In the age of the Internet and Facebook, people routinely read and pass along information and articles, regardless of the truth. It is no different than some of the ridiculous urban legends and myths that we heard and passed along in our younger days. Passing along information on social media is one thing, but publishing an article or submitting a letter to a published entity such as The Moultrie Observer is different.
Fundamentally, cancel culture is just another term for intolerance and suffocating dissent. The left’s modern political project isn’t about winning the argument. It’s about silencing their political enemies through intimidation, financial ruin and outright censorship.
Seventy-five years ago, I sat in the class of Miss Margaret Bennett, who taught eighth grade English at Moultrie Senior High School. Four days a week, this diminutive lady taught English, but the fifth day of the week she read poetry to us.
Four generations before me, my ancestor, Henry Crawford Tucker, was born on May 5, 1805. With 32 children, half of Colquitt County is probably related by some connection to this famed preacher. I am one of those descendants and serve on the Georgia Public Service Commission.
Georgia’s 14th Congressional District sits in the northeast corner of the state where approximately 75% of voters recently elected first-time Republican candidate Marjorie Greene as their congressional representative. It’s hard to imagine they did not know her beliefs embrace almost every bizarre political idea in circulation.
Moultrie is such a beautiful town, and one of the reasons is our wonderful trees. From the courthouse to the residential areas and throughout the county, we are surrounded by a marvelous array of magnificent trees and woodlands.
In this time, there is so much negativity floating around the atmosphere. It’s almost tangible. People are angry and sick and taking it out in ways that aren’t the least bit helpful.
Watching these Democrat house members foment hate, they continue while Republicans shout, you’re wrong! Clearly these people are aware that their actions are driven by hate.
In securing a nuclear deal with Iran or North Korea, President Biden must hold out for the inspection of suspected sites without a waiting period. If there is a waiting period, they can move the materials for making a nuclear weapon -- such as enriched uranium -- to a second site during the …
The admitted erratic policies of the Democrat platform are unacceptable to a majority of Americans. This must be expressed by this majority before these policies become law.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Moultrie and Colquitt County came through in a big way and for that we are very appreciative. This year, 10 teams participated in the Relay For Life and raised $36,545 to help the American Cancer Society continue the fight against cancer. “Cancer doesn’t stop. So, neither can we!”
Citizens, arise! Rise against falsehood and innuendo! Rise against the attraction of believing what pleases us rather than what informs us. Rise against disbelieving unpleasant facts. Rise against the voices of ignorance and delusion; they will lead us to a land where nonsense is gold and sensibility is sand.
It was recently announced that Anthem BCBS of Georgia will not be including Colquitt Regional Medical Center in its coverage for several plans purchased on the Healthcare Marketplace Exchange, also referred to as Affordable Care Act plans. Several other regional hospitals, such as Phoebe Putney Health System and Archbold Health System hospitals, are also affected by this contract termination.
I would like to express my concern about our election process in Colquitt County. I have several friends that were initially refused the right to vote in their precincts by the monitor telling them that they had already voted. Neither of them had voted and the confusion was all the pre-mailed ballots to their home, which were not requested.
Debate is an important part of our representative government. Refusal to debate in favor of filibuster demonstrates the lack of respect for the American people.
Sometimes we look at a picture and see two different images like the Rubin vase. I thought about how Trump has been viewed by Democrats and portrayed by the media.
I want to thank all of my friends and their friends for your prayers during my recent critical surgery in Florida. I know I was on many of the local churches’ prayer list as well as many individual ones in several states. I had three of my family members with long lists of names that were concerned about this as I have always been a hard worker all my life.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to extend congratulations to Gregory Voyles of Gregory A. Voyles P.C. in Valdosta on his appointment by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve as a Superior Court judge for the Southern Judicial Circuit, covering Brooks, Colquitt, Echols, Lowndes and Thomas counties.
Habakkuk of the Old Testament filed his compliant with the Lord: “Lord everywhere I look I am surrounded with violence and misery (very possible the same social/political disorder we are experiencing today).”
Our society is in the hands of the next generation, but we don’t take advantage of it. So how can we enhance participation in this year’s election? Based on data from the last election, less than half of young, eligible voters turned out to the polls. This year, we at Georgia PIRG want to raise that percentage to over half. To do this, we aim to reach out to everyone we know and give them guidance on the voting process.
