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Telling it like it is ... Countdown to Christmas, Southern style

Here we are entering the last month of 2016 and getting ready for Christmas. Ready or not, it's almost here. I may not be ...

December 12, 2016 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Have you ever thought … How we can serve some of those who served us?

A month ago today, we, as a nation, observed Veteran's Day. Each year we set this day aside to say thank you to all ...

December 12, 2016 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Marshall Music Minute: Big shows coming in Covington, Newborn and Porterdale

Well my word, these temperatures are dropping fast but fortunately we've got some great music this week to heat things up.

December 12, 2016 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Yarbrough: Losing one’s home to fire is a painful experience

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state. A community leader and a successful business man - he is president and CEO ...

December 12, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gingrich-Cushman: Wow, what a change in direction

Reality has set in, Hillary Clinton is (mostly) out of the news and President-Elect Donald Trump has been named Time Magazine's man of the ...

December 12, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Crawford: Tom Price is coming after your insurance

Back when he was serving in the Georgia Senate, Tom Price acquired a nickname among the capitol crowd: Ned Flanders.

December 12, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Losing one’s home to fire is a painful experience

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state. A community leader and a successful business man - he is president and CEO ...

December 11, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: I remember Roscoe

Friends and relatives who know I work at the state capitol often ask these questions: How can you stand it there? Don't you just ...

December 04, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Responses to Castro's death reveal wide chasm between Obama, Trump

This past week, Fidel Castro, Cuban dictator, died. The responses from President-elect Donald Trump and the Obama White House underscored how different the two men ...

December 04, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Yarbrough: Random thoughts on random subjects

God bless America and God bless Mount Paran Christian School in Cobb County. Before a recent football playoff game, every player on the team came ...

December 04, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: The election numbers show Georgia is still very red

Now that the final election totals are in, let's look at a couple of Georgia's voting trends.

November 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Have you ever thought …

Newton County residents might as well associate the sounds of "hogs" with Christmas, as they do with reindeer or silver bells. That is because for ...

November 26, 2016 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


McCart: Marshall's music Thanksgiving list

I'd like to give thanks that a transplanted Yankee named Judy met a Newton County boy named Billy while matriculating at that university in ...

November 26, 2016 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


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Crawford: Experience doesn’t count anymore

If you learned you had cancer, what would you do?

October 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle lays out his vision for public education

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the state. His name was Zell Miller. His vision was the HOPE scholarship, funded by the Georgia Lottery, which gives financial assistance to eligible students who attend our state's colleges and universities. It has been a game-changer.

October 23, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough: Bank’s ethical lapses could be costly for all business

There is nothing more important than your good name. I inherited mine from one of the most honest and ethical men I ever knew: My father. A man without a lot of education or sophistication, his was a world of right and wrong, good and bad, legal or illegal. It either was or it wasn't. Rationalization didn't count much with him if you were trying to defend bad decisions. It was just simpler to do the right thing.

October 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


To change, or not to change

The good news is that the presidential election is less than a month away. The bad news is that the onslaught of negative campaigning will continue until then. This past week, in conversations with friends and family, the one item that Democrats, Republicans and Independents can agree on is that we can't wait for this election to be over and done. The daily coverage of personality and problems of both major presidential candidates is unrelenting, making the election feel as though it is never-ending.

October 16, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Christmas may come early this year

Christmas traditionally is celebrated on Dec. 25 for most Georgians.

October 16, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


More states should ban the death penalty

Most of the civilized world has come to regard killing someone held in captivity as barbaric. The death penalty has been abolished in the European Union and 19 U.S. states. Governors in four states that do permit capital punishment - Colorado, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington - have imposed a moratorium on executions.

October 09, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Sizing up what makes Georgia the place to be

Today's topic will not include commentary on a bunch of immature multi-millionaires who play a kid's game and who are being goaded by special interest groups into disrespecting a country that allows them the freedom to do so.

October 09, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Take a close look at the constitutional amendments

In recent columns, we have discussed two of the four constitutional amendments that voters will see on their ballots Nov. 8.

October 09, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


I'm with you

After decades of political experience, and running against President Barack Obama in 2008, Hillary Clinton's performance Monday night was as good as it gets. The first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, which was held at Hofstra University, broke the viewing record on Monday evening, with more than 84 million people watching the live action. This is three times the number of viewers for the season finale of the Apprentice in 2004.

October 02, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Who should judge the judges?

There are roughly 2,000 judges in Georgia, serving at every level of the judicial system from the State Supreme Court all the way down to local magistrate judges.

October 02, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Is this bed-wetting liberal really a right-wing redneck?

Oh, great. I have just been outed. It turns out that I am a bed-wetting liberal redneck. You were sure to find that out sooner or later, so let me explain.

October 02, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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 the presidential candidates to sprint to the end.

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 law enforcement officers being honored by the POAG for their heroism. Here are their stories, much abridged because of space limitations.

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 yanked out from under them.

September 04, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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