Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


Berckmans Road Project Naysayers… Just You Wait

Berckmans Road Project Naysayers… Just You Wait

The owners of the world’s most famous golf course, and the single most important sports venue in the southeastern United States, are requesting some municipal assistance in the effort to improve their property, and some of you people are pitching a bitch fit. Allow me to ask the naysayers of the proposed “Berckmans Road shift […]

Say Hello (Again) to Beau!

Say Hello (Again) to Beau!

As I was doing research for this week’s Spirit column, I searched my database for the term “self reliance” and low and behold, look what popped up. Six years ago, almost to the day. Yes, it was a column commemorating the birth of my son, but holy cow do I agree with the premise and […]

Southern Red States More Diverse Than Yankee Blues

Southern Red States More Diverse Than Yankee Blues

As someone constantly defending conservative ideas and concepts in government and education, one criticism I have consistently heard from detractors concerning “red states” (those that historically support conservative political candidates and causes) is that our collective intellect is suspect, and proof of that can be found in our historically poor education systems. They point to […]

The Best? The Worst? The Internet!

The Best? The Worst? The Internet!

In terms of gender, the internet has to be a woman. (Women being perhaps the only other “thing” in the universe that has brought me absolute delight and absolute disgust, in the same day, the same hour, the same moment.) It is the single greatest, and the single worst, invention in my lifetime. Your favorite […]

The Mayor’s Rude Awakening

The Mayor’s Rude Awakening

Dear Mr. Mayor: Rough week, huh? You found out the hard way that no matter what “deals or arrangements” you have with your fellow elected officials, if you don’t have those discussions in the light of day, and hopefully in front of lots of witnesses (and reporters), you might as well not bother having them. […]

Real Conservatives Are Not Scared of Gay Marriage

Real Conservatives Are Not Scared of Gay Marriage

Despite the best efforts of a few dinosaurs, it appears the federal courts will soon be bulldozing the last restrictions on same-sex marriage in America. Alabama’s restrictions will soon be history, and you better believe Georgia’s won’t be far behind. I got over my misguided objections a while back, and officially announced it in this […]

Thurmond’s Fear Trumped His Fight

Thurmond’s Fear Trumped His Fight

Say what you want about the rather “uneven” personal and professional life of late conservative icon Strom Thurmond, Sr., the man was bold as a legislator and, as an attorney, fearless in the courtroom. In Washington, Senator Thurmond’s willingness to push his conservative political agenda against all who stood in opposition put him in constant conflict […]

Neighborhood Angst Can Inspire Political Revolution

Neighborhood Angst Can Inspire Political Revolution

If you are sitting back at a distance, watching the current school rezoning squabbles in Columbia County, thinking that it is “much ado about nothing,” don’t be too quick to dismiss the discord. Similar “small” skirmishes in our metro area have given birth to snowballing citizen movements that have seen laws and policies changed, and […]

War Is Hell… Film at 11

War Is Hell… Film at 11

The only thing worse than critiquing something (a restaurant, a film, a book) with which you are largely unfamiliar is heaping tons of praise on similarly uncharted material. I have not seen “American Sniper” so I cannot and will not recommend that you see it. At least not based on the merits of the picture itself. […]