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No, Bill Clinton Did Not Call Obamacare 'Crazy'

Spurred by screaming headlines about "skyrocketing" premiums on some government insurance exchanges, Obamacare foes are dredging up Bill Clinton's colorful quote regarding the Affordable ...

October 29, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Politics of personality and polling

The election is, in fact, not quite over. As you watch and listen to the media in the next week, keep a few questions in ...

October 29, 2016 | | Columnists


Two big ballot questions remain unanswered

As Georgians ponder how they will cast their ballots in this general election, there are only two issues that really have any suspense to them.

October 29, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Deal's Opportunity School District amendment no sure thing

In Georgia, it is a political fact of life that whatever the governor wants - no matter who occupies the seat - the governor usually gets. That ...

October 29, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


The bell tolls

The courthouse in this town has just tolled the hour of three.

October 25, 2016 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


Crawford: Experience doesn’t count anymore

If you learned you had cancer, what would you do?

October 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Harrop: Clinton’s Wall Street speeches were actually brilliant

I've dismissed talk of Hillary Clinton's "secrecy problem" as mere babble in an election year. I thought, for example, that Clinton had no ...

October 23, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


A broader perspective

This political season has been so heated that many voters are looking forward to putting it behind them - regardless of the outcome. For those of ...

October 23, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle lays out his vision for public education

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the ...

October 23, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough: Bank’s ethical lapses could be costly for all business

There is nothing more important than your good name. I inherited mine from one of the most honest and ethical men I ever knew: My ...

October 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Christmas may come early this year

Christmas traditionally is celebrated on Dec. 25 for most Georgians.

October 16, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


To change, or not to change

The good news is that the presidential election is less than a month away. The bad news is that the onslaught of negative campaigning will ...

October 16, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


More states should ban the death penalty

Most of the civilized world has come to regard killing someone held in captivity as barbaric. The death penalty has been abolished in the European ...

October 09, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Take a close look at the constitutional amendments

In recent columns, we have discussed two of the four constitutional amendments that voters will see on their ballots Nov. 8.

October 09, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Sizing up what makes Georgia the place to be

Today's topic will not include commentary on a bunch of immature multi-millionaires who play a kid's game and who are being goaded by ...

October 09, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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Deal moves to pick his own judicial system

Nathan Deal, meet Franklin Roosevelt.

October 18, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Regulations aren’t necessarily a bad idea

History was made last month at the C. B. King Federal Courthouse in downtown Albany.

October 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists


Matter of trust

If you have ever worked in a place where you don't trust your co-workers, you understand how that can warp your thinking and therefore your actions. You begin to doubt everything you are told, you constantly look over your shoulder and behind your back in an attempt to find out what's really going on. You become paranoid, uncertain and unsure of reality. You spend more time and energy trying to discern the truth than working to reach a collective goal.

October 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists


10 years later: remembering a special group of Georgians in Iraq

What a difference a decade makes.

October 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists


Newton County children should prepare for new bioscience jobs

The ribbon cutting of the Governor's new $14 million Bioscience Training Center and the College and Career Academy in Newton County can hardly be more connected. Baxalta, the new, billion dollar super-biotechnical facility that will employ over 1,600 people with great, high-paying jobs, is smack dab in Newton County. Someone's children are going to get those $60,000-plus jobs. Will they be our kids, or someone else's?

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists


People make the difference

Several recent events might lead average Americans to throw up their hands in regards to politics, and possibly want to shut down Washington themselves. Take, for instance, last week's resignation by Speaker John Boehner, the ongoing political reality show of the Republican presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton's never-ending email questions and CNN's announcement that it would include Vice President Joe Biden for the first Democratic presidential candidates' debate though he has not even announced.

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists


Reliability and engineering

When I was growing up, my mother ran carpool in our family's red 1969 Volkswagen Beetle. As the youngest, at age 5, I rode in the "back-back," the small space behind the second seat that was intended not for people, but for packages or groceries. I shared this sliver of room with my neighbor, Bobby, who was a year older. The front seat was reserved for older siblings - Bobby's brother Andy, whose French horn was stashed in the front trunk. I can't remember where my sister Kathy put her trombone. But somehow, my mother fit in five ...

September 27, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Liberal reasoning: idiotic or dishonest?

Many people argue that liberals, socialists and progressives do not understand basic economics. I am not totally convinced about that.

September 27, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists


High school fishing clubs growing in Georgia

Mark Gintert might just have the best job in America. An avid outdoorsman and a successful businessman, Gintert is the national youth director of The Bass Federation, which means he gets to work with young people across the land to introduce them to the joys of fishing through high school fishing clubs.

September 27, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Parties seek the right path on immigration

It was one of those pleasant September afternoons when you can feel the heat of summer giving way as the seasons change.

September 27, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Johnston: Let's move Covington forward

Dear City of Covington Residents,

September 20, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | Columnists


Come on, Joe, make everyone happy and run for president

While millions of people were expected to watch the second Republican debate this week on CNN, the first Democratic debate will not be held until next month on Oct. 13. With only two top-tier candidates on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the potential entrance of Vice President Joe Biden is on everyone's mind - on both sides of the aisle.

September 20, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


The long, yet refreshing, debate

It was a long debate. "The Sound of Music" with Julie Andrews clocked in at three hours. The CNN debate in Simi Valley, California, ran longer than that. It became an endurance contest between a lot of politicians used to East Coast time. By the time they were done, it was after 11 p.m.

September 20, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


‘Religious freedom’ and its unintended consequences

If you've been watching TV, you surely have seen the controversy in Kentucky where a court clerk has been in and out of jail for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses on the grounds that it violates her religious beliefs.

September 20, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Black family structure wasn’t always this way

Academics and public intellectuals, who should know better, attempt to explain the highly visible and publicized pathology witnessed in cities such as Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, Ferguson and others as a legacy of slavery. The argument is made that the problems encountered by many black Americans are rooted in white racism, greed and income inequality. They are able to get away with these untruths because most people believe that what is seen today has always been. A bit of history would belie such a vision.

September 13, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists


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