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Blacks must confront reality

Though racial discrimination exists, it is nowhere near the barrier it once was. The relevant question is: How much of what we see today can be explained by racial discrimination? This is an important question because if we conclude that racial discrimination is the major cause of black problems when it isn't, then effective solutions will be elusive forever. To begin to get a handle on the answer, let's pull up a few historical facts about black Americans.

August 30, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Time to call a spade a spade

As the character Cecily said to Miss Fairfax in a play written by Oscar Wilde entitled "The Importance of being Earnest": "When I see a spade I call it a spade."

August 30, 2014 | Mychal massie | Columnists


In 1970, we had a riot; Ferguson looks like war

The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


The Value of Work and Labor Day

My first paying job was cleaning the bathrooms at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Georgia, where I was a member. I was 14, the minimum age for "children" to work. This was neither glamorous nor exciting work, but useful and needed work. On Sundays I often over heard the "little old ladies" of the church commenting on the cleanliness of the bathroom. I remember my subsequent feeling of pride. While not a glamorous work, my actions were helpful and appreciated by those who used the facilities. For providing this useful service I earned minimum wage in 1981, ($3.35 ...

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Family’s tragedy: text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

August 26, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


The new face of evil

As Hannah Arendt foresaw, we are once again up against the question of evil. An American photojournalist, James Foley, was presented to the camera and methodically decapitated. The instrument was not the ax reserved for royalty or the whooshing blade prompted by that reformer Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, but an ordinary looking knife. Death would be neither swift nor painless. This, somewhere in the bleached desert, was pure evil.

August 26, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Decision Pending on Newton’s Government Structure

The structure of county government is once again on the agenda of the Board of Commissioners (BOC), which has scheduled a work session for Aug. 26, 2014. As readers may recall, this has been a topic of discussion for several months and the BOC has met with experts from both the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the regional planning agency. Representatives of both clearly have indicated that the current "hybrid" system of having both a full time Commission needs to be changed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of county government.

August 23, 2014 | Larry McSwain | Columnists


50 years in newspaper industry

The other day I found myself thinking on how long I have been a part of the newspaper industry - it turns out that this will be my 50th year, with one year of my life working with mentally challenged adults and two working with people going into their final sunset, through Hospice.

August 23, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


Tuition pays for this

According to College Board, average tuition and fees for the 2013-14 school year totaled $30,094 at private colleges, $8,893 for in-state residents at public colleges and $22,203 for out-of-state residents. Many schools, such as Columbia University and George Washington University, charge yearly tuition and fees close to $50,000. Faced with the increasing costs of higher education, parents and taxpayers might like to know what they're getting for their money.

August 21, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Political stereotyping

While we might like to think that voters research the issues, review the candidates, and then vote for the candidate that best reflects their views, the reality, based on political science research, is much different. A

August 21, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


One letter not enough to polish liberal credential

Rap! Rap! Rap!

August 19, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Held to an unobtainable standard

Back in 1980, an Israeli diplomat met with Ronald Reagan as he was running for president. Reagan was furious over the hostages being held in the American embassy in Iran and told the diplomat he could not understand why the U.S. didn't do what Israel would have done: land troops on the embassy roof and take the Americans out. The dismayed diplomat nodded disingenuously. Yes, that's exactly what Israel would do.

August 19, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Saying ‘I love you’

As I get older unfortunately death rears its ugly head more than I would like to see.

August 16, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


Cushman: Back to school

Maybe it's the fact that both my parents were teachers when I was growing up, or that I was a studious, serious child, but I've always loved going back to school in the fall.

August 14, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Williams: Get ready for denials

Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera accused Matt Drudge's website of "the worst kind of jingoistic rhetoric ever" for carrying news stories about the dangers of illegal immigration. He said Drudge "is doing his best to stir up a civil war. I mean, shame on Matt Drudge." Republican Rep. Todd Rokita and his Indiana delegation have been criticized for suggesting the possibility that Latin American children pouring across our southern border are carrying deadly diseases. Some of them have already been discovered to be carrying lice and suffering from disease. We've yet to find out what kind of communicable ...

August 14, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists


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Ga. Congressmen say ‘keep drilling’

Georgia has never been an oil-producing state, but its congressmen have always been the most enthusiastic supporters anywhere of exploring every conceivable location where black gold might be located.

May 12, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Vidalia onions a Georgia blessing

If I want to pucker a few know-it-all Yankee fannies, all I have to do is start bragging about how the Great State of Georgia is most blessed among these our United States.

May 12, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Mothers and other mothers

Is there any better time to recognize how special mothers are than on Mother's Day? No matter our circumstances in life, and despite possibly being at odds with our moms occasionally, Mother's Day provides us all with a moment to put things in perspective, doesn't it?

