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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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Focus should be on facts

The challenge for modern-day campaigns is that the rapid speed of the news cycle ensures that new news is created on a daily basis, even when it is not really news. Blame the hunger for something novel and fresh that can eat up time on the 24-hour cable news channels.

September 20, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Home again, home again

There's nothing like being away to restore one's body and soul. We were away just last week in somewhat familiar parts of Maine and New Hampshire, itself a brand new experience. The clean air, lack of humidity, brisk breezes, forest-covered mountains, rocky shores and charming small towns, some predating the Revolutionary War, were balm and sustenance. Good friends, good food and good wine provided endless moments to be cherished.

September 20, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Yarbrough: For the legislature, this party may be over

When the gavel bangs to open the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly, I would suggest the first order of business be to have Willie Nelson serenade our solons with "The Party's Over." Willie sings that song better than almost anybody and it would be an effective way to remind our intrepid public servants that there is a new sheriff in town.

September 18, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Travis: Common sense threshold

A frequent topic of conversation in the Language Arts teachers' work room of Newton High School more than 20 years ago was something we called the sense threshold. When the administration, county office or other powers-that-be issued an edict that defied common sense, we would exclaim in wonder, discuss the absurdity and intone, "sense threshold, sense threshold."

One year, it was decided that we would not keep official attendance in our roll books; we would mark attendance and tardies on a Scantron form for each class period. In other words, we would bubble in who was tardy and absent on ...

September 18, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Gather information at the local courthouse

The courthouse is a wealth of information for family research. Just like newspapers, court records tell us how our ancestors lived.

September 15, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | Columnists


Don’t trust everything you read online

A teacher told me this week, "If only students remembered lessons as well as commercials."

September 15, 2012 | Terri Kimble | Columnists


Let individuals, not politicians, make health care decisions

The health care debate is a great example of why Americans hate politics.

September 15, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Are you a nutty collector?

Do you collect things? For reasons known only to God and Alan Greenspan, we humans are the only species that collects things just for fun. Penguins don't knowingly collect sports memorabilia; turtles don't collect stamps; and I've yet to meet a dog who owned any artwork - not even an acrylic-on-velvet painting of a fire hydrant. Animals collect berries, nuts, twigs and other practical things, and except for the pack rat, random collecting is a human act, passion and obsession. I'm an admitted collector. I collect teapots, guitar amplifiers and English grammar books, but, I'm not ...

September 15, 2012 | David McCoy | Columnists


No Gipper here

Once upon a time there was a silver-tongued president. His foreign policy must have been seen by enemies of the United States as weak and feckless, because these enemies became emboldened. Mideast terrorists staged a brutal, bloody attack in which innocent Americans were killed. The president's response could be seen as a display of shameful weakness rather than steely resolve.

September 15, 2012 | Eugene Robinson | Columnists


Justifiable anger not passive rhetoric

A U.S. ambassador is the legal representative of the President of the United States to that foreign country and the land on which the U.S. Embassy resides is considered U.S. territory. The murder of U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and an armed attack on a U.S. Embassy are both unequivocal acts of war. I am bewildered and upset by the response from the President and the State Department. The president delivered a weak response with a reference to U.S. respect for other religious beliefs without taking a strong position of power to provide ...

September 15, 2012 | William Peruguino | Columnists


Don’t be afraid of reality

A small drinking glass sits on a smooth, damp rock, filled to the midpoint with water. With a friend, you examine the glass and debate: is it half empty or half full?

September 15, 2012 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Expectations and experience

Last week a friend and I were in Athens on business and decided to stay for dinner. We invited her nephew and friends to join us. We had no expectations other than a few students enjoying a free meal. We were impressed with a diverse group of young adults providing us with interesting conversation that turned into a delightful evening.

September 13, 2012 | Kathy Morgan | Columnists


McCoy: Passing it on

May the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! He is the compassionate father and God of all comfort. He's the one who comforts us in all our trouble so that we can comfort other people who are in every kind of trouble.

September 13, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Charter amendment advocates present their case

Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, majority whip of the Georgia House of Representatives asked me if I would talk to the proponents of the upcoming constitutional amendment on charter schools and get their side of the story. This was after Mr. Lindsey and I had publicly crossed swords over the issue.

September 11, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Free rides on the Metro

When my sister and I travel, we go on our own in the U.S., but overseas, we like someone to meet us at the airport and give us a short half-day tour and then leave us alone to do our own thing.

September 11, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


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