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Letter: A higher level of service

Dear Editor,

September 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Columnists


Winning versus Leading

Labor Day has passed, school is back in session, businesses are planning for the new year, presidential nominees are set, and it's time for ...

September 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Columnists


A salute to a group of unsung heroes in Georgia

I spoke recently to the Peace Officers' Association of Georgia at their annual conference in Savannah and was privileged to witness a group of dedicated ...

September 11, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Extremism comes in many forms

When it comes to people who observe the Muslim faith, Georgia doesn't exactly put out the welcome mat. If anything, that welcome mat is ...

September 04, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


When God Cries

Many people remember the classic Prince song, "When Doves Cry." It is a song talking about a relationship that seems to be passionate as well ...

August 28, 2016 | Chip Owens | Columnists


Outcry over mosque flies in face of Christ’s teachings

On Sunday, Aug, 21, a headline in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution read: "Newton County in uproar over planned mosque."

August 27, 2016 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


Commoners' right to hunt under threat

In Olde England, hunting was the privilege of the landed and the rich. The right to hunt depended on the number of acres owned or ...

August 21, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


There may be some competitive races this fall

If you write about legislative races in Georgia, the last few elections have been downright boring in their predictability.

August 21, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Georgia’s ‘paintingest’ first lady in a class of her own

Class, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. In my long years on this planet, I never met a man with more class ...

August 21, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


A reminder to teachers that the rewards outweigh the frustrations

Dear Public School Teachers:

August 13, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Trump could knock Isakson out of the Senate

One year ago, the political experts were sure of two things about Georgia voters.

August 13, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Putin swears it wasn’t his special, hand-picked covert operatives that hacked DNC

Ring! Ring! Ring!

August 07, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


What color will your state be?

As the last of the two conventions finished its business of nominating a presidential candidate last week, the Clinton and Trump campaigns were quickly shifting ...

August 07, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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Clarkston goes down a grassy slope

When Mayor Ted Terry talks about the recent decision by him and the Clarkston City Council to dramatically reduce the penalty for the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, he is careful to make one distinction to his interviewer.

July 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


What a horrible week for our Constitutional Republic

Eight years after we elected the president who was going to "heal the nation" and bring us "Hope and Change," little has changed that isn't for the worse. The most recent attack – nearly weekly at this point – is especially poignant since it occurred to our oldest ally, France, who has suffered three massive massacres in the past year.

July 17, 2016 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Dallas tragedy shows it is time to lower the rhetoric and start the healing

Have we gone totally, completely insane? It is not bad enough that the specter of Islamic terrorism hangs over us like a toxic cloud, now we have a sniper in Dallas killing five police officers and wounding seven others because, according to Dallas police chief David Brown, he reportedly wanted to kill white people in retaliation for the death of two black people in Minnesota and Louisiana by white police officers.

July 17, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Careless Clinton: A new narrative

FBI Director James Comey's remarks regarding then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton being "extremely careless" in the "handling of very sensitive, highly classified information," along with his conclusion that "any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton's position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation," have the potential to change voters' view of Clinton's intelligence and readiness to lead the nation.

July 10, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


The Supreme Court sends a message

More than four decades have passed since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision that made abortions legal, but the pro-life movement is still trying to find some way of reversing that.

July 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Our Thoughts; Our Independence Day

Firework, flags, barbecue, hot dogs and watermelon, cold beverages and a paid day off -all are symbols and fixtures of the Fourth of July.

July 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Columnists


Two state senators who give politics a good name

This is a bit weird. I find myself in the position of having to defend politicians. Well, not all of them, just the good ones.

July 03, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


The Supreme Court sends a message

More than four decades have passed since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision that made abortions legal, but the pro-life movement is still trying to find some way of reversing that.

July 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Ardent Americanism

The Fourth of July brings to mind American Flags, parades, fireworks, BBQ and, where I live, country music. If you are like me, the opening notes of the national anthem cause you to stand up, place your hand over your heart and look around for a United States flag. Tears well in your eyes, your chest swells and you are thankful to be an American. If the national anthem is followed by a rendition of Lee Greenwoods' "God Bless the USA," it can lead to swaying en masse, group hugs and tears streaming down your face.

July 03, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Have Your Ever Thought … What are we celebrating on the Fourth of July?

One of history's greatest lessons on the power of words is remembered and celebrated every year on July 4th. The Declaration of Independence contain the words that led to us becoming a nation of free people.

July 03, 2016 | William Burnham | 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


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 their way by politicians, bureaucrats, special interest groups, ideologues, social experimenters and assorted other navel-gazers - none of whom could carry their book bag. They sure don't do it for the financial reward. That, we save for semi-articulate professional athletes and Hollywood liberals who earn obscene amounts of money pretending to be someone else.

June 26, 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


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 to talk first with Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Garfield.

June 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | 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, partly because I was recently named the Chairman of the Georgia Base Realignment and Closure Committee whose mission is to protect our Georgia military installations.

June 19, 2016 | Dave Belton | Columnists


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