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What's a Libertarian, and Why Should I Care?

"Every face on Mt. Rushmore was a third party candidate at some point or another," former New Mexico Governor, Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party Presidential nominee 2016. George Washington was a Federalist, Thomas Jefferson helped birth a third party among the Federalists and Whigs, Teddy Roosevelt became President following the assassination ...

A Good Idea, And a REALLY Bad One

As I have said repeatedly in this space, there are still a handful of things which DeKalb County does well.  One of those is trash...and specifically sanitation and waste management.  DeKalb owns and operates its landfills, as well as a large fleet of garbage trucks, recycling trucks and organic waste ...

That's the $45,000 Question!

"For reference, ownership of a personal seat license (PSL) guarantees the rights to a particular seat in a stadium.  That is, owning a PSL puts you first in line to purchase a ticket for any public event at the stadium in your particular seat - including NFL Season tickets," Amelia ...

Santa...Whazzup With the Packaging?

"According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, injuries from plastic packaging resulted in 6,400 visits to emergency rooms in 2004. I wonder how many children have to go to the hospital after swallowing a part of needless packaging material?"from Mother and home-maker blogger Dagmar Bleasdale on May 1, 2009, on ...

Thanks Virginia for STILL Believing

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy," an editorial response, written by New York Sun Editor, Francis Church, to a letter questioning the ...

God Bless Us, Every One!

"No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted," Aesop (620-564 B.C.), Greek philosopher and author of Aesop's Fables. As we count our blessings and gather with family and friends in the coming weeks to celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanza, Christmas and this holiday season, it is important to remember ...

Our Immigration Nation

"But today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it...It's been this way for decades. And for decades, we haven't done much about it," President Barack Obama, Thursday, November 19, 2014. Other than the native Americans who greeted those first Pilgrims and their predecessors 'discovering' the Americas, most everyone ...

Why I Don't Tweet

"Whoever said that things have to be useful,? Evan Williams, Twitter co-founder and CEO. Here is why I do NOT Tweet.  During my senior year in college, my then roommate, who seemingly could not stand the sound of silence, showed up one afternoon with a parakeet and cage to add ...

Perhaps a Slice of Humble Pie?

"Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge,” Lao Tzu, 6th Century B.C., Chinese philosopher and poet.   As a political columnist and analyst, the question I am most often asked, typically well in advance of an election, is who is going to win.  Within literally ...

Take the Real Deal

"Without Jimmy Carter we might not have gotten Ronald Reagan, without Ronald Reagan there would probably still be a Soviet Union," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.   When you find the perfect politician, please invite me to come and meet them.  We all have our flaws, public and appointed officials ...

An EBOLA CZAR?? Are You Kidding Me?

"It may make sense for us to have one person in part just so that after this initial surge of activity we can have a more regular process to make sure we're crossing all the t's and dotting all the i's.  If I appoint somebody, I'll let you know," President ...

And YOU Are Part of the Solution!

Fourth column in a series Answers to some of the more recent Ebola prevention FAQs  have been inconsistent.  Facts are facts and our public health officials need to also admit what they don't know.  I share these thoughts,  not to cause panic or fear, but to raise awareness and cause ...

AND NOW Is the Time

Third and fourth columns in a series "It's very important to remind the American people that the U.S. has the most capable healthcare system and the most capable doctors in the world, bare none," Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism at a White House Press ...

Come Walk a Mile in a Smile at The Buddy Walk

"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.  Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.  Just walk beside me and be my friend," Albert Camus, (1913-1960) a French-Algerian Nobel Prize winning author, journalist and philosopher. Albert Camus may never have attended a Buddy Walk, but he certainly ...

A Dozen Reasons $15.00/Hour Minimum Wage is a BAD Idea

"The minimum wage has caused more misery and unemployment than anything since the Great Depression," Presidential candidate Governor Ronald Reagan of California in 1980.   There is an illogic causing some to think money from someone else’s pocket is free.  Substantially raising the minimum wage costs politicians virtually nothing to ...

Minimum Wage, Maximum Effort?

“I struggled to get through high school. I didn’t get to go to college. But it made me realize you can do anything if you want to bad enough," Chick Fil A founder, Truett Cathy, from a 2008 interview with The Atlanta Journal & Constitution.   He died a billionaire, ...

Have It YOUR Way!

"Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce, special orders don't upset us, all we ask is that you let us serve it your way!" Burger King Whopper ad campaign jingle circa 1970s. In case you haven't heard the news, Burger King recently served Uncle Sam notice of the relocation of its ...

Still Mad, Bad, Zig-Zag Zell

"Yeah he's bad, mad Zig-Zag Zell, Mountain Man with a Rebel yell! Badder than Speaker Tom, and meaner than a Junkyard Dawg!," lyrical parody of "Bad, Bad LeRoy Brown," poking fun at then Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller in 1989 at the Georgia Press Association's Cracker Crumble. Georgia's longest serving Lieutenant ...

Earlier Ebola Visit to the CDC?

Second in a series “Panic travels faster than fact,” columnist Bill Crane, today. In 1990, crab-eating Macaques monkeys, imported from the Philipines, were determined to be carrying the filo-virus strain of Ebola.  As no history of the disease was previously documented in the Philipines, the CDC determined the infection likely ...

Ebola, Emory, the CDC and You

"We know how to stop Ebola," Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on NBC News, Sunday morning, August 3, 2014. I believe you Dr. Frieden, but until last month I also believed that our CDC knew how to handle and secure anthrax ...

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