Joe Hotchkiss

Joe Hotchkiss: 'Honey Boo Boo' reality show shows darker...

This past week marked the season finale of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, the cable TV reality show featuring a sassy, overweight 7-year-old... Read more

Joe Hotchkiss: Go directly to jail -- but how tough should it be for...

The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”

That’s a quote from Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky.... Read more

Hotchkiss: When lives fall apart, rehabilitation puts them back together

I almost didn’t write this column.

In my career, I’ve written about thousands of people, but I dislike writing about me. I mean, I... Read more

Joe Hotchkiss: Youth crime is a price we pay for breakdown of the family

Raise your hand if you did something stupid when you were 7 years old.

OK, put ’em down, put ’em down. Just as I thought. Everybody... Read more

Joe Hotchkiss: Facts, evidence don't support rationale for school...

Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz tried to go to great lengths in a blog entry Aug. 13 to sing the praises of the new... Read more

Joe Hotchkiss: With new university under an assumed name, what's...

Ricardo Azziz knocked on the office door of Georgia Board of Regents Chairman Benjamin J. Tarbutton III.

“You wanted to see me?”

“Hi,... Read more

Column: Freedom of religion doesn't mean freedom from religion...

One of my favorite lines from legendary journalist H.L. Mencken is his definition of puritanism – “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may... Read more

Joe Hotchkiss: Instead of giving a panhandler a handout, just give him...

I’m really not a bad person. I don’t litter. I hold doors open for old ladies. I’m a cat person and a dog person.

I just don’t give... Read more

Joe Hotchkiss: Star's death reminds us how much we want 'more...

There are several ways you can take the measure of a person’s character. Here’s a good one: If there’s someone in your circle of friends whom you’... Read more

Joe Hotchkiss: Big government spending dates to the Father of Our...

There’s good news and bad news from those fun-loving do-gooders over at Citizens Against Government Waste. CAGW is the nonpartisan, nonprofit... Read more