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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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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


McCoy: Successful aging

You might say "successful aging" means finding another candle on the old birthday cake, but I don't believe success can be defined in such simple terms where quantity equals quality. I think successful aging means something more complex, like coming to grips with your mortality and the small, but important role you play in life. You also have to wise up about your dreams. I abandoned my childhood dream of becoming an astronaut. I also gave up the extremely unrealistic dream of owning a vintage Italian car that didn't leak oil and make me swear. Does that mean ...

November 25, 2012 | David McCoy | Columnists


Williams: Democracy and majority rule

President Barack Obama narrowly defeated Gov. Mitt Romney in the popular vote 51 percent to 48 percent. In the all-important Electoral College, the difference was larger, with Obama winning 303 electoral votes and Romney 206. Let's not think so much about the election's outcome but instead ask: What's so good about democracy and majority rule?

November 24, 2012 | By Walter Williams | Columnists


Just who’s in charge?

It never fails that whenever I sit down to compose this weekly column - or almost anytime I find myself at the computer - our little gray girl cat comes around mewling plaintively. In the wink of an eye, she's on the desktop, prowling back and forth across the keyboard, putting herself between the computer screen and me.

November 23, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Give thanks unto the Lord

"Rejoice in the Lord always... Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

November 23, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


The Vampire Project

First, I commend Mr. Ketchum for having enough community interest to write his article, "Rails to rails: It makes too much sense," Nov. 16. Mr. Ketchum appears to have not been around to hear all the reasons for the project to be deemed not feasible or to experience the long emotional struggle over the project.

November 23, 2012 | William Peruguino | Columnists


Hines: Counting siblings as well as blessings

One of the things I'm most thankful for is growing up in a family that gave thanks. Three times a day, at every meal, my father said this "blessing": Heavenly Father, pardon our sins, and give us hearts to be thankful for this and all our blessings. Amen.

November 21, 2012 | By Roger Hines | Columnists


We are to blame for church membership decline

A recent study from the Pew Forum on Religion and Life reveals that for the first time in our history, more people in the United States claim no religious affiliation than those who do. There are now more than 13 million self-described atheists and agnostics (nearly 6 percent of the U.S. public), as well as nearly 33 million people who say they have no particular religious affiliation. Why is that?

November 20, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Holidays on the square

I hope everyone who attended the annual Lighting of the Courthouse on the square had a wonderful time.

November 20, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


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