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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


Advice to a great grandson: dream big and don’t waste a day

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

January 10, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Joys to come in the new year

I've always loved the time between Christmas and New Year's Eve. The celebration of Christ's birth has just occurred - renewing me spiritually ...

January 03, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Thanks for a good year

When it comes to politicians, there was a lot to criticize this year. It would be wrong, however, to end the year without noting some ...

January 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Joys to come

I've always loved the time between Christmas and New Year's Eve. The celebration of Christ's birth has just occurred - renewing me spiritually ...

January 03, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Thanks for a good year

When it comes to politicians, there was a lot to criticize this year. It would be wrong, however, to end the year without noting some ...

January 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


The upcoming power bills will shock customers

You would think we learned our lesson the first time around - but we didn't.

December 20, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Sometimes being naughty can be nice

Ring! Ring! Ring!

December 20, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Georgia has its own Grinch for Christmas

It's the Holiday season, a time when people are supposed to be having fun, going to parties, and bestowing good wishes on friends and ...

December 13, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Observations on the coaching changes at UGA

As my sweet mama would say, "Things just get curiouser and curiouser." That is the best way to describe the recent events at the University ...

December 13, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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Travis: Holidays on the square

I hope everyone who attended the annual Lighting of the Courthouse on the square had a wonderful time.

November 20, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Yarbrough: We are to blame

A recent study from the Pew Forum on Religion and Life reveals that for the first time in our history, more people in the United States claim no religious affiliation than those who do. There are now more than 13 million self-described atheists and agnostics (nearly 6 percent of the U.S. public), as well as nearly 33 million people who say they have no particular religious affiliation. Why is that?

November 20, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Americans favor new approach to war on drugs

More than 40 years ago, the federal government launched a war on drugs. Over the past decade, the nation has spent hundreds of billions of dollars fighting that war, a figure that does not even include the high costs of prosecuting and jailing drug law offenders. It's hard to put a price on that aspect of the drug war since half of all inmates in federal prison today were busted for drugs.

November 17, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Rails to rails: It makes too much sense

The argument over the last couple of years in Newton County is that the abandoned rail road corridor that runs from Porterdale through Covington and Mansfield into Newborn should be turned into trails. The problem is many people in the community, including myself, feel that in the current economic climate, and with the counties budget constraints this is an issue not even worth consideration.

November 17, 2012 | Dustin Ketchem | Columnists


Carter: Thankful for the season

Thursday we give thanks. But, we needn't reserve gratitude for one day, nor cast thanks only to the heavens. Last week, I wrote about expressing appreciation to someone while he was still alive. This week, I share another story.

The chance to say thanks was recent, but my gratitude goes back 36 years. The place was Peachtree High School in DeKalb County, and I was a rising senior - an undersized, not terribly athletic, but determined kid on a football squad going nowhere.

November 17, 2012 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Cushman: GOP renovation

Any change requires pain. Whatever we are doing now is easy (we think) compared to change, whatever it may be. Changing is hard. It requires us to think anew, to change our habits, our processes, our language. It's venturing out into the unknown. Without a compelling reason, people will stay the same and not change.

People begin to change only when the pain of what they are doing becomes more painful than the pain of change.

November 17, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Perugino: It’s still the spending

The Presidential election is history now leaving us awash with mind damaging cries of "tax the wealthy" and a myriad of other tax increase proposals. I have this vision of us driving straight towards a cliff but only looking out the side window. It doesn't take a graduate degree to figure out that you can't continue to spend more than you bring in without having the whole process crash. What one does need is the courage and responsibility to clearly look at the problem and accept the answers that are there. Indeed, "It really is still the spending ...

November 15, 2012 | William Peruguino | Columnists


Morgan: The general crashes, burns

Is there anything you don't know at this point about the alleged affair between four- star Gen. David Petraeus, married and the father of two, and his biographer, fellow West Point grad and fitness fanatic Paula Broadwell, the married mother of two? The news burst like a bombshell over Washington, D.C., in the aftermath of President Obama's re-election, and more and more salacious - and serious - details are emerging every day, now involving another general and civilian groupies. The story is at the top of every newscast.

November 15, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Christmas shopping strategies

It's the middle of November, Black Friday is looming, and I don't have a Christmas list.

November 13, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Lee discusses recent election results

I have just received Junior E. Lee's analysis of the recent elections. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga., and a certified pest control professional. When not trying to get rid of termites in Arveen Ridley's barn, Junior manages one of the most highly respected polling organizations in the country, Round or Square Polls, Inc. His motto is, "We will cook the results as long as you've got the dough."

November 13, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Every day is Veterans Day

When people think of veterans, they often think of warriors, but Hurricane Sandy offers just the latest reminder of the significant humanitarian and often times life-saving work performed by our veterans on a daily basis.

November 10, 2012 | James E. Koutz | Columnists


Parenting politicians is hard work

One of the strangest aspects of Election 2012 is that voters are demanding change but didn't change politicians. They left Republicans in charge of the House, elected an even more Democratic Senate and re-elected President Obama.

November 10, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Dreams of lost loves

Maybe it's an ailment only men will understand, but let it be known that I suffer from recurring dreams about my old cars. It'll be three in the morning, and I'll be enjoying a nice snooze under a warm blanket when my subconscious will grab its little photo album of all our old cars. "Oh, look! There's that tiny MG you had! And here's that ancient Mercedes. Remember that one?" And I will remember each and every one of those cars, and the memories will become solid again, and I'll drive around Dreamland in ...

November 10, 2012 | David McCoy | Columnists


Initial aftershocks

Nobody likes to lose. But defeats can prove advantageous if used as a learning tool. Newt Gingrich lost his first two congressional campaigns, but won his third. Twenty years after his first defeat, he changed the nation with the Contract With America.

November 10, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Cline: A difference maker

There's so much to say about the election and the challenges we face as a nation. But, that's going to have to wait another week.

November 10, 2012 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


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