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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


Ardent Americanism

The Fourth of July brings to mind American Flags, parades, fireworks, BBQ and, where I live, country music. If you are like me, the opening ...

July 03, 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 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Have Your Ever Thought … What are we celebrating on the Fourth of July?

One of history's greatest lessons on the power of words is remembered and celebrated every year on July 4th. The Declaration of Independence ...

July 03, 2016 | William Burnham | Columnists


This Sebastian is the real deal and that’s no joke

I don't know how schoolteachers manage to do what they do and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed in ...

June 26, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Georgia can learn something from Louisiana

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana.

June 26, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Junior E. Lee talks about what bugs him this election year

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now but in order to do so, I needed ...

June 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Orlando is why we need surveillance

The FBI had the Orlando gunman under watch - twice - and, after much consideration, decided to stop following him. Was this a mistake? Obviously, tragically so.

June 19, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Defeating radical Islamic terrorism

I normally do not opine about national issues, as I am a state legislator. But I find I must make an exception in this case ...

June 19, 2016 | Dave Belton | Columnists


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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


People make the difference

Several recent events might lead average Americans to throw up their hands in regards to politics, and possibly want to shut down Washington themselves. Take, for instance, last week's resignation by Speaker John Boehner, the ongoing political reality show of the Republican presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton's never-ending email questions and CNN's announcement that it would include Vice President Joe Biden for the first Democratic presidential candidates' debate though he has not even announced.

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists


Parties seek the right path on immigration

It was one of those pleasant September afternoons when you can feel the heat of summer giving way as the seasons change.

September 27, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


High school fishing clubs growing in Georgia

Mark Gintert might just have the best job in America. An avid outdoorsman and a successful businessman, Gintert is the national youth director of The Bass Federation, which means he gets to work with young people across the land to introduce them to the joys of fishing through high school fishing clubs.

September 27, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Liberal reasoning: idiotic or dishonest?

Many people argue that liberals, socialists and progressives do not understand basic economics. I am not totally convinced about that.

September 27, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Reliability and engineering

When I was growing up, my mother ran carpool in our family's red 1969 Volkswagen Beetle. As the youngest, at age 5, I rode in the "back-back," the small space behind the second seat that was intended not for people, but for packages or groceries. I shared this sliver of room with my neighbor, Bobby, who was a year older. The front seat was reserved for older siblings - Bobby's brother Andy, whose French horn was stashed in the front trunk. I can't remember where my sister Kathy put her trombone. But somehow, my mother fit in five ...

September 27, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


The long, yet refreshing, debate

It was a long debate. "The Sound of Music" with Julie Andrews clocked in at three hours. The CNN debate in Simi Valley, California, ran longer than that. It became an endurance contest between a lot of politicians used to East Coast time. By the time they were done, it was after 11 p.m.

September 20, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Come on, Joe, make everyone happy and run for president

While millions of people were expected to watch the second Republican debate this week on CNN, the first Democratic debate will not be held until next month on Oct. 13. With only two top-tier candidates on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the potential entrance of Vice President Joe Biden is on everyone's mind - on both sides of the aisle.

September 20, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Johnston: Let's move Covington forward

Dear City of Covington Residents,

September 20, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | Columnists


‘Religious freedom’ and its unintended consequences

If you've been watching TV, you surely have seen the controversy in Kentucky where a court clerk has been in and out of jail for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses on the grounds that it violates her religious beliefs.

September 20, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Jobs in Georgia still strong

On the Economic Development Committee, we talk a lot about attracting good jobs to Georgia. We also hear a lot of reports about where the jobs actually are. Here is a brief overview of the national picture.

September 13, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Politicians are human beings too

Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) is a politician who's had a lot of things going his way.

September 13, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Black family structure wasn’t always this way

Academics and public intellectuals, who should know better, attempt to explain the highly visible and publicized pathology witnessed in cities such as Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, Ferguson and others as a legacy of slavery. The argument is made that the problems encountered by many black Americans are rooted in white racism, greed and income inequality. They are able to get away with these untruths because most people believe that what is seen today has always been. A bit of history would belie such a vision.

September 13, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists


If you post it, everyone will see

If you believe your emails, texts, Facebook postings and Internet activity are secure, then you live in Never Never Land, a world where boys never grow up and fairies fly through the air. Should commercial Internet transactions be secure, as they promise to be when you sign up? Yes. But "should be" does not security make.

September 06, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Another internet hoax is perpetrated

There are millions of people who primarily receive their news and information through items that are posted on the internet or sent to them via email or text message.

September 06, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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