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Commoners' right to hunt under threat

In Olde England, hunting was the privilege of the landed and the rich. The right to hunt depended on the number of acres owned or ...

August 21, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


There may be some competitive races this fall

If you write about legislative races in Georgia, the last few elections have been downright boring in their predictability.

August 21, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Georgia’s ‘paintingest’ first lady in a class of her own

Class, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. In my long years on this planet, I never met a man with more class ...

August 21, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


A reminder to teachers that the rewards outweigh the frustrations

Dear Public School Teachers:

August 13, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Trump could knock Isakson out of the Senate

One year ago, the political experts were sure of two things about Georgia voters.

August 13, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Putin swears it wasn’t his special, hand-picked covert operatives that hacked DNC

Ring! Ring! Ring!

August 07, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


What color will your state be?

As the last of the two conventions finished its business of nominating a presidential candidate last week, the Clinton and Trump campaigns were quickly shifting ...

August 07, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


What a horrible week for our Constitutional Republic

Eight years after we elected the president who was going to "heal the nation" and bring us "Hope and Change," little has changed that isn ...

July 17, 2016 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Clarkston goes down a grassy slope

When Mayor Ted Terry talks about the recent decision by him and the Clarkston City Council to dramatically reduce the penalty for the possession of ...

July 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Dallas tragedy shows it is time to lower the rhetoric and start the healing

Have we gone totally, completely insane? It is not bad enough that the specter of Islamic terrorism hangs over us like a toxic cloud, now ...

July 17, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Careless Clinton: A new narrative

FBI Director James Comey's remarks regarding then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton being "extremely careless" in the "handling of very sensitive, highly classified information," along ...

July 10, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


The Supreme Court sends a message

More than four decades have passed since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision that made abortions legal, but the pro-life movement is ...

July 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Two state senators who give politics a good name

This is a bit weird. I find myself in the position of having to defend politicians. Well, not all of them, just the good ones.

July 03, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Our Thoughts; Our Independence Day

Firework, flags, barbecue, hot dogs and watermelon, cold beverages and a paid day off -all are symbols and fixtures of the Fourth of July.

July 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Columnists


Ardent Americanism

The Fourth of July brings to mind American Flags, parades, fireworks, BBQ and, where I live, country music. If you are like me, the opening ...

July 03, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


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Orlando is why we need surveillance

The FBI had the Orlando gunman under watch - twice - and, after much consideration, decided to stop following him. Was this a mistake? Obviously, tragically so.

June 19, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Junior E. Lee talks about what bugs him this election year

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now but in order to do so, I needed to talk first with Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Garfield.

June 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Defeating radical Islamic terrorism

I normally do not opine about national issues, as I am a state legislator. But I find I must make an exception in this case, partly because I was recently named the Chairman of the Georgia Base Realignment and Closure Committee whose mission is to protect our Georgia military installations.

June 19, 2016 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Some good guys leave the playing field

We've spent a lot of time talking about people running for office this year, but I want to note the departure of a few who are running away from public office.

June 12, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


A Trump presidency would sink all boats

Hello, investors. Come join the foreign policy experts in daily panic attacks over what a President Donald Trump would mean for your world. What does one do about a candidate whose tax plan would send America into the fiscal abyss -who flaps lips about not making good on the national debt? Should we be investing in the makers of Xanax and Klonopin? And on the personal side, are there enough benzodiazepines to go around?

June 12, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


UGA athletic director does right thing the right way

I haven't met University of Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity, but I give him high marks for the way in which he has handled the blowback from the ludicrous Ludacris debacle.

June 12, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


A life in numbers

Numbers are how one keeps score. Those who engage in any competitive endeavor - business, sports, even weight loss - seek numbers to tell them how well they're doing and how much better than how many other people.

May 22, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Democrats' divisiveness and the House of Cards

While there has been much consternation and media coverage of the split between Trump supporters and the Republican establishment in the past few months, the Democratic Party has focused on its unity message and progressed through its primary process by glossing over internal differences.

May 22, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Will the ‘Trump effect’ oust Georgia incumbents?

Whether you like or dislike Donald Trump, there's no question he has pulled off an impressive political feat.

May 22, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Your Mission -- Learning to Live

Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee, and Hillary Clinton continues to battle Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination. This week, Trump stated that he would not announce his running mate until the convention, July 18 through 21. Sanders contends that he will continue to fight until the Democratic convention on July 25 through 28.

May 15, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


When did Gov. Deal become a liberal?

The casual political observer might be asking this question after taking in the events of the past few weeks: When did Nathan Deal become a liberal Democrat?

May 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


It’s been a strange election year

When friends ask me if I'm ever going to retire as a working journalist, I respond, "How can I leave when I'm having so much fun?"

May 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Trump drives spike into culture war politics

Days before the Indiana primary, Ted Cruz paraded his two young daughters in matching pink dresses and spoke darkly of "putting little girls alone in a bathroom with grown men."

May 10, 2016 | By Froma Harrop | Columnists


The PSC should learn how to say ‘no’

Imagine that you are the loan officer at the local community bank.

May 01, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Trump's triumph

Donald Trump's commanding win this week of all five of the Republican primaries provides him with enormous momentum for the final six weeks of the nomination process. For weeks, Trump detractors have opined that there was a ceiling for Trump support, and that he could not garner a majority -- 50 percent.

May 01, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


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