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This Sebastian is the real deal and that’s no joke

I don't know how schoolteachers manage to do what they do and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed in ...

June 26, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Georgia can learn something from Louisiana

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana.

June 26, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Junior E. Lee talks about what bugs him this election year

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now but in order to do so, I needed ...

June 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Orlando is why we need surveillance

The FBI had the Orlando gunman under watch - twice - and, after much consideration, decided to stop following him. Was this a mistake? Obviously, tragically so.

June 19, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Defeating radical Islamic terrorism

I normally do not opine about national issues, as I am a state legislator. But I find I must make an exception in this case ...

June 19, 2016 | Dave Belton | Columnists


UGA athletic director does right thing the right way

I haven't met University of Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity, but I give him high marks for the way in which he has handled ...

June 12, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


A Trump presidency would sink all boats

Hello, investors. Come join the foreign policy experts in daily panic attacks over what a President Donald Trump would mean for your world. What does ...

June 12, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Some good guys leave the playing field

We've spent a lot of time talking about people running for office this year, but I want to note the departure of a few ...

June 12, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Will the ‘Trump effect’ oust Georgia incumbents?

Whether you like or dislike Donald Trump, there's no question he has pulled off an impressive political feat.

May 22, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Democrats' divisiveness and the House of Cards

While there has been much consternation and media coverage of the split between Trump supporters and the Republican establishment in the past few months, the ...

May 22, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


A life in numbers

Numbers are how one keeps score. Those who engage in any competitive endeavor - business, sports, even weight loss - seek numbers to tell them how well ...

May 22, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Your Mission -- Learning to Live

Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee, and Hillary Clinton continues to battle Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination. This week, Trump stated that he ...

May 15, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


When did Gov. Deal become a liberal?

The casual political observer might be asking this question after taking in the events of the past few weeks: When did Nathan Deal become a ...

May 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


It’s been a strange election year

When friends ask me if I'm ever going to retire as a working journalist, I respond, "How can I leave when I'm having ...

May 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Trump drives spike into culture war politics

Days before the Indiana primary, Ted Cruz paraded his two young daughters in matching pink dresses and spoke darkly of "putting little girls alone in ...

May 10, 2016 | By Froma Harrop | Columnists


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Power grab? Perception is reality

Whenever there's talk about improving accountability in government, the call goes out for increased transparency: Nothing should be hidden, all records should be easily accessible, the processes should be crystal clear, roles and responsibilities of government officials should be easy to define, any motives or personal agendas should be discernible and avoided, and the chain of command clearly visible.

January 31, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Real border control needed in immigration deal

A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators has proposed an immigration reform plan that appears to broadly reflect what voters would like to see. But there's a catch.

January 31, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


We bought the charter hype

An article in the AJC last week noted that $2.7 million was spent by proponents of the charter school amendment as compared with $262,822 spent by those who opposed the amendment. Among those who contributed to the proponent campaign were K12 Inc. and Charter Schools USA, both for profit companies that manage charter schools. Walmart heiress Alice Walton contributed $600,000. Other large contributors were StudentsFirst of Sacramento, Calif., American Federation for Children, PublicSchoolsOptions.org of Arlington, Va. Please notice that very little, if any, of the money spent to advocate for this amendment was local. Also please ...

January 29, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


GPB welcomes new ex. producer

Knock! Knock! Knock!

January 29, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Williams: Experts aren’t deities

Let's look at experts.

January 26, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Carter: The truth about freedom

Scanning my office bookshelves these days is a trip down Irony Lane - especially when I glance through the cycling section. There's Lance Armstrong's 2001 autobiography, "It's Not About the Bike." Lance, after your long overdue confession to Oprah regarding performance-enhancing drug use and blood doping, we know it was about a lot more than the bike. There's also his 2003 follow up, "Every Second Counts," which cries out for a subtitle such as "And I'll Do Anything to Get Them."

January 26, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Cushman: Republicans have opportunity

Fascinating. President Obama mentioned our Constitution in the first paragraph of his inaugural address, but in the same paragraph quoted from the Declaration of Independence, noting that we "articulated in a declaration" the following words:

January 24, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Legislators finally getting message?

Don't look now, but I think you are beginning to have some impact on the issue of unlimited lobbying expenditures in the Legislature.

January 22, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


A tale of dueling monitors

A new computer has been placed on my desk at The Covington News. Let me correct that, a new-to-me computer.

January 22, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


McCoy: Lesson I’ve learned from trucks

I've owned four trucks in my 52 years and each has taught me a valuable life lesson. The first truck I ever owned was also the first new automobile I'd ever owned. Up to that point, I was a used car kind of guy, mainly because I had nothing interesting in my wallet. The truck was a mistake. I paid way too much, even though I had "a friend" at the dealership. The truck door had been damaged in transport and sloppily repaired before I got it. I found this out when I found scratches on the door ...

January 19, 2013 | Staff Report | Columnists


Searching for answers after Newtown

Following the school shooting horror in Newtown, Conn., our nation shares a heartfelt belief that something must be done.

January 19, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Are guns the problem?

When I attended primary and secondary school -- during the 1940s and '50s -- one didn't hear of the kind of shooting mayhem that's become routine today. Why? It surely wasn't because of strict firearm laws. My replica of the 1902 Sears mail-order catalog shows 35 pages of firearm advertisements. People just sent in their money, and a firearm was shipped.

January 19, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Doug Holt's view from the house

The 2013 legislative session started smoothly on January 14th, with the House re-electing Speaker David Ralston and Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones. Our 47 freshmen members started introducing bills with the usual excitement -- the excitement that comes from the first opportunity to act on ideas they could never do anything but talk about before. There will be some interesting committee hearings in weeks ahead.

January 19, 2013 | Doug Holt | Columnists


A commentary on the 2nd Amendment

"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."

January 19, 2013 | William Peruguino | Columnists


Carter: Remembering MLK Then and Now

On a sun-filled day in the summer of 1964, an excited boy of 4.5 dances around massive marble columns flanking the top step of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Scattered below, tourists mix and mingle on the concrete expanse between the memorial and the reflecting pool stretching to the Washington Monument in the distance.

January 19, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


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