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Who's feeling naked?

An officer of the law asked if he could share the table where I was chowing down on a mound of North Georgia BBQ. It was a big table, and the joint was packed, so the other diners and I scooted over and let our new guest settle in. "Y'all aren't carrying guns, are ya?" asked the man in uniform. When we assured him we'd left our firearms at home, he said, "I feel naked if I don't have my gun with me." We ate, enjoying our small talk and the best BBQ I've eaten ...

March 18, 2014 | David McCoy | Columnists


Celebrating a great journalist

I was at the sausage-making plant last week, better known as the Georgia General Assembly. I was there for a good cause. The state Senate was honoring Dick Pettys, one of the finest journalists to walk through the doors of the state Capitol, and I was asked to be a part of that special day.

March 18, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Don’t focus only on Obama’s lies

Judge Jeanine Pirro proffered the question "Did Obama lie his way into the White House?" The succinct answer is: "Of course he did." And only the most dishonest and/or the most uninformed people would argue otherwise. The weight of documented proof is as demonstrable as traffic jams on the Belt Parkway in New York.

March 15, 2014 | Mychal Massie | Columnists


Believing in the 2050 plan

On Saturday of last week, I attended the annual workshop meeting of the folks who make Newton County's 2050 plan work.

March 15, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


History's repeating acts

Pardon the cliche - I think we have come upon a teachable moment. I am referring to the crisis in Ukraine and not just what it teaches us about the future but also what it teaches us about the past. Vladimir Putin has turned us all into Neville Chamberlain. The umbrella, please.

March 13, 2014 | Richard Cohen Columnist | Columnists


Daring to live your dream

Almost two decades ago, heartbroken and single, I wrote out a list that described the man of my dreams. Less than two years later, my husband and I married, proving that dreams do indeed come true. (Yes, he met and even exceeded all criteria).

March 13, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Black Americans are being duped by the left

People in the media and academia are mostly leftists hell-bent on growing government and controlling our lives. Black people, their politicians and civil rights organizations have become unwitting accomplices. The leftist pretense of concern for the well-being of black people confers upon them an aura of moral superiority and, as such, gives more credibility to their calls for increasing government control over our lives.

March 11, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Legislature solves another problem that doesn't exist

The scene: I-16 near Dublin. WAAANGH! REEP! REEP! REEP!

March 11, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


The Russian Bear never sleeps

With all this mess we have been going through with Russia again, I have been thinking that, as baby boomers, we have lived under fear of some type of war with Russia all of our lives.

March 08, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


Journalists ignore real numbers, report budget spin

The standard media coverage of President Barack Obama's new budget claimed the proposals included $600 billion of budget cuts over the next decade.

March 08, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


It's Putin's mind, not his shoes, that matters

As Americans, we have the unfortunate habit of thinking about others by seeing their actions and reactions from our point of view. We put ourselves in their figurative shoes, i.e., we know about their situations, constraints, advantages and options, but we don't know what is going on in their minds. This may be due to our relative lack of diversity, the geographic size of our nation or our relatively insular upbringing.

March 06, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Disruptive students shouldn't be tolerated

A fortnight ago, my column focused on how Philadelphia's schoolteachers have joined public-school teachers in cities such as Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Columbus, New York and Washington in changing student scores on academic achievement tests. Teachers have held grade- fixing parties, sometimes wearing rubber gloves to hide fingerprints. In some cases, poorly performing students were excused from taking exams to prevent them from dragging down averages. As a result of investigations, a number of schoolteachers and administrators have been suspended, fired or indicted by states' attorneys general.

March 06, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Tippins working to improve Common Core

As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program that seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.

March 04, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Losing his head in Crimea

Vladimir Nabokov considered Anton Chekhov's "The Lady with the Dog" one of the best short stories ever written. For what it's worth, I agree. The plot is a simple one. A womanizing banker from Moscow seduces a young woman at the Black Sea resort of Yalta -- and then, calamitously, falls in love. The dalliance becomes an obsession for them both. They remain married to others but imprisoned by their passion for one another. The banker's name is Dmitri. He was hardly the last Russian to lose his wits in Crimea.

March 04, 2014 | Richard Cohen Columnist | Columnists


Blacks are not the hunted

The shooting and subsequent death of Jordan Davis (read a black teen) by Michael Dunn (read an evil white racist) is being used by race-mongering marplots to stoke the fires under the caldron that teems with "white people are out to kill blacks."

March 01, 2014 | Mychal Massie Columnist | Columnists


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Education system needs some work

Of some 15,000 school systems in the United States only one has lost accreditation in the past four decades. In August 2008, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools denied accreditation to Clayton County.

June 30, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Saxby and Johnny could wreck the state budget

In normal times, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson would not have anything to do with drafting the state budget.

