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It’s only been six months

In terms of daily outrage, it feels like it has been an eternity since Chief Justice Roberts administered the oath of office to Donald Trump. It has only been six months. A year from now, we will still have a Republican Congress and the mid-term elections will still be four months away.

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Philpot off base on immigration enforcement stance

Tom Philpott’s recent Mother Jones rant on President Trump’s immigration enforcement policy (Trump’s Crackdown on Immigration Is Terrible News for Anyone Who Eats Food – And it’s particularly bad news for farmers) strains credibility in multiple ways. That includes his wildly inaccurate premise that Georgia lost $103.6 million because our Legislature took action to protect jobs, wages, benefits and services for legal residents. Note to Mother Jones editors: This is a very popular concept in mainstream America.

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Playing to a zero-zero tie in the mud

My son, a learned philosopher, says of an impending competition between two football teams he particularly dislikes: “May they play a zero-zero tie in the mud.” He made that observation before football became an indoor sport and added as many overtimes as necessary to break a tie and expose us to more beer commercials. Still, his point is a good one.

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The ‘Heretic’s Club’

Father Arius is the founder of the Heretic’s Club. Heretics are people who publicly question the religious teaching authority of their day. In the year 325, Father Arius was a brilliant Christian theologian in Egypt, teaching that Jesus was the son of God, but not equal to God the Father. This went against the Trinitarian theory that was invented by a group of bishops who happened to be the religious authority of the day. And Arius and his “Arian heresy” was condemned.

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This and that this week in Perry, Ga.

By the time you read this, we will be in dog days. It’s the hot, sultry period between mid-July and September. I can almost hear my Walker grandparents talking about dog days. “Be careful, don’t step on a nail or cut your foot, it will be hard to heal up during dog days.” It’s hot and very unpleasant in Georgia during dog days. And, if you’ve lived in Georgia during dog days and without air conditioning, you’d dread dog days just like grandma and papa did.

Charles E. Richardson

A Bay Area commute with thousands of our newest friends

Actually, I’m not in “The City” as locals call it, I’m on the East Bay side of the Bay Bridge with — no exaggeration — thousands and thousands of my newest best friends. It’s 6:30 a.m. on a Thursday morning, and we’re all waiting to pay our six bucks to cross the span that will lead us into what looks more like Dorothy’s Emerald City from “The Wizard of Oz” than any other city I’ve seen.

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The news cannot now be avoided

For a while we had the luxury of thinking it might be fake news. The media kept getting the story wrong. The related stories kept being retracted, changed, or otherwise walked back. Then a funny thing happened. Donald Trump Jr. decided to release the whole email thread. Turns out he really did meet with a Russian. The email exchange makes clear that the Russian government wanted to help his dad and had information damaging to Hillary Clinton.

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How would you fix humanity?

As much as I hate to admit it, I am not a young man anymore. I’m 50 years old now, and judging by the fact that restaurants are starting to give me the senior discount without even asking if I qualify for it I have to conclude that I don’t look younger than my years. We all know that aging is a part of being human, but it still sort of catches you by surprise when you realize that it actually applies to you, too.

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Minimum wage cruelty

There are political movements to push the federal minimum hourly wage to $15. Raising the minimum wage has popular support among Americans. Their reasons include fighting poverty, preventing worker exploitation and providing a living wage. For the most part, the intentions behind the support for raising the minimum wage are decent. But when we evaluate public policy, the effect of the policy is far more important than intentions. So let’s examine the effects of increases in minimum wages.

Charles E. Richardson

‘California Dreamin’, not

I had forgotten how stark the terrain in California had become since the drought compared to Georgia. While we have come out of our years’ long drought, the Golden State is still technically in drought condition that started in 2014. It hard to think about a drought here because where we are staying is almost surrounded by water. “Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.” I had to explain to my grandson Paul, who is traveling with us, that salt water is not tasty.

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The next big race

Republican and Democrats in Georgia have already begun the 2018 campaign for governor. The Democrats primary is going to be the most interesting and perhaps the most entertaining. As of now it is the battle of the two Staceys — Abrams and Evans. Evans is white and suburban. Abrams is black and urban. Evans has a blue collar background she is pitching as relatable to voters Democrats lost. Abrams has an activist, liberal background she is pitching as relatable to the voters Democrats need.

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Colleges: Islands of intolerance

Is there no limit to the level of disgusting behavior on college campuses that parents, taxpayers, donors and legislators will accept? Colleges have become islands of intolerance, and as with fish, the rot begins at the head. Let’s examine some recent episodes representative of a general trend and ask ourselves why we should tolerate it plus pay for it.

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Mrs. Millstone needs someone to supervise

Well, we’ve reached another “milestone.” The wife has retired and will now become the “millstone” around my neck as she leaves her job supervising numerous people and will now focus solely on me as her direct report. The woman loves to supervise and I’m sure she will continue to be good at it in her new capacity as “millstone” in charge.