Charles E. Richardson

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.

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.

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Free festival fun at Third Street Park

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