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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


Archives from the Piedmont Chronicles: The Dark Tale of John S. Williams, Part II

So Gus Chapman, the escaped peon, met with Agents Brown and Wismer of the Bureau of Investigation in early 1921. The agents believed Chapman and ...

August 01, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Belton: Education is key in Georgia

I periodically like to update you where we are as a state. Last week I talked about how efficient and small our state government is ...

July 30, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Senate should push toward peak performance

This week, after the press predicted doom for the potential repeal and replacement of Obamacare, Senator John McCain, R., Ariz., who had been diagnosed with ...

July 30, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Crawford: It’s time to show some common sense on tax breaks

Is Georgia doling out too many tax breaks?

July 30, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Harrop: Trump's New York Rat Pack Continues to Grow

Anthony Scaramucci is two things Jeff Sessions is not. One, he is a New Yorker. Two, he is a New Yorker who made a bundle ...

July 30, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


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Yarbrough: Don’t just ‘walk away’ from public schools

As many of you recall, I opposed the recent charter school amendment, not because I oppose charter schools - I don't - but because I thought the wording of the amendment was duplicitous. I thought it grossly unfair that Gov. Nathan Deal could wax eloquently on the need for passage of the amendment but School Superintendent John Barge was not allowed to talk about opposing it. It was like Goliath beating up David.

February 05, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Put away childish things

It was front page news last summer when Chick-fil-A restaurants across America became the flashpoint for one of our nation's most divisive issues. Following statements by the restaurant chain's President, Dan Cathy, opposing same sex marriage, gay rights groups organized a nationwide boycott. To counter, conservatives opposed to same-sex marriage flooded the nearest Chick-fil-A to make a statement. It got ugly.

February 02, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Be weary of official lies

Let's expose presidential prevarication. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama warned that Social Security checks will be delayed if Congress fails to increase the government's borrowing authority by raising the debt ceiling. However, there's an issue with this warning. According to the 2012 Social Security trustees report, assets in Social Security's trust funds totaled $2.7 trillion, and Social Security expenditures totaled $773 billion. Therefore, regardless of what Congress does about the debt limit, Social Security recipients are guaranteed their checks.

February 02, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


The week that was in the state Senate

This week the Georgia General Assembly reconvened after a one-week recess to review Governor Nathan Deal's recommendations for the Amended FY13 Budget and FY14 Budget. We are on Day 9 of the 2013 session, but already my colleagues and I are hard at work filing legislation, meeting with our committees, and listening to the needs of our constituents.

February 02, 2013 | By Rick Jeffares | Columnists


Please “Teach Your Children Well”

I titled this column after Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's famous song because it properly reflects the story I'll tell, and because I'm fairly certain I'm not the only one on the planet who has realized the truth about home schooling.

February 02, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Are guns the problem?

The New York Times mobile app sent me a breaking news update Wednesday morning: "U.S. Economy Unexpectedly Contracted in Fourth Quarter." Based on high government third-quarter spending and government policies and politics occurring during the fourth quarter, the slowdown should come as no surprise.

February 02, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Power grab? Perception is reality

Whenever there's talk about improving accountability in government, the call goes out for increased transparency: Nothing should be hidden, all records should be easily accessible, the processes should be crystal clear, roles and responsibilities of government officials should be easy to define, any motives or personal agendas should be discernible and avoided, and the chain of command clearly visible.

January 31, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Real border control needed in immigration deal

A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators has proposed an immigration reform plan that appears to broadly reflect what voters would like to see. But there's a catch.

January 31, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


We bought the charter hype

An article in the AJC last week noted that $2.7 million was spent by proponents of the charter school amendment as compared with $262,822 spent by those who opposed the amendment. Among those who contributed to the proponent campaign were K12 Inc. and Charter Schools USA, both for profit companies that manage charter schools. Walmart heiress Alice Walton contributed $600,000. Other large contributors were StudentsFirst of Sacramento, Calif., American Federation for Children, PublicSchoolsOptions.org of Arlington, Va. Please notice that very little, if any, of the money spent to advocate for this amendment was local. Also please ...

January 29, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


GPB welcomes new ex. producer

Knock! Knock! Knock!

January 29, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Williams: Experts aren’t deities

Let's look at experts.

January 26, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Carter: The truth about freedom

Scanning my office bookshelves these days is a trip down Irony Lane - especially when I glance through the cycling section. There's Lance Armstrong's 2001 autobiography, "It's Not About the Bike." Lance, after your long overdue confession to Oprah regarding performance-enhancing drug use and blood doping, we know it was about a lot more than the bike. There's also his 2003 follow up, "Every Second Counts," which cries out for a subtitle such as "And I'll Do Anything to Get Them."

January 26, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Cushman: Republicans have opportunity

Fascinating. President Obama mentioned our Constitution in the first paragraph of his inaugural address, but in the same paragraph quoted from the Declaration of Independence, noting that we "articulated in a declaration" the following words:

January 24, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Legislators finally getting message?

Don't look now, but I think you are beginning to have some impact on the issue of unlimited lobbying expenditures in the Legislature.

January 22, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


A tale of dueling monitors

A new computer has been placed on my desk at The Covington News. Let me correct that, a new-to-me computer.

January 22, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


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