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Often when I have a speaking opportunity to espouse my knowledge on and about media relations, I ask the audience/group a question: what is the news media----television, radio, newspapers. The answer is one that may surprise you, as it often surprises my audiences. The news is a business! Fo…

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wasn’t at all impressed with Sir Richard Branson’s recent space adventure. He tweeted just after Spaceship 2’s landing: “Here on Earth, in the richest country on the planet, half our people live paycheck to paycheck, people are struggling to feed themselves, strug…

Do you ever wonder what our national leaders think about those of us who live in the smaller towns of our beautiful country?

The space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union officially began in 1955, when the Soviets said they intended to beat the U.S. by launching the first satellite. The Soviets took the lead early in the competition and made history by sending up Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957. Less than a month…

Remember a couple of weeks ago, our commissioners adopted a Buy Local Policy that was well intended to give preference to local businesses when the county had to make a purchase. 

Several times in the gospels, Jesus said, “The greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and the second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Since they hired county manager Jim Hedges three years ago, Monroe County commissioners have aimed to make county government more professional, more organized and yes, more expensive. Now they face a big decision on whether that goal is more important to them than their constituents’ goals o…

Does this annoy you like it does me?  You need to speak to a live representative, but before you do, you have to go through a tedious process.  Press 1 to pay your bill.  Press 2 if you are experiencing problems with your service. Press, 3, 4, 5 and so it goes. Finally, the prompt you’ve bee…

Over the 4+ years that I’ve written this column, it’s apparent that most readers agree with the positions I’ve taken on the various issues. I say that because of emails I’ve received, social media comments that have been made, and meeting people around the county. Name the topic – Fake news,…

A couple of columns ago, I wrote about spoofing, those phone calls where caller ID identifies the caller as somebody local. Well, spoofing now can be against the law. Beginning just last week, July 1 to be exact, the Federal Communications Commission has passed an “anti-spoofing” law. In ess…

The Civil War should’ve been named the “Boys’ War”. During the conflict, there were between 250,000 and 500,000 soldiers under the age of 18 enlisted in both armies. There were 100,000 boys under the age of 15 marching off to war in the Union Army alone. After the fall of Fort Sumter, Presid…

When I wasn’t being impaled by a boat anchor (see last week’s On the Porch) at the beach earlier this month, I was reading a book on my favorite subject: the founding of America.

The average American lets loose around five curse words every waking hour. This arithmetic works out to be from 80-90 “bad words” uttered every day. Including Sundays, after church. Some people never cuss. I usually watch my foul mouth around these types of folks, mainly out of respect and f…

Well, now it is official: our government cannot explain what I call UFOs and our government has now classified them as “unidentified aerial phenomena” with a “guvmint” spokesman stating in a Wall Street Journal story, “we have no clear indication that there is any nonterrestrial explanation”…

I know that there are still God-fearing Christians in America, but I see a growing spiritual apathy and compromise of Godly principles that once made this nation great.  America is changing and not for the better. We are living in a secular society where there is little reverence for Almight…

Recent election cycles, I attended the public debates for candidates seeking election to the Monroe County Board of Education (BOE). BOE elections are supposed to be non-partisan, meaning we shouldn’t know the candidate’s political ideology. During the debates, the moderator asked the candid…

So there I was on the beach having a Coca-Cola and some Pringles when a vicious, Great White shark attacked two small children in the waters of Pine Knoll Shores, N.C. I picked up a boat anchor, struck the shark in the nose and he started to swim away. So I pulled heavily on the anchor and i…

Most people believe we use only 10% of our brains. This is a myth that has been debunked by studies involving functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) that show that most of our brain is in action nearly all the time, even while performing simple tasks or sleeping. The percentage of brai…

When I made the decision to come to Monroe County and start this newspaper, several friends familiar with the area urged me to make sure I went to Falls View Restaurant with the emphasis being the best catfish house in middle Georgia. Of course, the meal I always ordered was all-you-could-ea…

