Author: Charlie

Election Provides No Kum Ba Yah Moment

This week’s Courier Herald column: I started this column the morning after the election.  As is custom, that Wednesday morning traditionally is one where I have had little sleep, but also seem to have the clearest thoughts on what has transpired, and where we are going.  The original premise of this column was expressed that

GA Keeps Swing State Focus Until January

This week’s Courier Herald Column: There’s a bit of a cruel irony in writing a column with a deadline on election day that won’t be read until after the results are known.  It forces the author to either ignore the main issue of the day or adopt a predictive tone for events that will already

Are You Better Off Four Years Later?

This week’s Courier Herald column: 40 years ago this week, Ronald Reagan asked in a final debate before his election “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”.  It became the standard litmus test for Presidential elections. That question helped crystalize the myriad of issues facing voters into a binary choice.  Do we

Farewell to Uncle Bob

This week’s Courier Herald column: I got the sad news that Uncle Bob passed away last week, at the age of 90.  Robert Poydasheff wasn’t really my uncle, but that’s what everyone in Columbus Georgia called him.  In addition to the honorary title of Uncle, he accumulated other titles of significance during his life. He

Everything Isn’t Awful

This week’s Courier Herald column: 2020 has presented unique challenges that most of us wouldn’t have dreamed of a year ago.  We’ve added social unrest and a pandemic to an election year, and forced a shutdown of much of the economy in the process.  It’s not surprising that much of the news these days is

Congress Is Holding The Unemployed Hostage For Bailouts

This week’s Courier Herald column: Georgians who find themselves unemployed due to the pandemic are no longer receiving additional unemployment insurance payments due to gridlock in Washington.  That’s the nice, sanitized way that the current situation is currently being reported.  It sounds much nicer and less sinister than reporting that those hardest hit by the