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Crawford: Will Georgia Democrats relive an old nightmare?

Georgia's Democratic voters will have their choice of two Staceys in next year's primary for governor: state Rep. Stacey Abrams of Atlanta or ...

August 20, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Yarbrough: Explaining an unexpected absence

I owe you an explanation about where I have been or not been - as on these pages. To mangle a bit of Charles Dickens, these ...

August 20, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Harrop: Trump No Longer Shocks. Helpers Who Know Better Do

An insane woman was madly swinging her pocketbook at strangers on the street. No one tried to shame or reason with her. They knew she ...

August 20, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: The Dark Tale of John S. Williams, Part IV

When it was all said and done, 11 black men who had been working against their will as peons would be murdered (Peonage, as we ...

August 15, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Telling It Like It Is… News from around the circle

If it's been a while since your last trip to Social Circle, you might be surprised how much things have changed. For starters, you ...

August 13, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Shades of Gray

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ...

August 13, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Crawford: The news just keeps getting worse about Plant Vogtle

When it comes to the nuclear reactors Georgia Power has been trying to build at Plant Vogtle, there never seems to be any good news ...

August 13, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Harrop: Read This and Weep: Mike Pence for President

President Mike Pence. The words do not trip lightly off the tongue. But as special counsel Bob Mueller dives ever deeper into the murky waters ...

August 13, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: The Dark Tale of John S. Williams, Part III

The day after Johnnie Williams became the first victim of this killing spree in the winter of 1921, John S. Williams instructed Clyde Manning, his ...

August 08, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: White House Communications

If you have been on vacation, you may have been buried in a good summer novel and missed the real-life story of Anthony Scaramucci, whose ...

August 06, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Privacy Hits the Dust: Data-Collecting Vacuum Cleaners

Privacy advocates cried in protest after a report that the maker of the Roomba, a robotic vacuum cleaner, will sell maps of customers' homes to ...

August 06, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Crawford: Buddy Carter tries to jerk a knot in their tail

The biggest political story in the nation, the defeat of Obamacare repeal legislation, featured an unlikely appearance by a person you would never expect to ...

August 06, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


McCart: Vince, Jerry Jeff & Ronald

I've oftentimes thought about what really influences and makes the person who they become. Naturally, it's a lot of things, I think. First ...

August 06, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Archives from the Piedmont Chronicles: The Dark Tale of John S. Williams, Part II

So Gus Chapman, the escaped peon, met with Agents Brown and Wismer of the Bureau of Investigation in early 1921. The agents believed Chapman and ...

August 01, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Belton: Education is key in Georgia

I periodically like to update you where we are as a state. Last week I talked about how efficient and small our state government is ...

July 30, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Columnists


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Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: Oxford College & the City of Oxford, GA

*author's note: this piece originally ran in 2012. Thanks for reading - MBM

June 20, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Irwin: The Ditch Digger

When I was a child my grandmother, Sallie Mae Cook, employed all those "stitch-in-time-saves-nine" sayings. A kind but serious sort, Grandmama harbored low expectations for her wiggly, silly grandson. The first time she ever asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I thought of my role model at the time, Maynard G. Krebs. I answered, "I wanna be a beatnik." From that moment on, throughout my childhood, one of her sayings was:

June 18, 2017 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


Special counsel, independent investigation?

While the news media and pundits are covering the investigation and potential link between the Russian government and Trump's campaign, their ongoing fascination with who said what, how and to whom can obscure understanding of the larger issues. This might confuse many who don't have the time to follow this on a full-time basis. So here is a recap of what has happened so far.

June 18, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Trump rates close to zero on 'war' against opioids

Police near Daytona Beach, Florida, recently came upon an SUV with the motor running and three little kids in the back. The parents were dead in front from a fentanyl overdose. The city of East Liverpool, Ohio, posted a shocking photograph of another dead overdosed couple, heads back and mouths open from a heroin overdose, a 4-year-old strapped in back. As its Facebook page explained, "It is time that the non-drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis."

June 18, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Crawford: Georgia can learn from Kansas’ mistake

One of the most compelling political stories of the past week happened not in Washington, D.C. but out to the west in Kansas.

June 18, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Rowe: Telling It Like It Is . . . Yearning for the good old days, part 2

Many of you enjoyed my first column about the good old days so much and wanted to hear more so im going to take a stab at it. In addition to many of your questions, I also have a 5-year-old granddaughter full of questions and a simple answer won't do because they want to know the whos, whats, hows and whys about everything and you'd better have lots of patience.

June 11, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Crawford: Business leaders are rewarding failure

The executives of Southern Company, the utility holding company headquartered in Atlanta, have been involved in two of the biggest boondoggles in U.S. industrial history.

June 11, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Yarbrough: Cut-and-run ideologues make job even more difficult for schoolteachers

Dear Georgia's Public Schoolteachers:

June 11, 2017 | | Columnists


Harrop: The Donald Trump apology tour

Barack Obama much annoyed many of his critics when he noted less-than-stellar moments in American history during his trips abroad. They called it Obama's apology tour.

June 11, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Let's shine a new light on small businesses

Here is a proposal for a new reality show that could not only help President Trump do his job, but could help millions of other Americans gain or keep theirs.

June 11, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: Starrsville, GA

*originally published in 2012

June 06, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Harrop: We Can Move Past Trump on Climate Change

President Trump's spoken thoughts on climate change layer ignorance over irresponsibility. They humiliate thinking Americans and frustrate our friends. The president's recent refusal in Europe to commit to sticking with the Paris accord for curbing planet-warming gas emissions is the latest national embarrassment.

June 04, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Yarbrough: A loving farewell to the world’s greatest preacher

In my book, the word "unique" is an absolute. There is no "kind of" unique or "somewhat" unique. Unique is unique. Unmatched. Unequalled. Nonpareil. One of a kind. Dr. G. Gilman Watson is unique. There is absolutely nobody like him.

June 04, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: News or newsy covfefe

Early this Wednesday morning, shortly after midnight the night before, President Donald Trump tweeted out "Despite the constant negative press covfefe," and the internet erupted. Endless tweets, speculating about the meaning of the tweet, the reasoning of the person tweeting, creation of possible meanings of the word, along with rumination regarding why staff had not intervened before the president pressed the send button. Who knows how many man (should I say people) hours were devoted to the derision and speculation about covfefe.

June 04, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Crawford: Sometimes the answer is right in front of you

Have you ever had one of those moments when you don't see that the answer to your problem is sitting there right in front of you?

June 04, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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