September is Suicide Prevention Month and it's important that we are there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's theme for the month is to #KeepGoing, by taking simple actions to safeguard our mental health and save lives.
It has been a difficult five months and while I am no prognosticator, my gut tells me we are coming to the end of this particular nightmare. A new nightmare may present itself in the future, but that is for God alone to know and not for me to guess. In my small mind, life is for the living. I constantly remind my students to “Carpe Diem” (seize the day), for we know not how many days we have.
After hurricanes have hit, tornadoes have blown through or some other disaster has struck, one of the most common things we hear from survivors as they stand in the rubble is something like, “Thank goodness, we still have our health.” They say that because even while absorbing the shock of their disaster they realize that those who have health still have hope and those who have hope have the key resource to everything else.
Under an "emergency" power, the President has ordered that no Social Security taxes will be withheld from workers' pay from September through December with the idea of prompting more spending with these savings and helping the economy.
If we think the President has pushed reckless public health policies too far this year, he now continues them at a dizzying pace as the election nears.
In June 1919, Congress passed the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. A month later Georgia was the first state to reject the amendment.
We're now living out absurdities, one after another, and there is no end in sight. The Coronavirus is itself an absurd event, turning our lives upside down, and how it's been handled in Georgia and at the national level is ridiculous.
As the coronavirus rages on across our state, it has caused yet another crisis — child hunger. Thousands of families with kids right here in Georgia are now dealing with unemployment, rising food prices, eviction and hunger. And yet Congress continues to fail these children by leaving nutrit…
We need to talk about the Confederate monument on the Colquitt County courthouse square. Symbols have meanings and I want to address the complex meaning of Confederate statues across the United States.
I recently received a revised assessment notice for my residential property in Tallokas Trail Subdivision. The increase in assessed value was a shocking 15%. So my first move was to call the county assessor for an explanation. We had a lengthy, cordial conversation, and I will share what I learned with you. I made no notes during our conversation, so the following is stated to the best of my memory along with my occasional thoughts.
Bob Dylan's literature prize prompted applause because of his originality. A forger lacks originality and chooses to imitate talent of others. Although their own talent may exceed the act they pursue.
Reps. Chuck Shumer and Gerald Nadler today said the marches in major cities nationwide are peaceful. Evidence denies their assertions, as shootings and buildings burn.
Someone who has not taught public school nor had children attend a public school criticized what she believes is being taught in public schools. She quoted excerpts from textbooks, and she used them as a basis to assert that teachers are not teaching facts. She was conflating the information in a textbook with what effective teachers do. They are not the same things.
With just over 40 years trying to act like an adult, I want to step aside and look at what our country looks like right now. At 60 years old, so many things look so unfamiliar to me that I wonder where I’ve been for the last four decades.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty and caused budgetary shortfalls in Georgia and throughout the United States. Sales taxes have plummeted, and locally-owned businesses are focused on serving their customers safely.
In the approaching days, American citizens shall be hit with another pandemic, just as if not more cruel and economically deadly than COVID 19.
Public opinion nixes the 1st amendment freedom of speech of the N.Y. Times editor who wrote "Buildings Matter.” Slogan writers of "Black lives matter" objected; editor is forced to resign.
Even with Donald Trump's personal flaws, I will vote for him. I have over 60 million reasons for doing so. That is the approximate number of abortions performed in the U.S since Roe v Wade in 1973.
This Week's Circulars
HAHIRA [mdash] Michael Brandon Lodge, 35 of Moultrie passed away Saturday, June 12, 2021 at his residence. Mr. Lodge was born June 3, 1986 in Albany, Ga. Survivors include his parents, Gary and Carolyn Lodge of Moultrie; brother, Jonathan (Shayla) Lodge of Richmond Hill; and one niece, Rylei…
SYLVESTER, GA - Claudine McCrary Howell, 87, of Doerun, passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at her residence. Cobb Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. Please sign the online guestbook at www.cobbfuneralchapel.com.
THOMAS COUNTY [mdash] Andrew Dewey Barber, Jr., 83, of Thomas Co., died Friday, June 11, 2021 at his home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
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