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Believing in public education

The General Assembly did not meet this week, so I thought I would talk about why I believe so much in public education.

January 25, 2015 | Dave Belton | OPINION


Media miss the real news of the week

This past week, one of the world's most famous and influential men made a major announcement concerning our global future. But you might have missed it because America's national news media was obsessing over President Obama's State of the Union address.

January 25, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | OPINION


Will the West defend itself?

Leftists and progressives believe that the U.S. should become more like Europe. They praise Europe's massive welfare state, socialized medicine and stifling economic regulation and accept its unwillingness to defend itself against barbarism. I wonder whether America's leftists and progressives want to import some of Europe's barbaric extremism associated with its Muslim population.

January 25, 2015 | Walter Williams | OPINION


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Shutdown better than a kingdom

Yes, it is frustrating. The government should run smoothly and efficiently, going about its business and getting things done without much pomp and circumstance.

October 03, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | OPINION


Diverse viewpoints on news

"A community needs news for the same reason that a man needs eyes," said British journalist Dame Rebecca West. "It has to see where it is going." On most days, however, I don't want to go where the news says we're going.

October 03, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | OPINION


We don't need Common Core

It's a well-known observation that whenever businessmen get together, sooner or later their conversation turns to how to best separate consumers from their money (which is why businesses, in reality, exist).

September 24, 2013 | Mychal Massie Columnist | OPINION


Employers value 'human equity'

An alarming Gallup poll published earlier this year is still sending shockwaves throughout the business community: Most American workers either hate their jobs or don't care one way or the other about them.

September 07, 2013 | Trevor Wilson Guest columnist | OPINION


With Syria, US must not be 'enabler'

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines an enabler as "one who enables another to persist in self-destructive behavior." Enablers do so "by providing excuses or by making it possible to avoid the consequences of such behavior."

September 07, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | OPINION


An eighth-grader's take on leadership

My name is Ralph Edward Brown. I'm currently an eighth-grade student at the Newton County Theme School. This summer, I had the opportunity to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) in Washington, D.C. I was one of 294 scholars from around the country identified as a future leader. This was an awesome experience for me. Thanks go to my seventh-grade teacher, Ms. Holly Kaas, for nominating me and serving as my mentor.

August 24, 2013 | Ralph Edward Brown Guest columnist | OPINION


Williams: Money & natural gas market

Why is it that natural gas sells in the United States for $3.94 per 1,000 cubic feet and in Europe and Japan for $11.60 and $17, respectively?

August 17, 2013 | Walter Williams | OPINION


The Covington geese

In Friday's paper, we ran a story about the "tyrant" geese of Covington; if you missed it, you can read it at covnews.com.

August 10, 2013 | Staff Report | OPINION


Morgan: Do animals have rights?

Animal activists in June praised the decision by the director of the National Institutes of Health to retire 300 of this country's 360 chimpanzees used for medical research to sanctuaries in the next few years.

August 08, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | OPINION


George Claud Adams

We were more than pleased and proud to learn that one of Newton County's own, the late superintendent of schools and the founder of the 4-H movement George Claud Adams, is to be inducted Sept. 20 into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame.

August 08, 2013 | Staff Report | OPINION


Parents' resilience is a lesson in living

This past month has been eventful and unusual.

June 20, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | OPINION


Three strangers become three heroes

This is a story about heroes - good people doing good things. The cast of characters in this performance shares one thing in common: They are strangers to one another.

June 18, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


Bargains save money, but not time

My sister is having some renovations done to her house and is momentarily out of bathrooms. So she has been staying with me intermittently.

June 18, 2013 | Paula Travis | OPINION


Wake up, smell the hot fudge, coffee

I overheard something funny as I was munching on a sweet snack last month. I didn't catch much of the conversation, but I did hear, "I need hot fudge." I thought it was hilarious.

June 15, 2013 | David McCoy | OPINION


Washington, we have a problem

Another week, another controversy in official Washington.

June 15, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | OPINION


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