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Karen’s conundrum

 If I were a gambling man, I'd bet a wad, even at this early date, on Secretary of State Karen Handel to win the Republican primary for governor next year.

April 22, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION

Cagle opens door for candidate tidal wave

 Just when you thought you had the next governor's race all figured out, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle decides to mess everything up.

April 22, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION

The Bedford Boys

My dad was in his formative years during the decade history recalls as "The Roaring Twenties." As a young adult he began his professional career just as "The Great Depression" and its repercussions came to bear upon our nation in the 1930s.

April 19, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION

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

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