looks at diabetes and obesity. No pun intended, but the two maladies are tied at the hip. The study looked at 190 communities and across all 50 states. No surprises, the study just confirms what we sorta, kinda already knew by looking around at many of our friends and neighbors — or maybe looking at ourselves in the mirror.

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