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Leadership — a Study in Contrast

When terrible events happen, leaders address the safety concerns of their communities, and then reach out to various factions to ensure a solution is reached ...

November 22, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Say goodbye to Pinkie’s

From one of my favorite cities, Savannah, comes the sad news that Pinkie Master's Lounge will close at the end of the year.

November 15, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Big ‘thank you’ to UGA for study on marital bliss

There are many good things happening at my alma mater, the University of Georgia, these days. Unfortunately, not much of it is occurring on the ...

November 15, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

There’s no denying that it’s getting wetter

This is what the future looks like.

November 08, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Who should know better than to mess with our porcine preferences

The history revisionists are still busy as bees trying to rid us of all vestiges of the Old South. That means some brave soul is ...

November 08, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Words matter

Last Thursday, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was elected speaker of the House. At 45, he is the youngest person to get that job - other than ...

November 08, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Learning from Lady Liberty

On October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland, who proclaimed at that time, "We will not forget that Liberty ...

November 01, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Some random thoughts on some random subjects

I mentioned a few weeks back the TBF/FLW High School Fishing Southeastern Conference Championship tournament scheduled for Lake Lanier. It has come and gone ...

October 25, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

The Fundamentals Still Matter

Much of what the American press covers in political campaigns is the daily horse race of polling and--every three months--the campaign finance numbers. Many of ...

October 25, 2015 | Eric Erickson | Columnists

Catching up on the news

While we wait for the next round of presidential debates, let's take a moment to catch up on some of Georgia's major political ...

October 25, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

The great white hope

This past week we returned to the 1980s. A group of elderly rich white liberals stood on a stage in Las Vegas, Nevada, and told ...

October 18, 2015 | Eric Erickson | Columnists

Sanders sails through debate

For those who waited for presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to implode at the first debate, the wait was in vain. Polished, poised and ...

October 18, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Wealth, poverty and politics

Dr. Thomas Sowell, my colleague and friend, told me several years ago that he wasn't going to write any more books, but that was ...

October 18, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists

Somebody forgot to tell God the world was ending

eBible Fellowship, a group out of Philadelphia that does all their worshiping online ("Alright, users, let us bow our heads and Twitter.") said recently that ...

October 18, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Deal moves to pick his own judicial system

Nathan Deal, meet Franklin Roosevelt.

October 18, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

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Midterm life report

"What is the meaning of life?" my middle school daughter asked me recently as we were lying on her bed one evening. After a few minutes of contemplation, knowing that the answer was not about acquisition of money, fame or power, and that material items might provide ease in life, but not meaning, I responded that it is "to experience and then to allow God's grace to shine through you to others."

November 20, 2011 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Happy Thanksgiving, Southern style

It seems the Christmas holidays arrive a little earlier every year, thanks in part to retailers pushing to get every sale they can. This year we saw Christmas decorations out well before Halloween and a few communities have already put up Christmas decorations and turned on their Christmas lights.

November 20, 2011 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Hallelujah! It's a word we've all heard, probably all used. Hallelujah! It's a word that means "Praise the Lord." You see it all over the place in the Old Testament as the people praised God when they saw one work of his or another. "Hallelujah" is what we're told we'll be shouting for all time in heaven, in the presence of our God we won't be able to keep from praising.

November 18, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

Where has the year gone?

Are you asking yourself every day where has this year gone? It is now the middle of November. Thanksgiving is next week; Christmas, a little more than four weeks later, and New Year's less than a week after that.

November 18, 2011 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists

Have we lost our civility in politics?

We Americans have always been noted for our ability to have opposing political groups playing hardball politics while remaining civil and non-violent. When the campaigning, debating and voting was over, we returned to running the government and moving forward. The night time threats of physical violence to an opponent and his family was reserved for the banana republics and dictatorships. Sadly, some citizens of Newton County have recently displayed banana republic political behavior.

November 18, 2011 | William Perugino | Columnists

Keep looking up

"To you, I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!"

November 18, 2011 | Jan McCoy | Columnists

It's time for a grammar test

My granddaughter in the fourth grade recently had a test over pronouns, and in particular the many different spellings and meanings of "there, their, they're, theirs, there's.

November 16, 2011 | Paula Travis | Columnists

Survivor's guilt

The lighting was dim and the air filled with the fragrance of carnations and roses last Friday night. The tiny baby lay there quietly, with perfectly round cheeks and a little button nose, like on all newborn faces. A knit cap covered his hair, a monogrammed blanket was tucked beneath his chin, and as I heard others remarking, that precious baby looked just like a porcelain doll displayed in a box.

November 16, 2011 | Kari Apted | Columnists

Budget follies, again

Budget follies are in full swing in the nation's capital once again. Republicans, who agreed to automatic cuts a few months ago, are now trying to find a way to avoid defense cuts.

November 13, 2011 | Patrick Durusau | Columnists

Those super heroes

I'm going to take the opportunity this week to write a letter of thanks to our veterans.

November 13, 2011 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Old movies are the best

I guess I'm just a Luddite, trapped in a world-gone-by, but I prefer old movies to most of the ones coming out now. While there are some really good movies - the Harry Potter series comes to mind - most of the new stuff is just too trashy for me. There's too much cussin', too much sex, and way too much irreverence being shown to the things I care about. But those old movies are different. There's something comforting about watching a movie that celebrates goodness and honesty and doesn't glorify evil. That might seem so old fashioned ...

November 13, 2011 | David McCoy | Columnists

My age and my mail

The aging process is a strange thing.

November 13, 2011 | Ric Latarski | Columnists

Changing the county structure

A special work session of the Board of Commissioners of Newton County was held Monday night to determine the continuing status of the Administrative Assistant position and how that position would function and report. Up to this time the position held by Mr. Middleton reported directly to the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Kathy Morgan. Chairman Morgan had full administrative power and singular control of the daily operations of Newton County.

November 11, 2011 | By William Perugino | Columnists

Tears on Veterans Day

I am still not quite sure whether it is the result of the open-heart surgery I had 13 years ago or the fact I have gotten older, but it seems that I can well up with uncontrolled tears these days due to the strangest things.

November 11, 2011 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists

Does anybody really care?

If only I could turn my thoughts to all that's pleasant this time of year. Aren't the trees just gorgeous? And what about these perfect, blue-sky days we've enjoyed?

November 11, 2011 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists

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