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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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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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