I remember when I was a kid, my Daddy making sure my younger brother and I had our cards ready for the big day. Those many years ago we'd actually make our own cards utilizing construction paper, cutting out a big heart with scissors and then coloring it in just ...

May 09, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists


The good mother

In 1980, my mother tells me, she made the decision to divorce my father. She believed her decision was the right one for her and her girls.

Her mother, Mamoo, was supportive. She offered to clear her tenant out of her duplex in Columbus, Ga., so we could move in, but my mother declined.

May 09, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Bad math

I was never great at math, regrettably. Physics fascinated me, and there's no doubt in my mind that at some point - perhaps when the elusive Higgs Boson, or "God particle," is discovered - math will lead us to a more complete understanding of the creation of the universe, and how everything works together. But when I was in high school it became apparent that if math unlocks universal secrets heretofore withheld from mankind's understanding, someone else would have to serve as locksmith.

May 02, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists


Opportunity or fairness

"Why does my brother have lots of boys to play with on our street and there are not as many girls?" my daughter asked. "It's not fair."

I provided the classic reply, "Life's not fair, honey."

May 02, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Volunteers and fairies-at-heart

There's one thing in particular that amazes me about living in Covington: That's the number of volunteers and volunteer-based organizations that are at work in this community year 'round. Among our friends, all are volunteering somewhere. It can become a way of life. It's been in my blood for years since I was invited onto the board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and worked the check-out register in its cavernous food warehouse.

April 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Columnists


Kissing the Blarney Stone: Schools should focus on educating

The people who pay taxes in this county and all of us who have children or grandchildren have every right to be concerned with what is happening to our school system.

April 25, 2010 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


Tell me about school

The old man had not had a good day. He set out after breakfast to accomplish the fairly simple task of mowing his modest yard for the first time in 2010. But after cleaning away winter storage grime, installing a new spark plug and pouring in fresh gas and oil, he became frustrated when on the first pull the lawn mower's starter cord broke. Standing there, holding the rubber T-handle, he watched the bulk of the cord ratchet away into the mower's motor housing.

Two trips to the hardware store failed to bear fruit before the stubborn old ...

April 25, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists


Addressing school cut concers

Over the past seven years while serving on the Newton BOE I like to think I have listened to my community. The challenges have changed over the last seven years. When I began serving in 2003, there were 13,700 students in our system; today there are over 19,400 students in our system. I appreciate all of the professionals who on a daily basis teach, feed, protect, clean up after and transport our children.

I would like to address some of the points made in The Covington News editorial and letters to the editor.

April 25, 2010 | Cathy Dobbs Guest columnist | Columnists


Politicians don't finish the drill

It is a phrase that UGA football Coach Mark Richt uses often with his players: Finish the drill. In other words, get the job done, do it right, and do it all.

That message seems to have been lost on some of the people serving in political office. The trend now is to get elected to something and then resign. A good example is Sarah Palin, who quit before finishing her term as Alaska's governor. Palin seems to have been an inspiration to a lot of Georgia politicians.

April 21, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Who cares about global warming?

In 1971, I joined my parents and older sister in the second annual Earth Day by picking up litter in Carrollton.

April 18, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


The pace quickens

The pace of the Georgia Legislature is increasing as the clock ticks to the end of the final day, scheduled for April 21.

The Senate recently passed House Bill 307, which includes another tax cut for Georgians and an effort to keep the federal government's hands out of your pockets. The bill contains a $75 million cut in the state portion of a tax on health insurance premiums. Currently there is a 5 percent tax on those premiums, half going to local governments and half to the state. Under the gigantic "Obama Care" bill in Washington, that Georgia tax ...

April 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Columnists


Ryan hammers UGA’s Adams

Bob Ryan, noted sports columnist for the Boston Globe recently ripped the National Collegiate Athletic Association for considering University of Georgia president Michael Adams as CEO of that organization to succeed the late Myles Brand, saying it would be a "colossal mistake." The NCAA search is being conducted by Parker Executive Search of Atlanta, the same firm that recommended Adams for the UGA job.

"Start with the idea that he (Adams) is not an academic," Ryan opines, "Michael Adams is a spinmeister. He is a clever and ruthless politician. He knows how to amass allies - a power-seeking liquor magnate named ...

April 14, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Grow the carrots

It's spring break week for my children, and this year we are joining others who are staycationing. We spent Monday morning at the Georgia Aquarium, and Tuesday we went to the Atlanta Zoo, where I learned something new and was reminded of something I already knew.

What was new? Pandas bleat to communicate.

April 11, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


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