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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


Crawford: Georgia can climb out of last place on these two issues

What should be the priority for state legislators –helping their poorest constituents avoid pain and suffering, or protecting the financial status of their most affluent ...

February 19, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Where strength comes from

This Presidents' Day, instead of buying a new appliance, read George Washington's Farewell Address and Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.

February 19, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Yarbrough: Secretary of agriculture-designate Perdue knows a bit about draining swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a ...

February 19, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Harrop: What is Trump most afraid of?

Why does President Trump rush off weekend after weekend to his Mar-a-Lago palazzo in Florida? Because Mar-a-Lago is totally under his control. There he can ...

February 19, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Yarbrough: Some advice for two young people beginning their journey together

Please allow me a bit of a preamble: Nicholas Sanford Wansley is grandson Number Three chronologically and - pardon a grandfather's pride - a high achiever ...

February 12, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Rowe: Valentine’s Day is around the corner

I'm predicting it will snow again and I suspect some of you may think I've gone off the deep end but that's ...

February 12, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Crawford: Georgia gives Trump some problems

For a couple of months, Georgia was probably one of Donald Trump's favorite states.

February 11, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Yes, And...

If you have ever engaged in improv theater, then you have experienced the process of "yes, and..." What happens is a person says something that ...

February 11, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Is Trump Really Running Things?

Last Saturday night, Donald Trump attended the Red Cross Ball at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. On Sunday, he watched the Super Bowl ...

February 11, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Have You Ever Thought… How it will feel for the Atlanta Falcons be crowned National Champions?

It has only happened once before. The Atlanta Falcons are going to the Super Bowl. Today will see the playing of the fifty-first Super Bowl ...

February 05, 2017 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Yarbrough: Taking dissidents on a trip to nowhere

Varoom! Putt! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Varoom!

February 04, 2017 | | Columnists


Yarbrough: Look for a different approach to fixing failing schools in Georgia

Education is all about learning. The defeat of Amendment 1 last fall by Georgia voters was a learning lesson for its proponents, including Gov. Nathan ...

January 29, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough:Look for a different approach to fixing failing schools in Georgia

Education is all about learning. The defeat of Amendment 1 last fall by Georgia voters was a learning lesson for its proponents, including Gov. Nathan ...

January 29, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Irwin: Praying at Facebook

Hypothesis: More people pray when scrolling on Facebook then in church.

January 29, 2017 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


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In leadership, appearances matter

Last week, I was exiting my neighborhood Starbucks when I happened to overhear a middle-aged man talking to a younger man who appeared to be his son.

December 08, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Morgan: Chip Rogers gets a do-over

Christmas came early - this week, in fact - for the now former Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers of Woodstock. After a string of embarrassing missteps in a seemingly gilded political career, Rogers got to resign his senate post - only one month after winning re-election - and glide into a newly created executive-level job at Georgia Public Broadcasting. "I am honored by this incredible opportunity," he gushed. Disgraced politicians just never seem to go away. They have as many lives as cats are said to have, no offense to my own.

Really, how lucky can a guy get? Just when Rogers had ...

December 06, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Perugino: Grand Jury presentment

The Grand Jury, that served the first half of this year, submitted a presentment to the Superior Court of Newton County that was published in this newspaper as required by the court. This presentment contained the results of a review conducted on the Newton County Department of Public Works Maintenance Project done on Cook Road.

The findings of the Grand Jury clearly showed that the provisions of state law, county enabling legislation, and county purchasing policy were not complied with.

December 06, 2012 | William Peruguino | Columnists


Some random thoughts on random subjects

Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss is catching heat from right-wingnuts for doing exactly what he should be doing - trying to help the federal government find a way out of the financial morass the country is in. The wingnuts want him to honor a 20-year-old no-tax pledge. The senator said he is not talking about tax increases, but tax reform and cites loopholes that need to be closed like the current $6 billion annual tax credits for ethanol production. Good for him. I support his efforts 100 percent. Maybe the wingnuts would rather see some moron representing us who thinks rape is ...

December 04, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Expanding our youth’s vocabulary

My granddaughters who attend school in Newton County have weekly vocabulary tests. To paraphrase Martha Stewart, that's a good thing. The more words a reader understands, the better reader a person is. And reading is the bottom line (no offense to math majors).

