Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


The Great Case for Torture

The Great Case for Torture

Horrible news Tuesday morning on the Taliban attack in Pakistan that claimed the lives of over 130 young students, targeted by the terrorists if, for no other reason, than they were easy targets. Imagine if you will that the CIA ran across one member of that Taliban attack team last week, and found evidence of […]

Christmas Comes Early from Sheriff Roundtree

Christmas Comes Early from Sheriff Roundtree

Honest to goodness folks, I really need to use this column space to discuss the hideous lack of funding for Georgia’s crime labs, the campaign to get all local police officers equipped with lapel cameras and the ongoing political upheaval in Richmond County, but when you get certified mail from Santa Claus, everything else tends […]

Just Who Should be Scared of Whom? (Revisited)

Just Who Should be Scared of Whom? (Revisited)

I write my own headlines. It is a perk of being the senior columnist for the Spirit and, truth be told, I am pretty good at it. With this week’s column there is an unusual caveat that comes with that revelation. While I did develop the headline that you see based on what I had […]

Silent Victims Are a Predator’s Best Friend

Silent Victims Are a Predator’s Best Friend

The witnesses continue to pile up as allegations spanning decades destroy the reputation and image of a man once thought to be America’s perfect dad. If you didn’t appreciate Bill Cosby’s humor, whether it was in his stand-up routines or his groundbreaking work as the creator of “Fat Albert” or even his admittedly “homogenized” performance […]

This Just In: Georgia Still Candy Apple Red

This Just In: Georgia Still Candy Apple Red

“If we can’t win in this environment, we have to question the whole premise of the party.” — Democratic operative James Carville on the 2006 November elections “Conservatives who did not beat their liberal opponents in Georgia should consider relocating from their obviously ‘occupied’ districts.” — Me, on the 2014 November elections. Times are changing, […]

RCSO Steroid Scandal Brewing for Years

RCSO Steroid Scandal Brewing for Years

While it would be easy to cloud up and rain all over Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree for the ineptitude and ignorance that seems to permeate the upper command’s handling of the newly revealed interdepartmental illegal steroid allegations, it sounds like the problem has been around for a long, long time. The alleged dealer at the heart of […]

Grow Up, Conservatives, and Go Vote!

Grow Up, Conservatives, and Go Vote!

It appears a substantial number of local conservatives say they are voting for Democrat challenger Jason Carter because they are angry that the Republican incumbent governor of Georgia “allowed” Dr. Ricardo Azziz to run amok in the process of the consolidation of our local colleges, Augusta State University and the Medical College of Georgia. This is […]

Obviously, We Were Deceived

Obviously, We Were Deceived

Talk about a bombshell! The town has been abuzz since Tracey McManus’ well-written expose centering on serious sexual abuse allegations against Augusta’s local NAACP President Charles Smith ran over the weekend. The two part Augusta Chronicle article took several months to put together, and leaves not only Smith but a number of other local leaders looking […]

Magic Act Is Demanded Before New Administrator Takes the Stage

Magic Act Is Demanded Before New Administrator Takes the Stage

If Tameka Allen was not qualified to be Augusta’s new administrator, you have to wonder how she is expected to pull off the greatest magic act in recent governmental history. Commissioners this week rejected a $1.2 million energy excise tax aimed at local industry, yet still demand that much money to cover long-promised and overdue […]