Charles E. Richardson

Charles E. Richardson

Waking everyday with your head on a swivel, hoping to survive

What is this world coming to? For those of you who think I’m talking about politics, think again. That’s the last thing on my mind. Friday another tragedy hit the Middle Georgia law enforcement community. Deputy Commanderl Patrick Carothers of the U.S. Marshal Service, was shot and killed while serving a warrant on Dontrell Montese Carter at a trailer in Long County near Ludowici.

Charles E. Richardson

Turning in my license, headed to political hibernation

I come before you today to turn in my prognosticator’s license. I earned it fair and square. I’ve had this license for decades. I have successfully predicted the outcome of political races on the local, state and national scenes for most of my adult life, but, without equivocation, I have never been more wrong in my life than I was Tuesday night. It gives no solace that most others in my profession were also wrong. They should give up their licenses, too.

Charles E. Richardson

The year of our mass schizophrenia is finally rolling to an end

Christmas is coming early for me this year — and probably for you, too. The next time we talk, the 2016 election cycle will be history. My only wish and desire is that the election be clear and decisive and the final poll of the people will have been taken and a winner named. After that what more could I ask for? Plenty, but I’ll save most of those wishes for a later column.

Charles E. Richardson

What to do when the canary stops singing? Blame the canary

I wish there were a magic bullet. I wish we could fire that bullet into the heart of public education and make everything OK. Along that bullet’s trajectory, all the children would have awakened in a home with two educated parents with good jobs who would send their little bright-eyed little children off to school after a bedtime story, a good night’s rest and a full stomach after eating healthy breakfast.

Charles E. Richardson

The highs and lows of the week

Usain Bolt, the fastest man on the planet, won his eighth gold medal Thursday night by winning the 200-meter dash for the third time at the Olympics. I was captured by his comment during an interview with NBC. He said, “I’m always happy for the win, but I wanted a faster time.” This from a guy who had just beaten the rest of the world by more than a body length. He would go on to win his ninth gold Friday in the 4x100-meter relay. That’s what makes a champion. And that’s what makes the Olympics so compelling.

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'They loved each other, and they died together,' says mother of slain Americus officer

Sharron S. Johnson, mother of officer Jody Smith, spoke at the vigil honoring her son and police officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr. Both officers were killed in the line of duty after answering a domestic dispute call in Americus, Georgia on Dec. 7, 2016.
Laura Corley The Telegraph
'They loved each other, and they died together,' says mother of slain Americus officer 2:01

'They loved each other, and they died together,' says mother of slain Americus officer

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Winning isn't the only fun for Dexter Copeland at Macon County

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Peter Eaddie is one of several versatile Macon County players

Macon County senior Tyrese Adkinson helps lead an underrated defense. 1:25

Macon County senior Tyrese Adkinson helps lead an underrated defense.