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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 ...

May 01, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | 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 ...

April 24, 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 ...

April 24, 2016 | Froma Harrop | 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 ...

April 24, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | 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 ...

April 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford | 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 ...

April 17, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | 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 ...

April 17, 2016 | Froma Harrop | 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


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 ...

April 03, 2016 | Froma Harrop | 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 ...

April 03, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Lawmakers don’t follow the clock

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

April 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Gov. Deal has two choices on ‘religious liberty’ bill

As Gov. Nathan Deal ponders the "religious liberty" bill that the General Assembly has adopted, he can look to recent examples of how two other ...

March 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | 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 ...

March 27, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


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Who should know better than to mess with our porcine preferences

The history revisionists are still busy as bees trying to rid us of all vestiges of the Old South. That means some brave soul is going to have to tell Wheeler County that they have to change their name because the county is named for Confederate Gen. Joe Wheeler. Oh, and while you are at it, change the name of the county seat of Alamo. It might just offend Mexicans who got a bad rap at the other Alamo in 1836. They were just mad at the time because they couldn't register to vote.

November 08, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


There’s no denying that it’s getting wetter

This is what the future looks like.

November 08, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Learning from Lady Liberty

On October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland, who proclaimed at that time, "We will not forget that Liberty has made her home here, nor shall her chosen altar be neglected. ... A stream of light shall pierce the darkness of ignorance and man's oppression until Liberty enlightens the world."

November 01, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Some random thoughts on some random subjects

I mentioned a few weeks back the TBF/FLW High School Fishing Southeastern Conference Championship tournament scheduled for Lake Lanier. It has come and gone. Fifty-one teams from eight states competed. Fittingly enough, the event was won by two youngsters from East Hall High School - Tristan Thomas and Dakota Crumley. The win earned their team the title of Southeastern Conference champions. They will now compete in the 2016 High School Fishing National championship to be held next spring at a location to be announced. Several of you mentioned wanting to see a fishing club started at your high school. I ...

October 25, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Catching up on the news

While we wait for the next round of presidential debates, let's take a moment to catch up on some of Georgia's major political stories.

October 25, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


The Fundamentals Still Matter

Much of what the American press covers in political campaigns is the daily horse race of polling and--every three months--the campaign finance numbers. Many of the people in the press who shape the coverage of American politics have never actually worked on political campaigns, run for office, held office or even worked for elected officials. There is more to politics than the polling and money.

October 25, 2015 | Eric Erickson | Columnists


Deal moves to pick his own judicial system

Nathan Deal, meet Franklin Roosevelt.

October 18, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Somebody forgot to tell God the world was ending

eBible Fellowship, a group out of Philadelphia that does all their worshiping online ("Alright, users, let us bow our heads and Twitter.") said recently that the world was going to end last Thursday, Oct. 7.

October 18, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Wealth, poverty and politics

Dr. Thomas Sowell, my colleague and friend, told me several years ago that he wasn't going to write any more books, but that was two books ago, and now he has just published his 45th. The man writes with both hands, as can be seen from his website (http://tsowell.com), which lists his 45 books, 19 journal articles, 71 essays in periodicals and books, 34 book reviews, and occasional columns written in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Star, Newsweek, The Times (Britain) et al. Plus, he ...

October 18, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Sanders sails through debate

For those who waited for presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to implode at the first debate, the wait was in vain. Polished, poised and professional, she was well-rehearsed and stayed on point, while managing to be "likable enough," as then-Sen. Barack Obama labeled her in a 2008 debate.

October 18, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


The great white hope

This past week we returned to the 1980s. A group of elderly rich white liberals stood on a stage in Las Vegas, Nevada, and told the nation they intended to tax more, give more free stuff and surrender our national security. They disagreed on very little issues of substance, largely just racing to outdo each other's promises of more free stuff.

October 18, 2015 | Eric Erickson | Columnists


Regulations aren’t necessarily a bad idea

History was made last month at the C. B. King Federal Courthouse in downtown Albany.

October 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists


Matter of trust

If you have ever worked in a place where you don't trust your co-workers, you understand how that can warp your thinking and therefore your actions. You begin to doubt everything you are told, you constantly look over your shoulder and behind your back in an attempt to find out what's really going on. You become paranoid, uncertain and unsure of reality. You spend more time and energy trying to discern the truth than working to reach a collective goal.

October 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists


10 years later: remembering a special group of Georgians in Iraq

What a difference a decade makes.

October 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists


Newton County children should prepare for new bioscience jobs

The ribbon cutting of the Governor's new $14 million Bioscience Training Center and the College and Career Academy in Newton County can hardly be more connected. Baxalta, the new, billion dollar super-biotechnical facility that will employ over 1,600 people with great, high-paying jobs, is smack dab in Newton County. Someone's children are going to get those $60,000-plus jobs. Will they be our kids, or someone else's?

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists


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