Charles E. Richardson

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.

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.

Charles E. Richardson

An open letter to the Class of 2017

Is the thrill gone yet? Most of you have had 24 hours or more for the glow of graduation to wear off. Now the weight of the next phase of life is about to hunker down on your shoulders. If it hasn’t happened yet, it’s coming. It’s big and hairy. It’s down right scary. It’s life. And this is the easy part.

Charles E. Richardson

Pilots, bankers and bags of weed and seed

Last Tuesday I had dinner with some pilots, investment bankers and bags of weed and seed. Let me explain. These weren’t ordinary pilots or ordinary investment bankers or plain old bags of weed and seed you’d find at The Home Depot, Lowe’s or Ace Hardware. No these folks — and bags — are much more special.

Charles E. Richardson

‘She was my mother, not my friend’

This is the day we set aside to honor mothers. Without a doubt, I may look like my father, but I’m my mother’s son. She’s been gone since 2002, but I thank God for her everyday. I loved my father, don’t get me wrong, but if not for my mother, you would not be reading this column. It took all of my mother’s wit to overcome what my nephew and I have come to call, the “Richardson Trait.”

Charles E. Richardson

Why I love to read newspapers

I know, you’re looking at the headline above and thinking this column is going to be about the state of the newspaper industry. Nope. Not going there. That’s a discussion for another time. This column is about discovery and how newspapers reveal things that you didn’t even know you needed to know.

Charles E. Richardson

Annual ‘check up from the neck up’

During this Lenten season it’s customary for many people in Christian denominations to give up something for 40 days. I was never much into that, but I do use the time to do a three step deep dive into self. I think every now and again it’s useful to look inside and see what’s there, just to make sure I’m still on course.

Charles E. Richardson

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest...?

I’ve been watching Georgia Public Broadcasting’s music pledge drives over the last few of weeks and they are about to break my bank. I was already a sustaining member but then Dr. Louis Gates had a special and I upped my pledge. The following night, another special, “Eyes on the Prize” was aired and I almost pledged again, but my wife reminded me I already had the book and the DVD. But it’s the music that really gets to me and the GPB/PBS specials do a fantastic job of creating a time machine full of memories.

Charles E. Richardson

Do we recognize the geniuses?

I first wrote about the “Leader in Me” after visiting A.B. Combs Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina back in 2009. How time flies. Chip Cherry, then head of the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, Audrey Connely, also with the chamber, Doris Christopher from Georgia College and State University and I, traveled there to see this school in action.

Charles E. Richardson

You can’t trade ideology for history and keep it real

In my old age, I’ve become tired of having “tired moments.” Let me explain. I’m tired of people saying something totally clueless about race and then, without a mea culpa in sight, trying to explain it away. When confronted, they either charge the hearer with being, “too sensitive,” or with “misunderstanding” the speaker.

Charles E. Richardson

Crackdown on illegal immigrants? We've been here before, and farmers suffered

With all the furor over illegal immigration a little history lesson might be in order. As you are probably aware, President Donald Trump has taken another bite out of the illegal immigration apple, I think it’s his third. First he signed an executive order to build a border wall that’s estimated to cost $21.6 billion. Mexico has already told him its not paying for it so Trump has threatened our southern neighbor with other measures. Trump has also said he wants to hire 15,000 more Border Patrol officers and Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents.

Charles E. Richardson

Continuing a long tradition concerning letters to the editor

In the tradition of my colleague Phil Dodson before he passed away, we published from time to time, what we’d like to see on our editorial pages. More specifically, our letters to the editor. I realized I have been a bad boy and not carried on Phil’s tradition very well. Phil has been gone since 2011 and I can’t remember following his lead since his passing.

Videos

Macon Film Festival heats up Saturday

Movie fans, film makers share cool entertainment at downtown venues in spite of summer heat wave.
Beau Cabell The Telegraph
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Macon Film Festival heats up Saturday

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