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Crawford: The governor tries another idea for improving schools

We have seen this all before, many times.

May 07, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Harrop: What's Wrong With Obama's Getting $400,000 for a Speech?

Reports that Barack Obama will receive $400,000 for a speech at a Wall Street health conference have produced some violent finger-wagging by populists on ...

May 07, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Conason: The Grifters Do 'Tax Reform'

If you were paying attention to what we learned about Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, then you know that the president of the United ...

May 07, 2017 | Joe Conason | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: He's only just begun

Last Saturday marked President Donald Trump's 100th day in office. But you already know that, since he, his administration, his critics and members of ...

May 07, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


The Esoteric South: What the old folks used to say vs. that's what they say

As a young boy I fondly remember my Grandmother talking oftentimes about what the old folks used to say. The old folks used to say ...

May 07, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Yarbrough:Legislature turns adoption efforts into political sausage

There is a saying that the two things you don't want to see made are law and sausage. Sometimes, they are hard to tell ...

April 30, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Harrop: Can we think our way past robots?

Never mind the wall that President Trump said Mexico must pay for but then Congress must pay for; either that or much of the working ...

April 30, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Crawford: The Sixth District race is all about Trump

The first round of voting in the 6th Congressional District special election was a giant exercise in sorting.

April 30, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman:A meaningful life

This month has included the passing of my friend Julie who, at 41 years of age, was almost a decade younger than I.

April 30, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Will Trump's Order Help US Tech Workers or Not?

Let's describe the problem with an example. A few years ago, Southern California Edison employed 300 foreign tech workers through the H-1B visa program ...

April 25, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Yarbrough: Georgia’s first ladies make their own mark in state

You may have read about the sudden resignation of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week. The "Luv Guv" as he was known in the local ...

April 23, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Roseberry: Team of cities

Why do Newton County's cities seem to be able to go about the business of governing without a lot of controversy? At public forums ...

April 23, 2017 | Jerry Roseberry | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Life, Resurrection and Easter

Growing up in rural Georgia in the 1970s, I thought of Easter not only as the resurrection of Jesus, but as a sign that spring ...

April 16, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Yarbrough: This week a time to remember what Easter is all about

Continuing a long-standing Easter Week tradition in this space.

April 16, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: All eyes are on the 6th Congressional District election

There's never been an off-year election like the one happening in the 6th Congressional District, where voters will pick a replacement for departed ...

April 16, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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Yarbrough: A salute to an Olympic champion and his pursuit of excellence

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years of age); a Bronze Star recipient with two tours of duty in Vietnam, retiring as a captain after having joined the Army at 17; a college graduate; a member of 11 halls of fame; a coach; an author and motivational speaker; a cancer survivor and a devout Christian. A list of remarkable achievements to which many of us would aspire but which few, if any of us, could ever equal. He has.

February 26, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


This election will be an indicator of Trump’s support

During the first weeks of the Trump administration, a recurring theme has been the president's sinking popularity in the polls.

February 26, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Harrop: What is Trump most afraid of?

Why does President Trump rush off weekend after weekend to his Mar-a-Lago palazzo in Florida? Because Mar-a-Lago is totally under his control. There he can play the prince, favoring a wedding party with a cameo or entertaining the Japanese prime minister in lavish Palm Beach style.

February 19, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Yarbrough: Secretary of agriculture-designate Perdue knows a bit about draining swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a severe shortage of broccoli.

February 19, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Where strength comes from

This Presidents' Day, instead of buying a new appliance, read George Washington's Farewell Address and Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.

February 19, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Crawford: Georgia can climb out of last place on these two issues

What should be the priority for state legislators –helping their poorest constituents avoid pain and suffering, or protecting the financial status of their most affluent constituents?

February 19, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Bouchillon: SPLOST: ‘It is not a tax increase’

SPLOST is an acronym for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. It is a program whereby counties can add one penny per dollar spent by consumers within its borders to help fund projects specifically allowed by state law. It is optional, meaning not mandatory. Each county has to propose a list of projects, and the county residents get to vote whether to agree to this one penny sales tax. It is temporary - collected for five-year periods for the projects specified, then the county proposes a new list and asks its residents to vote yes or no to continue the penny ...

February 19, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | Columnists


Rowe: Valentine’s Day is around the corner

I'm predicting it will snow again and I suspect some of you may think I've gone off the deep end but that's why you read what I write. They don't let just anybody write for the paper, you know. A good writer gets his or her facts from many reliable sources, which will remain confidential, but I guarantee you it wasn't a ground­hog. No matter what the charming little General Lee says, most southerners know with six weeks of winter still looming you can't rule out some more wintry weather before spring settles ...

February 12, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Yarbrough: Some advice for two young people beginning their journey together

Please allow me a bit of a preamble: Nicholas Sanford Wansley is grandson Number Three chronologically and - pardon a grandfather's pride - a high achiever. After graduation from the University of Georgia, he entered the teaching profession like his dad. Also like his dad, he is a high school science teacher - he teaches International Baccalaureate Physics - and is a cross country coach. This year, his Girls' Cross Country team at South Forsyth High School won the Class 7-A state championship. Nick is scheduled to receive his doctorate at the end of this year. His dad, incidentally, also has a PhD ...

February 12, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: Georgia gives Trump some problems

For a couple of months, Georgia was probably one of Donald Trump's favorite states.

February 11, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Yes, And...

If you have ever engaged in improv theater, then you have experienced the process of "yes, and..." What happens is a person says something that may or may not make sense, and you continue forward by following their statement with a "yes, and," which links to what you say next.

February 11, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Is Trump Really Running Things?

Last Saturday night, Donald Trump attended the Red Cross Ball at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. On Sunday, he watched the Super Bowl at his West Palm Beach golf course. As he left Florida on Monday, news emerged that he will probably return this weekend for golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

February 11, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Have You Ever Thought… How it will feel for the Atlanta Falcons be crowned National Champions?

It has only happened once before. The Atlanta Falcons are going to the Super Bowl. Today will see the playing of the fifty-first Super Bowl. And of all the first fifty, the team from our area had only been one time. That year was 1999 at the end of the 1998 season. That game was played in Miami. Of course, today's game will be in Houston.

February 05, 2017 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Yarbrough: Taking dissidents on a trip to nowhere

Varoom! Putt! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Varoom!

February 04, 2017 | | Columnists


Have You Ever Thought… How it would feel not to be able to go home?

We have a crises in our state. There are 13,000 children who are separated from their families in Georgia. They are in state custody due to neglect, abandonment, or abuse. What we all take for granted in the stability of home is not a part of their world. The number of these children has doubled in the past five years. In Newton County alone, there are 160 children in foster care.

January 29, 2017 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


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