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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 … 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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A little sugar in my tea, please

When protesters boarded three ships under the dark of night on the evening of Dec. 16, 1773 to toss 90,000 pounds of tea into Boston Harbor, it sparked an event only later popularized as the "Boston Tea Party."

March 16, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Education system rot

American education is in a sorry state of affairs, and there's enough blame for all participants to have their fair share.

March 16, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


King Arthur's Court and Emperor's Clothes

As a corporate budgeter, I learned decades ago only a few people can look at an organization's money, corporation's money or someone else's money and spend it as if it were their own money, i.e., very deliberately, based on the priorities and values of the organization.

March 14, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Morgan: What are they up to?

Public education in Georgia is always perceived to be a case of one step forward, two steps back. Or two steps forward and one step back.

March 14, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Travis: Where art thou cellphone?

I wrote a column last summer about my car not starting and having left my cellphone at home. I was stuck, not knowing anyone's number, and had to walk for help.

March 12, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Yarbrough: Judge earned his place at head of table

Let's face it - judges can be pretty scary folks to We the Unwashed. About the only time we ever see them is when we are called for jury duty or when, heaven forbid, we are a plaintiff or defendant or a witness, wishing we could be anywhere but in the courtroom.

March 12, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Health care law now faces U.S. consumer

President Obama handily defeated congressional Republicans in the political fight over his health care law. But the law will now face a much tougher opponent -- the creativity of Americans determined to gain more control over their own health care decisions. The end result will be a system much different than the president hopes for -- and his opponents fear.

March 09, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


E-SPLOST can make our schools better

My mother always tells me people should avoid two topics: religion and politics. While I'm typically not a rule-follower per se, I agree with her on this. However, I'm going to break that rule right now and say that while most people like to pontificate on the "liberal media," I am pretty conservative about a lot of things – especially when it comes to my money.

March 09, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Columnists


Concerns for Eastside High School

As representatives of District 1 in Newton County, we have heard concerns from our constituents about language in the upcoming Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax vote on March 19 as it relates to the future of Eastside High School.

March 09, 2013 | John Douglas Jeff Meadors | Columnists


Vote YES on E-SPLOST

For every dollar you or I spend shopping in Newton County, we toss a penny into the jar (figuratively) for Newton County schools. Every visitor to our county does the same. We've been doing it since 1999, and come March 19, we'll decide if we want to continue that practice through 2019.

March 09, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Cushman: Focus on freedom

The recent political entanglements over the budget have focused more on political maneuverings and who is right about what statement, rather than what the policies mean to average, everyday Americans.

March 07, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Morgan: It’s time for a cover-up

Michelle Obama has legions of slavish fans and followers and for many good reasons. As First lady, she's crafted a campaign to reduce and fight childhood obesity that's affecting remarkable progress.

March 07, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Mecca: Local soldier recalls fighting at Battle of the Bulge

The Army's 2nd Infantry Division landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day +1, June 7, 1944, near St. Laurent-sur-Mer. After crossing the Aure River to liberate Trevieres on June 10, the 2nd Infantry Division started a trek across France that would take them all the way into Germany.

March 05, 2013 | Pete Mecca | Columnists


Carter: You built it, they came

Four weeks have passed since an overstuffed rodent in Stone Mountain declared six more weeks of winter were coming to Georgia. Evidently, he wasn't referring to these most recent weeks.

March 02, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Holt: Ga. House tackles lobbyist and ethics bills

The House considered 40 bills and resolutions last week, as we closed in on what is known as "crossover day." Crossover day is legislative day 30, and is the last day a bill or resolution can pass from its home chamber to the other chamber of the General Assembly. With hundreds of pieces of legislation now in the system, the competition to get bills across before the deadline makes for a frenzied atmosphere.

March 02, 2013 | Doug Holt Guest Columnist | Columnists


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