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Bouchillon: There's enough SPLOST for everyone

As most of you likely know by now, I have been putting a lot of effort into getting the 2017 SPLOST to pass – writing articles ...

March 20, 2017 | | Columnists


Crawford: Will the speaker run for governor?

David Ralston is now being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018, which leads to an obvious question.

March 20, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Harrop: A Plot to Poison Obamacare

Arsenic was a poison favored by Victorian mystery writers. The victims would be fed small amounts, not suspecting the cause of their increasing discomfort. At ...

March 12, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Frameworks, Gratitude and Grievances

Today's hyper-connected, social media driven world shapes the information and news that each of us consumes. What many of us see on search engines ...

March 12, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Crawford: Goodbye casinos, hello yachts

The General Assembly session is more than two-thirds done and on track to adjournment.

March 12, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Yarbrough: Low-performing schools initiative takes a major step forward

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law. Last week, the ...

March 12, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Harrop: Trump Has Turned His Last Corner

That speech to Congress now seems forever ago. Reading the words off a teleprompter, Donald Trump sounded normal, even presidential. Stern critics opined that he ...

March 06, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Yarbrough: Good customer service may be going the way of the dodo bird

Sometimes I wonder if good customer service has gone the way of the dodo bird and 8-track tapes.

March 05, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough: Good customer service may be going the way of the dodo bird

Sometimes I wonder if good customer service has gone the way of the dodo bird and 8-track tapes.

March 05, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: Congressmen, meet your constituents

Town meetings are part of a long tradition in America. Since the 1600s, residents of some New England communities have been gathering to vote directly ...

March 05, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Harrop: Real Honesty

Slightly more than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump reflected on his performance so far -- both in terms of what's been done and ...

March 02, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


This election will be an indicator of Trump’s support

During the first weeks of the Trump administration, a recurring theme has been the president's sinking popularity in the polls.

February 26, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Yarbrough: A salute to an Olympic champion and his pursuit of excellence

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years ...

February 26, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Irwin: Evidence of the prehistoric sources of humor: A rejected thesis

(Originally published in Storytelling Magazine, January 2016)

February 26, 2017 | | Columnists


Bouchillon: SPLOST: ‘It is not a tax increase’

SPLOST is an acronym for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. It is a program whereby counties can add one penny per dollar spent by ...

February 19, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | Columnists


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Morgan: Dogs and cats are great teachers

An oft-quoted saying goes, "I want to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am."

May 30, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Opposites make a perfect pairing

I sometimes wonder how my husband and I can have such diametrically opposite opinions and still have remained married for nearly half a century. I am sure many of you who know us wonder, too.

May 28, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Let's see atheists create a waterfall

Dear God:

May 28, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


McCoy: Carpenter bees don't seek permits

Have you ever encountered incompetent handymen? Maybe you wanted a few damaged roof shingles repaired, and instead, your hired hands installed new toilet seats in your bathrooms because they were too afraid to scale the roof.

May 25, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


It looks and quacks like a scandal

Despite a tough couple of weeks, President Obama's job approval ratings are holding up fairly well. As I write this, 47 percent of voters nationwide offer their approval.

May 25, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Environmental ‘wackoism’ is not extinct

Dr. Henry Miller, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Gregory Conko, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, in their Forbes article "Rachel Carson's Deadly Fantasies" (Sept. 5, 2012), wrote that her 1962 book "Silent Spring" led to a world ban on DDT use.

May 25, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Carter: Let’s go dancing in the streets

While you were riding out the storm last Sunday, I was putting bicycles on the rooftop rack of our car. It was raining, but I'd been tracking radar and hourly forecasts all day. It was now or never.

May 25, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Lincoln Memorial, Arlington are reminders of freedom's cost

If you were to suddenly appear this weekend at the numerous BBQs or pool parties without any knowledge of our nation's history, it might be hard to understand the real meaning of Memorial Day.

May 23, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Morgan: From Covington square to Capitol Hill

The Covington News office is conveniently located for its local government reporters within easy walking distance of city hall, the Historic Courthouse and the county administration building. Today Gabe Khouli holds down that beat, but before Gabe, there was Rachel Oswald, trudging those well-worn paths and developing far more friends and admirers of her work than enemies. She was back in town this week for a visit with some of those friends.

May 23, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Travis: How do teachers savor their summer? Let’s count the ways

In just a few days, the school year for Newton County children will be over. We'll see pictures of them rushing out of the schools' doors, cheering.

May 21, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Yarbrough: They’re schools, not businesses, as teachers know well

Dear Public School Teachers in Georgia:

May 21, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


McCoy: Where am I? Brain is not playing fair

Last week, while out of town and staying in a hotel, I had a most exasperating experience. I was snoozing away in my fluffy rented bed, and when it came time to wake up, I didn't quite make it all the way. I woke just enough to see a little bit of sunlight, and a glimpse of the walls, but nothing looked familiar, so my brain stayed closed for business. That's when I had the notorious, "Where am I?" experience. I didn't know where I was. I didn't know the state, the country, the day, the ...

May 20, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


It's not cool to keep silent

I remember the first time I ran away from home. I was in sixth grade and I had been wronged in some way. I was sure my parents loved my sister more or denied me some privilege, and I was having none of that. I stayed home when my parents left for work, skipped school, packed a bag and took my bike to this little secluded spot by the river, thinking that was an awesome place to live. I was home before my parents.

May 18, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Columnists


Credit report coding trips up buyers

Are large numbers of homeowners who have negotiated short sales with lenders at risk because of a startling omission in the American credit system? Do their credit reports and scores indicate that they were foreclosed upon, rather than having negotiated a mutually agreeable resolution with their lenders?

May 18, 2013 | Ken Harney | Columnists


Sometimes, perspective changes things

Single and lonely in a new neighborhood, a guy invites his neighbors to a drop-in party. With ample food and drink, he sits alone as party time comes and goes.

May 18, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


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