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Talking himself into a corner

Like a pitcher who has lost his fastball, Barack Obama has lost "the speech." The speech has always been central to the president and his presidency. He established his credentials with the one he delivered to the 2004 Democratic National Convention while still a state senator. He followed that with many others - Berlin, Cairo, Philadelphia on race, etc. - each one greeted with bobby soxer delirium, which Obama fully expected. In 2004, just before he spoke to the convention, he told his friend Marty Nesbitt that the excitement about him was yet to peak. "My speech is pretty good," he allowed.

June 03, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists


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Age is just a number

"Age-defying perfume," read the blurb in a recent Sunday paper. Hmmmm, I said to myself. "Shave eight years from your perceived age," it read, with a new "anti-age perfume." The perfume and maker were named, but I was familiar with neither. The item continued: "Research has shown the breakdown of fatty acid in the skin causes a greasy, grassy odor that grows more prominent after 40. Clinical studies revealed the main ingredients" in this age-defying perfume "mix together to evoke thoughts of youth."

This incensed me. Being far past 40, I - and most women over 40 - take real offense at ...

May 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Columnists


Healthcare chess

Last week, my 8-year-old son beat me in chess. He understands that a move by him leads to a move by me, and so on. He is thinking several moves ahead. His goal is to create a series of moves that inevitably leads to his declaring checkmate.

His strategy worked.

May 16, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


2010: a space odyssey

I was 10 years old when a young Catholic man, a World War II Navy hero, appeared on television challenging America to send a man to the moon and return him safely to the earth before the decade expired. It was 1961, and the moment President John Fitzgerald Kennedy spoke those words I fell helplessly, hopelessly in love with the idea of flying.

I dove into our town library's summer reading program and checked out every book I could find about flying. "God is my Co-Pilot," by Robert L. Scott, was one of the first. I remember absorbing, soaking ...

May 16, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists


Where’s the mail?

Our trusty little mail truck has for years shown up just in time for lunch, but no more. It was until recently a pleasant surety in otherwise unpredictable days. We counted on an influx of catalogs or magazines for a quick read over a bowl of soup or leftovers for lunch. Notices, bills, alerts and warnings could be dealt with on the same day they were received.

May 14, 2010 | By Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Ga. Congressmen say ‘keep drilling’

Georgia has never been an oil-producing state, but its congressmen have always been the most enthusiastic supporters anywhere of exploring every conceivable location where black gold might be located.

May 12, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Vidalia onions a Georgia blessing

If I want to pucker a few know-it-all Yankee fannies, all I have to do is start bragging about how the Great State of Georgia is most blessed among these our United States.

May 12, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Mothers and other mothers

Is there any better time to recognize how special mothers are than on Mother's Day? No matter our circumstances in life, and despite possibly being at odds with our moms occasionally, Mother's Day provides us all with a moment to put things in perspective, doesn't it?

I remember when I was a kid, my Daddy making sure my younger brother and I had our cards ready for the big day. Those many years ago we'd actually make our own cards utilizing construction paper, cutting out a big heart with scissors and then coloring it in just ...

May 09, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists


The good mother

In 1980, my mother tells me, she made the decision to divorce my father. She believed her decision was the right one for her and her girls.

Her mother, Mamoo, was supportive. She offered to clear her tenant out of her duplex in Columbus, Ga., so we could move in, but my mother declined.

May 09, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Bad math

I was never great at math, regrettably. Physics fascinated me, and there's no doubt in my mind that at some point - perhaps when the elusive Higgs Boson, or "God particle," is discovered - math will lead us to a more complete understanding of the creation of the universe, and how everything works together. But when I was in high school it became apparent that if math unlocks universal secrets heretofore withheld from mankind's understanding, someone else would have to serve as locksmith.

May 02, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists


Opportunity or fairness

"Why does my brother have lots of boys to play with on our street and there are not as many girls?" my daughter asked. "It's not fair."

I provided the classic reply, "Life's not fair, honey."

May 02, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Volunteers and fairies-at-heart

There's one thing in particular that amazes me about living in Covington: That's the number of volunteers and volunteer-based organizations that are at work in this community year 'round. Among our friends, all are volunteering somewhere. It can become a way of life. It's been in my blood for years since I was invited onto the board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and worked the check-out register in its cavernous food warehouse.

April 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Columnists


Kissing the Blarney Stone: Schools should focus on educating

The people who pay taxes in this county and all of us who have children or grandchildren have every right to be concerned with what is happening to our school system.

April 25, 2010 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


Tell me about school

The old man had not had a good day. He set out after breakfast to accomplish the fairly simple task of mowing his modest yard for the first time in 2010. But after cleaning away winter storage grime, installing a new spark plug and pouring in fresh gas and oil, he became frustrated when on the first pull the lawn mower's starter cord broke. Standing there, holding the rubber T-handle, he watched the bulk of the cord ratchet away into the mower's motor housing.

Two trips to the hardware store failed to bear fruit before the stubborn old ...

April 25, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists


Addressing school cut concers

Over the past seven years while serving on the Newton BOE I like to think I have listened to my community. The challenges have changed over the last seven years. When I began serving in 2003, there were 13,700 students in our system; today there are over 19,400 students in our system. I appreciate all of the professionals who on a daily basis teach, feed, protect, clean up after and transport our children.

I would like to address some of the points made in The Covington News editorial and letters to the editor.

April 25, 2010 | Cathy Dobbs Guest columnist | Columnists


Politicians don't finish the drill

It is a phrase that UGA football Coach Mark Richt uses often with his players: Finish the drill. In other words, get the job done, do it right, and do it all.

That message seems to have been lost on some of the people serving in political office. The trend now is to get elected to something and then resign. A good example is Sarah Palin, who quit before finishing her term as Alaska's governor. Palin seems to have been an inspiration to a lot of Georgia politicians.

April 21, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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