Just last week, California and New York finally lifted all statewide Covid restrictions. “Non-essential” businesses (restaurants, gyms, theaters, etc.) fully opened for the first time since March 2020. Schools never opened; they were closed the entire 2020-2021 school year. Think about this,…

I read with interest Steve Reece’s column in the June 16 Reporter about how robots may mean fewer jobs for real people. The reality of this problem came to me as I was talking to a young man that is a cashier at the Forsyth Walmart. This newspaper reported recently that the Forsyth Walmart w…

I was planning on writing something completely different for today, but since one of my friends/co-workers and her husband were tragically killed in a horrific plane crash this week, I haven’t been able to think of much else.  No doubt there were many  people closer to her than I was, and th…

It’s that time of year. The Davis family is on our weekly beach vacation at Pine Knoll Shores, N.C. As I sit here watching the waves roll up and hearing the distant rumble of thunder, I am filled with gratitude for the support of the readers and advertisers of this newspaper over the past year.

The federal minimum wage first began under the Fair Labor Standards Act on Oct. 24, 1938, with 25-cents an hour being the rate. The amount has increased over the decades with the latest raise nearly 12 years ago on July 24, 2009, to $7.25. The original purpose of the minimum wage was mainly …

Who’s confused about politics? Many people are. I think it’s by design. If we had an honest media, both parties’ messages (or lack of) would be accurately reported. We would know which party favors killing babies and which doesn’t. We would know which party wants to abolish the Constitution …

I have yet to understand what the heck (for lack of a stronger printable word) Critical Race Theory has to do with anything other than creating more of racial divide than unifying a school and community. And then to pay over $27,000 of taxpayer money to “train” future school leaders about “a…

Our family visited both Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair over the Memorial Day holiday. It got me thinking: has anyone done a cultural comparison of the two lakes?

I have had the privilege to travel a lot not only because of previous jobs at Six Flags but also the latest job, FEMA. Even with those two, I still have a couple of states and countries to visit and they are on my bucket list. My passport is updated just in case I get a hankering to get on a…

She was a big muscular, woman who stood six-feet tall, with cross-eyes glaring out from a face scarred by smallpox. Her bright red hair was piled high above her head. She was a woman not known for her beauty but rather for her temper, bravery, and her passion in getting even with anyone dumb…

Recently, I saw on Facebook a post that made me laugh. The person posting it said: “I love putting puzzles together. I don’t mean to brag, but I just put a puzzle together in 1 day and the box said 2-4 years.” 

Have you ever sat down at the dinner table, fork in hand, ready to take your first bite and there’s a knock at the door? You look at your spouse and say, “Who could that be?” You open the door and are greeted with unexpected company smiling from ear to ear. Being the gracious person you are,…

A couple of columns ago, I wrote  how I have been spoofed and the spoofing continues even more. As I wrote, my friend Rand Banks, a computer guru extreme, explained how spoofing works. I’m not going back into the details but as Rand explained, the telephone company I use, AT&T specifical…

Last week I read the publisher’s editorial about changes in schools and what he and others have described as “wokeness”.  In an email I accused him of “ranting” and he graciously invited me to share my thoughts.  Our publisher discussed statements made by the organization GLISI, which was cr…

Life teaches us many lessons; some lessons are for us to keep or share with our children, some are for us to share with others, and some lessons we learn just for ourselves. Today I write to students who are graduating high school and moving on to the next season of their lives. 

Monroe County schools have been ranked the ninth best public school system in the state for our test scores. It’s a big draw for many families moving to town or considering moving here. But there’s one question many of those parents will have to consider: if I put my kids in Monroe County sc…

The Pentagon is expected to release a report as early as next month that could detail “difficult to explain” UFO sightings and according to a lot of anxious people, it’s going to be big. Real big.

Several years ago I gave (unsolicited) advice to graduating seniors. In that article I advised seniors: to thank all those who got them to where they are today (parents, coaches, grandparents, etc.); realize that “to commence” is to begin – real life is about to begin so, enjoy the ride that…