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A reason to be thankful

This is the time of year that should be devoted to peace and joy but is really a time of major stress for many people. It is a time, unfortunately, when folks suffer major heart problems.

November 22, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | OPINION


Thoughts of a baby boomer

This past summer I travelled back home to attend the 50th year reunion of the class of 1964 of St Mary's High in Annapolis Md.

October 06, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | OPINION


The do-over

The game's on the line and the crowd noise is deafening. Snapper and holder do their part, as a lonely placekicker steps forward, into, and through the ball. Amid cheers and groans, defenders leap with joy and the kicker hangs his head. The football falls harmlessly left of target. The victors storm the field.

October 04, 2014 | Maurice Carter | OPINION


Health care predictions from 1983

In 1983, I was the pharmacy director at a 124 bed hospital in Gainesville, GA. The for-profit hospital was owned by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and they assigned me to be the pharmacy representative on a national committee to predict what the hospital of 2000 would look like. The group was composed of members from hospitals across the United States and had one representative from each department in the typical hospital. With the recent news of Newton Medical Center looking for an equity partner, I thought back to some of the predictions from thirty-one years ago. I can only ...

October 04, 2014 | Steve Aldridge | OPINION


America Is poised for collapse

America stands on the very brink of collapse and I believe the indications are such that if she doesn't collapse in my lifetime, she will in my son's. If that scares you, it should. America is in trouble such as she has never experienced in her history and it is trouble of our own making.

September 27, 2014 | | OPINION


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Early voting changes elections

I went to the local election office in DeKalb County last week to cast an early ballot for the Nov. 4 election, thinking it would be a good idea to vote ahead of time and beat the crowds on election day.

November 06, 2008 | By Tom Crawford | OPINION


Suicide prevention

Anyone whose life has been closely touched by suicide knows, all too well, the insidious nature of the associated grief that invades your heart. Sometimes it seems there's no escape from thinking about the event. You replay everything that led up to it, going back through the years, looking for signs that might have portended trouble on the horizon.

November 06, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


The chump test

Look out. Our friends in the General Assembly have quietly plugged a few words into the Nov. 4 ballot to test voters. They want to know if we are still chumps.

November 02, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Saying grace

The five-year-old boy who lives in my house is learning to say the blessing.

November 01, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


Bring back the draft

When the first of next year rolls around, I will have had the honor of appearing in these pages of my local newspaper for 10 full years. My first column appeared in January, 1999, in the sports section, and for a number of years I was the curmudgeonly sports opinion guy. But a little over two years ago I was given the opportunity to become the grizzled old Sunday opinion guy, and as I feel it a privilege to visit you with my thoughts each week, I've tried to behave responsibly.

October 30, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


We've got a thriller brewing here

All through the spring and summer months, whenever he would discuss his upcoming Senate race with reporters, Saxby Chambliss would always remind them: "We know that this is going to be a very tough race."

I tended to pay little attention to that disclaimer, especially when it looked like Chambliss' Democratic opponent would be DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones, a candidate with a very troubled personal history.

October 30, 2008 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


Don’t do it, Karen!

Nov. 4 could be a game-changing day in the life and career of Karen Handel, and she is not even standing for re-election.

October 25, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Getting what you pay for

The governor and Georgia Legislature are scrambling to balance the budget, looking at a potential $1.6 to $2 billion deficit. The state is required legally to balance its budget and can only do so by cutting services or by taking out loans to cover the deficit. The amount that can't be cut from the budget will come from the pockets of Georgia taxpayers - you and me.

October 22, 2008 | By Paula Travis, Columnist | OPINION


Serendipitous voyages

If you were lucky enough to grow up in a small Georgia town, if you had occasion to listen to farmers and other country folks tell tales at the general store or around a pot-bellied stove, you know that a good bit of the most valuable part of your education came from the clichés and other proverbs which, from time immemorial, have issued forth from the common man.

October 22, 2008 | By Nat Harwell | OPINION


It's OK to be a leafer

One of my colleagues asked this week, in a sort of rhetorical way, why people make the annual pilgrimage to the mountains to look at leaves.

October 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


Facing the fear factor

Arguably the greatest president of the 20th century was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who led America out of the Great Depression and through World War II. Critics contend his policies were socialist and anti-business, yet his New Deal programs propelled economic growth and job creation and contributed to his record four terms as president. In his first inaugural address FDR said, "First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."

October 20, 2008 | Eric Lee | OPINION


A dog-gone mess

Georgia has one of the largest and most violent prison populations in the country, yet the state - in its haste to try to balance an insanely optimistic budget in a recession - has cut prison guards' pay to just four days a week. Some prison guards already are among the lowest-compensated state employees.

October 18, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Walk by the gas station

We could walk a lot more in this country. That's what I said. We could actually walk more.

October 18, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


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