The right to trial by jury

A couple of weeks ago I met with a delegation of citizens from the Republic of Georgia. You know, the country that used to be a part of the Soviet Union.The Atlanta law firm Hall, Booth and Smith sponsored the meeting. Their marketing director is a native of the Republic of Georgia who came to Fayette County High School as an exchange student in the 1990’s. She loved it over here, so her parents decided to move here, too. Her father had $200. By the time he retired, he had ei...

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Just a little pinch between your cheek and gum

It’s a wonder I never got hooked on tobacco. Most of the people I adored during my formative years smoked, dipped or chewed, but for reasons I’ll explain later, I never did.I remember my grandpa Charlie Watson smoking as he sat in his overalls on an oak stump the size of a #3 washtub. None of those sissified filtered smokes for him. No sir. He rolled his own.He did a lot of work for the mines in those days and he had a blacksmith shop behind his house. HeR...

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To the Editor:Recently, I called the Thomaston Archives to inquire about a picture of The TabernacleA strong, happy voice answered the phone. I would then learn this voice belonged to a Thomaston Transplant named Claude Burgess. Claude was interested in my inquiry and my request so I began my childhood story of children growing up in Thomaston, and how often times dear memories surface! Happy, Loving memories of growing up in a safe small town!As small childre...

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Getting to know Clarence and Pearly-Mae

In honor of Halloween coming in just a few short weeks, I thought I would tell you a ghost story. However, this is not just any made up story to tell around a campfire… this one is real.It all started the night I moved into my house. I would hear creepy noises in the wee hours of the morning, but I tried to dismiss them as just the refrigerator running. Then the floor would creak like someone was walking down the hall, but I tried to convince myself it was just an old house s...

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Seventy-seven cases to try in court

We’re a little short-handed right now. We’ve lost a few employees and I haven’t filled the positions yet. I’m tinkering with the way we provide benefits for the employees; I think I can provide the same quality insurance at considerable savings. So, while we work that out, I’m handling all of the trials in one courtroom, just like one of our other prosecutors would.It’s been a lot of fun. But, I’m busy.This week we began a week o...

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And the band played on…

In early 60’s I was living in Decatur with my parents and older brothers, and just beginning to become aware of my love for music. Our dad worked at a builder’s hardware store my grandfather had opened in Atlanta. (Our dad eventually took over from my grandfather, and one of my older brothers took over from our dad. I worked there for seven years when I first got out of college.) Builder’s hardware is more specialized than a regular hardware store. We mainly sold locks, hing...

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Newspapers are not dead, and I dare you to say they are

Forgive us if we’re not willing to write an obituary for newspapers — and will even challenge those who would espouse the idea.Pundits and skeptics use clever connotations such as dinosaurs facing extinction.It’s the same tired banter that was used when radio first came into existence and many thought signaled the end of the printed word. It’s the same pablum dished up when television was king and challenged newspapers with live action and immedia...

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A child’s choice

Imagine that you live in an apartment on the 24th floor of a building. It’s on fire. You’re standing at the window, looking at the firemen below. They have a big net. And they’re pleading with you to jump.The temperature is rising by the second. Smoke makes it nearly impossible to see or breathe. Flames force you closer and closer to the window. You have a choice.You do nothing and you die. Or you jump and maybe you live.Sometimes in life we ...

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Penny ponders: Popcorn and movies

What makes us happy? How do we relax, get away from it all? Everyone answers these questions differently. I’d say one common answer is watch a good movie. When we don’t go to our historic Ritz, for our family, this is on our favorite things to do list: Snuggling and getting comfortable in the living room as the credits role on TV, with a large yellow bowl full of extra buttery popcorn (I’m craving it as I write) – extra buttery because I add real butter, so it is pract...

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Dreaming of my old friend Doug

A dream last night about an old Army buddy sparked an idea for this week’s column. We haven’t talked in over 20 years, but I think about him often.Doug McGraw and I transitioned out of the Army in early spring 1973. I moved back home that spring and tried to find work so I could begin the next phase of my life. The phone rang one evening and my mom answered it. She chatted with someone for a while before calling me to the phone. “It’s your friend, Doug.̶...

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Air power’s siren song

In the early morning of September 23, 2014, American air forces—joined by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Jordan—began striking targets in Syria as part of ongoing operations against the terrorist group ISIS. Nearly a week earlier, September 17, 2014, marked the U.S. Air Force’s 67th anniversary as a separate service. It remains the world’s foremost military instrument capable of striking globally in support of American national security interests....

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My thoughts on facebook tests and online voting

TestsIf you’re a facebook fan like I am, you’ve probably run across some of the “tests” that you can take to see how much you know. I was on my lunch break the other day and took four of them. Then I got to thinking about my results.What does it say about me that I got 100 percent right knowing 1950’s and 1960’s TV shows like The Adventures of Superman, The Real McCoys, Have Gun-Will Travel, Leave It To Beaver, Gilliga...

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Our imperfect system is the best on earth

Every year Upson-Lee North Elementary School has a celebration on Constitution Day. The students dress up in costumes and reenact the Constitutional Convention. Last Tuesday they did it again.I wish you could see them. When the delegates are disagreeing about a matter, the students point and wag their fingers at each other. When George Washington calls for a break in the proceedings, students perform a little dance. The chorus sings patriotic songs.When the program is ov...

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Getting in the 90’s

I’m getting in the 90’s. And I don’t mean speeding in a car!With my 98th Birthday coming up in the Spring next year, if I make it, I am consoling myself with knowing that many others have similar “aches and pains.”When I was teaching in Nashville, Tennessee, and a member of the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, we received a newsletter regularly. I have kept the following from one of those newsletters:

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I get by with a little help from my friends

The moment I sat down to write this column, my mind checked out on me. This is inevitable. Each time I try to work on a column this happens, so you think I would be used to it. Instead I often think, or rather hope, that each time it will be different. Since it wasn’t, as per usual, I paced around my office and tried to come up with something interesting to say. I thought and I thought hard. In fact, I thought so hard that I gave myself a headache and therefore I decided to take a break...

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