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Is there only one true progressive?

In our polarized politics, the Democratic Party is trending leftward - not as sharply or as rapidly as the Republican Party has turned toward the far ...

February 07, 2016 | Joe Conason | Columnists


Lawmakers keep on fighting the Civil War

Nathan Deal, meet Franklin Roosevelt.

February 07, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Who wins in this fight over ‘freedom’?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be ...

January 31, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Deal backs away on teacher pay issue

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session ...

January 24, 2016 | | Columnists


The appeal of Donald Trump's authoritarian streak

No one, with the possible exception of Donald Trump, could have predicted six months ago that the billionaire real estate magnate would be sitting atop ...

January 24, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: They run for president, we’ll run for governor

For the next few weeks you'll see every candidate for president dropping by the capitol as they campaign toward the March 1 presidential primary.

January 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Cushman: Ideas, inclusion and inspiration

While members of the news media and Democrats paint Republicans as the party of angry old white men, the world around them is changing.

January 17, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Lawmakers have tough decisions this session

Legislators will be returning to Atlanta soon to convene the 2016 General Assembly session, but this one may have a slightly different feel to it.

January 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Advice to a great grandson: dream big and don’t waste a day

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

January 10, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Joys to come in the new year

I've always loved the time between Christmas and New Year's Eve. The celebration of Christ's birth has just occurred - renewing me spiritually ...

January 03, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Thanks for a good year

When it comes to politicians, there was a lot to criticize this year. It would be wrong, however, to end the year without noting some ...

January 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Joys to come

I've always loved the time between Christmas and New Year's Eve. The celebration of Christ's birth has just occurred - renewing me spiritually ...

January 03, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Thanks for a good year

When it comes to politicians, there was a lot to criticize this year. It would be wrong, however, to end the year without noting some ...

January 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


The upcoming power bills will shock customers

You would think we learned our lesson the first time around - but we didn't.

December 20, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Sometimes being naughty can be nice

Ring! Ring! Ring!

December 20, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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Johnston: Let's move Covington forward

Dear City of Covington Residents,

September 20, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | Columnists


‘Religious freedom’ and its unintended consequences

If you've been watching TV, you surely have seen the controversy in Kentucky where a court clerk has been in and out of jail for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses on the grounds that it violates her religious beliefs.

September 20, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Jobs in Georgia still strong

On the Economic Development Committee, we talk a lot about attracting good jobs to Georgia. We also hear a lot of reports about where the jobs actually are. Here is a brief overview of the national picture.

September 13, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Politicians are human beings too

Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) is a politician who's had a lot of things going his way.

September 13, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Black family structure wasn’t always this way

Academics and public intellectuals, who should know better, attempt to explain the highly visible and publicized pathology witnessed in cities such as Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, Ferguson and others as a legacy of slavery. The argument is made that the problems encountered by many black Americans are rooted in white racism, greed and income inequality. They are able to get away with these untruths because most people believe that what is seen today has always been. A bit of history would belie such a vision.

September 13, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists


If you post it, everyone will see

If you believe your emails, texts, Facebook postings and Internet activity are secure, then you live in Never Never Land, a world where boys never grow up and fairies fly through the air. Should commercial Internet transactions be secure, as they promise to be when you sign up? Yes. But "should be" does not security make.

September 06, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Another internet hoax is perpetrated

There are millions of people who primarily receive their news and information through items that are posted on the internet or sent to them via email or text message.

September 06, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Hillary's sycophants

In New York and Washington, spotting Hillary Clinton staffers is easy. Just look for dogs who prefer to sniff people's noses instead of other dogs' butts. Those people will be Clinton's staffers. Based on a reading of the various emails released so far from her private email server, Clinton surrounded herself with some of the most professional brown-nosers outside of Hollywood. Clinton could do no wrong.

September 06, 2015 | Eric Erickson | Columnists


Why home schooling?

Many public primary and secondary schools are dangerous places. The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics show that in 2012, there were about 749,200 violent assaults on students. In the 2011-12 academic year, there were a record 209,800 primary- and secondary-school teachers who reported being physically attacked by a student. Nationally, an average of 1,175 teachers and staff were physically attacked, including being knocked out, each day of that school year. In Baltimore, each school day in 2010, an average of four teachers and staff ...

September 06, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Jimmy Carter shows a special kind of courage

Another school year is underway in our state, which means that it's time to start complaining about the Georgia High School Association (GHSA).

August 30, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Too many phony wars

War, real war, is the end result of botched politics. War is a dirty blood-stained business with the goal of defeating an enemy whose viewpoints or religion or territorial greed clashes with an opposing philosophy. Yet in today's society, the word 'War' is exploited to describe a plethora of societal issues better served by common sense instead of radicalization. A few examples.

August 30, 2015 | Pete Mecca | Columnists


The struggle for economic liberty is real

Here's my taxi question. If a person is law-abiding, has a driver's license, has a car or van that has passed safety inspection, and has adequate liability insurance, is there any consumer-oriented reason he should not be able to become a taxicab owner/operator? Put another way: If you wish to hire the services of such a person, what right does a third party have to prevent that exchange?

August 30, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Trump says what he means and means what he says

Pollster Frank Luntz conducted a 29-person focus group of Trump supporters this past Monday. At one point, while talking to journalists who were watching the group through a one-way mirror, Luntz said, "I want to put the Republican leadership behind this mirror and let them see. They need to wake up. They don't realize how the grassroots have abandoned them. Donald Trump is punishment to a Republican elite that wasn't listening to their grassroots."

August 30, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Academic fascism II

Last week's column highlighted college campus absurdities and the ongoing attack on free speech and plain common sense. As parents gear up to fork over $20,000 to $60,000 for college tuition, they might benefit from knowing what greets their youngsters. Deceitful college officials, who visit high schools to recruit students and talk to parents, conceal the worst of their campus practices. Let's expose some of it.

August 23, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Football is here

Strike up the band.

August 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists


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