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Crawford: Congressmen, meet your constituents

Town meetings are part of a long tradition in America. Since the 1600s, residents of some New England communities have been gathering to vote directly ...

March 05, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Harrop: Real Honesty

Slightly more than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump reflected on his performance so far -- both in terms of what's been done and ...

March 02, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


This election will be an indicator of Trump’s support

During the first weeks of the Trump administration, a recurring theme has been the president's sinking popularity in the polls.

February 26, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Yarbrough: A salute to an Olympic champion and his pursuit of excellence

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years ...

February 26, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Irwin: Evidence of the prehistoric sources of humor: A rejected thesis

(Originally published in Storytelling Magazine, January 2016)

February 26, 2017 | | Columnists


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Carter: Do the math; tipping point is here

If a tree falls in the forest, and no one's there to hear it, does it make a sound? In a similar vein, if the law requires government transparency, but no one is looking, does transparency matter?

June 29, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Rasmussen: Public opinion leads, politicians follow slowly

On Dec. 1, 1955, a church-going woman of character refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Ala. Many credit Rosa Parks' courageous action that day with launching the Civil Rights movement.

June 29, 2013 | Sue Horn | Columnists


McCoy: Summer, when defenses and tops are down

She was a beauty, resting just a few feet away from me on the main drag that goes through downtown Athens, sitting there soaking up the warm summer rays.

June 29, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Cushman: When is ‘helping’ really not helping?

Helping another person even when doing so could adversely affect you is considered a virtue by many. People are often applauded as heroes, as they should be, when they help others.

June 27, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Morgan: Chickens, garden go hand in hand

I went looking for a story about urban chickens, but I found a whole lot more.

June 27, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Guest column: Closing shoals not answer

My husband and I live right beside Factory Shoals Park. I have been here for more than 30 years. My husband was born and raised right beside the park; his family has lived and worked the land on and beside Factory Shoals Park for more than 100 years.

June 25, 2013 | Robin McClure Aiken Guest Columnist | Columnists


Sanders was governor at the right time

When Jimmy Carter ran for the state Senate in 1961 and was defeated, he claimed voter fraud. Carl Sanders, president pro tem of the state Senate, supported Carter's claim and provided legal counsel from the Democratic Party. Carter prevailed.

June 25, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Bridge players are glad to lend a hand

Atlanta will host the Summer 2013 North American Bridge Championships Aug. 1-11 at the Hyatt Regency, 265 Peachtree St. It has been awhile since Atlanta has hosted a national tournament. Most of the big names in American and international bridge circles will be there.

June 25, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Campers get a taste of independence

It is so much easier to do it ourselves.

June 22, 2013 | Terri Kimble | Columnists


Where's the equal protection?

Grutter v. Bollinger was the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld the University of Michigan Law School's racial admissions policy.

June 22, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Carter: All we take for granted

Last weekend, we enjoyed a delightful evening celebrating the surprise news that one of our European friends had become a United States citizen. Married to an American, father of two beautiful children, and living in our community as a legal permanent resident, he surprised us by announcing he had applied for naturalization, passed the necessary examinations, and was sworn in last Friday.

June 22, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


McCoy: How to order a gully washer

As I write this, it's raining in Conyers and Covington.

June 22, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Rasmussen: Looking for heroes in the NSA scandal

While recognizing that it's important to fight terrorism with all of the tools at our disposal, the American people are having a hard time finding good guys in the story about the National Security Agency's surveillance program.

June 22, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Looking for heroes in the NSA scandal

While recognizing that it's important to fight terrorism with all of the tools at our disposal, the American people are having a hard time finding good guys in the story about the National Security Agency's surveillance program.

June 22, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


McCoy: We're all rainmakers

As I write this, it's raining in Conyers and Covington.

June 22, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


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