2000 Columns

December 28, 2000: Random Thoughts on Random Subjects

Don’t look now, but the New Year is here. I had a feeling it was coming and, as is my custom, I made ready with a primordial ritual of devouring all the corn-fried shrimp the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill on St. Simons Island could muster.  It is a solemn and sacred ceremony, heavy with […]

December 21, 2000: Good Luck to President-Elect George W. Bush

Honorable George W. Bush President-Elect of the United States Congratulations on your election as the 43rd president of the United States.  I know you are glad to have this ordeal behind you.  The rest of us are, too. Because you barely squeaked by Al Gore, the assumption is that our nation is deeply divided.  It […]

December 14, 2000: Diversity Training Shouldn’t be Directed Just to Whites

While the nation has remained transfixed over the question of “how many lawyers does it take to elect a president,” The Coca-Cola Company continues to sue for peace.  This time it has pledged $1.5 million to establish the Diversity Leadership Academy of Atlanta.  I presume the creation of this academy is just another response to […]

December 7, 2000: CEOs Make the Tough Decisions

Today, let us discuss the role of the chief executive officer, commonly referred to as the CEO. Our class assignment will be to look at the firing of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan and the role played by the University’s CEO, Mike Adams. The first thing to know about CEO’s is they get paid the […]

November 30, 2000: Color My Red and Black Blue

Memo to the World:  Color My Red and Black Blue I am in a big time crabby mood today.  Losing to Georgia Tech does that to me.  Let me say at the outset that when it comes to my alma mater, the University of Georgia, I am an academic hawk.  I strongly support the tremendous […]

November 23, 2000: A Day to Count My Blessings

Why set aside a single day to be thankful? If any people on earth should be constantly focused on our blessings, we are the ones.  Therefore, by the power vested in me, I declare this Thanksgiving Year.  I hope retail merchants don’t take this as an excuse for a year-round Christmas selling season.  Who wants […]

November 16, 2000: That Was History’s Goofiest Election Ever

With one of history’s goofiest elections behind us – I hope – let us sort through the events of the past few weeks and see what sense we can make of it all. EVERYBODY TAKE A DEEP BREATH.  This is not the first close presidential election, folks.  In 1880, James Garfield defeated Winfield Hancock by […]

November 9, 2000: Flash! We Have a Bulletin! Democracy is Alive and Well

I have never been more proud to be an American citizen than I am today.  We proved the pundits – including yours truly – wrong.  We are not apathetic.  We do care.  All over the country, we went out in record numbers to vote for those we want to lead us into the new millennium.  […]

November 2, 2000: If You Don’t Vote, You Can’t Whine

The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government is to live under the government of worse men.”  Plato – 500 BC (or thereabouts) “Any able-bodied person who doesn’t vote should be keel-hauled, dipped in boiling oil and forced to answer the mail generated by my column on Arab terrorists.”  […]

October 26, 2000: Open Letter to Governor Roy Barnes

Governor Roy Barnes State Capitol Atlanta, Georgia Dear Governor: It has been quite awhile since I have written.  You will recall that a few months back, I asked you to resist Atlanta Journal columnist Colin Campbell lobbying you to store Olympic first aid forms at my beloved alma mater, the University of Georgia.  I check […]

October 19, 2000: Lesson from the USS Cole Bombing: Terrorists are Cowards

I usually leave world issues to those self-important prigs in the national news media who grace the Sunday talk shows with their pontifications, but not today.I’m ready to solve the problem of Arab terrorism. Enough is enough. When a bunch of weirdos crash a boat into the side of an United States destroyer and kill […]

October 12, 2000: I Hate to Say “I Told You So,” but — well — I Told You So.

For that small group of you who do not clip, paste and hermetically seal my columns each week, I predicted last April that the Atlanta Braves would fold like a cheap suit when October came.  I had said it would be the Cincinnati Reds or the New York Mets that would do the Bravos in […]

October 5, 2000: We Need a Fair, Accurate and Free Press in America

An Atlanta television cameraman is due in court in Haralson County in December to answer charges he provoked a group of black teenagers into burning a Confederate flag. I hope there is nothing to the charge because journalists are already fast losing the American public’s confidence. We don’t need another body blow. The First Amendment […]

September 28, 2000: To the French: Qui t’a demande? (‘Who asked you?’)

