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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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A view from the state senate

The 150th session of the Georgia General Assembly opened for business Jan. 12 facing a number of serious issues. The budget, education, healthcare, transportation and water are again at the top of our list. We have already begun acting on these critical issues in the pursuit of making Georgia a state that people are proud to call home.

At midweek, we heard from Governor Sonny Perdue in his annual State of the State Address in which he gives all Georgians a progress report on our state and rolls out his new budget initiatives and legislative agenda for 2009.

January 12, 2009 | By Sen. John Douglas Guest Columnist | OPINION


Playing Devil’s advocate

I'm old school, as you already know if you converse regularly with me Sunday mornings. So, it shouldn't be difficult for you to presuppose my position on a multiplicity of issues. It shouldn't surprise you to learn that I firmly support capital punishment. Nor would you be startled at my suggestion as to how best save tax money currently spent sustaining death row inmates: tomorrow morning, feed the condemned that last meal, then parade them out and do away with them!

January 10, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Testing the gubernatorial water for 2009

When he retired as the commander of the Georgia National Guard in 2007, David Poythress could look back on a long and honorable career in military and government service. He had been Georgia's secretary of state and labor commissioner, as well as an unsuccessful candidate for governor.

January 10, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


Exercise the table muscle

During a recent football game I saw commercials for an exercise ball (it looked like a beach ball), an exercise video (no equipment), two different exercise equipment sets, a diet supplement and an exercise club. I assume someone is buying one or more of these products or else the ads would not be on TV.

January 08, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


Labels from, for Congress

The federal government spends a lot of time on labels.

January 08, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


Seersucker meets Gucci

As my close friends can verify, I am quite fashion-conscious. A regular clothes horse. I seek to be dressed correctly for all occasions.

My formal evening attire, for instance, is always impeccable. For one thing, Harvey, the guy over at the tux rental place, always sees to it any cummerbund I get has no soup stains on it from a previous wearing.

January 06, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


A battle to get even

As 2009 dawns, the next cycle of Georgia politics is coming into view. We already have seen coverage of the budding race for governor, with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine preparing to run for the Republican nomination.

Other GOPers considering an entry include Secretary of State Karen Handel and Congressman Lynn Westmoreland.

January 06, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Wild weather dampens papers, spirits

I know we need the rain and everyone is grateful for the recent heavy rains including me, but the cold I'm not so sure of.

I can't help remembering my old circulation days and the havoc that rain caused the carriers.

January 05, 2009 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | OPINION


Leading by example

Obama's invitation of the Rev. Rick Warren to speak at his inauguration has ignited a fire storm on both sides of the political aisle. For the left wing, eight years of intolerance at the hands of "incurious George" led to an expectation of payback. Toleration of right wing opinions is not part of their agenda.

The right wing, who Warren is seen as representing, is also going up in flames. Their complaint is that Warren should be intolerant of Obama and simply refuse to participate. Both positions are equally wrong and for largely the same reasons.

January 05, 2009 | By Patrick Durusau Columnist | OPINION


If seeing is believing

I've never claimed to be a smart man. I tend to view things simply, despite my fascination with how Einstein saw things mathematically and how Flannery O'Connor described things in her unique anagogical style. I love chatting with those knowledgeable about quantum electrodynamics, but if asked to explain what European physicists are doing with their Large Hadron Collider, I just paint it simply and say they're looking for an elusive, crucial particle that will explain how science works.

January 03, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


The winners and losers of 2008

In any election year there will be roughly equal groups of winners and losers. Here are the Georgia political figures who can feel good (or bad) about their wins and losses of the past year.

January 03, 2009 | Tom Crawford columnist | OPINION


Too old to drink?

 If the federal government really wants to start fooling around with the drinking age, it should start at the other end. What I mean by this is that the government should first do something about older drinkers before it starts meddling with the younger ones. There are several reasons why I think this:

January 03, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


No Compassion

Dear Editor: Certainly no compassion here. If left up to the citizens there would be no condemnation of the Denby home until all the permits were issued to build the project. And after 10-plus years the "urgency" of this condemnation is about as lame an excuse as any kindergarten kid could come up with.

  The county brought me into court on Christmas Eve once in an attempt to spoil my holidays, and if I remember correctly, the county court house was closed. I didn't mind. I expected it. It was an issue of Hay vs. Newton.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | OPINION


Trust? In a den of thieves?

Madoff's $50 billion Ponzi scheme brought down individuals, charities and damaged banks and investment funds around the world. More precisely, the exposure of Madoff's Ponzi scheme brought them down.

January 01, 2009 | Patrick Durusau Columnist | OPINION


Looking forward

I remember going to Walt Disney World not long after it opened. There was just the Magic Kingdom and that was it.

January 01, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


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