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Competing agendas in adoption legislation hurting children

You would think that in the name of helping children we could have a cease fire in the culture wars. But not in Georgia. Right now, our Legislature is considering changing adoption laws in the state. Several senators have added an amendment that would allow Christian adoption agencies to continue honoring their faith commitments while still helping place the state’s children in loving homes.

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Trump’s chickens finally come home to roost

After 70 years spent largely skating free of consequences for his puerile misbehaviors and diarrheal mouth, he likely found it something of a shock. Seven decades is a long time, after all, and if the so-called president has learned nothing else in those years, he has learned this: Accountability is for other people.

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Transgender challenges

Determining one’s own sex or that of another used to be a simple matter. First, there was the matter of appearance, whether a person looked like a male or looked like a female. If appearance produced some uncertainties, one could determine sex by examining a person’s birth certificate. If appearance and a birth certificate produced uncertainties, the ultimate, absolute proof of sex was a person’s chromosomes; XX marked a female, and XY marked a male. Case closed.

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Purity and politics

Readers of a certain age may recall ads for Ivory Soap, which claimed to be 99 and 44/100ths percent pure. If the soap could have reached 100 percent purity, the company would likely have made the claim.

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Annual recertification

I regret I won’t have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump’s shoelaces or what life was like in Mongolia during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Please be patient. I have both subjects at the top of my To-Do list in the coming weeks.

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Starting the week off with two good Dawgs

This column is about several firsts. Then, to some extent, it’s about some lasts. Regardless, it’s about an exciting time, about as exciting as it can be over a ballgame, a college football game, over 50 years ago. In fact, a football game that some “old-timers” can still tell you about, describing plays in great detail, and knowing, and telling, how it ended.

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The myth of Christianity

You remember the Greek myth of Sisyphus. The Greek gods decided to punish this poor man because he had discovered the secret — reserved to the gods — that enabled him to escape death. They sentenced him to the task of pushing a boulder up a hill for all eternity. He would no sooner get it up to the top when it would come rolling back down again, and he would have to start all over.

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Segregation in Macon goes far beyond the school system

When my family moved to Warner Robins in 1983, it was my junior year in high school. I remember at the time a number of people we met when we arrived in the city gushed to my parents about how good the public schools were in Houston County. Sometimes they would add “be glad you aren’t up in Macon, the schools are awful up there.”

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A bullhorn touting its scorn for the poor

Suddenly, there was just blood everywhere. It erupted from my father’s mouth as we sat watching television. I was still struggling to process this horror when my mother, too shaken to drive, asked me — 17 years old and still on my learner’s permit — to get us to the emergency room.

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Liberty is not for wimps

Most Americans, whether liberal or conservative, Democratic or Republican, do not show much understanding or respect for the principles of personal liberty. We criticize our political leaders, but we must recognize that their behavior simply reflects the values of people who elected them to office. That means we are all to blame for greater governmental control over our lives and a decline in personal liberty. Let me outline some fundamental principles of liberty.

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The ‘Dirty Dem Dogs of Disruption’

Here come the hyperpartisan hounds. A new nonprofit called American Oversight launched this week to combat President Trump’s “culture of impunity.” The outfit declared itself “nonpartisan” and claims its crusaders will fight for a “transparent and ethical government.” But like Waylon Jennings once crooned, “Baby, that dog won’t hunt.”

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An historic opportunity

“No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!”

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The Houston County SPLOST explained line by line

This is in reply to Orris Mercer’s letter published March 6 about the upcoming 2018-2024 special purpose local option sales tax issue to be voted on March 21 in Houston County. Let me say at the start that the current SPLOST tax rate will not be increased for the upcoming SPLOST period. This SPLOST will maintain the current SPLOST tax rate level of 7 percent.

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Some random thoughts on some random subjects

After almost two decades of doing this, you think I would have figured out by now what pushes your hot button. For example, I wrote recently about good customer service going the way of the dodo bird after I was stiffed in a sporting goods store by a couple of clerks who were obviously too busy talking to each other to pause for a moment and wait on a customer. Not an interesting column, I said. Too personal, I thought. You aren’t interested in my shopping experiences. I was wrong. It seems that many of you have had bad or even worse customer service experiences of your own and were only too eager to share them with me. I am now more convinced than ever that good customer service is truly going the way of the dodo bird. ...

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Perryans right about Little Sam all along

One of the drawbacks to growing up in a small southern town, the son of a prominent citizen, and with the same name as your father, is that invariably, you acquire the moniker, “Little.” And so it was that Sam Nunn, son of the “Mr.” Sam Nunn, a prominent and the “go-to” attorney in our area, was known for a long time by the adult folks in Perry as “Little” Sam Nunn.