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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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In the long run we are all dead. – John Maynard Keynes

By   /  August 12, 2013  /  Charlie Harper, Opinion  /   Comments

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Tweet by Charlie Harper John Maynard Keynes has become the whipping post for many who have studied just enough economics to not understand the subject but convince others who have not studied it at all that they are experts. That, fortunately for those of you still reading, is a column topic for another day. Instead [...]

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When In Doubt, Keep Pedaling

By   /  October 16, 2012  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet A few weeks ago I received an email asking for some advice. I had never met the sender but we have quite a few mutual friends. She had recently become very involved in politics at the grass roots level, one of those drawn to action as part of the TEA Party movement.

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Yes On Charter Schools

By   /  September 25, 2012  /  Charlie Harper  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Almost 40 years ago, I enrolled in Hood Avenue Elementary School in Fayetteville, as my two older sisters had done before me as they entered the first grade.  I was in Mrs. Darden’s class, as my middle sister had also been.

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Allen’s campaign proof that grass roots works

By   /  August 17, 2012  /  Tom Knighton  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Rick Allen shouldn’t have done as well as he did.  The medical supply wholesaler didn’t have the money.  He didn’t have the establishments’ backing either.  He should have, at best, eeked by for a second place finish over Ken DeLoach.  The thing is, he didn’t.  He came in first.

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‘Qualified’ for office

By   /  July 24, 2012  /  Outlook  /  Comments Off

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Tweet When is someone qualified for a given office? The answer to that question is often similar to what a Supreme Court Justice said when asked to define porn. “I know it when I see it,” he famously said. That is true of “qualifications” for public office apparently as well.

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What should ethics reform look like?

By   /  June 17, 2012  /  Charlie Harper, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     On July’s primary ballot, Georgians will have the opportunity to register their opinion on whether legislators should be limited to receiving gifts of up to $100 from lobbyists.  Public awareness of the need for ethics reform is growing, and a cap on gratuities is the preferred vehicle of choice at the moment.

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Republicans Entering A Long Term Intra-Party Battle On Ethics

By   /  May 29, 2012  /  Charlie Harper  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     Georgia Republicans gathered in Columbus this weekend to pick delegates to the national GOP Convention and select some party leaders.  They also fired the opening salvos in what is likely to be a long battle between elected Republicans and the grassroots of the party of ethical standards, practices, and enforcement of suspected [...]

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This PEACH In My TEA Doesn’t Taste Right

By   /  April 16, 2012  /  Politics  /  Comments Off

Tweet   There is something to be said for being a genuine original. Authentic. All natural. Georgia’s identity as the Peach State underscores the beauty that is a fresh peach.  Picked ripe and in season, there is no better delicacy.  But created in a lab as a synthetic flavor to market an otherwise unrelated product, [...]

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Combating Postal Service Closings: The Wrong Battle

By   /  February 23, 2012  /  News, Outlook  /   Comments

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Tweet   If you don’t subscribe to your elected official’s newsletters, you should. It’s very educational. In Congressman Bishop’s most recent email, there was an article titled, “Combating Postal Service Closings and Service Reductions”. Here it is in its entirety; “Over the last several months, our congressional office has been aggressively fighting proposals from the [...]

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