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Will the ‘Trump effect’ oust Georgia incumbents?

Whether you like or dislike Donald Trump, there's no question he has pulled off an impressive political feat.

May 22, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Democrats' divisiveness and the House of Cards

While there has been much consternation and media coverage of the split between Trump supporters and the Republican establishment in the past few months, the ...

May 22, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


A life in numbers

Numbers are how one keeps score. Those who engage in any competitive endeavor - business, sports, even weight loss - seek numbers to tell them how well ...

May 22, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Your Mission -- Learning to Live

Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee, and Hillary Clinton continues to battle Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination. This week, Trump stated that he ...

May 15, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


When did Gov. Deal become a liberal?

The casual political observer might be asking this question after taking in the events of the past few weeks: When did Nathan Deal become a ...

May 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


It’s been a strange election year

When friends ask me if I'm ever going to retire as a working journalist, I respond, "How can I leave when I'm having ...

May 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Trump drives spike into culture war politics

Days before the Indiana primary, Ted Cruz paraded his two young daughters in matching pink dresses and spoke darkly of "putting little girls alone in ...

May 10, 2016 | By Froma Harrop | Columnists


The PSC should learn how to say ‘no’

Imagine that you are the loan officer at the local community bank.

May 01, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Trump's triumph

Donald Trump's commanding win this week of all five of the Republican primaries provides him with enormous momentum for the final six weeks of ...

May 01, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


A tale of two speeches

Donald Trump gained a commanding win in New York this week, picking up 89 of the 95 New York state Republican delegates. The win brought ...

April 24, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


The Liberal Silent Majority

A few days before Bernie Sanders lost badly in the New York primary, 27,000 souls filled Washington Square Park, many wildly cheering him on ...

April 24, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


State senator defends religious freedom legislative efforts

A couple of weeks ago, I was highly critical of the efforts of proponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and particularly of State Sen ...

April 24, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Your elected officials want to keep you in the dark

Whenever you hear an elected official say they support the concept of "transparency" in government, you really shouldn't take them seriously. They usually don ...

April 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Kasich's Why

With Republican frontrunner Donald Trump holding 744 of the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination before the convention, the possibility of a contested ...

April 17, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Sanders and the Snapchat Liberals

If the polls hold, scoring tickets to "Hamilton" will be as good as it's going to get for Bernie Sanders in New York. But ...

April 17, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


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Odds are Will ‘the Winner’ Rogers wishes he was Mork from Ork

For a guy more uptight than a bullfrog in boiling water, State Sen. Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, can be a hoot. I first discovered this when he and another senator named Chip (Pearson, from Dawsonville) teamed up a few years ago to pass a bill in the Senate banning our body parts from being micro-chipped without our permission. I thought that was pretty funny: Chip, Chip and Microchip. Get it?

I wrote that when the bill passed the senate, Rogers was so ecstatic, he was seen running up and down the halls at the capitol yelling, "I am Mork ...

June 12, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Numbers and numerators

Recently, someone asked me the phone number of one of my daughters. I had to get out my cell phone and look up the number. I didn't know it by heart.

I was embarrassed at first, but when I thought about it, I realized that I only know five phone numbers by heart - my home phone, my cell phone, my husband's cell phone, my sister's home phone and the home phone number of one of my friends. And three of those numbers I knew before my husband or I had a cell phone. I had to look ...

June 12, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Have boat? Will borrow

Today was wonderful. I've just returned from a feast at the Blue Willow Inn, out in Social Circle, where I had the Charleston Room at my disposal. I enjoyed sweet tea, roast beef, and two helpings of my favorite dessert, banana pudding. This has been a perfect day, but then everyone knows Memorial Day is always the start of warm weather fun. The grills come out; the convertible tops go down; and boat owners everywhere race to the lakes to enjoy their expensive hobby. Yeah. Boats are on my mind.

June 09, 2012 | David McCoy | Columnists


Maximizing our returns

This year as we prepare the budget, the district Commissioners requested the county manager prepare a budget not to exceed the tax dollars generated by the current 10.91 millage rate. In other words, no tax increase. This is an admirable goal and I agree with them; no one wants to raise taxes.

June 09, 2012 | By Kathy Morgan | Columnists


Pants on fire Romney

There are those who tell the truth. There are those who distort the truth. And then there's Mitt Romney.

June 09, 2012 | Eugene Robinson | Columnists


Sorry seems to be the hardest word

Being in the right place at the right time is sometimes less about luck than it is heeding a call. And, rather than fame or fortune, the result can be something far more precious.

June 09, 2012 | By Maurice Carter | Columnists


Words matter

Words have power; they create images and possibilities, and provide a window into the future of what could be.

June 09, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


The pursuit of perfection

What is it in human beings, in general, that inspires the sometimes-lifelong pursuit of perfection? Perfection is an elusive thing - if it even exists. The pursuit is like chasing an ephemeral sprite through a darkening forest. Now you see it. Now you don't. What seems perfect in one moment can be altered in an instant by a change in one's emotions, the arrival of new information or a new light that is shined on what was thought to be a flawless object.

June 07, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


High jinks are for kids

I sponsored the school newspaper at Newton County High School for many years. It was, for the most part, an enjoyable experience. The students were enthusiastic and often had visions of publishing great exposés about various school activities. They were disappointed to learn that stories actually had to be based on fact and that there was little or nothing at the school that would be suited to an exposé.

June 05, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Georgia's Golden Isles don't need Dr. Beach's approval

Have you ever heard of Florida International University? I must admit they don't come to mind when talking about institutions of higher learning. Perhaps that is because I think first of the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, current state football champions and home to 18 Rhodes Scholars. Woof! Woof!

June 05, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Robinson: Romney plays his Trump card

Donald Trump has said he would be "open" to accepting a Cabinet post if Mitt Romney becomes president. Trump would prefer "a position where I negotiate against some of these countries, because they are really taking our lunch." So is he on the short list, perhaps, for secretary of state?

June 02, 2012 | Eugene Robinson | Columnists


Carter: So, you think you can lead

It's encouraging so many candidates qualified to run for local positions in the upcoming primary elections. These days, nearly everyone has all the answers, until you press them to put those great ideas into practice. Then, the excuses start.

June 02, 2012 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Cushman: Freedom is never free

An 8-year-old boy loses his father to an execution squad. Imagine the shock, questions and hurt at losing his father at such a young age. Why did his father have to die? Could his death been avoided? Why did he have to lose his father?

June 02, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Rasmussen: Team Obama finds Romney hard target to hit

The Obama campaign's early attempts to attack Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital or present him as too extreme to be president have not worked out all that well so far. The early stumbles have created a flurry of commentaries wondering what's wrong with the team that performed so flawlessly in Election 2008.

June 02, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Morgan: Not living in the moment

We recently returned from an out-of-town trip to find that summer - not even having arrived officially - is on sale and fall is peeking around the corner. The mailbox was full of catalogs offering miraculous markdowns on everything one might want for summer - shorts, sandals, sand pails, swimwear and outdoor furniture, to name a few. Are such early sales campaigns a simple ploy to bulk up summer sales figures or just to get rid of merchandise that's overstocked due to overzealous corporate buyers? Or is it a brazen example of ever accelerating marketing and profit taking that focuses us always ...

May 31, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


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