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Unless you live under a rock (and probably even if you do), you've noticed the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States, on Nov. 30, at age 94.

You've probably also suffered through multiple personal remembrances of the man and his presidency — some positive, some negative, some mixed. Mine, which you may read below if you're not already worn out on the topic, is of the latter variety.

Since 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union has generally upheld its mission to “defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States."

Of all the protections guaranteed in the Constitution, the right to due process is among the most sacred. It is this right that protects each of us from being held legally accountable should we be arbitrarily accused of a crime.

Friday, 30 November 2018 12:24

COLUMN: The utter delight of unhealthy food

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I know this is probably going to result in a “well, duh!” moment from a lot of you. I guess it's time for me to finally accept my title of Master Of The Obvious, and I will gladly do so. I'm okay with that, so I figured I would cut off the inevitable comments at the proverbial pass. What, you ask, may I be thinking that is so obvious? Well, I have drawn out the suspense as long as I could, and as long as I could get away with padding the first paragraph of this column with nonsense without you noticing. I am convinced that fast-food giants are trying to kill us. See? I told you it would be obvious. 

By making it easier to sue for retaliatory arrests, Supreme Court justices could pump the brakes on “contempt of cop” cases where citizens’ cross words and surly attitudes lead to low-level criminal charges.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:15

COLUMN: Redistributing income isn't investment

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Whether your frame of reference is a country, a government, a business, or your own household, being better off in the long run requires patience and discipline in the short run. To have more income tomorrow, you must deny some immediate gratification today. You must save and invest.

Richmond County citizens,

It has been a pleasure the be the head coach for the Richmond Raiders football team for the last two seasons.  Our young men have worked extremely hard for the better part of 11 months (since February) to prepare for this time of year.  

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 20:22

COLUMN: Doing justice to Trump's 'invasion' claim

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On Oct. 29, U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter, warning that a migrant "caravan" approaching the US-Mexico border was "an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!" On Nov. 18, as the caravan reached Tijuana — and the border — he reiterated the "invasion" claim: "[T]he U.S. is ill-prepared for this invasion, and will not stand for it."

As a popular conservative radio host frequently reminds us, "words mean things."

Monday, 26 November 2018 20:18

COLUMN: Racial politics laid bare

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With the Mississippi runoff for U.S. Senate taking place tomorrow, the South and its racial history played prominently in the news this week. A New York Times article this weekend said that Democrats speaking frankly about race risk alienating rural white voters who are already moving toward Republicans. Other articles highlighted Mississippi Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith sending her daughter to a segregationist academy like the one she attended as a girl. Clearly, we haven’t reached the post-racial America envisioned by conservatives like Chief Justice John Roberts.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 19:04

COLUMN: The stranger at the table

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A stranger appeared just as we were sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. And he sat in the chair that we always leave empty to symbolize those, who due to death or distance, could not be with us this year. The stranger then began to talk — and even sometimes sing.

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