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Welch: CPA week 9: The last responder

It is hard to believe that week nine of the Porterdale Police Department's Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is already over. It literally seems like ...

April 02, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion


Within an hour’s drive: Broadway in Atlanta brings ‘Annie’

In less than hour, Newton County residents were able to throw themselves into the Municipal Girls Orphanage with Little Orphan Annie and for two nights ...

March 27, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Opinion


Welch: CPD week 8: Not Guilty!

Testifying in court can be a stressful experience even if you're just a witness. At week eight of the Porterdale Police Department (PPD) Citizens ...

March 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion


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Fighting an old war again

As he worked his way through dozens of bill signings last week, Gov. Sonny Perdue put his signature on SB 27, a measure that designates April as Confederate Heritage/History Month and sets the stage for the upcoming observance of the Civil War sesquicentennial.

May 14, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Kindred parties

The red, white and blue Republican elephant logo adorns the cover of this week's Time magazine, with this headline: "Endangered Species." Inside, the Time header asks, "Is the Party Over?" The story goes on to say, "Lacking leadership and fresh ideas, the GOP has officially entered the political wilderness. It could take years to find the way back."

May 13, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


Give trails a chance

Whoa, everyone. There's a lot of hubbub at the moment over whether or not the county should buy a mostly abandoned railroad corridor. The concerns revolve around diminished revenues and what we might do with that corridor. In particular, there are people who passionately believe in what multi-use trails have been shown to do for the economic development, health, and happiness of a community, and there are people who believe trails are a waste of money that serve a limited population and facilitate crime. A third opinion is that in-town trails are great, but that abandoned railroad corridors might ...

May 10, 2009 | Erik Oliver Guest | Opinion


The honesty file

 Gary Horlacher has hit upon an idea that every Democratic and Republican political candidate ought to applaud. Let every statewide candidate submit to a lie-detector test to prove he or she is morally ready for public service. OK, so I didn't hear a single clap or cheer; it's still a worthwhile notion.

May 10, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


On a wing and a prayer

Peace. I've always loved it, even as a kid. Perhaps that's why I try to maintain a little refuge of peace close at hand, out back on our screened porch, where I can sit in my favorite chair and contemplate birds, squirrels and chipmunks.

May 10, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Opinion


Five minutes with Mama

 I think most people who have ever lost a loved one have thought or dreamed of having them back for just five minutes to catch up on your life and theirs.

May 08, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Opinion


The field is nearly complete

Congressman Nathan Deal stepped up in front of several hundred supporters Friday morning in Gainesville to declare that he too will run for governor next year, a decision that probably closes out the field of candidates in the Republican primary.

There don't appear to be any other major GOP prospects on the horizon, which raises this interesting point of discussion: it seems as if the strongest two candidates in the Republican Party stable will not be running in this campaign.

May 06, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Keep America first

Suppose you woke up one bright morning and you were no longer an American. You were a documented Georgian or Southerner, but no longer a citizen of the United States.

Suppose the Legislature had cut a deal with the federal government to allow, say, Georgia, Alabama and Texas to declare their sovereignty and carve themselves outside the nation's borders. The new maps would show the new United States, with a few rogue jurisdictions hanging to its soft underbelly.

May 06, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


What's an elephant do?

You have to hand it to those folks in Austin, Texas. They know a good campaign issue when they see one. Just the other day, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas mentioned "secession" - resigning from the United States - as a way to escape the odious government in Washington.

May 03, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


Keeping abreast

The argument exists that men and women have basically the same feelings and emotions, but that testosterone prevents most men from allowing their sensitive side to be witnessed very often.

May 03, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Opinion


Big Daddy explains times gone by

Depending on when you were born, you've likely heard parents, grandparents or other relatives talk about the challenges of their era.

The old saw about walking uphill in the snow to go to school is one that often comes to mind. But there are other old stories about things like plowing with a mule, picking cotton and making clothes out of flour and feed sacks.

May 01, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Opinion


Hope versus hysteria

President Obama's first 100 days are complete. Fortunately, the energy generated by his election and inauguration has not subsided. Unfortunately, there exists now a most divisive war of words within our nation's discourse. Some would argue that this is standard operational procedure for our democratic process, that the collision and confluence of ideas is healthy dialogue that ultimately serves to strengthen the USA. Nonetheless, this is not that.

I've heard more from Dick Cheney in the last 100 days than I ever did during his 2,922 days as vice president, and he is insisting that the ...

May 01, 2009 | By Eric Lee Guest Columnist | Opinion


Murder in Athens

Three people were shot to death Saturday in Athens, and three others were wounded. A UGA professor was being sought as the killer. I was mildly surprised to hear the news before I switched the TV to "Cops" to watch the San Diego police collar hapless derelicts.

April 29, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


A changing political landscape

 Out of the many e-mails that were zinging around Georgia's political community last week, one in particular caught my eye.

April 29, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Bring back Newt

After losing last year's presidential election, the national Republican Party seems to have lost its way.

April 25, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Opinion


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