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Old tolls and new tolls

By   /  November 18, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet This past Sunday morning, I and a few thousand others had the rare opportunity to run a four mile road race down the southern leg of Georgia 400.  The race, done only once twenty years ago when that portion of the highway first opened, was to commemorate the tolls being removed this week.

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Forward!…Back To the Future

By   /  November 11, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

Tweet Democrats in Georgia got a shot in the arm last week when Senator Jason Carter of Atlanta announced he will be running for Governor.  Carter, rising star within Georgia’s Democratic ranks and grandson of Georgia’s only President, will presumably join Michelle Nunn when the primaries are done to headline a ticket that until recently [...]

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Quitting Is Easy

By   /  November 4, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

Tweet A friend and I traded messages this week about her 12 year old son.  It appears he had a dust up with his coach during basketball tryouts, and he has decided to quit the game.  It was clear she wasn’t happy with his decision. I suggested that if it wasn’t too late, she may [...]

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The New Bubble

By   /  October 28, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet There is a long held notion that one of the problems with Washington DC is that those who live there are trapped in a bubble of their own making.  The inhabitants within the beltway suffer from a group-think.  They do not interact enough with the rest of America, but instead limit their ideas to [...]

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This Column Is Brought To You By The Letter P

By   /  October 21, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet by Charlie Harper Politics: It is the Process by which we the People decide how we will exert control over one another. As government expands, we the people grow more and more dependent on the political process. It’s what we discuss in this space weekly. To some it’s just a game. To others it’s [...]

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Rediscovering America

By   /  October 14, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

Tweet This week we celebrate Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America. There’s just so much wrong with that sentence it deserves to be deconstructed before moving on.  Christopher Columbus, as we know, didn’t actually discover the America we live in. There wasn’t an actual discovery at all, as there were some folks already living here. He [...]

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An Overreach In Response To Overreach

By   /  October 7, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet If it seems there is little movement between ideologies on the American political scene, it is likely due to the fact that both of our major parties can’t seem to get out of their own way.  The axiom governing political strategy these days is best described as “For every governing error, there must be [...]

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#TravOnGameDay

By   /  September 30, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet Usually when I write columns that are about real people and or events that aren’t overtly political, readers in the comments on my blog and/or on Facebook can’t seem to wait to make the comparison to whatever political event to which they see a parallel as if to fill in the last missing piece.  [...]

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Washington Republicans Declare War…On Each Other

By   /  September 23, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet This weekend marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga. It was the first major battle of the Civil War fought in Georgia.  It marked a temporary victory for the Confederacy.  It cost the largest number of lives of any battle not named Gettysburg. To commemorate the occasion, there have been a couple [...]

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Dream Depends On Education, Economic Mobility

By   /  September 16, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet by Charlie Harper On August 28th, we marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech. It is, of course, the one where he told that he had “a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the [...]

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