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Irwin: Race and “Good Taste”

Not long ago I was offered a gig at The [Withholding the Large Virginia Town's Name Here] Arts and Culture Center. After responding with ...

August 23, 2017 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: Georgia Courthouses

*originally published in 2013

August 22, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


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


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Big fish meddling in a small pond

Last week, while defending raises for Covington officials, I criticized East Ward council members and the mayor for not seeking training and networking to inform their decision making. In an editorial preceding my column, The Covington News called out some council members for micromanaging city affairs. I share that view, and it is this combination of under-informed over-involvement that concerns me.

June 08, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Morgan: Good obits say it all

Just shy of her 99th birthday, Elizabeth Ellis of Oxford died Monday.

June 06, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Orwell’s creatures home in Washington

"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: But already it was impossible to say which was which."

June 06, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Give plants an inch, they'll take a yard

I have been working in the yard for the last week or two. All I want to do is get the weeds out of my flower beds.

June 04, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Freedoms eroding

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." -- The Fourth Amendment

June 04, 2013 | | Columnists


Answer Man shares his wisdom

Well, boys and girls, I see by the old clock on the wall that it is June already. We know what that means. It is time for Answer Man to dig into the Question Box and see what is on your hearts and minds and assorted body parts.

June 04, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Williams: Our nation deserves the IRS

Individually, Americans do not deserve to be subservient to such a fear-mongering, intimidating and powerful agency as the Internal Revenue Service; but collectively, we do. Let's look at it.

June 01, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Carter: Getting down to the heart of the matter

Local press and the general public are worked up over raises the Covington City Council quietly voted themselves and the mayor last year. It was the right thing to do, but the wrong way to do it. More important, though, the fussing is missing the bigger point.

June 01, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


McCoy: Let’s call it, ‘The Way We Weren’t’

Do you remember that 1970s movie called, "The Way We Were," with Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand? I didn't see the movie, but I remember the title because Streisand sang the theme song on the radio, over and over and over.

June 01, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Rasmussen: Consumers set to repeal a big part of the health care law

Most stories about the president's health care law these days are about the challenges of implementation and the complexity of setting up exchanges. But that's not where the action is.

June 01, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Children teach adults to embrace failure

School may be out for summer, at least for my children, but it's a good time to remember that learning is not only about teachers, books, subjects and grades, but more about the mindset and approach that we take in life.

May 30, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


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


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