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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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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


Opening a stretch of memory lane

They opened a new stretch of Georgia 316, a four-lane highway that runs between Lawrenceville and Athens last week.

What that means is you can drive on four-lane highway all the way between Athens and Atlanta now. From Atlanta, take Interstate 85 to the Lawrenceville exit and then 316 the rest of the way.

December 27, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


Chambliss had history on his side

There were many explanations being floated for Saxby Chambliss' smashing success in the Dec. 2 runoff election for the U.S. Senate.

December 24, 2008 | Tom Crawford Columnist | OPINION


Ask Santa

 With Christmas just around the corner, and Santa Claus packing his sleigh, people everywhere had better let him know what they want before he departs the North Pole.

December 24, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Thank you Gov. Blagojovich

As a son of the South, I'm the first to admit we've had some governors who didn't make us look too good in the eyes of the rest of the nation and, for that matter, the world.

That's why on behalf of devoted Southerners everywhere, I offer my sincere thanks to Gov. Rod Blagojovich for making some of our black sheep look like choirboys.

December 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


Christmas in his heart

My favorite story of the season is Dicken's "A Christmas Carol." But, I have always doubted the ending that Scrooge really kept "Christmas in his heart" every day of the year. Like many, I have done the Sunday school visits to the sick or elderly and the "less fortunate" at Christmas, but never beyond that.

Many years after first hearing that story, I actually met someone who really does keep "Christmas in his heart" every day of the year. My mother-in-law now resides at Palms Shade Villa, an assisted-care facility here in Newton County.

December 22, 2008 | Patrick Durusau Columnist | OPINION


Trampling reform

 Not many folks in these parts remember or even care much anymore, but 10 years ago education reform was a top priority on the national and state agendas.

December 20, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


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