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41. I was seven years old when I first heard the name of the 41st President of the United States. I was with my grandparents on the deck of Ray’s Mill Pond in Ray City, Ga. I group of men were talking about some wimpy man who Ronald Reagan picked for something...

FAMILY VIOLENCE ESCAPE PLAN

FAMILY VIOLENCE ESCAPE PLAN. Like DUI arrests, arrests for family violence spike during the holidays. These two types of arrests increase this time of year for some of the same reasons; lots of alcohol consumption, antagonistic families getting together for long...

SOBERING FACTS ABOUT HOLIDAY DUIS

SOBERING FACTS ABOUT HOLIDAY DUIS. One of the worst ways to celebrate the holidays is sitting in a jail cell after being arrested forDUI or worse. However, many Georgians will make poor drinking and driving choices betweennow and early January. Even one drink is too...

THE SNOW BALL

THE SNOW BALL. January is my least favorite month. Christmas is over. Days are short. College football’s regular season is finished. There is little to do in the gardens. Perhaps for other reasons, many people put January in the cellar too.However, for one...

FAREWELL JUSTICE HARRIS HINES

FAREWELL JUSTICE HARRIS HINES. September 2013 – Courtroom – Supreme Court of Georgia.On a hot morning, a little more than five years ago, I was standing before the nine justices ready to make an oral argument in a criminal case that the Court chose to hear...

WHY BRIAN KEMP SHOULD BE OUR NEXT GOVERNOR

WHY BRIAN KEMP SHOULD BE OUR NEXT GOVERNOR. August 16, 1976 – Carrollton, GA.After playing outside in the heat of the summer, I went inside to ask my parents whether I could stay up to watch “Mr. Reagan.” I was three years old. I went into the living...

HOW WILL YOU VOTE ON MARSY’S LAW?

HOW WILL YOU VOTE ON MARSY’S LAW?. There are a lot of questions being asked about Amendment 4 on the ballot, known as Marsy’s Law.A student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas died after being shot in 1983...

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. “Revenge Does More Damage to the Avenger than to the Avenged.”One of the best pieces of literary genius tells the story of betrayal, survival, faith, revenge, andGod. The Count of Monte Cristo, written in 1844 by Alexandre Dumas...

WHEN DEADLY FORCE IS LEGAL

WHEN DEADLY FORCE IS LEGAL. “Direct threats require decisive action.” Former two term Vice-President, Secretary of Defense,and longtime patriot, Richard Cheney.First, I want to be crystal clear that I cannot responsibly provide broad legal advice regarding...

HOW TO HANDLE A DUI STOP

HOW TO HANDLE A DUI STOP. I mention something in every column that touches on issues related to Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Georgia. Do not drink and drive; even if only one beer was consumed. No one wants to hurt someone else or themselves. No one wants to...