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Yarbrough: Paying tribute to a special professor who made a difference

If you are a regular observer of this space, you are no doubt familiar with the story I am about to share. I have told ...

July 30, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Telling It Like It Is... Teaching old dogs new tricks

Seems everywhere I turn things are changing. Now some change is good but I can only handle a little at a time. Not to worry ...

July 30, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Irwin: Perpetual Calendars

Now, I shall speak of time and the marking of time.

July 30, 2017 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


A night on the town in Mansfield—‘It’s coming.’

It's early Friday evening at Rooster's in Mansfield. All the seats are taken and the packed parking lot is testimony to the Ford ...

July 30, 2017 | Rob Levin | Columnists


Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: The Dark Tale of John S. Williams, Part I

*Author's note: much of my research for this series of articles was found in "Lay This Body Down," a book by Gregory Freeman that ...

July 27, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


“A History of Georgia Railroads” - by Robert C. Jones, a book review by Marshall McCart

If, like me, you have long been fascinated by and have had a long, deep-rooted interest of trains, railroads and things of the like, then ...

July 27, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Harrop: Not Enough Exercise, Too Much: Americans Polarized Here, Too

The boarding process for a recent flight required going up a modest set of stairs. Greatly slowing it all was a woman carrying at least ...

July 23, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Crawford: Georgia has its own mini-Trump

For those Georgia voters who couldn't get enough of Donald Trump in last year's election, fear not.

July 23, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Yarbrough: It’s time to stop fighting a war that has been over 152 years

My son, a learned philosopher, says of an impending competition between two football teams he particularly dislikes: "May they play a zero-zero tie in the ...

July 23, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Media Hype Forces Friction

Americans' interests and broadcast news coverage are at odds. Additionally, the tendency of the news media to focus on conflict rather than progress helps create ...

July 23, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Belton: Georgia is in good plans

I periodically like to update you on where we are as a state. While our federal politics are largely a mess, Georgia is in a ...

July 23, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Columnists


Archives From The Piedmont Chronicles: Walton County and the City of Social Circle

Hey Folks! I hope this column finds everyone well. In our last journey, we explored Jasper County, the city of Monticello and Seven Islands. There ...

July 18, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Yarbrough: This recruit blows off opportunity to blow up

KNOCK! KNOCK! "Sir, you wanted to see me?"

July 16, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Belton: The day the President became President

An odd thing occurred a week ago...the leader of the Free World defended the Free World.

July 16, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Columnists


Harrop: America's dumb war against trade

Donald Trump bragged that he would put America in the driver's seat. He would keep us out of trade accords that let China swamp ...

July 16, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


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Gingrich Cushman: Connecting and Communicating

This past week, after President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI, pushed for a vote on the repeal/replacement of Obamacare, the bill was pulled at the last minute due to lack of votes. All week they thought they could get there, and they were wrong. There were two errors made in the process: an artificial deadline for an incredibly complex issue, and failing to build support with the American People.

April 02, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Carmakers, don't pick a fight with California

News flash: The Obama-era fuel-economy standards would add $875 to the average price of a new vehicle. But proposed border taxes or other tariffs on Mexican imports would add $2,000. President Donald Trump wants a weaker mandate on mileage, and he also wants the tariffs.

April 02, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Harrop: There's little dignity left in coal

It was a pathetic scene, coal miners flanking President Donald Trump as he signed an order to dismantle the Clean Power Plan. Trump's imagineers have turned coal miners into a Madison Avenue version of the besieged American working man, the pretty wrapping on a toxic package of environmental delinquency.

March 29, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Harrop: The Trump 'faithful' get the budget cuts they voted for

Kentucky has become a favored dateline for many of President Donald Trump's fervent critics. They collect evidence there of betrayal, such as the ABC News item featuring a coal truck driver, "one of the Trump faithful," attached to a breathing tube and weeping over his expected loss of coverage for deadly black lung disease.

March 26, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Yarbrough: Being a modest and much-beloved columnist can get testy at times

I regret I won't have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump's shoelaces or what life was like in Mongolia during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Please be patient. I have both subjects at the top of my To-Do list in the coming weeks.

March 26, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Where we belong

While we might have changed a lot since our high school days, according to Emily Esfahani Smith, author of "The Power of Meaning; Crafting a Life that Matters," (Crown, 2017, New York, New York), one attribute is still the same: we have a need to belong. In high school, this need to belong can influence and change attire, hairstyle and even actions. The same is true as adults; we, too, want to belong.

March 26, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Bouchillon: There's enough SPLOST for everyone

As most of you likely know by now, I have been putting a lot of effort into getting the 2017 SPLOST to pass – writing articles, appearing on radio and Facebook live, as well as probably giving an earful to anyone who makes the mistake of getting close enough for me to regale them with everything SPLOST.

March 20, 2017 | | Columnists


Crawford: Will the speaker run for governor?

David Ralston is now being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018, which leads to an obvious question.

March 20, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Yarbrough: Low-performing schools initiative takes a major step forward

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law. Last week, the Georgia House of Representatives passed HB 338 by a vote of 138-37. That is a margin of roughly 73 percent. (You might want to double-check my figures. I am, after all, a product of the public education system in Georgia.) The measure got strong bipartisan support, including Democratic House Minority Leader Stacy Abrams.

March 12, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: Goodbye casinos, hello yachts

The General Assembly session is more than two-thirds done and on track to adjournment.

March 12, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Frameworks, Gratitude and Grievances

Today's hyper-connected, social media driven world shapes the information and news that each of us consumes. What many of us see on search engines, Facebook and Twitter is based on our history, our likes and our preferences. While this might lead us to click on much of the content curated for us as individuals, it also means that we will see very different information than others -- with different histories and preferences -- will see.

March 12, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: A Plot to Poison Obamacare

Arsenic was a poison favored by Victorian mystery writers. The victims would be fed small amounts, not suspecting the cause of their increasing discomfort. At a certain point, the arsenic buildup would send them into organ failure and death.

March 12, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Harrop: Trump Has Turned His Last Corner

That speech to Congress now seems forever ago. Reading the words off a teleprompter, Donald Trump sounded normal, even presidential. Stern critics opined that he had "turned a corner" and transformed into a serious president. Come the weekend, however, Trump turned another corner, this time into a dark dead end.

March 06, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Crawford: Congressmen, meet your constituents

Town meetings are part of a long tradition in America. Since the 1600s, residents of some New England communities have been gathering to vote directly on what their local government will do and how much will be spent in the annual budget.

March 05, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Yarbrough: Good customer service may be going the way of the dodo bird

Sometimes I wonder if good customer service has gone the way of the dodo bird and 8-track tapes.

March 05, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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