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Telling It Like It Is . . . Time to Change

It's too early to tell how 2017 is shaping up, but, I can already tell it's going to be an interesting year.

January 29, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


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


Yarbrough: Some observations on the national scene and then it’s back to broccoli

I hope you will forgive me but I am going against my better judgment today and sound like one of those inch-wide, inch-deep political pundits ...

January 22, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Have You Ever Thought?... How great it would be to have more variety in shopping and eating out?

I say we have great merchants and eateries in Covington. But I would add what is needed is more variety in both areas as well ...

January 22, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Yarbrough: Hide the silverware! The legislature is coming!

To Arms! To Arms! The Legislature is coming, the Legislature is coming!

January 15, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: Keep your elected officials accountable

When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he pledged he would "drain the swamp" in Washington and put an end to all the influence peddling ...

January 15, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Fazio: Farewell to ‘The News’

A community newspaper really is a great thing. It's the pulse of a town; it is a measure of growth and change; it's ...

January 02, 2017 | Bryan Fazio | Columnists


Yarbrough: Resolutely determined to manage 2017 expectations

The only thing more useless than socks on a pig are New Year's resolutions. Our intentions are applaudable but our follow-through usually leaves a ...

January 02, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: Some good news for the holiday season

There have been some interesting political stories to tell this year, but two of the most interesting happened last week in Georgia's neighboring states ...

December 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Yarbrough: Dedicated to the believers this Christmas

This column has become a Christmas tradition and I share with you once again this year. It is dedicated to all who believe.

December 23, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Irwin: Secret Santa

When I was around 12 years old, it occurred to me that the season we call Christmas has, within it, several glitter-coated mini-seasons. Because of ...

December 23, 2016 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


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Travis: How do teachers savor their summer? Let’s count the ways

In just a few days, the school year for Newton County children will be over. We'll see pictures of them rushing out of the schools' doors, cheering.

May 21, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Yarbrough: They’re schools, not businesses, as teachers know well

Dear Public School Teachers in Georgia:

May 21, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


McCoy: Where am I? Brain is not playing fair

Last week, while out of town and staying in a hotel, I had a most exasperating experience. I was snoozing away in my fluffy rented bed, and when it came time to wake up, I didn't quite make it all the way. I woke just enough to see a little bit of sunlight, and a glimpse of the walls, but nothing looked familiar, so my brain stayed closed for business. That's when I had the notorious, "Where am I?" experience. I didn't know where I was. I didn't know the state, the country, the day, the ...

May 20, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


It's not cool to keep silent

I remember the first time I ran away from home. I was in sixth grade and I had been wronged in some way. I was sure my parents loved my sister more or denied me some privilege, and I was having none of that. I stayed home when my parents left for work, skipped school, packed a bag and took my bike to this little secluded spot by the river, thinking that was an awesome place to live. I was home before my parents.

May 18, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Columnists


Credit report coding trips up buyers

Are large numbers of homeowners who have negotiated short sales with lenders at risk because of a startling omission in the American credit system? Do their credit reports and scores indicate that they were foreclosed upon, rather than having negotiated a mutually agreeable resolution with their lenders?

May 18, 2013 | Ken Harney | Columnists


Sometimes, perspective changes things

Single and lonely in a new neighborhood, a guy invites his neighbors to a drop-in party. With ample food and drink, he sits alone as party time comes and goes.

May 18, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Who's teaching students to hate U.S.?

Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who are accused of setting the bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon, attended the University of Massachusetts. Maybe they hated our nation before college, but if you want lessons on hating America, college attendance might be a good start. Let's look at it.

May 18, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Where am I? Brain isn't playing fair

Last week, while out of town and staying in a hotel, I had a most exasperating experience.

May 18, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Property tax proposal doesn’t add up

The word tax is a three-letter word that might as well be a four-letter word these days.

May 16, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Cushman: Crisis management

My graduate course in crisis management was the 2012 Republican presidential primaries as a senior advisory and national media surrogate for Newt Gingrich.

May 16, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Crosswalk confusion is rampant

I try to walk at least five days or more a week for close to an hour.

May 14, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Dalton mayor mulls run against Deal

David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, is making noises about challenging incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the 2014 Republican primary. Say what?

May 14, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Carter: Character, integrity are true pillars of society

I was conversing with a couple of friends this week, each of whom expressed frustration and disappointment at having been wronged recently in a business transaction.

May 13, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


McCoy: Men, watch your step at weddings

If you're a man who's been invited to a wedding, you need to heed my advice so you know what to do at these alien affairs.

May 11, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


How home sellers shoot themselves in the foot

With full-fledged sellers' markets underway in dozens of metropolitan areas around the country, new research has found curious statistical patterns emerging: Even in cities where listings get multiple offers within days or hours, significant numbers of homes are sitting on the market for six months, 12 months or more with no takers.

May 11, 2013 | Ken Harney | Columnists


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