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Telling it like it is ... Countdown to Christmas, Southern style

Here we are entering the last month of 2016 and getting ready for Christmas. Ready or not, it's almost here. I may not be ...

December 12, 2016 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Have you ever thought … How we can serve some of those who served us?

A month ago today, we, as a nation, observed Veteran's Day. Each year we set this day aside to say thank you to all ...

December 12, 2016 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Marshall Music Minute: Big shows coming in Covington, Newborn and Porterdale

Well my word, these temperatures are dropping fast but fortunately we've got some great music this week to heat things up.

December 12, 2016 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Yarbrough: Losing one’s home to fire is a painful experience

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state. A community leader and a successful business man - he is president and CEO ...

December 12, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gingrich-Cushman: Wow, what a change in direction

Reality has set in, Hillary Clinton is (mostly) out of the news and President-Elect Donald Trump has been named Time Magazine's man of the ...

December 12, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Crawford: Tom Price is coming after your insurance

Back when he was serving in the Georgia Senate, Tom Price acquired a nickname among the capitol crowd: Ned Flanders.

December 12, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Losing one’s home to fire is a painful experience

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state. A community leader and a successful business man - he is president and CEO ...

December 11, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: I remember Roscoe

Friends and relatives who know I work at the state capitol often ask these questions: How can you stand it there? Don't you just ...

December 04, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Responses to Castro's death reveal wide chasm between Obama, Trump

This past week, Fidel Castro, Cuban dictator, died. The responses from President-elect Donald Trump and the Obama White House underscored how different the two men ...

December 04, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Yarbrough: Random thoughts on random subjects

God bless America and God bless Mount Paran Christian School in Cobb County. Before a recent football playoff game, every player on the team came ...

December 04, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: The election numbers show Georgia is still very red

Now that the final election totals are in, let's look at a couple of Georgia's voting trends.

November 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Have you ever thought …

Newton County residents might as well associate the sounds of "hogs" with Christmas, as they do with reindeer or silver bells. That is because for ...

November 26, 2016 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


McCart: Marshall's music Thanksgiving list

I'd like to give thanks that a transplanted Yankee named Judy met a Newton County boy named Billy while matriculating at that university in ...

November 26, 2016 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


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Are guns the problem?

When I attended primary and secondary school -- during the 1940s and '50s -- one didn't hear of the kind of shooting mayhem that's become routine today. Why? It surely wasn't because of strict firearm laws. My replica of the 1902 Sears mail-order catalog shows 35 pages of firearm advertisements. People just sent in their money, and a firearm was shipped.

January 19, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Doug Holt's view from the house

The 2013 legislative session started smoothly on January 14th, with the House re-electing Speaker David Ralston and Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones. Our 47 freshmen members started introducing bills with the usual excitement -- the excitement that comes from the first opportunity to act on ideas they could never do anything but talk about before. There will be some interesting committee hearings in weeks ahead.

January 19, 2013 | Doug Holt | Columnists


A commentary on the 2nd Amendment

"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."

January 19, 2013 | William Peruguino | Columnists


Carter: Remembering MLK Then and Now

On a sun-filled day in the summer of 1964, an excited boy of 4.5 dances around massive marble columns flanking the top step of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Scattered below, tourists mix and mingle on the concrete expanse between the memorial and the reflecting pool stretching to the Washington Monument in the distance.

January 19, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


GOP’s battle plans need a rework

Last week, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed cited the need to use hard and soft politics in governing the city. "We are making hard decisions again and again that allow us to show compassion," the Democrat said at a luncheon held by the Atlanta Press Club. "Because you can't help other people if you're broke yourself."

January 17, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Morgan: 2013 off to a bad start

This year of 2013 has, for me, gotten off to a start worthy of a year that ends in 13. Not that I'm superstitious or anything. Here's how it began.

