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Leadership — a Study in Contrast

When terrible events happen, leaders address the safety concerns of their communities, and then reach out to various factions to ensure a solution is reached ...

November 22, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Say goodbye to Pinkie’s

From one of my favorite cities, Savannah, comes the sad news that Pinkie Master's Lounge will close at the end of the year.

November 15, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Big ‘thank you’ to UGA for study on marital bliss

There are many good things happening at my alma mater, the University of Georgia, these days. Unfortunately, not much of it is occurring on the ...

November 15, 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

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 ...

November 08, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Words matter

Last Thursday, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was elected speaker of the House. At 45, he is the youngest person to get that job - other than ...

November 08, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | 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 ...

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 ...

October 25, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | 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 ...

October 25, 2015 | Eric Erickson | 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 ...

October 25, 2015 | Tom Crawford | 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 ...

October 18, 2015 | Eric Erickson | 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 ...

October 18, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | 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 ...

October 18, 2015 | Walter Williams | 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 ...

October 18, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Deal moves to pick his own judicial system

Nathan Deal, meet Franklin Roosevelt.

October 18, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

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Carter: Just say no to the truthiness

The guy you're voting for in the presidential election is a liar. But, before you get upset, those aren't fighting words. My choice is a liar too.

October 20, 2012 | Maurice Carter | Columnists

White House, Congress failing to live up to responsibilities

According to, a popular definition of sequestration is removal or separation. Although the term sequestration is being bandied about in relation to massive defense cuts that threaten our nation's military readiness, I prefer the term "divorce," because that is exactly what our elected leaders are doing with the Constitution that they have sworn to uphold.

October 18, 2012 | James E. Koutz Guest Columnist | Columnists

Georgia’s got it all

Georgia would be $45 billion poorer if not for the impact of tourism. It's our fifth largest employer, providing some 391,000 jobs, over 10 percent of all payroll employment in the state. The state's website says each household would pay $706 more state and local taxes if not for the money tourism brings in. The latest tourism figures from the Newton County Chamber of Commerce are for 2010, when direct tourist spending generated almost $91 million, $2.7 million in local tax collections and $3.5 million in state taxes. In September alone, more than 3,000 ...

October 18, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists

Travis: Keep charter school control local

I received a call at home the other day, and the caller asked if he could count on my vote for charter schools in the upcoming election.

I told him no and offered to explain to him why. He hung up.

October 16, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists

Yarbrough: Pro-charter amendment forces are bullies

If the pro-charter amendment people are trying to win friends and influence voters to pass the measure in November, they have picked a bad way to do it.

Attorney Glenn Delk and proponents are clearly trying to intimidate opponents of the amendment by accusing the state's 180 local school districts of illegally using taxpayer money to campaign against the amendment. Fortunately, they lost the first round in Fulton County Superior Court.

October 16, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Fish tales from the Middle East

Wisdom abounds in nature. Over the years, I've learned much by observing the natural world around me. A good example would be the lessons taught to me from tending our backyard Koi pond.

October 13, 2012 | Maurice Carter | Columnists

The family unit in Newton

Today in Newton County, our news agonizes and debates over low SAT scores and drop out rates in our high schools, drop out rates and low performance levels in our community college, high teenage crime rates, and embarrassing rates of single mother and teenage pregnancies. All the while, we good citizens argue between the Board of Education, Board of Commissioners and Chamber of Commerce for solutions to treat the symptoms and ignore the disease; all this done from good intentions and a touch of fear to appear politically incorrect and expose a distasteful aspect of our society.

October 13, 2012 | William Peruguino | Columnists

Grants for roads

There are some 20,000 miles of federal and state highways in Georgia - the interstate system and major roads that link our cities one to the other; carry our commuters to and from employment centers and give structure to our thriving logistics industry and interstate commerce.

October 11, 2012 | Todd Long Guest Columnist | Columnists

Losing our voices

It's right there in black and white in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech ... ."

October 11, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists

Dissolving education myths

I recently received an email from a friend which touched on several "myths" about the American education system. The article was based on statistics gathered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (not a misspelling, the organization originated in France).

October 09, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists

Special school has impact on special needs

If you aren't careful, it is very easy to get pessimistic these days. We have gotten too loud, too adversarial, too politically-correct, too ethically-challenged, too secular and too narrow-minded - not to mention slightly humor-impaired.

October 09, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Cushman: It’s almost a time for choosing

In order to win next month, Republican nominee Mitt Romney will have to articulate the reason why the choice for him is right. The choice has to be about more than Mitt Romney, and really about more than President Barack Obama. The compelling choice should contrast the very different futures each man would seek to create. The ability to describe and contrast two potential visions of the future -- one under Obama and the other under Romney -- will likely prove key to who wins.

Ronald Reagan had this linguistic ability, which he honed over decades of work.

October 06, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Coulter: MSNBC’S Motto: ‘Lean Racist’

If one were trying to prove in court that MSNBC is crazily biased, you could do worse than submitting Rachel Maddow's Tuesday night show.

October 06, 2012 | Ann Coulter Columnist | Columnists

McCoy: The trouble with machines

As a kid, I was a sucker for machines. I couldn't pass a gumball rack without turning all the handles; I took apart my toys just to get at the electric motors; and I was simply mad for anything with batteries, gears or knobs.

I would have given away all my Superman comic books for a robot, even if it was missing a dozen transistors. Well, times have changed, and now I'm surrounded by more machines than I ever wanted. And I'd give them all away, if I could.

October 06, 2012 | David McCoy | Columnists

Robinson: It’s a race again

I would be careful about declaring the presidential contest "a whole new race" following Wednesday's debate. Polls show that most voters have made up their minds, and some, due to early voting, have already cast their ballots. One good night for Mitt Romney does not turn the world upside down.

But make no mistake, it was a very good night for Romney - and a bad one for President Obama. This election wasn't a done deal before the debate, and it certainly isn't now.

October 06, 2012 | Eugene Robinson | Columnists

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