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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


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


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