January 17, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Local papers provide empowering info

I have the privilege of being with a group of newspaper publishers at the Georgia Press Association's winter gathering in Atlanta this week. It is one of those times I wish my momma and daddy were still around to see the crowd their little boy is hanging out with these days. Momma would be pleased; Daddy would be surprised.

January 15, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Elvis truly left the building

I got an email from my sister last week reminding me that it was Elvis' birthday, his 78th one to be exact. I have Elvis socks that feature his name and musical notes and a small guitar with his name on it that is a Christmas ornament bought at Graceland. But that's it. My sister has more Elvis memorabilia than anyone I know. It all started on a whim.

January 15, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Williams: Dishonest educators continue to create black eye

Nearly two years ago, U.S. News & World Report came out with a story titled "Educators Implicated in Atlanta Cheating Scandal." It reported that "for 10 years, hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals changed answers on state tests in one of the largest cheating scandals in U.S. history." More than three-quarters of the 56 Atlanta schools investigated had cheated on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test, sometimes called the national report card. Cheating orders came from school administrators and included brazen acts such as teachers reading answers aloud during the test and erasing incorrect answers. One ...

January 12, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


McCoy: How to remain manly while sick

Let's be painfully blunt: It's not possible for a man to be sick and remain manly. I'd like to claim that testosterone is the cure-all that keeps guys burly and ferocious through all kinds of challenges, but that hormone bows in defeat before the cold, the flu, or - in my case - bronchitis. I spent much of the new year fighting off a nasty infection, and that's when I learned just how far we men fall when we fall ill. Women can have a liver transplant in the morning and host a dinner party for 20 that ...

January 12, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Carter: No time to fool around

When we struggle as a nation to find common ground - or even respectful dialog - on anything, the last thing we need is exaggeration and deliberately inflammatory language in discussing the events of the day. We'll always have that from some of the general public, but I expect better from our newspapers. That's why I was disappointed with this newspaper's editorial board for their "Our Thoughts" piece in last Sunday's Covington News titled "Fooled Again."

Criticizing the "fiscal cliff deal" passed by Congress, the editorial referred to the expiration of temporary payroll tax cuts as having money ...

January 12, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Morgan: Rep. Broun part of the problem

I really wish they'd have told me something I don't already know. That was my response this week to a new poll by the Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire. In it, Congress gets a lower approval rating than root canals, cockroaches, head lice and colonoscopies. It could hardly get much worse than that. Those results follow on the heels of a December Gallup poll that found members of Congress beat out just one profession - car salesmen - in popularity. And just before New Year's, Rasmussen Reports polled 1,000 likely voters and found 69 percent rank Congress ...

January 10, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Perugino: Unilateral Disarmament of Americans

President Obama using Joe Biden as his mouthpiece is not unexpectedly making noise that he will implement gun control measures through the use of the Executive Order. Obama has been sending out messages about his commitment to restrict gun ownership by Americans since early in his first term. He has hinted at taking action to institute tight restrictions on guns and ammunition during conversations with liberal foreign heads of state and United Nations representatives. He has openly supported the UN Arms Treaty which mandates international restrictions of small arms and ammunition. Hillary Clinton, his sitting Secretary of State, has been ...

January 10, 2013 | William Peruguino | Columnists


Yarbrough: To Cameron: Thank you for the perspective

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

Over the years it has been a tradition at the first of the year to impart some words of wisdom in this space to your father, uncle and cousins, who double as my grandsons. Perhaps some of my observations were useful to them. Maybe some fell on deaf ears. I have never asked. Anyway, they are adults now; old enough and wise enough (I hope) to figure things out for themselves. So now it's just you and me, kid.

January 08, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Travis: New Year’s realizations

The holiday season is over. For the last two months, all I have been doing is making lists. The need for a list usually hits me in the morning when I am sitting at my kitchen table and drinking my morning cup of tea. I have a whole day ahead of me and I try to organize what I need to do for the day. I can't keep as many trains of thought going in my mind as I once could, and I need written reminders. I make lists of the lists. I write on the closest thing at ...

January 08, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


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