June 30, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Sad, sorry situations

Tunica, MS - My wildest dreams of traveling the world to exotic locales never included Tunica, Miss. But my wife, along with her mother and aunt, accepted a free week's trip to a resort, airfare included.

June 27, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists


A nose for news (and opinion)

We are flooded with news and what-appears-to-be news on a non-stop basis. The news consumer can spend hours a day between newspapers, TV, radio and online, viewing multiple websites that include wanna-be-news sites called blogs, or more accurately, opinion.

June 27, 2010 | By Bob Furnad | Columnists


Newton’s dreamers

It's easy for some who call themselves rational thinkers to dismiss dreamers and their dreams. Dreamers are viewed as starry-eyed loafers with an aversion to a hard day's work. But think of dreamers like Henry Ford, Ted Turner, Bill Gates. Without dreamers, there'd have been no United States of America. This world needs its dreamers.

June 25, 2010 | By Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Random thoughts on random subjects

Not only is Vince Dooley a Hall of Fame football coach but he is a Master Gardener, too. I just got a copy of his new book, "Vince Dooley's Garden: The Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach." (Looking Glass Books) How many people do you know who have had a hydrangea named after them (Hydrangea Macrophylla, also known as the "Dooley") and can recognize an over/under 4-3 defense?

June 23, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


In the moment

Call it "Mis-place-ism." Call it "Lose-itis." It really doesn't matter, but I'm here to report an epidemic of it and not just at our house. I hear about it daily from one friend or another.

For example, one friend, looking for a safe place to put a ring out of sight while workers were in the house, dropped it into her coin purse. Later that day at the market, a soft ball team was bagging groceries for donations. My friend turned the contents of her coin purse upside down into the collection jar and walked away with her ...

June 18, 2010 | Barbara Morgan Columnist | Columnists


Perdue did the right thing

Gov. Sonny Perdue reached a significant milestone last week as he finished the process of signing or vetoing the bills and resolutions passed by legislators this year.

Barring an emergency that requires him to call a special session of the General Assembly, those will probably be the last pieces of legislation Perdue signs during his two terms as Georgia's chief executive.

June 16, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


The best option for our county

The budget process for the Board of Commissioners is entering the final countdown. A budget must be set and voted on by June 15; however, there are major decisions yet to be made. Citizens, county employees and BOC members are all keenly aware that Newton County faces a major revenue shortfall. Yet to be seen is how the BOC will determine a final budget and subsequently set a millage rate that will generate funds enough to provide modest services above and beyond those that are mandated.

June 13, 2010 | By Nancy Schulz | Columnists


I support the rollback rate

Let me be perfectly clear. As Newton County Commission Chair, I am strongly in support of the rollback millage rate of 10.9 mils. For 10 years, the millage rate has remained at 9.73, adequate during our flush times but far from adequate as this county struggles with a dramatically reduced tax digest down some 24 percent since I took office 18 months ago. If three district commissioners vote to continue that rate and not adopt the rollback rate, they will be contributing mightily to an unnecessary decline in critical areas of county services.

June 13, 2010 | By Kathy Morgan | Columnists


Good friends, girl friends

Once upon a time, from 1980-88, a man I regard as one of the four greatest to serve as President of The United States of America inhabited the White House. Ronald Wilson Reagan, former actor, figuratively rode into Washington, D.C. on a white horse right out of his old Western movies and led America back from the brink of economic oblivion, skyrocketing inflation, staggering unemployment and Jimmy Carter's attempt to downsize our Navy to under 200 ships.

June 13, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists


Don't let the people perish

"Where there is no vision, the people perish." Thus says Proverbs. And I'm feeling it sometimes these days as an observer of local politics.

Roy Varner just died, beloved as a man and revered as Newton County Commission chair for 16 years. A friend said of him: "It seems like most politicians today, their agenda is a personal agenda, and what they can get out of it for themselves. Roy was a person trying to do good for his community. He didn't care who got credit so long as it got done." Son Aaron quoted him: "He said ...

June 11, 2010 | Barbara Morgan Columnist | Columnists


Not quite an eye for eye

When I first heard the name Melbert Ray Ford, it meant very little to me. But I think that once you've watched a man die, you are cursed to remember his name forever. After learning of his crimes and watching his obvious lack of remorse until the bitter end, remembering Melbert Ford is indeed a curse that I will have to carry.

June 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Columnists


We stand alone together

Whenever June 6 falls on a Sunday, my column subject will most likely be that longest of days in 1944 when Allied forces assaulted Nazi Germany's "Fortress Europe." Operation Overlord, history's largest naval invasion, still staggers the mind when considering logistics, alone.

June 06, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists


Arizona is in America

Would somebody tell that guy that runs Mexico to buy a map?

June 02, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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