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As I look through my telescope

Does 2025 sound like the far, distant future? Guess what? It's not. We are less than a decade away from Covington's 203rd birthday. I want to invite you to take a look through my telescope at what life in Covington will be like in the year 2025 (or in 10 years if that sounds closer to you).

June 07, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | OPINION


Weariness, not weakening

Dear Editor,

May 10, 2015 | Barbara Morgan | OPINION


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Seems like old times

The run-up to the election for governor next year is beginning to feel like a replay of 1998.

April 19, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Trails reduce crime, bring in visitors

Congressman Jim Marshall's securing another $1 million in federal funding for right of way acquisition and multi-use trail construction is great news for Covington and Newton County. I support creating bicycle and pedestrian facilities because

April 15, 2009 | By Maurice Carter Guest Columnist | OPINION


Fear of physicians

The last time I visited a doctor, about a month ago, I fell off the scale in his office and broke a rib. It was 9 o'clock in the morning, and I had consumed only one cup of coffee.

I can tell a dozen stories like that - brushes with bad luck when I put my destiny in the hands of MDs.

April 15, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Savvy travelers, rolling stones

As a youngster I always got excited at the prospect of taking a trip. Whether it was a day trip to Atlanta or a family vacation, anticipation the night before embarkation made sleep an elusive commodity.

April 11, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


How to make F-22s disappear

Unless the Easter bunny leaves Georgia's government a bushel of golden eggs, the Peach State is in a heck of a mess.

April 11, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Risk free capitalism

I love going to church on Easter for several reasons.

First, you get to see people that you won't see for the rest of the year.

April 10, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


The Easter fashion show

I love going to church on Easter for several reasons.

First, you get to see people that you won't see for the rest of the year.

April 09, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


Saturday's the best day

In response to your "Our Thoughts..." column in the Friday, April 3 edition of "The Covington News":

I want to thank you for your column which expresses your concern that we have temporarily closed the library on Saturday in order to balance our budget. I would be most concerned if the closure on Saturday went unnoticed or drew no comment as such would indicate that our service was not valuable to or needed by the community.

April 08, 2009 | By Greg Heid Guest Columnist | OPINION


A tale worth remembering

Richard Whitt, 64, a reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 17 years and a Pulitzer Prize-winner for the Louisville Courier-Journal, keeled over one day in January and died of a massive heart attack. The AJC didn't even bother to run an obituary. The Courier-Journal said Whitt had been one of the best investigative reporters around.

Ironically, Whitt died just as a book he had authored hit the store shelves. The volume, "Behind the Hedges: Big Money and Power Politics at the University of Georgia," sank from sight almost as soon as it was published. In a brief mention, the ...

April 08, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


The Baker factor

Thurbert Baker is not exactly a clone of Barack Obama, but neither is he another Vernon Jones.

So when Baker, Georgia's veteran attorney general, announced for governor on a dull day last week, Georgia's highest-ranking African-American constitutional officer made a few headlines around the state.

April 05, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Fixing America

For decades I posited to my social studies classes that had it not occurred when it did, America could not have won World War II. Yes, America won it. Not the Brits or the Russians. Not the free French, the Aussies, nor the Poles. America.

America was a far simpler place then. Telling the bad guys from the good guys wasn't hard. The president and a few trusted men could mobilize the nation and get things done. There weren't a lot of hoops to jump through.

April 05, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Irrelevant Rand

Sales of "Atlas Shrugged," Ayn Rand's vision of a utopia based on "rational self-interest" have been brisk during the recent economic downturn. The fictional nature of that vision was conceded by Alan Greenspan, the former chair of the Federal Reserve, when he testified before Congress that he was mistaken in thinking that "rational self-interest" would protect the markets.

That had to be a hard admission after 40 years as a disciple who touted faith in "rational self-interest."

April 03, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


The rat returns

Remember "The Rat" - a giant Godzilla-like creature that stalked the Georgia TV-scape nearly 10 years ago? The monster - a guy in a rat suit - starred in the darnedest political commercial Georgia had ever seen. The rat gobbled up everything in sight. He even ate the Capitol. The year was 2002.

Georgia Democrats were aghast. Depicting Georgia's then governor, Roy E. Barnes, as a marauding rodent seemed, well, somehow disrespectful. Perhaps it was, but it worked. Sonny Perdue won the governor's mansion and led the first Republican takeover of Georgia government since the end of Reconstruction.

April 01, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Lawmakers have a shot at redemption

The General Assembly is taking some heat in the media this year for having one of its least productive sessions ever, in terms of addressing issues that really affect the lives of Georgians. Legislators still have one last shot at redeeming themselves in the closing days, however.

As last week came to a close, there was actually some progress made on two of those vital issues: the state's traffic congestion dilemma and the upgrading of Georgia's woeful network of trauma care facilities.

April 01, 2009 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | OPINION


The magic at 40

Last Friday one of our local icons of science education, a fellow by the name of Jim Honeycutt, dropped in on classes at Eastside High School. Jim's columns on astronomy occasionally grace the pages of this paper, as he follows a – no pun intended – stellar career in the public schools by teaching astronomy at Oxford College of Emory University.

March 28, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


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