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Mrs. Coretta Scott King, First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement, once wrote, “If there is one book that Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love, because it explains his belief in a divine loving presence that binds…

Whether you support Donald Trump or think he is guilty of nefarious deeds regarding Ukraine, he is not going to be removed from office unless Republicans have a death wish. This, despite ponderous pontifications by liberals that at least 10 Republicans senators will turn on him and provide a…

When we choose to annually commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we tend to do a great disservice to his legacy by only highlighting the widely publicized speech, “Normalcy, Never Again” — more commonly known as the “I Have A Dream” speech.

Shortly after he was elected governor of the State of Georgia, Brian Kemp surprised a lot of people, including this writer. He appointed a black person as the district attorney of Cobb County, the first Hispanic to serve as a constitutional officer, and of the eight superior court judges he …

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The next domino in the Atlanta Braves offseason fell this week and not in favor of the hometown Bravos. The long-awaited decision by third baseman Josh Donaldson to decide on where he'll play  this upcoming year was made public and he did not choose the suitor that gave him $23 million to ma…

Philippians 3:7-14; Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the good; if you are struggling with a past choice, who might you talk to for help to press on? Jesus.

Sports anniversaries are fun to reminiscent because during special events and momentous occasions, every fan remembers where they were when that special something happens. It may be just me but in baseball, it feels even more memorable.

While driving to Valdosta with two of my daughters, we were listening to some Christian rap songs. Some of them we had heard before, while others we had not. A song suddenly came on that was completely new to us. The song begins by hearing the artist tell a brief version of the account about…

Resolutions are as synonymous with New Years Day as people making wishes when they toss a coin into a fountain. It's going to happen every year without fail. Every time the calendar rolls from December to January, people make resolutions that deal with anything from weight loss, to spending …

I started kindergarten at McClellan Elementary School, when I was five. It was across the street from our house. My parents dressed me pretty, including a new pair of brown, string up Buster Brown shoes, packed a nice lunch, and took me to school. I cried not to go, but soon got used to bein…

A late-December flurry of articles on a revival of Bernie Sanders' prospects points to a cardinal rule of political journalism: The story must change. Whether the story has actually changed matters not.

Colleges have been around for centuries. College students have also been around for centuries. Yet, college administrators assume that today's students have needs that were unknown to their predecessors. Those needs include diversity and equity personnel, with massive budgets to accommodate.

Gadzooks! Can it really be 2020? That sounds more like what I wish my vision was than an actual year. Wasn’t it only yesterday when we sat holding our breath awaiting Y2K and wondering if all the computers in the world would go crazy and die? The only thing that happened was that a bunch of …

The day after Christmas begins the season of Kwanzaa, a celebration held in the United States and other nations of the African diaspora to honor African culture and heritage. It is observed from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 culminating in gift giving and a feast. Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 19…

It seems that the older we get, the faster time goes by. Just a few months ago we were preparing to celebrate the 2019 New Year. Now, those of us who have been blessed to still be in the land of the living are approaching that time again, praying that we will see New Year 2020.

One fun aspect of being a sports journalist is being able to compare teams and players from year to the next. All-pro teams and all-region teams are fun to compile because you weigh one person's accomplishments to another. Some observers have differing opinions about what makes a player great. 

It is the time of year when we will be celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and there are many who will be unhappy for various reasons.

In “It’s a Wonderful Life,” there’s a scene where Jimmy Stewart’s George Bailey discovers the headstone of his little brother, Harry Bailey, who died at an early age. 

This is Advent ... but as I look at the tinsel and glitter, decorations and sales, I think something important is hidden. Advent is a time of patient preparation, a time to breathe deeply and look through our personal joys and woes.

This writing is taken from a chapter in my book “Hoot’s Wisdom Nuggets You Cut, I Choose.” I have slightly modified it for this article. It is a lesson I learned when I was a young teenager. 

My fraternity brother at the University of Michigan was dying from diabetes, having already endured a series of minor amputations. But Art loved music and continued composing songs and singing them while playing a banjo.

While the congressional Social Democrats dither over two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump and ignore the real issues of the day, the President continues working for the American people as evidenced by the latest stratospheric economic numbers.

Chanukah 2019 begins Sunday, December 22 after sunset and continues for eight continues days through December 29. Chanukah is the Jewish festival celebrating the historical and religious events during the Greek/Asyrian rule in the Land of Israel.

Since I moved to Valdosta in 1995, I have been looking forward to the day when Valdosta, which is 51% black, would elect a mayor that would truly represent all of its people whatever their color, creed, race or religion. 

Paul Volcker administered the tough medicine when the American economy badly needed it. It was 1980, and the inflation rate had passed 14 percent. OPEC, a cartel of foreign oil producers, had launched an oil embargo against the United States a few years before, causing prices to soar. Older …

When I think back over the many Decembers of my life, I am invariably drawn back to some of the earliest memories of my life growing up in the home of my grandparents. 

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