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Brother, can you spare a billion?

Gov. Sonny Perdue deserves a round of applause for seeing the light.

Just weeks after warning that Georgians can't borrow their way out of debt, the governor announced in general terms that he now favors increasing the state debt. Perdue wants state government to borrow an unspecified sum to stimulate the economy and wipe out a looming $1.6 billion state deficit.

December 27, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Opening a stretch of memory lane

They opened a new stretch of Georgia 316, a four-lane highway that runs between Lawrenceville and Athens last week.

What that means is you can drive on four-lane highway all the way between Athens and Atlanta now. From Atlanta, take Interstate 85 to the Lawrenceville exit and then 316 the rest of the way.

December 27, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


Chambliss had history on his side

There were many explanations being floated for Saxby Chambliss' smashing success in the Dec. 2 runoff election for the U.S. Senate.

December 24, 2008 | Tom Crawford Columnist | OPINION


Ask Santa

 With Christmas just around the corner, and Santa Claus packing his sleigh, people everywhere had better let him know what they want before he departs the North Pole.

December 24, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Thank you Gov. Blagojovich

As a son of the South, I'm the first to admit we've had some governors who didn't make us look too good in the eyes of the rest of the nation and, for that matter, the world.

That's why on behalf of devoted Southerners everywhere, I offer my sincere thanks to Gov. Rod Blagojovich for making some of our black sheep look like choirboys.

December 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


Christmas in his heart

My favorite story of the season is Dicken's "A Christmas Carol." But, I have always doubted the ending that Scrooge really kept "Christmas in his heart" every day of the year. Like many, I have done the Sunday school visits to the sick or elderly and the "less fortunate" at Christmas, but never beyond that.

Many years after first hearing that story, I actually met someone who really does keep "Christmas in his heart" every day of the year. My mother-in-law now resides at Palms Shade Villa, an assisted-care facility here in Newton County.

December 22, 2008 | Patrick Durusau Columnist | OPINION


Trampling reform

 Not many folks in these parts remember or even care much anymore, but 10 years ago education reform was a top priority on the national and state agendas.

December 20, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Christmas moose smooch

 I was driving along and listening to Christmas carols on the radio, and I started thinking back to those wonderful days when I was a kid and we used to draw names for the annual class Christmas party.

December 20, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


Silver and pearl

I come by my emotion honestly. For as long as I can remember Daddy would always stand with his hand over his heart whenever "The Star Spangled Banner" was played or whenever the flag would pass in a parade, and many times he'd unashamedly have tears in his eyes.

December 17, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Oxendine’s ready to take the wheel

If there's one lesson that John Oxendine should have learned by now, it's that cars and politics don't mix.

December 17, 2008 | Tom Crawford columnist | OPINION


Banning free enterprise

Last week the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to bar new home-based day care centers.

December 15, 2008 | Patrick Durusau Columnist | OPINION


Are the kids OK?

A whole lot of folks out there would like to believe the answer is "yes."

December 15, 2008 | Maggie Gallagher | OPINION


Economists take note

Some might scoff at the fact I consider myself quite the expert on the economy.

December 13, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


He's baaaaack....

Thank goodness. Zell Miller is back. The former heavyweight champion of populist Southern Democrats has come out of retirement. He helped Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss in his just-finished bout with Democrat Jim Martin.

Miller also aided Chambliss in his first race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Max Cleland, who, once upon a time, had been one of Zell's closest pals and fiercest supporters.

December 13, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Looking back, looking forward

 Here's wishing a very pleasant Sunday morning after Thanksgiving to all. I'm hopeful this finds you in peaceful repose, that you and yours have rejoiced in fellowship together and that those who must be on the highways and byways arrive safely home. Of course, there's special hope for the safety of our men and women in America's armed forces, wherever they may be.

December 10, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


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