Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


I Am Coming Out of the Closet (Again)

I Am Coming Out of the Closet (Again)

In recognition of last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing the right of gays to marry nationwide, I submit my original “coming out” declaration, which first appeared in these pages in January of 2013. Two and a half years later, I am still proud to have written it and prouder still to dispel the notion […]

Sadly, Hate-Based Mass Murder Is Nothing New

Sadly, Hate-Based Mass Murder Is Nothing New

So first Walmart announced it was removing any and all items from their shelves that feature the Confederate battle emblem in the wake of the brutal mass shooting in Charleston. And the State of South Carolina now is working to remove the Confederate Battle Flag from their statehouse grounds, which has been flying in one […]

White People’s Problems

White People’s Problems

Over the weekend, the Metro Spirit released a well-written and impeccably researched article by Stacy Eidson (“Picking Up the Tab”) concerning the Columbia County Commission’s rather pricey choice of Savannah as the location for an April get together of commissioners and department heads to discuss “advance planning” for all things municipal. The commissioners had to […]

Columbia County: Conservatives or Con Artists?

Columbia County: Conservatives or Con Artists?

A few weeks ago one of Columbia County’s dirty little secrets made its way into the headlines with the death of a construction worker who was apparently part of a large crew of illegal aliens working in a very nice, new neighborhood. Steve Crawford shared the details in his Columbia County News-Times article: Officials with […]

The Enigma That Is Sheriff Roundtree

The Enigma That Is Sheriff Roundtree

I admit it, the man intrigues me. Watching Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree handle the administration of his department takes me back to my fascination with Jacques Cousteau documentaries when I was kid. Just like one of those exotic deep sea creatures Cousteau would find and poke with a pole, you never, ever know what […]

Waco Thugs Clearly More Efficient Than Baltimore Thugs

Waco Thugs Clearly More Efficient Than Baltimore Thugs

Gotta love a headline that gets attention. So Kelby called. My well-meaning, hard-working and often “bewildered” friend, Kelby Walker (no relation). He is a community activist and erstwhile radio talk show host who is considering a run for the Augusta Commission’s fifth district seat. He’s a long-time caller to my radio show and, despite our […]

Her Name Was Jennifer

Her Name Was Jennifer

So Saturday, I visited my mom. While I was attempting to have a quiet moment, my restless 6-year-old son was filled with a million questions. I should have expected that. Cemeteries tend to have that effect on little boys. One of the few heartbreaks in Beau’s young life has been losing his grandmother before he […]

The Truth Delayed Is Justice Denied

The Truth Delayed Is Justice Denied

I have no earthly idea what happened to Freddie Gray as he was taken into custody by Baltimore police officers April 12. Clearly, he was alive and able to move before he was put into the back of a police van. That condition did not last long because, at some point, his neck was broken […]