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Our Thoughts; Our Independence Day

Firework, flags, barbecue, hot dogs and watermelon, cold beverages and a paid day off -all are symbols and fixtures of the Fourth of July.

July 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Columnists


Ardent Americanism

The Fourth of July brings to mind American Flags, parades, fireworks, BBQ and, where I live, country music. If you are like me, the opening ...

July 03, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


The Supreme Court sends a message

More than four decades have passed since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision that made abortions legal, but the pro-life movement is ...

July 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Have Your Ever Thought ā€¦ What are we celebrating on the Fourth of July?

One of history's greatest lessons on the power of words is remembered and celebrated every year on July 4th. The Declaration of Independence ...

July 03, 2016 | William Burnham | Columnists


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Newfound e-reader junkie

My husband gave me an e-reader more than 15 months ago. I was surprised. I had not asked for one, but he thought I would enjoy it.

April 23, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Boston terrorist attack brings back memories of Atlanta bombing

When the terrorist attacks occurred in Boston during the running of the Boston Marathon, memories came flooding back of our own dark days in Atlanta.

April 23, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Oak Hill goes green with 4-H Health Rocks and Kohls

Despite strong competition from several schools, Oak Hill Elementary again topped the charts in Newton 4-H this year.

April 20, 2013 | Terri Kimble | Columnists


Iā€™m singing in the rain

Local philathropist, gentleman and sage Pierce Cline was well known for the life lessons he learned himself and taught to others through wanderings along the Appalachian Trail.

April 20, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Price versus cost

Suppose you buy a gallon of gas for $3. How much did it cost you? You say, "Williams, that's a silly question. It cost $3." That's where you're mistaken, because there's a difference between price and cost.

April 20, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


A fat boy and his pies

There's an interesting picture hanging in the bathroom of a particular shop here in town.

April 20, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


GOP needs to get over the makers vs. takers mindset

Mitt Romney's secretly recorded comment that 47 percent of Americans are "dependent on the government" and "believe they are victims" isn't the only reason he lost the presidential campaign.

April 20, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


You only live once

Last month, I got caught in the massive hail storm while teaching in Stockbridge. I took a picture of the larger than a golf ball-sized hail that pummeled the houses and cars in the Monarch Village neighborhood.

April 20, 2013 | Nhi Ho | Columnists


Morgan: Authors turn lives into fiction

Take a life, any life, even your own. Write down all the known facts and documentation of that life, much but not all of it taken from public record: birth, parents, hometown, siblings, education, college transcripts, career, titles, marriage, children, divorce, volunteer positions, achievements, military service, address, church membership, diaries, daybooks and perhaps old letters retained by the sender or recipient.

April 18, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Cushman: Goodness over evil

My sister Kathy texted the news of the Boston Marathon bombing not long after it happened.

April 18, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Random thoughts on random topics

It turns out that you can go home again. I recently established a chair in crisis communications leadership at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at my beloved University of Georgia. UGA President-elect Dr. Jere Morehead, along with Dink NeSmith, chairman of the Board of Regents came for the ceremony and both made my family and me feel warmly welcomed on campus.

April 16, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Spring into the yellow season

I suppose it is never a normal spring. But it does seem like we have gotten more rain than usual this spring. Not that there is anything wrong with that as Seinfeld would say. I am sure we will be hearing dire predictions of drought soon enough, and all the rain we have had lately will be forgotten.

April 16, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Spring fever mind games

I wish the weather would stop playing games with us here in the South. It wasn't more than a few weeks ago that I slipped into a pair of short pants for puttering around the house.

April 13, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Gun debate highlights voter distrust

Gun control advocates sound puzzled by congressional resistance to relatively modest gun control legislation. Many cite a poll showing 90 percent of Americans support more background checks and suggest the National Rifle Association is the only reason Congress won't implement the will of the people.

April 13, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


The mortgage complaint window is open

Got a beef with your mortgage company or loan servicer? Lots of people do, and thousands of them have been turning to a federal complaint hotline for action - or at least a quick response from the lender.

April 13, 2013 | Ken Harney | Columnists


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