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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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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


Harrop: Real Honesty

Slightly more than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump reflected on his performance so far -- both in terms of what's been done and how it's been communicated -- during a Tuesday interview with "Fox and Friends." Trump, known for being frank with others about their performance, was equally frank about himself and his administration.

March 02, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Irwin: Evidence of the prehistoric sources of humor: A rejected thesis

(Originally published in Storytelling Magazine, January 2016)

February 26, 2017 | | Columnists


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


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