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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


Harrop: Goodbye, Facebook. you're evil

Dear Facebook friends,

November 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Columnists


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Lawmakers don’t follow the clock

Georgia legislators have some problems when it comes to telling time.

April 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Terrorists and their Privacy

One inevitable sequel to a terrorist attack is seeing the ugly mugs of creeps-turned-monsters thrust before us over a multitude of news cycles. Another is a debate over cellphone encryption.

March 27, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Identifying ideology versus tactic

The terrorist attacks in Brussels this past Monday, claimed by the Islamic State, are a clear indication that the West has a lot of work left to do to defeat radical Islam. The attacks, which left more than 30 dead, were carried out by three suicide bombers - two brothers, Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, 30, and Khalid el-Bakraoui, 27, and another man, who has yet to be identified.

March 27, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Gov. Deal has two choices on ‘religious liberty’ bill

As Gov. Nathan Deal ponders the "religious liberty" bill that the General Assembly has adopted, he can look to recent examples of how two other Republican governors handled this particular issue.

March 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Trump foes should stay off his stage

It's not easy to turn Donald Trump into an object of sympathy, but the hotheads disrupting his rallies are pulling it off. They may see their invasions as a brave effort to stop a frightening, divisive political force. But others - not just Trump followers - see privileged college kids stomping on someone's right to free speech.

March 20, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


The incumbents are playing defense this election year

Congressman Doug Collins is the kind of politician who would seem to be very conservative.

March 20, 2016 | | Columnists


Take a break and meditate

While hard work gets us ahead, there appear to be limits. It's often the times of rest and recovery that provide us with the energy we need to work hard. In today's ultra-connected worlds of iPhones, email and Twitter, it is often hard to get even a few moments to oneself.

March 20, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Johnston: Let’s kick poverty out of town

Just last week, I was asked to read a Dr. Seuss book to a local elementary school class. I get asked to do those types of things often, but I jumped at the chance because I thoroughly enjoying interacting with the future decision makers of our town. I didn't realize that day, in particular, would be an eye-opening experience for me.

March 15, 2016 | Ronnie Johnston | Columnists


Dress codes and the expense of female dignity

How many among us recognize the name of Yolande Betbeze Fox, the Alabama beauty who died recently at the age of 87?

March 15, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


If you are positively tired of negative news, read this

I had intended to provide you with an in-depth analysis of the SEC primary this week but that will have to wait. For one thing, Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, tells me that he is going to need time to pore over the results. Currently, he is tied up rummaging around in Aunt Flossy Felmer's drawers looking for fire ants. In addition to being one of this nation's most highly respected political analysts, Junior is also a certified pest control professional.

March 06, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Sanders must level with his young voters

What happened in the South Carolina primary? Bernie Sanders was asked. "We got decimated, that's what happened," he responded.

March 06, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Georgia legislators contradict themselves

Talk to any member of the General Assembly and most of them will tell you one of their biggest goals is to bring business to the state and create more jobs.

March 06, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Endorsements aren’t worth much anymore

In every election cycle, political pundits will spend a lot of time talking about why endorsements are so important to a candidate.

February 28, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Looking at public education reform efforts past and present

I had the privilege to speak to several hundred educators in Atlanta last week. I was there to talk about my experiences as a member of the Education Reform Commission but, as is my wont, I soon deviated off the purpose for which I had been invited to speak and into unchartered waters. Which raises a question: Why do I spend so much time preparing speeches if I am not going to use them? I must ask myself that sometime. I would be interested in the answer.

February 28, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Apple, public safety and selling stuff

Federal investigators hold the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, the terrorist who helped slaughter 14 innocents in San Bernardino, California. They want to look at its contents but can't because the device is encrypted and Apple has refused to unlock it.

February 28, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


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