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In 1970, we had a riot; Ferguson looks like war

The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


The Value of Work and Labor Day

My first paying job was cleaning the bathrooms at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Georgia, where I was a member. I was 14, the minimum age for "children" to work. This was neither glamorous nor exciting work, but useful and needed work. On Sundays I often over heard the "little old ladies" of the church commenting on the cleanliness of the bathroom. I remember my subsequent feeling of pride. While not a glamorous work, my actions were helpful and appreciated by those who used the facilities. For providing this useful service I earned minimum wage in 1981, ($3.35 ...

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Family’s tragedy: text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

August 26, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


The new face of evil

As Hannah Arendt foresaw, we are once again up against the question of evil. An American photojournalist, James Foley, was presented to the camera and methodically decapitated. The instrument was not the ax reserved for royalty or the whooshing blade prompted by that reformer Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, but an ordinary looking knife. Death would be neither swift nor painless. This, somewhere in the bleached desert, was pure evil.

August 26, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Decision Pending on Newton’s Government Structure

The structure of county government is once again on the agenda of the Board of Commissioners (BOC), which has scheduled a work session for Aug. 26, 2014. As readers may recall, this has been a topic of discussion for several months and the BOC has met with experts from both the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the regional planning agency. Representatives of both clearly have indicated that the current "hybrid" system of having both a full time Commission needs to be changed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of county government.

August 23, 2014 | Larry McSwain | Columnists


50 years in newspaper industry

The other day I found myself thinking on how long I have been a part of the newspaper industry - it turns out that this will be my 50th year, with one year of my life working with mentally challenged adults and two working with people going into their final sunset, through Hospice.

August 23, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


Tuition pays for this

According to College Board, average tuition and fees for the 2013-14 school year totaled $30,094 at private colleges, $8,893 for in-state residents at public colleges and $22,203 for out-of-state residents. Many schools, such as Columbia University and George Washington University, charge yearly tuition and fees close to $50,000. Faced with the increasing costs of higher education, parents and taxpayers might like to know what they're getting for their money.

August 21, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Political stereotyping

While we might like to think that voters research the issues, review the candidates, and then vote for the candidate that best reflects their views, the reality, based on political science research, is much different. A

August 21, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


One letter not enough to polish liberal credential

Rap! Rap! Rap!

August 19, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Held to an unobtainable standard

Back in 1980, an Israeli diplomat met with Ronald Reagan as he was running for president. Reagan was furious over the hostages being held in the American embassy in Iran and told the diplomat he could not understand why the U.S. didn't do what Israel would have done: land troops on the embassy roof and take the Americans out. The dismayed diplomat nodded disingenuously. Yes, that's exactly what Israel would do.

August 19, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


Saying ‘I love you’

As I get older unfortunately death rears its ugly head more than I would like to see.

August 16, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


Cushman: Back to school

Maybe it's the fact that both my parents were teachers when I was growing up, or that I was a studious, serious child, but I've always loved going back to school in the fall.

August 14, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Williams: Get ready for denials

Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera accused Matt Drudge's website of "the worst kind of jingoistic rhetoric ever" for carrying news stories about the dangers of illegal immigration. He said Drudge "is doing his best to stir up a civil war. I mean, shame on Matt Drudge." Republican Rep. Todd Rokita and his Indiana delegation have been criticized for suggesting the possibility that Latin American children pouring across our southern border are carrying deadly diseases. Some of them have already been discovered to be carrying lice and suffering from disease. We've yet to find out what kind of communicable ...

August 14, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Yarbrough: Gosh dang - what is wrong with a Southern accent?

I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent." Gosh dang. What is wrong with a Southern accent?

August 12, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Cohen: The left’s own slippery slope

Two "leading national security organizations" - that's their own designation, in case you're wondering - have condemned President Obama's "return to the battlefield in Iraq." Their names are a mouthful - the Council for a Livable World and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation - but their statement is worth reading, not for what it says but for what it doesn't. It offers no hint of how anything other than military intervention was going to save those poor people stuck on a mountain in Iraqi Kurdistan, some of them dying of dehydration, some of them already dead and the ...

August 12, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


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Doug Holt: A view from the House

The 2011 legislative session had a rough start. Only events mandated by the state Constitution were held during our first week. Everything else was cancelled due to the historic snow and ice storm that temporarily paralyzed Atlanta.

January 23, 2011 | By Doug Holt | Columnists


Giddens: Writing on the wall for cursive

I have handwriting that can charitably be described as "doctor-like."

January 22, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | Columnists


Morgan: Dreams can grow anywhere

Did you set out when you were young with the sure belief that you were going to change the world?

January 21, 2011 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Yarbrough: Political landscape unchanged by weather

Last week you would have thought we were living in two different states. North of the Gnat Line, it seemed like Siberia. Even possums and yard dogs were hugging each other trying to stay warm.

January 19, 2011 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Latarski: Responsible justice

Even before 'Taps' faded from Georgia State Trooper Chadwick LeCory's funeral people were wondering how Gregory Favor, a man with an extensive criminal record, could be out of jail to - allegedly - perpetrate such an act.

January 16, 2011 | Ric Latarski | Columnists


Cushman: Power of prayer crosses party lines

It's the third consecutive day that we have been snowed in. I had thought that I would have time to read, reflect and get organized while my two children frolicked in the snow. Instead, my days have been filled with cooking meals, cleaning up and doing laundry after changing wet, dirty, snowy clothes into wearable garments. We have gone through almost 3 gallons of milk making hot chocolate.

January 16, 2011 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Harwell: Taken for Granted

There's a scene in the epic World War II film, "Saving Private Ryan," that always gets me. The Tom Hanks character, Capt. Miller, at D-Day plus three, having endured 45 of his men killed and 90 wounded knocking out Nazi artillery pieces, has been summoned to company headquarters, away from the action, for reassignment. While awaiting orders, the battle-weary captain takes in the surroundings. Nearby, a soldier casually shaves with water heated over a fire, while a companion chows down on a freshly made Dagwood-style sandwich.

January 15, 2011 | Nat Harwell | Columnists


Durusau: You get what you pay for

The recent snow-followed-by-ice storm was unusual for our area.

January 14, 2011 | Patrick Durusau | Columnists


Giddens: Snow makes for wet blanket

Kids and canines love snow.

January 13, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | Columnists


Yarbrough: Faster not always better

To Nicholas Wansley and Brian and Thomas Yarbrough:

January 11, 2011 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Business not as usual for Congress

"My first memory of a congressional swearing in dates to Jan. 3, 1979, when members of the 96th Congress took the oath. My father, Newt Gingrich, was among them. After losses in 1974 and 1976, he had finally won the seat for Georgia's 6th Congressional District, to become the sole Republican congressman or senator from Georgia.

January 09, 2011 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Politically incorrect and proud

And a pleasant Sunday morning to one and all. I'll make this one short, sweet, simple and to the point.

January 09, 2011 | Nat Harwell | Columnists


Morgan: Sleepless, but in good company

It's a good thing I'm writing this column on deadline after a rare good night's sleep. You would have found me in a groggy state and bad mood otherwise.

January 07, 2011 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Giddens: Content worth registering for

We here at The Covington News strive to be your go-to source for what's happening around Newton County.

January 05, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | Columnists


Yarbrough: Bad marks for teacher evaluation

Oh great. Now, the Obama administration is getting involved in public education in Georgia.

January 05, 2011 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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