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What kind of county government do we need?

Newton County citizens recently learned of the unexpected action of the Board of Commissioners (BOC) to appoint an "assistant county manager," which in fact is the new "county manager in waiting" who will replace John Middleton upon his retirement sometime this year. Mr. Tom Garrett, the person selected, may be a good candidate for this job, but the process and timing of his appointment raises serious questions about the genuine commitment of our current commissioners to effectively manage our county.

February 15, 2014 | Larry McSwain Guest Columnist | OPINION


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Making the best of a bad situation

Being a member of a legislative caucus is an interesting experience. When I was first elected, many longtime members explained it as being like a very close knit club, one where you experience the ups and downs of events together. After five years of membership, I'm not sure I'd say the analogy holds completely true, but it certainly does in many particulars.

Take the events of the last few weeks. The implosion of Speaker Glenn Richardson's career has cast a good deal of confusion over matters in the House Republican Caucus; but rather than scattering us, the ...

December 23, 2009 | Rep. Doug Holt Guest Columnist | OPINION


All I want for Christmas

A few years back we converted our family's old 8mm films to the more modern VHS format, now also obsolete. But at least we preserved our family's celebrations of Christmas from the 1950s before the fragile films deteriorated completely. One scene shows a plate of Oreo cookies and a tall glass of milk my brother and I left for Santa Claus to have as a snack after his magical climb down our chimney. Off to the side of the cookies is a list of gifts we hoped Santa would leave us for Christmas. Items on the list cannot ...

December 20, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Community service day

This year has been tough for most of us. Nearly everyone I know has been touched with furloughs, decreases in retirement funds and property values or unemployment. However, after Thursday's Leadership Newton Community Service day, I realized that I am so blessed.

December 20, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | OPINION


Christmas expectancy

Over the years my appreciation for Christmas has changed. In the now dimming memories of childhood, there was the surprise and delight at what Santa had brought. As I grew older, a greater appreciation for the season, particularly when reaching the age where mistletoe was of interest.

December 18, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


Our thoughts ... Acts of kindness

Acts of kindness

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | OPINION


What I would change about the South

Now settle down! I didn't say there was anything wrong with The South; I just have some ideas for a few improvements here and there. Put down that fire place poker, listen up, and see what you think. If you agree with me, we can get a petition going and send it up to the governor's mansion in time for Christmas.

December 18, 2009 | David McCoy | OPINION


Georgia banks continue to fail

It's no surprise that the Georgia media has been consumed with the recent scandals erupting at the state capitol over legislators and their alleged affairs with lobbyists. Any assignment editor with a pulse will tell you that sex is what brings readers and viewers to a story.

In the rush to explore every aspect of Glenn Richardson's resignation as House speaker, however, we may be overlooking a story that is much more important to the state's future: the continuing failures in our banking system.

December 16, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


More of the same is not change

"It's the economy, stupid," was the message that Democratic political strategist James Carville kept repeating to Bill Clinton in the 1992 campaign against then-President George H.W. Bush. It seems that President Barack Obama has finally gotten the message, too, and not a bit too soon.

While the Democrats in Congress have been delivering votes for government health care and Obama has been opining on troop deployment in Afghanistan, everyday Americans have been trying to figure out how to spend less and make ends meet.

December 13, 2009 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | OPINION


Keep it simple

Recently I've enjoyed watching a commercial featuring a member of the 20th century rock band, KISS. In it, "Doctor Love" extols the virtues of a cola beverage which "...has a kiss of cherry flavor." As he ties the ancient band's name with the 21st century beverage by emphasizing the word - KISS - the musician's son interrupts and chastises his dad for hammering the word so heavily, for the beverage is touted as being "amazingly smooth." The old guy, recognizing defeat, docilely closes by plugging the cola as amazingly smooth, even as fiery blasts erupt from the rock group ...

December 13, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Community Christmas

Christmas came early this year for me. I was elected president of the Friends of the Newton County Library, starting in 2010. My involvement with libraries started many years ago. My first after-school job was working in a public library not much larger than my living and dining rooms combined. To paraphrase Charlie Brown, it was a "very sincere little library."

December 11, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

December 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


The battle for speaker is not over

The Republican leadership in the Georgia House worked out an arrangement among themselves last week for the scandal-plagued Glenn Richardson to step down as House speaker and be replaced by Mark Burkhalter in the powerful legislative position.

The high-ranking Republicans hoped to put their problems behind them with the removal of Richardson, but they still have some long-simmering issues to resolve. The decision from on high to change speakers is not sitting well with some of the rank-and-file House Republicans, especially the younger ones who've only served in the legislature for a few terms.

December 09, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


Troop surge has fatal flaws

On the evening of Dec. 1, President Barack Obama addressed the nation on his plan for troop increases in Afghanistan. He spoke from the hallowed and historic halls of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Obama has decided to send 30,000 troops to the war zone, some to leave almost immediately. Beginning in the summer of 2011, our troops will begin the pullout and return home.

I am a very strong advocate of victory in Iraq and Afghanistan. Al Qaeda has proven it will come to our shores and kill Americans if we do not ...

December 06, 2009 | State Sen. John Douglas Guest Columnist | OPINION


Remember Pearl Harbor

Last week, as I listened to the 44th president tell the entire world of his plan for administering the Afghanistan-Pakistan War, I was struck by how helpful the information he outlined was to the very enemies we seek to conquer.

Any rat hiding in a cave, wondering how much longer he'd have need of that cave, would gain inspiration from hearing his opponent state that it would be for just 17 more months. The rat would feel his efforts were bearing fruit, since the opponent's departure is now imminent. So the rat will strengthen his efforts, knowing that ...

December 06, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


No health care at all

I don't often agree with Jim Marshal, but for the most part find his comments at least thoughtful and interesting. His plan for ending the use of private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid to pay for healthcare and how it would lower costs leaves me puzzled. Marshall wants to end government coverage for the elderly and poor and private insurance for the rest of us as well.

I don't want to use anyone else as an example so I will use myself. Unlike some people who support healthcare reform, I actually have private insurance that I would most likely ...

December 04, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


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