Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


Tax Increase Was Well-Choreographed Plan

Tax Increase Was Well-Choreographed Plan

Mayor Deke Copenhaver had one important vote blow up on him a few weeks ago, and it wasn’t about to happen again. Monday’s 5-5 split Augusta Commission vote on the 1.75 mill property tax increase, with the Mayor breaking the tie to pass it, was as well planned as any vote in recent memory. Commissioner […]

He Left Behind a Gift

He Left Behind a Gift

The first time I laid eyes on Robin Williams was shortly after 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 1978. I was 13 years old. The only reason I know that is because he blew me away in his bizarre portrayal of an extraterrestrial who had landed in Milwaukee with the sole intention of kidnapping Richie Cunningham. […]

Time to Draft the “Kay Allen Law”

Time to Draft the “Kay Allen Law”

It looks like she knew the vagaries of the law enough to get away with it. Either that, or former Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen just got lucky. Phone conversations with local investigators this week, and an email from the District Attorney, confirmed what I already knew: there will be no state or local […]

American Taxpayers: Our Fastest Growing Minority

American Taxpayers: Our Fastest Growing Minority

My Tuesday evening deadline has once again killed my ability to specifically discuss the results of the big contests, but I guarantee you one thing: in these parts the overachievers concentrated their votes with conservative candidates and the folks who have largely accepted a permanent place in society’s charity line stuck with the liberals. I […]

James Brown for Dummies

James Brown for Dummies

We are just six weeks away from the premiere of the amazing new James Brown biopic that through its preview trailers has taken the entertainment world by storm. I will go on record now as predicting major box office success for the picture, as well as Academy Award nominations for several of its top stars. […]

The CSRA’s Summer “To Do” List

The CSRA’s Summer “To Do” List

Any man who has been married for two minutes knows the importance of the infamous “to do” list. As we see the weeks of summer slipping away and the calendar slowly inching its way to July, may I share what I believe is a pretty serious list of things we need to get done before […]

The Past Remains Our Invaluable Prologue

The Past Remains Our Invaluable Prologue

While I have no idea who is writing “The Insider” these days, I am quite confident they know how to get in touch with me. That is why I am a bit perplexed as to why the column would question my motives (without ever expressing an opinion as to what they may be) without either […]

The Right Was Right, the Left Was Wrong

The Right Was Right, the Left Was Wrong

Six years ago, we were presented with an interesting situation that had our old buddy President George W. Bush ready to bust a nut. In June of 2008, roughly five months before President Obama defeated Senator John McCain to become our Commander-In-Chief, the Supreme Court opened the door for Guantanamo Bay terror detainees to have […]