Charles E. Richardson

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.

Charles E. Richardson

Has technology helped or hurt personal communication?

There is a disappearing art that has vanished write before our eyes. Before you accuse me of using the wrong form of the word “right,” let me explain. One of the drawbacks to technology, particularly social media, is the shorthand we’ve all become accustomed. We don’t write complete sentences anymore. We write in code — acronyms, emoticon and all.

Charles E. Richardson

An interesting argument about the popular vote, but a moot point

There were two pieces published last month in The Telegraph that took an interesting take on the November election results. One was by Miguel Faria, published on Jan. 3, titled: “How the Electoral College kept four California Counties from dictating to the entire nation.”And the other, published Jan. 30, by Rinda Wilson, titled “Why I jumped on the Trump train.”

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.

Videos

"I can't believe this just happened," Cherry Blossom Queen says

Sadie Frame, a junior at First Presbyterian Day School, was crowned the 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival Queen at the Douglass Theatre on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Video by Liz Fabian
lfabian@macon.com
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"I can't believe this just happened," Cherry Blossom Queen says

John Calipari commends Mark Fox after UGA-UK game 1:30

John Calipari commends Mark Fox after UGA-UK game

Mark Fox discusses game, injury to Yante Maten 1:45

Mark Fox discusses game, injury to Yante Maten

J.J. Frazier on loss to Kentucky 1:48

J.J. Frazier on loss to Kentucky