December 04, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Carter: Riding the Can Do Express

Last Sunday, sitting mesmerized by Cirque du Soleil's Totem, I was struck by how the show challenges our notions of human limitations. With feats of incredible athleticism, agility, strength and grace - framed with soaring imagination and creative artistry - Cirque reveals the amazing possibilities to be discovered beyond the boundaries of what we believe is humanly possible. Every act was something I wouldn't have believed possible before seeing with my own eyes.

Standing outside Le Grand Chapiteau (the Big Top) at intermission, I recalled walking those same grounds decades ago as a young boy touring the Atlantic Steel mill ...

December 01, 2012 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Perugino: Covington’s annual Christmas parade

My wife and I attended the Christmas parade held today in Covington. The weather was beautiful and the streets and sidewalks were crowded with families and children anxious to acknowledge the coming Christmas season. There were marching bands and parade floats galore. Wait - there was something missing! Except for one band and one float of a manger, there was no sign of a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. I am not one to exclude the secular celebration of Christmas with Santa Claus for a strictly exclusive focus on the birth of our Lord, but neither do I wish ...

December 01, 2012 | William Peruguino | Columnists


Cushman: Leaders need followers

The passage in Ruth 1:16 highlights what it means to belong: "Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God my God."

This was Ruth's response when her mother-in-law Naomi suggested she go back to her own people after the death of her husband, Naomi's son. But Ruth was determined to stay, to be with Naomi.

December 01, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


McCoy: The right skills for a crisis

I've been re-reading the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, and my brain is reeling with spaceships, robots, time travel and towels. But one passage I read is more a real-world warning than it is science fiction. Arthur Dent, the protagonist, is stranded on a remote and primitive planet. Nothing in his training has prepared him for a world that's this simpleminded, and despite his supposed learning and skills, he feels useless. Instead of doing what most useless people do - going into national politics - he opens a sandwich shop. He's a survivor and he's found ...

December 01, 2012 | David McCoy | Columnists


Williams: Parting company

For decades, it has been obvious that there are irreconcilable differences between Americans who want to control the lives of others and those who wish to be left alone. Which is the more peaceful solution: Americans using the brute force of government to beat liberty-minded people into submission or simply parting company? In a marriage, where vows are ignored and broken, divorce is the most peaceful solution.

Similarly, our Constitutional and human rights have been increasingly violated by a government instituted to protect them. Americans who support constitutional abrogation have no intention of mending their ways.

December 01, 2012 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Morgan: Heights don’t faze this guy

Washing windows isn't on anyone's list of favorite things to do, but imagine the job of washing the windows at CNN Center where soaring glass window walls enclose the towering structure. Well, Covington's Fred Franklin has done it, but that's only one of his high-rise, nail-biting accomplishments. When Atlanta hosted the 1988 Democratic Convention, it was Franklin who rigged and lifted to the roof the sound and lighting stages, hung the ceiling banners and raised thousands of balloons to the roof that would be dropped at the end of the convention.

With high-flying experience like that ...

November 29, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Rasmussen: Obama’s 1st-term gamble will affect 2nd term

One little noticed and quite remarkable aspect of Election 2012 is that Barack Obama won a majority of the popular vote for the second consecutive time. With the exception of Franklin D. Roosevelt's four-term run in the 1930s and '40s, it's the first time the Democrats have won a majority of the presidential vote in back-to-back elections since 1836.

This suggests that the president has a unique opportunity to reshape American politics in a major way. To accomplish that, however, his second term will have to be deemed a success in the court of public opinion. Mandates and ...

November 29, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Endless PINs and passwords

It's my birthday month again, and I had to renew my car tag. This year, I had to get an actual tag, not just a decal. I didn't think anything about it until I had to find my car in a parking lot and realized that I couldn't look for the familiar "ACY" license plate. (I told you there are several cars in Covington just like mine.) I have to learn a new set of letters.

November 27, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


If at first you don’t secede, why try again?

In case you have been busy doing mundane stuff like eking out a living, you may have missed the news that there is a petition going around that would allow Georgia to secede from the union. As of this writing, there have been 24,579 signatures to the petition.

November 27, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Cushman: Moving on from Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving week is a time to express gratitude and appreciation and to acknowledge what we are thankful for in our lives. Many of us have Thanksgiving routines and rituals that take us out of the everyday routine of our lives and provide a space for us to slow down, unwind, reflect and give thanks.

November 25, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


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