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THE VA FIASCO

Fiasco correctly describes the unmitigated disgraceful conduct of the Veterans Administration unfolding before our very eyes on national television. Criminal neglect, criminal incompetence, criminal rationale and criminal bureaucrats dressed in business suits collected unearned bonuses after directly, or at best indirectly, causing the deaths of our sick and ailing veterans.

May 24, 2014 | Pete Mecca | Columnists


America’s budding tyrants

From the Nazis to the Stalinists, tyrants have always started out supporting free speech, and why is easy to understand. Speech is vital for the realization of their goals of command, control and confiscation. Basic to their agenda are the tools of indoctrination, propagandizing, proselytization. Once they gain power, as leftists have at many universities, free speech becomes a liability and must be suppressed. This is increasingly the case on university campuses.

May 24, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists


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Legislative twists and turns

The House returned to a posture of heavy committee work and light floor sessions last week. Having finished crossover, we are now working on bills the Senate has already passed. The next several legislative days will see a compressed repeat of the ramp up from committee work to lengthy time on the House floor. As such, we voted on nine bills and resolutions during the week. One measure was notable.

SB 206 would require that the Department of Audits and Accounts compile an annual report on all tax exemptions currently in effect in the state. The report is to be ...

April 07, 2010 | Rep. Doug Holt Guest columnist | Columnists


Stand and be counted

When our nation's founders wrote the Constitution of the United States, they required that the U.S. Census be taken every 10 years to count the number of people living in America. The first Census was taken in 1790 and has continued every 10 years since.

Our forefathers had a unique plan to empower the people over their new government by counting every person living in the newly created United States of America. The Census has been used for many things, including the establishment of military service. Today, it is primarily used to determine representation in Congress, thus ensuring ...

April 04, 2010 | Kathy Morgan Guest columnist | Columnists


Short and sweet

After the longest and coldest winter season in recent memory, what appears to be a short and sweet spring is here. My neighbor's Bradford pear trees blossomed last Saturday afternoon right before my eyes as I watched the NCAA "Sweet 16" basketball tournament. Realizing that it appeared to be snowing outside, in disbelief I went over to the window; there I found the blanket of white filling my field of vision to be those Bradford blossoms billowing in a fairly strong breeze, looking for all the world like the snows we experienced earlier in the year.

April 04, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists


The appeal of an inflatable gorilla

During graduate school, I had to take a marketing course - an insipid class that I hated completely and thoroughly. Yet, despite that forced march, I must confess my demented fondness for automotive advertisements. The various dealer ads fascinate me, even if I don't understand how they can possibly lead to increased sales. Maybe if I'd paid more attention in class, I might understand some of the insanity that goes on down at the car lot. I understand the hotdogs and hamburgers, the flags and banners, and the giveaways: that's all easy. But I don't understand why ...

April 02, 2010 | David McCoy | Columnists


Getting down to business

I can't believe I only have one more class day with Leadership Newton County. These past few months have really flown by, but every class day I get to slow down a bit and study a facet of our community that few can devote five minutes to, let alone an eight-hour day.

April 02, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | Columnists


Tax pledges not what they used to be

Americans for Tax Reform, an organization that opposes tax increases, for years has asked legislators from across the country to make this promise: "I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes."

March 31, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Horsing around with the budget

I have a lot of respect for third-term State Sen. Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone.) Sen. Chance's father, Louie, and I grew up in College Park and I know for a fact the young man comes from good stock. Louie Chance is a Great American.

Ronnie Chance is also politically skilled enough to tell me pointedly that you and I need to understand how grim Georgia's financial situation is these days. Maybe he is tired of my digs at his colleagues fretting over pistol-packing preachers and unauthorized tracking devices on our body parts and wants us to know some serious ...

March 31, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


The junior-senior prom

Last weekend one of those things, which occasionally remind me that I'm a product of a bygone era, came along. The event was the Junior-Senior Prom for Eastside High School, where my wife has taught science since it opened just before the close of the 20th century and from which our two youngest children graduated. My wife teaches mostly seniors, and I'm currently serving as a substitute teacher in classes containing mostly juniors and seniors. So we both looked forward to seeing the kids in their finery and maybe to sneaking in a dance if, by some miracle ...

March 28, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists


I dream of being in shape

On the first day of spring, before the snow returned, I had visions of grandeur. As I have in years past, I dreamed of becoming physically fit.

March 26, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Solutions-oriented government

The most presumptuous phrase in contemporary American politics is "this is what the American people want!" When utilized by any party or politician, it asserts the fallacy of a broad sweeping homogeneity among our citizenry. It assumes that we all think alike and share an identical world view. It implies that only a privileged few are qualified to promote a vision for America's future. This is not a new phenomenon. This proposition was challenged by Langston Hughes in the poem "I, Too, Sing America" written in 1932 and in Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" published in 1952. Unabashedly, all ...

March 26, 2010 | Eric Lee Guest Columnist | Columnists


In mourning

I have always been proud to be a Baby Boomer. Being born in the fall of 1946; I was actually in the first wave of that group.

March 24, 2010 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


We’ll be fighting waters wars for a while

With all the bad news coming out of the state capitol in recent weeks, it's tempting to think that Georgia's legislators have accomplished nothing for this session.

March 24, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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