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Harrop: Trump rates close to zero on 'war' against opioids

Police near Daytona Beach, Florida, recently came upon an SUV with the motor running and three little kids in the back. The parents were dead ...

June 18, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Special counsel, independent investigation?

While the news media and pundits are covering the investigation and potential link between the Russian government and Trump's campaign, their ongoing fascination with ...

June 18, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Irwin: The Ditch Digger

When I was a child my grandmother, Sallie Mae Cook, employed all those "stitch-in-time-saves-nine" sayings. A kind but serious sort, Grandmama harbored low expectations for ...

June 18, 2017 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Let's shine a new light on small businesses

Here is a proposal for a new reality show that could not only help President Trump do his job, but could help millions of other ...

June 11, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: The Donald Trump apology tour

Barack Obama much annoyed many of his critics when he noted less-than-stellar moments in American history during his trips abroad. They called it Obama's ...

June 11, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Yarbrough: Cut-and-run ideologues make job even more difficult for schoolteachers

Dear Georgia's Public Schoolteachers:

June 11, 2017 | | Columnists


Crawford: Business leaders are rewarding failure

The executives of Southern Company, the utility holding company headquartered in Atlanta, have been involved in two of the biggest boondoggles in U.S. industrial ...

June 11, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Rowe: Telling It Like It Is . . . Yearning for the good old days, part 2

Many of you enjoyed my first column about the good old days so much and wanted to hear more so im going to take a ...

June 11, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: Starrsville, GA

*originally published in 2012

June 06, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


Crawford: Sometimes the answer is right in front of you

Have you ever had one of those moments when you don't see that the answer to your problem is sitting there right in front ...

June 04, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: News or newsy covfefe

Early this Wednesday morning, shortly after midnight the night before, President Donald Trump tweeted out "Despite the constant negative press covfefe," and the internet erupted ...

June 04, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Yarbrough: A loving farewell to the world’s greatest preacher

In my book, the word "unique" is an absolute. There is no "kind of" unique or "somewhat" unique. Unique is unique. Unmatched. Unequalled. Nonpareil. One ...

June 04, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Harrop: We Can Move Past Trump on Climate Change

President Trump's spoken thoughts on climate change layer ignorance over irresponsibility. They humiliate thinking Americans and frustrate our friends. The president's recent refusal ...

June 04, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Belton: Honoring the brave

This week we honor those who died, but especially to honor the fallen Brave.

May 30, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Columnists


Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: The Hayston Community

*Author's note: this piece was originally published in 2011 for a different publication. Thx for reading - MBM

May 30, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists


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Harrop: Real Honesty

Slightly more than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump reflected on his performance so far -- both in terms of what's been done and how it's been communicated -- during a Tuesday interview with "Fox and Friends." Trump, known for being frank with others about their performance, was equally frank about himself and his administration.

March 02, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Irwin: Evidence of the prehistoric sources of humor: A rejected thesis

(Originally published in Storytelling Magazine, January 2016)

February 26, 2017 | | Columnists


Yarbrough: A salute to an Olympic champion and his pursuit of excellence

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years of age); a Bronze Star recipient with two tours of duty in Vietnam, retiring as a captain after having joined the Army at 17; a college graduate; a member of 11 halls of fame; a coach; an author and motivational speaker; a cancer survivor and a devout Christian. A list of remarkable achievements to which many of us would aspire but which few, if any of us, could ever equal. He has.

February 26, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


This election will be an indicator of Trump’s support

During the first weeks of the Trump administration, a recurring theme has been the president's sinking popularity in the polls.

February 26, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Harrop: What is Trump most afraid of?

Why does President Trump rush off weekend after weekend to his Mar-a-Lago palazzo in Florida? Because Mar-a-Lago is totally under his control. There he can play the prince, favoring a wedding party with a cameo or entertaining the Japanese prime minister in lavish Palm Beach style.

February 19, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Yarbrough: Secretary of agriculture-designate Perdue knows a bit about draining swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a severe shortage of broccoli.

February 19, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Where strength comes from

This Presidents' Day, instead of buying a new appliance, read George Washington's Farewell Address and Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.

February 19, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Crawford: Georgia can climb out of last place on these two issues

What should be the priority for state legislators –helping their poorest constituents avoid pain and suffering, or protecting the financial status of their most affluent constituents?

February 19, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Bouchillon: SPLOST: ‘It is not a tax increase’

SPLOST is an acronym for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. It is a program whereby counties can add one penny per dollar spent by consumers within its borders to help fund projects specifically allowed by state law. It is optional, meaning not mandatory. Each county has to propose a list of projects, and the county residents get to vote whether to agree to this one penny sales tax. It is temporary - collected for five-year periods for the projects specified, then the county proposes a new list and asks its residents to vote yes or no to continue the penny ...

February 19, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | Columnists


Rowe: Valentine’s Day is around the corner

I'm predicting it will snow again and I suspect some of you may think I've gone off the deep end but that's why you read what I write. They don't let just anybody write for the paper, you know. A good writer gets his or her facts from many reliable sources, which will remain confidential, but I guarantee you it wasn't a ground­hog. No matter what the charming little General Lee says, most southerners know with six weeks of winter still looming you can't rule out some more wintry weather before spring settles ...

February 12, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Yarbrough: Some advice for two young people beginning their journey together

Please allow me a bit of a preamble: Nicholas Sanford Wansley is grandson Number Three chronologically and - pardon a grandfather's pride - a high achiever. After graduation from the University of Georgia, he entered the teaching profession like his dad. Also like his dad, he is a high school science teacher - he teaches International Baccalaureate Physics - and is a cross country coach. This year, his Girls' Cross Country team at South Forsyth High School won the Class 7-A state championship. Nick is scheduled to receive his doctorate at the end of this year. His dad, incidentally, also has a PhD ...

February 12, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: Georgia gives Trump some problems

For a couple of months, Georgia was probably one of Donald Trump's favorite states.

February 11, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Yes, And...

If you have ever engaged in improv theater, then you have experienced the process of "yes, and..." What happens is a person says something that may or may not make sense, and you continue forward by following their statement with a "yes, and," which links to what you say next.

February 11, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Harrop: Is Trump Really Running Things?

Last Saturday night, Donald Trump attended the Red Cross Ball at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. On Sunday, he watched the Super Bowl at his West Palm Beach golf course. As he left Florida on Monday, news emerged that he will probably return this weekend for golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

February 11, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Have You Ever Thought… How it will feel for the Atlanta Falcons be crowned National Champions?

It has only happened once before. The Atlanta Falcons are going to the Super Bowl. Today will see the playing of the fifty-first Super Bowl. And of all the first fifty, the team from our area had only been one time. That year was 1999 at the end of the 1998 season. That game was played in Miami. Of course, today's game will be in Houston.

February 05, 2017 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


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