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Outcry over mosque flies in face of Christ’s teachings

On Sunday, Aug, 21, a headline in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution read: "Newton County in uproar over planned mosque."

August 27, 2016 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


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


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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


The Liberal Silent Majority

A few days before Bernie Sanders lost badly in the New York primary, 27,000 souls filled Washington Square Park, many wildly cheering him on. The political media consensus interpreted the scene as evidence of surging support for the senator from Vermont. It did not occur to them that:

April 24, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


A tale of two speeches

Donald Trump gained a commanding win in New York this week, picking up 89 of the 95 New York state Republican delegates. The win brought his total delegate count to 845, or 68 percent of the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination. It was an important night for Trump, and brought him much closer to becoming the Republican nominee.

April 24, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


State senator defends religious freedom legislative efforts

A couple of weeks ago, I was highly critical of the efforts of proponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and particularly of State Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus). The senator did a smart thing: He reached out and asked for the opportunity to explain his position directly to you. After the cuffing he took, I figured I owed him that.

April 24, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Sanders and the Snapchat Liberals

If the polls hold, scoring tickets to "Hamilton" will be as good as it's going to get for Bernie Sanders in New York. But let us first linger in Wisconsin, where Democrats and independents gave Sanders what looked like a decisive win.

April 17, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Kasich's Why

With Republican frontrunner Donald Trump holding 744 of the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination before the convention, the possibility of a contested convention is becoming more probable. In recent days, various names have been floated as potential white knights who could swoop in and save the Republican party during a contested convention. As names float, power brokers sit and dream of how who they can influence to become the nominee. Hmm … maybe Mitt Romney could become the nominee or Speaker Paul Ryan or Jeb Bush.

April 17, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Your elected officials want to keep you in the dark

Whenever you hear an elected official say they support the concept of "transparency" in government, you really shouldn't take them seriously. They usually don't mean what they're saying.

April 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Letter: Farewell, Old Newton

Dear Editor,

April 16, 2016 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Lawmakers declare their independence

This year's General Assembly session could be described as the one where legislators started to declare their independence from Gov. Nathan Deal.

April 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Sharing life’s bumps and bruises with friends

She is not going to be pleased that I have told you this, but we are all family here, even if some of you consider me the illegitimate stepson of the weird cousin that talks with his mouth full.

April 03, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Over Here: Competence Amid Repulsive Politics

Belgians planning to "march against fear" on Sunday were told to stay home out of fear for more violence. Americans in Europe, meanwhile, are being advised to "exercise vigilance." What about Americans in America?

April 03, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Lawmakers don’t follow the clock

Georgia legislators have some problems when it comes to telling time.

April 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Terrorists and their Privacy

One inevitable sequel to a terrorist attack is seeing the ugly mugs of creeps-turned-monsters thrust before us over a multitude of news cycles. Another is a debate over cellphone encryption.

March 27, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Identifying ideology versus tactic

The terrorist attacks in Brussels this past Monday, claimed by the Islamic State, are a clear indication that the West has a lot of work left to do to defeat radical Islam. The attacks, which left more than 30 dead, were carried out by three suicide bombers - two brothers, Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, 30, and Khalid el-Bakraoui, 27, and another man, who has yet to be identified.

March 27, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


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