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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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Concerns for Eastside High School

As representatives of District 1 in Newton County, we have heard concerns from our constituents about language in the upcoming Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax vote on March 19 as it relates to the future of Eastside High School.

March 09, 2013 | John Douglas Jeff Meadors | Columnists


Vote YES on E-SPLOST

For every dollar you or I spend shopping in Newton County, we toss a penny into the jar (figuratively) for Newton County schools. Every visitor to our county does the same. We've been doing it since 1999, and come March 19, we'll decide if we want to continue that practice through 2019.

March 09, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Cushman: Focus on freedom

The recent political entanglements over the budget have focused more on political maneuverings and who is right about what statement, rather than what the policies mean to average, everyday Americans.

March 07, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Morgan: It’s time for a cover-up

Michelle Obama has legions of slavish fans and followers and for many good reasons. As First lady, she's crafted a campaign to reduce and fight childhood obesity that's affecting remarkable progress.

March 07, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Mecca: Local soldier recalls fighting at Battle of the Bulge

The Army's 2nd Infantry Division landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day +1, June 7, 1944, near St. Laurent-sur-Mer. After crossing the Aure River to liberate Trevieres on June 10, the 2nd Infantry Division started a trek across France that would take them all the way into Germany.

March 05, 2013 | Pete Mecca | Columnists


Carter: You built it, they came

Four weeks have passed since an overstuffed rodent in Stone Mountain declared six more weeks of winter were coming to Georgia. Evidently, he wasn't referring to these most recent weeks.

March 02, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Holt: Ga. House tackles lobbyist and ethics bills

The House considered 40 bills and resolutions last week, as we closed in on what is known as "crossover day." Crossover day is legislative day 30, and is the last day a bill or resolution can pass from its home chamber to the other chamber of the General Assembly. With hundreds of pieces of legislation now in the system, the competition to get bills across before the deadline makes for a frenzied atmosphere.

March 02, 2013 | Doug Holt Guest Columnist | Columnists


Rasmussen: Plain English about spending cuts

To borrow a phrase, mainstream America and Washington's political class have become two nations separated by a common language.

March 02, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Better GOP communication needed

"First you win the argument - then you win the vote," is the now well-known quote from Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. President Ronald Reagan was the last Republican president who understood and used that strategy.

February 28, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Morgan: A new day in language

The little gray cat that usually sits in my lap when I write is missing.

February 28, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Travis: Hovering in Windows 8

I'm still struggling with my new computer. But I am getting there.

February 26, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Yarbrough:What teachers make is more than money

My recent observations on the lack of respect given public school teachers in Georgia engendered a lot of responses but none better than this story sent to me by my friend David Egan, co-director of the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island and a former educator himself.

February 26, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Holt: A view from the House

Last week, we crossed the halfway mark for the legislative session. The pace is really picking up, with the second half promising to be very intense. The House voted on 22 bills and resolutions during the week. Most were fairly minor issues or housekeeping measures, though we did pass two bills to restructure MARTA, which were obviously significant for folks inside the perimeter.

February 23, 2013 | Doug Holt Guest Columnist | Columnists


McCoy: How not to hold a baby

Gentlemen...you need to go to baby-holding school. You know how you get when you're around newborns. When the parents come by with their little bundles, you lay your arms by your sides and say, "Let someone else hold it ... first." Yes, you actually say "it." And what's this "first" business? You know you have no intention of being number two or number 20. You don't ever plan to hold that baby. Women hold tiny babies all the time, but we men act like those little creatures are sticks of dynamite wrapped in radioactive poison ivy. Well ...

February 23, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Carter: No insurance, a bad gamble

When you visit a casino in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or Biloxi, you say you're going gambling. That's not what the casino operators call it, though. They're not in the gambling business; it's the gaming industry. They provide entertainment.

February 23, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


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