Author: Charlie

Talk Is Cheap…Until It Isn’t

This week’s Courier Herald column: We’ve long since detached campaign rhetoric from reality.  The activists that control each party instead demand candidates tell them what they want to hear.  Voters tell ourselves it’s just talk.  We know what they really mean. That’s the status quo, and most of us have made an uncomfortable peace with

Energy Security Now A Kitchen Table Issue After Russian Invasion

This week’s Courier Herald column: This week I found myself in Athens Georgia, back on the grounds of my alma mater and our state’s flagship University.   The occasion wasn’t even football related, as many returning alumni trips are.  After writing about UGA’s Center for International Trade and Security’s work on energy policy several months ago

Representative Calvin Smyre, Dean of Georgia House, To Give Farewell Remarks This Morning

There will be a lot of institutional knowledge leaving the capitol this evening when the gavels bang Sine Die. None of them have served longer than Representative Calvin Smyre of Columbus. First elected in 1974, he’s served as a member of the majority and minority parties. He’s humble, but wields quiet power when needed and

It’s the Republican fight over…everything. 

This week’s Courier Herald column: At least we’re fighting.  It’s all we seem to know how to do these days. The fights of each party take on different tones and use different weapons.  Today’s focus is the fighting nature of Georgia “conservatives”.  Air quotes are used because the word seems to have as many meanings