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Have You Ever Thought… How it would feel not to be able to go home?

We have a crises in our state. There are 13,000 children who are separated from their families in Georgia. They are in state custody ...

January 29, 2017 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: The People's Government, the People's Work

On January 20, Donald Trump took the oath of office and became the 45th president of the United States. Trump's speech was 1,435 ...

January 28, 2017 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Hitting our heads against a border wall

Illegal immigration from Mexico is yesterday's problem. Last year, more Mexicans left the United States than entered, according to the Pew Research Center. But ...

January 28, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Crawford: Sonny Perdue will feel right at home

The new president has finished filling the vacancies in his cabinet by nominating Georgia's own Sonny Perdue as the secretary of agriculture.

January 28, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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Skeeter skates puts the real world in perspective One of the dangers of providing you with my opini

One of the dangers of providing you with my opinions each week - besides not having a clue where to put commas - is that it is easy to lose touch with reality and start acting like all the media pundits who think they are so smart that their IQs should be measured with a yardstick. My momma didn't raise me like that.

November 06, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Ditmann: The day Marcel saw his first Jeep

This 1943 class picture was taken in Mondoubleau, a central France hamlet like hundreds of others. The 10-year-old boy in the back row, fourth from the right, was Marcel, a Parisian refugee living on a farm under an assumed name. He had to – he was Jewish. The French police had already arrested his father in 1942.

November 06, 2016 | Laurent Ditmann | Columnists


It's all in the emails

It's less than a week before the election, and many of us are continuing to count down the days until this seemingly never-ending campaign is over. As the days dwindle, the chaos and carnage of the campaigns have seemingly accelerated. The race coverage has taken on a frenzied and frantic quality, which will accelerate and intensify until all the votes are counted (and possibly recounted) and the election is complete.

November 06, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Voters could get two senators for the price of one

There's not much suspense about who will win Georgia's senate race.

November 06, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


No, Bill Clinton Did Not Call Obamacare 'Crazy'

Spurred by screaming headlines about "skyrocketing" premiums on some government insurance exchanges, Obamacare foes are dredging up Bill Clinton's colorful quote regarding the Affordable Care Act. No, Clinton didn't call it "crazy."

October 29, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Politics of personality and polling

The election is, in fact, not quite over. As you watch and listen to the media in the next week, keep a few questions in mind.

October 29, 2016 | | Columnists


Two big ballot questions remain unanswered

As Georgians ponder how they will cast their ballots in this general election, there are only two issues that really have any suspense to them.

October 29, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Deal's Opportunity School District amendment no sure thing

In Georgia, it is a political fact of life that whatever the governor wants - no matter who occupies the seat - the governor usually gets. That is because the office controls a lot of money and patronage and can dispense or withhold either, depending on whether or not you support or oppose the governor.

October 29, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


The bell tolls

The courthouse in this town has just tolled the hour of three.

October 25, 2016 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


A broader perspective

This political season has been so heated that many voters are looking forward to putting it behind them - regardless of the outcome. For those of us who have been inundated with social media, cable and television political talk - it can seem depressing and debilitating.

October 23, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Clinton’s Wall Street speeches were actually brilliant

I've dismissed talk of Hillary Clinton's "secrecy problem" as mere babble in an election year. I thought, for example, that Clinton had no obligation to disclose her mild pneumonia, a temporary ailment she was over in a few days.

October 23, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Crawford: Experience doesn’t count anymore

If you learned you had cancer, what would you do?

October 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle lays out his vision for public education

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the state. His name was Zell Miller. His vision was the HOPE scholarship, funded by the Georgia Lottery, which gives financial assistance to eligible students who attend our state's colleges and universities. It has been a game-changer.

October 23, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough: Bank’s ethical lapses could be costly for all business

There is nothing more important than your good name. I inherited mine from one of the most honest and ethical men I ever knew: My father. A man without a lot of education or sophistication, his was a world of right and wrong, good and bad, legal or illegal. It either was or it wasn't. Rationalization didn't count much with him if you were trying to defend bad decisions. It was just simpler to do the right thing.

October 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


To change, or not to change

The good news is that the presidential election is less than a month away. The bad news is that the onslaught of negative campaigning will continue until then. This past week, in conversations with friends and family, the one item that Democrats, Republicans and Independents can agree on is that we can't wait for this election to be over and done. The daily coverage of personality and problems of both major presidential candidates is unrelenting, making the election feel as though it is never-ending.

October 16, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


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