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Really! Who are you? What makes you feel the way you feel about life? Was there a guiding force that made you what you are today? My father was my main focus as I became me. I carry his genes. There was no way out.

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The UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government is to be commended for capturing our community so perfectly with their recent branding project! As a member of the Moultrie Colquitt County Chamber Board, I know the steering committee has been hard at work over the last 18 months.

In a previous letter, I asked the question, “Who is my neighbor?” In that letter I talked about what my friend, Rev. Kristian A. Smith (Breaking All the Rules: An Ancient Framework for Modern Faith, 2020) coined as Greatest Commandment Theology.

In Georgia, redistricting remains under the control of the state legislature, which allows politicians to draw their own districts and choose their own constituents with little public oversight.

I’m not sure if hypersonic missiles or Iran’s drones have a chance of first strike capability. If so, or if some countries will think so, and/or don’t fear a second strike, then we need to take preventative steps. The same applies to nuclear weapons (with or without these) and perhaps likewise even poison gas.

As salesman for O'Neal Steel, Inc. Atlanta, Georgia plant, I regularly serviced Potter and Rayfield Steel Fabricators’ needs for mill-rolled shapes, bars and plate steel. May 1964, I quoted 3/8" thick Hot Rolled A-36 mill plate for 12 tanks, none configured to a known mechanical shape — random dimensions aptly described their shape. The drawings provided offered no clue as to its owner by company name.

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 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 …

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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