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The peanut inspector

Georgia's 9th District congressman, Nathan Deal, usually doesn't make ripples in Washington. So when he came out of his shell the other day to defend the peanut before Congress, he made news. He told a House committee hearing on the recent Georgia peanut scandal that he often ate raw peanuts and suffered no ill effects.

His declaration didn't make much impression on his colleagues, who are determined to craft new laws regarding peanut safety.

February 18, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Kiss my grits

As one of the nation's leading experts on grits (My mother served them every morning for breakfast), all I can do try to light the way for those still blinded by prejudice and fear.

Grits won't bite you. Grits taste good and they're good for you.

February 18, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


The bombshell of the session

It won't be a huge surprise to our readers when I note that state legislators are more concerned about the interests of corporate CEOs than the problems of ordinary Georgia citizens. That's the way the world works, whether we like it or not.

Even so, what our lawmakers are being asked to do for Georgia Power Co., the electric utility that has always had an outsized influence on state politics, is breathtaking in its enormity.

February 15, 2009 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | OPINION


Lighthearted Covington memories

Every once in a while my lovely wife comments that she's wearied of contemplating the heavy, serious issues which proliferate everyday news. She then hints - rather strongly - that she'd appreciate a column that would make her chuckle, or at least feel good about life, for a moment.

Well, yesterday being Valentine's Day and all, I figured I would lighten up today for her special Valentine's Day gift.

February 15, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Bathtub economics

 Not satisfied that we have all taken quite a "bath," economically speaking, the Obama administration, with bipartisan swim trunks on, is about to give us another one. Or at least that is how I interpret the

February 06, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


A bit of history

 Mr. Harwell, there are so many things wrong in the column you wrote last Sunday ("USA: Beware the USB") that I just couldn't let it stand unchallenged. The record needs to be cleared on a number of issues.

February 06, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | OPINION


Another kind of hunting season

It was all over the Sunday paper about the recruiting of young athletes to play football at large universities in the region. It's that season. Children are snatched away from their mothers' arms back home in Twobit County, and the next thing you know, the Head Coach is saying, "Ol' Dram Bowie from down in Twobit County is the finest prospect I've ever seen."

Recruiting is important. "You gotta have the horses," a coach once told me, "before you can pull the wagon." Coaches talk like that. Translated, it means if he doesn't get off his tail ...

February 03, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


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


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