Pardon me if I am a little grincheux (that’s French for ‘cranky’) today, but I am more than offended that France’s Atlanta-based consul general, Jean-Paul Monchau has decided to stick his nez (that’s French for ‘nose’) where it doesn’t belong. As a representative of the French government, his job should be to foster good relationships […]

September 14, 2000: Shazam!

My book, “And They Call Them Games – An Inside Look at the 1996 Olympic Games,” is finally in the bookstores just in time for the Sydney Games of 2000.  There was a time not too long ago when I thought the book would be out just in time for the Games of 2012 in […]

September 7, 2000: Thankfully, Customers Still Call the Shots

Doesn’t it warm you all over to know both Ford and Firestone consider us their Number One priority? About every 30 minutes, one of their CEO’s is assuring us of that fact while they try to find out why Firestone tires and Ford Explorers seem to mix like oil and water. Sorry, but I’m not […]

August 31, 2010: The City of Atlanta Needs an Overhaul

If the city of Atlanta is the engine that drives our state, may I suggest somebody get a mechanic on the double.  We have a wheezing, smoke-belching bucket of bolts in need of major repair. This engine sputters because of a City Hall that plays race cards like gin rummy, a disengaged business community and […]

August 24, 2000: Bar Thugs From College Sports

Score one for UGA!  Kenny Brunner isn’t coming to Athens this Fall and hopefully never.  University of Georgia President Mike Adams didn’t succumb to pressure and admit this guy.  That is the right decision because we don’t need him in Red and Black. Brunner is a hot-shot hoopster who has attended Georgetown, Fresno State and […]

August 17, 2000: Baseball is Too Busy Gouging Fans to Realize It’s Losing Them

Larry Jones is going to get paid $90 million over the next six years. That works out to $15 million per year, $1,250,000 per month, $288,461.54 per week or $41,095.89 per day. And he only works part-time. Why this much money? Has he cured cancer? Eliminated world hunger? Brought peace on earth? No. He hits […]

August 10, 2000: We Are a Long Way From Having Our Education Problems Under Control

It is time to dust off the metal detectors, groom the drug-sniffing dogs and crank up the heavy metal music.  School is back in session! Time for the three R’s:  Reluctant students, recalcitrant parents and red tape. After a year of meat-axe tinkering with our education system by the governor and the legislature, accompanied by […]

August 3, 2000: Only Four Things We Can Count On

There are only four things in this world we can count on with absolute certainty: Death. Taxes. Roy Barnes making astute political moves. Republicans clueless on how to respond. The appointment of Zell Miller to succeed the late Paul Coverdell as senator provides an interesting commentary on the current state of the two political parties.  […]

July 27, 2000: Paul Coverdell Will Be Missed

I don’t know what I can say about Paul Coverdell that hasn’t already been said except that I think he would be embarrassed by all the attention.  Without question, he had the smallest ego of any politician I have ever been around. I got to know him well during my days at the Atlanta Committee […]

July 20, 2000: ‘Supercop’ Will Give Gov. Barnes Even More Power

I owe an apology to the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. In my column on the Supreme Court decision that upheld the right of the Boy Scouts of America to bar homosexuals as scout leaders, I spoke of the pressures being placed on the BSA. I mentioned that Levi Strauss had dropped its support and […]

July 13, 2000: The Atlanta Media Can Dish It Out, But Can They Take It?

Once again, I hear the siren call of corn-fried shrimp and am off to St. Simons Island and the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill.  I have decided if I am ineligible for heaven when I die – a likely possibility – I will accept St. Simons as second choice.  I’m not sure I would know […]

July 6, 2000: Principles Reign Supreme

The Supreme Court of the United States just concluded its most recent term with a number of landmark decisions.  Among the more noteworthy actions, the justices reaffirmed the so-called Miranda Law that requires criminal suspects be made aware of their rights before being questioned.  Partial abortion bans were struck down, as were group prayers at […]

June 29, 2000: Sell Atlanta to the Highest Bidder?

