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Can racial discrimination explain much?

In the medical profession, there is the admonition primum non nocere, the Latin expression for "first, do no harm." In order not to do harm, at the minimum, requires accurate diagnostics. Suppose a patient presents with abdominal pains, and the physician diagnoses it as caused by the patient's ingrown toenails. If that isn't the cause, the physician can spend all the resources he wants treating the patient's ingrown toenails and not remedy the patient's abdominal pains.

December 06, 2014 | Walter E. Williams | OPINION


A reason to be thankful

This is the time of year that should be devoted to peace and joy but is really a time of major stress for many people. It is a time, unfortunately, when folks suffer major heart problems.

November 22, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | OPINION


Thoughts of a baby boomer

This past summer I travelled back home to attend the 50th year reunion of the class of 1964 of St Mary's High in Annapolis Md.

October 06, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | OPINION


The do-over

The game's on the line and the crowd noise is deafening. Snapper and holder do their part, as a lonely placekicker steps forward, into, and through the ball. Amid cheers and groans, defenders leap with joy and the kicker hangs his head. The football falls harmlessly left of target. The victors storm the field.

October 04, 2014 | Maurice Carter | OPINION


Health care predictions from 1983

In 1983, I was the pharmacy director at a 124 bed hospital in Gainesville, GA. The for-profit hospital was owned by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and they assigned me to be the pharmacy representative on a national committee to predict what the hospital of 2000 would look like. The group was composed of members from hospitals across the United States and had one representative from each department in the typical hospital. With the recent news of Newton Medical Center looking for an equity partner, I thought back to some of the predictions from thirty-one years ago. I can only ...

October 04, 2014 | Steve Aldridge | OPINION


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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


Views from the right: Got racism?

Liberal racism sightings have become like a lunatic's version of "Where's Waldo?" Kevin Baker of Harper's magazine said Romney's referring to his "five boys" in last week's debate was how he "slyly found a way" to call Obama a "boy." Said Baker: "How the right's hard-core racists must have howled at that!"

October 13, 2012 | Ann Coulter | OPINION


Views from the left: Biden to the rescue

If the question is who did more to help his ticket, Joe Biden won the vice presidential debate by a mile.

October 13, 2012 | Eugene Robinson | OPINION


…great news

A terrible pall had been cast over the land. Nights seemed longer, and the days less full of life. People retreated into their homes, avoiding the eyes of their neighbors.

September 11, 2012 | Staff Report | OPINION


The board of elections

I was honored to receive the appointment to the Board of Elections for Newton County. I take the responsibility very seriously since it entrusts the board to provide oversight for compliance with prevailing election laws.

September 08, 2012 | William Peruguino | OPINION


Thank you for Strand letter

Dear Editor: Thank you for printing my article pertaining to the Strand Theater. I have received an unusually large number of favorable comments regarding the letter. All were from people over 50 who said it brought back childhood memories and reminded them how things were around the square at that time.

September 06, 2012 | Staff Report | OPINION


McCoy: The $250 Bath

Have you ever spent $250 to take a bath? I know that's a strange question, considering most of you get free baths, except when you have to buy a new bottle of body wash or one of those scrubby sponges that you like to use on your shoulder. Why would anyone ever spend 250 clams to soap up, shampoo and wash in a traditional bath or shower? It's just not logical, is it? Well, what if I told you I took three baths during one week in 2009, and that they cost about 250 bucks each? It's ...

February 25, 2012 | David McCoy | OPINION


Let your presence be your present

December is often the time of too many events, too many parties, too many obligations, too many gifts and too much family. There are quite a few Decembers in my recent memory where I did too much, slept too little and was worn out or sick by Christmas. This year, prompted by an e-mail message from the principal at my child's middle school, reminding parents that doing less might end up helping more, I'm once again reviewing my calendar. So far, I've cancelled two events, and I'm only through this week.

December 04, 2011 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | OPINION


It’s the time to head for the hills

Our little corner of the world this year experienced one of the wettest springs in recent memory. If it didn't rain every day, it rained every other day.

October 24, 2010 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Our Thoughts: Breast Cancer

October is the month set aside to celebrate success and progress in the battle against breast cancer.

There is nothing more devastating than to go to the doctor and to be told that you have cancer. The second worst thing is to tell your family that you have this killer disease.

October 01, 2010 | Staff Report | OPINION


Forgiveness

"Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." We ask to be forgiven by the Creator for our sins - falling short of what our God expects of us - but at the same time, we pledge to forgive those who trespass - or sin - against us. We can't have one without the other. That's a tough bargain to strike, but based on the words alone, some might say forgiveness in the context of the Lord's Prayer has a limited meaning. Maybe we only have to forgive those who transgress against us individually, for example, someone ...

July 09, 2010 | Barbara Morgan | OPINION


The dangers of voting for poverty

Elections must be getting close again. I see ads on TV promising smaller government, control of run away spending, cutting taxes, all of which means fewer government services. All of which will have a disproportionate impact on the poor. All in the name of promoting business growth.

July 09, 2010 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


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