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First session finishes with a flourish

The last day of my first session was thrilling and exhausting. I worked from 7 in the morning to midnight to get "Kelsey's Law" over the finish line. Only 13 minutes remained before the official "Sine Die" when all work must cease until next year. But I am incredibly grateful that my work, and the work of Newton Representatives Pam Dickerson and Doug Holt before me, finally came to fruition after four long years. More importantly, I am humbled to be just a small part of courageous Kelsey's fight to protect fellow teenage girls.

April 12, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Columnist no ‘Playtoe,’ but irked by lack of respect

Fortune Magazine has announced its list of the World's Greatest Leaders for 2015 and would you believe that I got snubbed again this year?

April 12, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gay rights movement is totalitarian

The gay rights movement has tended to be a well-choreographed stage production over the last number of decades. Over time, behind the scenes, they pushed hard for gay characters in film and television. They pushed gay actors out of the closet and encouraged celebrations of diversity.

April 12, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Technology will trump ‘Bootleggers’ mentality

In recent weeks, I've written about how the "Bootleggers and Baptists" dynamic corrupts regulatory politics. Bruce Yandle developed this concept decades ago. He observed that Prohibition became reality because Baptists wanted people to stop drinking while the ban on legal alcohol put money in the Bootlegger's pockets. The do-gooders succeeded only because the money-grubbers joined their effort.

April 12, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Living through the times

It seems every day now some famous personality or former friend has passed away and at 68 it makes me think sometimes of my own mortality.

April 05, 2015 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


GE and America’s corporate bootleggers

I recently highlighted an important book that describes how politics really works. "Bootleggers and Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics," by Adam Smith and Bruce Yandle, showed that prohibition became reality because it appeared to satisfy both Baptists and Bootleggers.

April 05, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


The weekend that changed the world

Approximately 1,982 years ago, a man died. In fact, many men died that day. We know for sure of three men. Two were tied to crosses and crucified. One was nailed to the cross. Had that been the end of it, it would have just been like so many other Roman crucifixions. But, unbeknownst to most anyone at the time, the first Easter weekend would become the most important weekend in the history of the world.

April 05, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Newton Co. legislators busy with successful legislation

It was a great week for Newton County! I am ecstatic to tell you that "Haleigh's Law," the medical cannabis oil bill, passed both the House and Senate and was signed by the Governor this week. Also my bill, "Kelsey's Law," passed unanimously in the Senate near midnight on the last night. I was also very excited that Newton County Representative Pam Dickerson's cyber-bullying law passed both the House and the Senate.

April 05, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Growing jobs, investing in the community and trading squirrel pelts

Dear Editor,

March 29, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | Columnists


If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out

The headline to this story is an adage taught by journalism schools throughout the country. News is supposed to be based on facts and reported without bias. But alas, reporters are human and have biases, acknowledged or not. If they are blatant and obvious, then we can dismiss them out of hand, (example: Chris Matthews saying, "I felt this thrill going up my leg," when listening to a speech given by then-presidential candidate Barack Obama).

March 29, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


President Spock?

The death of Leonard Nimoy saddened millions of Trekkies around the world (including me). But it wasn't just Trekkies who mourned. In the past month, it has become clear that Mr. Spock - the character Nimoy brought to life - had become a cultural icon extending far beyond the Trek universe.

March 29, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Thankful for a new generation of committed Methodist ministers

I spent last week helping to assess a group of people for a job I couldn't do if my life depended on it. Actually, what they were seeking is not a job; it is a calling. And my life here and in the hereafter depends on how well they do it.

March 22, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Baptists and Bootleggers:

It's apparent to anyone willing to look that a wide gap has grown between a Washington/Wall Street political class and the nation they want to rule. Less clear to many is the reason why.

March 22, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


‘A great week for the children’

It was a great week for the children of Georgia. Not only did my bill to protect teenage girls from having their phone number put on a pornographic website ("Kelsey's Law") pass unanimously, but a Cyber Bullying measure by my fellow Newton delegate Rep. Pam Dickerson also passed. Overall, there were many bills to protect children including the "Hidden Predator Act" which lengthens the amount of time a victim may bring a sexual abuse perpetrator to civil court. This bill moves Georgia from the fourth worst in the nation to where most states are now. There was also a ...

March 22, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Our thoughts: Election smearing

There has begun a stirring of potential political candidates for the 2016 election, we know this because already there is already a sense of mud being mixed in order to smear folks.

March 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists


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Durusau: Guns and Bibles

It doesn't happen very often, but every now and again I will agree with a Republican proposal.

February 18, 2011 | Patrick Durusau | Columnists


Morgan: Image of Georgia a state of mind

The Georgia immortalized by Ray Charles' matchless rendition of "Georgia on My Mind" is hard to quantify.

February 18, 2011 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Yarbrough: A public relations train wreck

Things are in a mess under the Gold Dome and I may be responsible.

February 16, 2011 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Giddens: Keeping HOPE

The anguished call came in the night three Christmases ago, a voice mail message left by the son with whom I share a name.

February 15, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | Columnists


Harwell: Happy Valentine’s Day

Well, we've survived the great blizzards of 2011. The sky is blue, the temperature is rising, little buds have appeared on the end of tree branches, and Monday is Valentine's Day. Things are looking up.

February 13, 2011 | Nat Harwell | Columnists


Get on the Main Street

On Thursday, this community has the opportunity to be part of local training hosted by the Department of Community Affairs's Office of Downtown Development. The department staff will introduce downtown stakeholders to the Main Street Four-Point Approach to downtown revitalization. It is an opportunity to learn how the concepts of design, economic restructuring, organization and promotion mesh to form the Main Street program.

February 13, 2011 | Josephine Kelly Guest Columnist | Columnists


Be prepared and leave the herd behind

If anyone has visited the state capitol during a time when the General Assembly is in session you've probably seen the herd.

February 13, 2011 | Jim Tudor Guest Columnist | Columnists


False defense of the indefensible

The Newton County commissioners' $57.6 million sales tax proposal raises this interesting question: Why are these officials and the bankers, auto dealers and big land owners behind them so determined to defend the indefensible by skirting the law and trashing the truth?

February 11, 2011 | By Claude Sitton | Columnists


Morgan: Of Love, loyalty and Sinatra

It's the season of hearts and flowers, wine and chocolate, mushy cards or, better yet, jewelry.

February 10, 2011 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Giddens: Why can’t we be friends?

The conversation is engaged and ongoing at our Facebook site, and we thank you.

February 09, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | Columnists


Yarbrough: Some thoughts at random

State Rep. Rich Golick (R-Smyrna) is one of the more able members of the Georgia General Assembly and a serious young man not given to hyperbole.

February 09, 2011 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Giddens: Grave concerns a lifetime interest

I spent part of the chilled, gloomy first day of February in an appropriate place, Oxford's historic cemetery.

February 07, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | Columnists


Harwell: Indeed, what would Ronald Reagan do?

Today is the late President Ronald Wilson Reagan's 100th birthday.

February 06, 2011 | Nat Harwell | Columnists


Tudor: Know thy Legislator

If you happen to be in the minority and can name both your state representative and state senator, congratulations.

February 06, 2011 | By Jim Tudor | Columnists


Cushman: Reagan’s message resonates

Sunday will mark the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan. Many will be celebrating his birth, his life, and the legacy he left our country and the conservative movement. To celebrate, take a few minutes to watch two of his speeches - his 1964 speech in support of Barry Goldwater and his 1987 speech at the Brandenburg Gate - and you will remember why Reagan was called the Great Communicator, and will notice how his message still resonates with us today.

February 06, 2011 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


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