I noticed that Robb Pitts, president of the Atlanta City Council and a mayoral candidate, is proposing to sell naming rights to Hartsfield International Airport, much as the free-loading professional sports teams have done.  Mr. Pitts says he was inspired by the fact that Philips Electronics is paying $20 million a year for 20 years […]

June 22, 2000: A Public Affairs Pop Quiz

A little public affairs pop quiz, readers.  What are the duties of the Georgia secretary of state?  The labor commissioner?  What about the insurance commissioner?  Who is the commissioner of agriculture?  Who heads up the corrections department?  The revenue department? Chances are that most of us don’t have a clue who these people are or […]

June 15, 2000: Southern Baptists Take a Hardline Approach

In case you missed it, the Southern Baptists are holding their annual confab this month in Orlando – home of the godless Walt Disney World – to affirm that women aren’t fit to be ministers.  It seems that through some kind of loophole, a hundred or so women got to be Baptist preachers and while […]

June 8, 2000: A Letter to Our Governor

Honorable Roy Barnes State Capitol Atlanta, Georgia Dear Governor: As you know, I am one of your biggest fans.  I think you have done an outstanding job as governor and I have said so in my columns and in speeches around the state.  But today I am not a happy camper. You are being lobbied […]

June 1, 2000: My Idea for a New Law — Make Parents Responsible for Their Kids

The last thing we need in this state are more laws but I’ve got an idea for one I think might be worth the time and attention of our legislators.  They aren’t going to have much to do next year other than deal with a small matter of whether or not to change the state […]

May 25, 2000: Be Careful What You Pray For, Your Prayers Will Be Answered

In the category of “Be Careful What You Pray For, Your Prayers Will Be Answered,” I have just finished writing a book.  It is entitled, “And They Call Them Games,” published by Mercer Press, and is due out September 1.  It is my first book and, most likely, my last one.  I had always wanted […]

May 18, 2000: When All Else Fails, Shoot the Messenger

A couple of weeks ago, I said on these pages that I thought Georgia businesses were going to be forced into backing a change of the current state flag.  The column predictably got a lot of reaction. Those who agreed with my premise wrote short responses saying so.  Those who didn’t were vehement in their […]

May 11, 2000: I Have Seen the Future

I have seen the future and I don’t like what I see. It is called mega-merger and resulted in the recent fight between a Mickey Mouse organization, called Walt Disney Company and the Looney Tunes bunch at AOL/Time Warner/Ted Turner, or whatever their name is this week. Time Warner had a dispute with Disney over […]

May 4, 2000: The Irresistible Force is About to Meet the Immovable Object

The Georgia state flag issue is upon us and it isn’t going to go away.  The flag fight in South Carolina pretty much guarantees that. On one side of the debate will be a majority of state legislators, representing constituents tired of having somebody else’s will imposed on them. On the other side, a group […]

April 27, 2000: Ma Bell and Bill Gates Share a Valuable Lesson

Have you lost any sleep over the recent developments between the US Government and Microsoft Corporation?  Chances are you slept a little less soundly because of the stock market gyrations of the past couple of weeks than over the catfight between the Justice Department and Bill Gates. I suggest you pay attention to what happens […]

April 20, 2000: Free Speech is our Constitutional Right

After being subjected to untold hours of the Elian Gonzales-athon and watching his cousin faint as regularly as the sunrise, the Cuban exiles wail, government storm troopers break down doors, Janet Reno (of Waco fame) attempt to explain her actions, reporters intone what it all means, Republicans threaten (televised) hearings, and Fidel Castro, wear that […]

April 13, 2000: This Brand of Integrity Never Goes Out of Style

Permit me a point of personal privilege.  Unless you are my age or a student of Georgia politics, you might not know the name Charles Gowen. From 1939 until 1960, Gowen was a major force on the state political scene as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from Glynn County.  Through his influence […]

April 6, 2000: The Curtain Has Been Pulled on the Wizard of Oz

Doug Ivester, the retiring chairman of The Coca-Cola Company, has managed to do in two short years what all of his predecessors combined could not do in the previous 111:  He has turned an institution of mythical proportions into just another company.  A company that merely sells sugared water.  The curtain has been pulled on […]

March 30, 2000: Here Come the Braves!

ln case you have been too caught up in the saga of the federal government’s conspiracy against beloved-terrorist-turned-imam, H. Rap Brown, you probably haven’t noticed that another baseball season is upon us. It is time to once again get our hopes up with the Atlanta Braves, who have turned “near-miss” into an art form over […]