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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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Looking at public education reform efforts past and present

I had the privilege to speak to several hundred educators in Atlanta last week. I was there to talk about my experiences as a member of the Education Reform Commission but, as is my wont, I soon deviated off the purpose for which I had been invited to speak and into unchartered waters. Which raises a question: Why do I spend so much time preparing speeches if I am not going to use them? I must ask myself that sometime. I would be interested in the answer.

February 28, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Endorsements aren’t worth much anymore

In every election cycle, political pundits will spend a lot of time talking about why endorsements are so important to a candidate.

February 28, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Apple, public safety and selling stuff

Federal investigators hold the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, the terrorist who helped slaughter 14 innocents in San Bernardino, California. They want to look at its contents but can't because the device is encrypted and Apple has refused to unlock it.

February 28, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


The religious freedom battles have started

Whatever happened to faith, hope and love?

February 21, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Democrats, don't blow your chance

The death of Antonin Scalia has set off yet another epic partisan struggle as Senate Republicans seek to deny President Obama his constitutional right to nominate the next Supreme Court justice. They want to wait out Obama's last year in office, hoping his successor will be one of their own.

February 21, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Kemp’s primary could be decisive

Two years ago, Secretary of State Brian Kemp began his push to set up an "SEC Primary" (Southeastern Conference) for a simple reason: he wanted the world to pay more attention to Georgia and the South in an important presidential election year.

February 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


The middle sprint

The long-awaited, first-in-the-nation caucus (Iowa) and primary (New Hampshire) are over. There have been a few surprises - Donald Trump did not win Iowa, Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton by more than 20 points in New Hampshire, and outperformed her with women voters by 11 points. Ted Cruz had a surprise win in Iowa, with Rubio performing strongly with a close third-place finish. John Kasich came in a strong second to Trump in New Hampshire, breathing life into his campaign.

February 14, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Is there only one true progressive?

In our polarized politics, the Democratic Party is trending leftward - not as sharply or as rapidly as the Republican Party has turned toward the far right, but still the party is moving further left than a generation or even an election or two ago. The stunning rise of Bernie Sanders, who proclaims himself both a democratic socialist and a political revolutionary, provides powerful evidence of desire at the grassroots for substantive and perhaps radical change.

February 07, 2016 | Joe Conason | Columnists


Lawmakers keep on fighting the Civil War

Nathan Deal, meet Franklin Roosevelt.

February 07, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Who wins in this fight over ‘freedom’?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be a fight that they are destined to have.

January 31, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Deal backs away on teacher pay issue

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session rolled around.

January 24, 2016 | | Columnists


The appeal of Donald Trump's authoritarian streak

No one, with the possible exception of Donald Trump, could have predicted six months ago that the billionaire real estate magnate would be sitting atop the Republican presidential nomination field less than two weeks before the first caucus in Iowa.

January 24, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: They run for president, we’ll run for governor

For the next few weeks you'll see every candidate for president dropping by the capitol as they campaign toward the March 1 presidential primary.

January 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Cushman: Ideas, inclusion and inspiration

While members of the news media and Democrats paint Republicans as the party of angry old white men, the world around them is changing.

January 17, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Lawmakers have tough decisions this session

Legislators will be returning to Atlanta soon to convene the 2016 General Assembly session, but this one may have a slightly different feel to it.

January 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


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