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Believing in public education

The General Assembly did not meet this week, so I thought I would talk about why I believe so much in public education.

January 25, 2015 | Dave Belton | OPINION


Media miss the real news of the week

This past week, one of the world's most famous and influential men made a major announcement concerning our global future. But you might have missed it because America's national news media was obsessing over President Obama's State of the Union address.

January 25, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | OPINION


Will the West defend itself?

Leftists and progressives believe that the U.S. should become more like Europe. They praise Europe's massive welfare state, socialized medicine and stifling economic regulation and accept its unwillingness to defend itself against barbarism. I wonder whether America's leftists and progressives want to import some of Europe's barbaric extremism associated with its Muslim population.

January 25, 2015 | Walter Williams | OPINION


Our thoughts: Virginia O'Hanlon

In 1897, a young girl named Virginia O'Hanlon got into an argument with her classmate over whether Santa Claus was real. Her classmates teased her and called her names because she believed in him.

December 20, 2014 | Staff Report | OPINION


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


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What the bulldogs need

Let's forget the economy and Barack Obama for a moment. Let's turn to a really serious question that should have been addressed months or even years ago:

What's wrong with the Georgia Bulldogs' football team? Why do the Bulldogs seldom win the big one?

February 03, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


At DOT, change is on the way

Political science professors for years have been teaching their students that Georgia's affairs are managed by the traditional three branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial.

January 31, 2009 | Tom Crawford Columnist | OPINION


USA: Beware the USB

Thomas Jefferson cautioned that "a government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take away everything you have." Not two weeks into his elected term of office, President Barack Obama has begun implementing his policies via executive orders, thus effectively skirting the legislative branch, supposedly the voice of the people.

January 31, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


The quality of mercy

 Unlike many citizens, I have actually represented people on death row. It seems another lifetime ago, but casual calls for executions still get my attention.

January 29, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


Flubbing lines in front of a crowd

 I didn't get to watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama until they replayed it on cable.

January 29, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


Good books

One of the first adages I recall learning was "you can't always judge a book by its cover." It's especially true about people, isn't it? My high school biology teacher was a tall, square-jawed, broad-shouldered lady with flaming red hair and a temper to match. She was all business, allowing no joking around, so I decided early on that I didn't like her and didn't much care for biology either. My first report card reflected my attitude, and that biology grade surely got my parents' attention.

January 24, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


My first week as chair

Sometimes the best way to learn is to dive in head first. My first week as chairman of the Newton County Board of Commissioners was a lot like diving in head first. There is so much to learn, so many names to remember and don't even mention the acronyms.

Everyone tells me that soon I will be speaking in this foreign language and even know what it means. I have become reacquainted with old friends, met many new ones and have reinforced my faith in the Newton County employees.

January 22, 2009 | Staff Report | OPINION


Surprises lurk after 50

Once you begin staring at the half-century mark as I am, you figure it rather unlikely there are any completely new experiences left.

January 20, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


A view from the house

Our first week of session revolved around legislative rituals. Tasks like electing the Speaker and other House officials for the 2009/2010 term, adopting rules for our chamber to operate by, and holding a joint session with the Senate to hear Gov. Perdue's state of the state address were at the top of the agenda.

This time was a bit different for me, since I had the honor of serving on the Governor's escort into the House chamber. In any case, while these activities seem a bit time-consuming, they are vitally important to maintaining a society based on ...

January 20, 2009 | Rep. Doug Holt | OPINION


A good landing

The most amazing story of 2009 may well have been told already, and we're only a couple of weeks into this historic year. Makes you wonder what else is in store for us, doesn't it?

January 17, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


It’s bigger than Obama

It was a somber, winter's day in Georgia on Feb. 7, 2006. Thousands of people had gathered that day at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia to pay their respects to the legacy and family of the late Coretta Scott King. All four living presidents, H.W. Bush, G.W. Bush, Carter and Clinton attended. Accompanying them was a sizable congressional delegation from both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. Among them was Barack Hussein Obama, then the junior senator from the state of Illinois. Obama was easy to identify as he was the ...

January 17, 2009 | Eric Lee | OPINION


The best help

Every day brings more reports of bailouts, loans, tax credits, tax breaks, all in the name of economic stimulus. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I don't see anything in the government sack that is going to help the economy. The pundits can nick each other in solemn tones, but recovery won't start until we start helping ourselves.

January 15, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


Will lawmakers act like adults?

One of the advantages of being more than two billion dollars in the hole is that it forces you to prioritize and focus on the things that really matter.

January 15, 2009 | Tom Crawford Columnist | OPINION


What evil lurks? Catfish knows

It was a night of terror I shall not soon forget.

I was sitting on my living room sofa around half past eleven eating a bowl of ice cream and searching for a movie on the cable.

January 13, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


Chuck and the judge

I remember when ...

... Chuck Morgan sat in his shabby fourth-floor office in an aging building on Forsyth Street. Known among reporters as the Bomb-Throwers' Building, the low-rent edifice housed most of the civil rights organizations in Atlanta.

January 13, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


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