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Newton County children should prepare for new bioscience jobs

The ribbon cutting of the Governor's new $14 million Bioscience Training Center and the College and Career Academy in Newton County can hardly be ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists

People make the difference

Several recent events might lead average Americans to throw up their hands in regards to politics, and possibly want to shut down Washington themselves. Take ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists

Reliability and engineering

When I was growing up, my mother ran carpool in our family's red 1969 Volkswagen Beetle. As the youngest, at age 5, I rode ...

September 27, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Liberal reasoning: idiotic or dishonest?

Many people argue that liberals, socialists and progressives do not understand basic economics. I am not totally convinced about that.

September 27, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists

High school fishing clubs growing in Georgia

Mark Gintert might just have the best job in America. An avid outdoorsman and a successful businessman, Gintert is the national youth director of The ...

September 27, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Parties seek the right path on immigration

It was one of those pleasant September afternoons when you can feel the heat of summer giving way as the seasons change.

September 27, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Johnston: Let's move Covington forward

Dear City of Covington Residents,

September 20, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | Columnists

Come on, Joe, make everyone happy and run for president

While millions of people were expected to watch the second Republican debate this week on CNN, the first Democratic debate will not be held until ...

September 20, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

The long, yet refreshing, debate

It was a long debate. "The Sound of Music" with Julie Andrews clocked in at three hours. The CNN debate in Simi Valley, California, ran ...

September 20, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists

‘Religious freedom’ and its unintended consequences

If you've been watching TV, you surely have seen the controversy in Kentucky where a court clerk has been in and out of jail ...

September 20, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Black family structure wasn’t always this way

Academics and public intellectuals, who should know better, attempt to explain the highly visible and publicized pathology witnessed in cities such as Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago ...

September 13, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists

Politicians are human beings too

Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) is a politician who's had a lot of things going his way.

September 13, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Jobs in Georgia still strong

On the Economic Development Committee, we talk a lot about attracting good jobs to Georgia. We also hear a lot of reports about where the ...

September 13, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists

Why home schooling?

Many public primary and secondary schools are dangerous places. The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Department of Education's National Center ...

September 06, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists

Hillary's sycophants

In New York and Washington, spotting Hillary Clinton staffers is easy. Just look for dogs who prefer to sniff people's noses instead of other ...

September 06, 2015 | Eric Erickson | Columnists

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Latarski:GDOT Leadership

Don't look now but the Georgia Department of Transportation is looking for a new commissioner and this will be the fifth one in about the last six years. As the ol' boy said when he saw the locomotive sitting on the dirt road: "This ain't no way to run a railroad."

September 24, 2011 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists

McCoy: A bungling burglar

Before we start, let me state that I am not now, nor have I ever been a professional burglar. I don't believe in taking something that doesn't belong to me. Heck, I've even had a tough time retrieving things that do belong to me. But, if I were to suddenly find myself shoehorned into a life of criminal trespass, breaking and entering and general mischief, I'd be arrested on the first day out. While watching cop shows in the 1970s, I learned that burglary takes a certain level of skill with ladders, an expertise with crawling ...

September 24, 2011 | David McCoy | Columnists

Morgan: A trip back in time

Neither "pack rat" nor "hoarder" is a term I would ever use about my precious mother. "Historian" is far better. Recently, she pulled out two boxes of old newspapers and invited me to have a look. They go back to 1936 when she was a student at Macon's Wesleyan College, reading The Macon Telegraph and captivated by King Edward VIII's abandonment of the English throne to marry American divorcee' Wallis Warfield Simpson. On December 8, 1936, the headline blared: "Mrs. Simpson Offers to Give up King's Love." (Drama queen, indeed.) On May 13, 1937, Edward's brother ...

September 22, 2011 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists

Sowell: The ‘Ponzi’ sound bite

Many in the media and in politics have gone ballistic over the fact that Texas Governor Rick Perry called Social Security "a Ponzi scheme."

September 22, 2011 | Thomas Sowell | Columnists


Most of Newton County's legislators attended a meeting held Tuesday at the Covington Rotary Club. Both of our new legislators, Rep. Steve Davis (R-McDonough) and Sen. Ronald Ramsey (D-Lithonia), both introduced themselves to the gathered Rotary members and explained how they felt about serving Newton County.

September 22, 2011 | Staff Report | Columnists

Becoming a mover and shaker can be very tough

When Nathan Deal was elected governor, I made myself a promise that I was going to get along better with him than I did with his predecessor, George E. Perdue. If our new governor wanted to build a few concrete fishponds, I'd look the other way. If he wanted to dress up like Dr. Seuss' "Cat in the Hat" and talk to school kids while shafting their teachers, I would just shake my head in bemusement. If he rode a motorcycle around the Capitol or drove a bus across town for reasons that made no sense at all or ...

September 21, 2011 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Are you a grammar wizard?

I've had fun writing for this column, and the one that received the most responses was the one about English teachers running around correcting the world's grammar. Everyone who responded shared his or her pet peeves. So here is a test. Correct these sentences:

September 21, 2011 | Paula Travis | Columnists

Waving the Constitution

We are used to flag-waving in this country, but we have moved to Constitution-waving as well. Small reprints often inhabit the jacket pockets of men and pocketbooks of women. My desk holds a 3.5-inch by 5-inch copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

September 18, 2011 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Back to the Future: part II

Some people are hoping that President Obama's plan will get the economy out of the doldrums and start providing jobs for the unemployed. Others are hoping that the Republicans' plan will do the trick.

September 18, 2011 | Thomas Sowell | Columnists

The discovery of a new planet

Just in case you missed this, scientists have discovered a planet outside our solar system that is in what they call the Goldilocks Zone - not too hot, not too cold - which makes it a possible place for life to form.

September 18, 2011 | By Ric Latarski | Columnists

My secret life as a cashier

Grocery shopping has become a frustrating experience. It's not that it's hard to find wonderful items to buy, not with all the great choices in the stores. I'm a smart shopper. I buy fruits, and juices, and healthy veggies; I'm an angel in the meat department, just looking at the ribeye steaks and not poking them too much; and I'm especially careful to close my eyes in the candy and cookie aisle. My problem isn't with the actual shopping itself. I always find great things to eat. What dismays me is the self-service checkout ...

September 18, 2011 | David McCoy | Columnists

Back to the future?

Those who are impressed by words seem to think that President Barack Obama made a great speech to Congress last week. But, when you look beyond the rhetoric, what did he say that was fundamentally different from what he has been saying and doing all along?

September 16, 2011 | Thomas Sowell | Columnists

Golf clubs not required

A few years back, we lived on a beautiful tract of land in the country outside of Social Circle. Oh, you should have seen it: a gurgling creek behind our house that was set in an open meadow, thick stands of hardwood encircling the property and a driveway so long the existence of our house was unknown to passersby on the country road that fronted our place. Fetching the morning paper for Bob before he headed off to work involved cranking the car and heading up a steep hill on the driveway before it opened out into a wide and ...

September 16, 2011 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists

Travis: I don't need all these appliances

My slow cooker died recently. I went to buy a new one, a task I thought would be relatively simple. But, no. Slow cookers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, apparently one size does not fit all. Once I had sorted out size and shape, I then had to choose from a variety of bulbous protuberances on the sides of the cookers which would allow me to program the amounts of time and start times.

September 14, 2011 | Paula Travis | Columnists

Yarbrough: Some thoughts 10 years after 9/11

Before we leave the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers the Pentagon and Flight 93 over Shanksville, Pa., allow me a couple of parting thoughts.

September 14, 2011 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

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