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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


Williams: Transplant rules unfair

Last week, a federal judge ordered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, to be moved to the adult lung transplant list. She then got her potentially lifesaving transplant.

June 15, 2013 | Walter Williams | OPINION


Carter: My favorite memory of my dad

My favorite memory of my father isn't a memory at all - or, at least it's not mine. It's a tale told years ago by his older sister about Dad's first day at elementary school in the south Georgia town where they were born.

June 15, 2013 | Maurice Carter | OPINION


Mothers make for good shopping buddies

Attention, Newton County mothers and your adult daughters: When you're out and about shopping, picking out spring plants for your garden, or maybe enjoying lunch and a little family gossip, do not be alarmed if you notice me lurking about. I have neither sinister nor larcenous intent.

May 11, 2013 | Jan Phillips | OPINION


The joys of a garden

Spring is here, and after we sailed past Good Friday and the risk of frost, it is now planting time! I've bought seeds and pots and I'm ready to plant something.

March 30, 2013 | Staff Report | OPINION


Brown: Firearms ordinance about safety

During the last county commissioner's retreat, I submitted a proposal regarding the discharge of firearms in high-density areas. After careful research, we asked the county to allow us to return to the guidelines established prior to the 2006 version of the county ordinance governing this matter.

March 23, 2013 | Ezell Brown Sheriff | OPINION


Yarbrough: For ethics reform, the party isn’t over yet

The Georgia House of Representatives has passed an ethics reform bill and has sent it on its way to the state Senate for its consideration and action. But don't get out the confetti just yet. What one body sees as true ethics reform, the other sees as a desultory effort to curb the power and influence of those lizard-loafered lobbyists skulking the halls of the Gold Dome. We the Unwashed? We are caught in the middle, as usual.

March 05, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


Travis: Ups and downs of Windows 8

Last weekend was my husband's birthday. We won't say which one. My out-of-town daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren were here to help my local grandchildren and family celebrate.

March 05, 2013 | Paula Travis | OPINION


Williams: Higher minimum wage a good thing?

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour. That would be almost a 25 percent increase. Let's look at the president's proposal, but before doing so, let's ask some other economic questions.

March 02, 2013 | Walter Williams | OPINION


Morgan: Shame on the rest of us

Many if not most political observers these days fall into one of two camps: either cynics who by definition believe all people - meaning elected officials - are motivated by selfishness, or skeptics, those who by instinct doubt or question or disagree with generally accepted conclusions, per the American Heritage Dictionary. They distrust government at all levels, as polls regularly show. Voters' lack of trust in elected officials was cited as one reason last summer's transportation SPLOST failed in all but two specially created districts, including our own.

January 24, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | OPINION


When will Republicans learn how to win?

Republicans around the country are looking at each other trying to determine what happened in the presidential election. The answer is easy if we are willing to accept the truth. We Republicans nominated Mitt Romney. Our supporters across the country voted for him in primary after primary.

November 17, 2012 | John Douglas | OPINION


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