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What kind of county government do we need?

Newton County citizens recently learned of the unexpected action of the Board of Commissioners (BOC) to appoint an "assistant county manager," which in fact is the new "county manager in waiting" who will replace John Middleton upon his retirement sometime this year. Mr. Tom Garrett, the person selected, may be a good candidate for this job, but the process and timing of his appointment raises serious questions about the genuine commitment of our current commissioners to effectively manage our county.

February 15, 2014 | Larry McSwain Guest Columnist | OPINION


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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


Merry Christmas to our fallen brothers

 Preparing for Christmas this week, I've been contemplating the familiar while relishing Dickensian flashes of Christmases past. Reverencing the past, I think, enriches the present, engenders hope and provides guidance for the future.

December 31, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Where is our leadership?

At a time when Georgia is facing the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and has to deal with a budget deficit of $2 billion or more, what has been the response of our political leadership?

December 31, 2008 | Tom Crawford columnist | OPINION


The battle of the bulge

I made a major decision recently. I decided to buy myself a pair of blue jeans.

A 41-year-old man should not take on such a thing without first giving it a great deal of thought, which I thought I had done.

December 30, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


The road ahead

By this time next year, you may think 2008 wasn't so bad after all.

Sure, the economy went into a nosedive. Unemployment rose, and so did bankruptcies and foreclosures. It could have been worse. At year's end, there was a break in the clouds.

December 30, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Our Thoughts...Keep the children safe

We are less than a week away from celebrating the grand celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

December 29, 2008 | Staff Report | OPINION


Our Thoughts...Giving is receiving too

Here are some thoughts as you rush around to pick up those last minute Christmas gifts for your loved ones. You don't have to drive down the road and fight those last minute shopping crowds and traffic; you can find those gifts right here in Newton County and Social Circle.

December 29, 2008 | Staff Report | OPINION


New Year's resolutions

Some years ago, along about the time the New Year dawned, I boldly resolved to lose 60 pounds over the course of those next 12 months. The loss of a mere five pounds a month seemed reasonable, given the cornucopia of diets, self-help programs, and support groups available to fat people who want to lose weight.

December 27, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Let’s shut this college down

It was a moment for the history books last week as 15 Georgians gathered at the Golden Dome to play their role in finalizing the Electoral College outcome of this year's race for president.

December 27, 2008 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


Brother, can you spare a billion?

Gov. Sonny Perdue deserves a round of applause for seeing the light.

Just weeks after warning that Georgians can't borrow their way out of debt, the governor announced in general terms that he now favors increasing the state debt. Perdue wants state government to borrow an unspecified sum to stimulate the economy and wipe out a looming $1.6 billion state deficit.

December 27, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


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