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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


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The great ones

 Have you heard that Herb Score passed away just a few days ago? He was the longtime announcer for the Cleveland Indians, calling games mostly on radio from 1964 to 1997. A lot of folks may not know, however, that before the move into the announcer's booth, Score was on the cusp of becoming the greatest left-handed pitcher of all time.

November 26, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Not-so-bright ideas

Sometimes, you just have to wonder what people are thinking when they do really stupid stuff.

A man over in the western portion of our state decided to steal some electric wire belonging to the Georgia Power Co. Unfortunately, he thought that the lines were not energized. They were. No charges were filed because it is difficult to file charges against a dead man.

November 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


All God’s children

Barack Obama's election has everyone talking about Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech. It was 45 years ago when King dreamed of his children being "judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." That is the sort of justice that we all want for our own children.

November 24, 2008 | Patrick Durusau Columnist | OPINION


A gathering of neighbors

Well, it's time to move on. But before we turn the page, I would like to congratulate all of the newly elected public officials throughout the county, state and nation. And of course, 145 years since emancipation, 100 years since the founding of the NAACP, 45 years since the March on Washington, 40 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., America's 44th president is an African-American. How did this happen? As we seek to understand the new world, let's review the making of this moment.

November 24, 2008 | Eric Lee | OPINION


Change isn't easy

On Tuesday, 65.4 million Americans said "Yes, we can" and voted for "Change we can believe in."

November 22, 2008 | By Maurice Carter | OPINION


Trust but verify

I don't have much tolerance for rude behavior myself, so it is humiliating to have to beg your indulgence while I ask this rude question. Why in the world do we Georgians trust that our votes are being counted accurately? Because we are too polite to question authority.

November 22, 2008 | By Chris Jueschke | OPINION


Armistice Day, Veteran’s Day

 I'm thinking today how particularly grateful I am for veterans of the United States armed forces. We'll celebrate Veterans' Day, a legal holiday originally known as Armistice Day, the day after tomorrow. It's my fervent hope that every American will stop what they're doing and, in their own way, honor our veterans. You'd think the reason is blatantly obvious, but it's not. In my experience some folks still just don't get it; they apparently think that all this freedom and justice stuff came about by happenstance.

November 19, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Tickle me voters

Now that the fall elections are over, the time has come to separate real citizens from "tickle me voters." The "tickle me voter" can't wait for "their" candidate to take office so they can remind them of campaign promises - campaign promises that almost always involve some benefit for that voter or a member of which they are a group. And what of other groups and interests? Have you ever heard the phrase "root hog or die?"

November 17, 2008 | Patrick Durusau News columnist | OPINION


The hair up there

We have a new president and I make it a point not to delve into politics in this space.

November 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


The battle of the bulge

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

November 16, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


Chief justice ingrate

An important Georgia political story was lost in the hoopla surrounding this year's presidential campaign and the closer-than-expected contest between Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Democratic challenger Jim Martin.

November 16, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Anybody really know the time?

A pleasant good morning to one and all on this first Sunday in November 2008, as we experience the return to Eastern Standard Time. Some of us, undoubtedly, missed the news to turn the clocks back one hour, and even now are considering whether or not a mad rush will accomplish getting to Sunday school and church services on time.

November 12, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


The future begins Nov. 5

I do not pretend to know what will happen on Nov. 4. Here's what I do know: America will never be the same. The good news is that this declaration is not necessarily bad news. America can be better than ever. On Nov. 5 America will begin to define a new normal, the next equilibrium, and reintroduce its democratically certified brand to the world.

November 12, 2008 | Eric Lee Pastor of Springfield Baptist Church | OPINION


Crazy campaign coverage

Wow! If you aren't saturated with news of the presidential campaign, you've been living in a cave. TV coverage (as well as print) really took off after the early contests in Iowa and New Hampshire drew great interest and big ratings. That's not to say TV news nets (broadcast and cable) were not prepared to cover this election, but the amount of air-time devoted to the campaigns is directly related to the viewers' interest. Truth be told, these news organizations are primarily businesses always looking to improve ratings because ad revenues are directly related to ratings. So ...

November 10, 2008 | Bob Furnad Guest columnist | OPINION


A man’s home is his hassle

I've been trying to get my house decorated the way I want it decorated ever since I moved in three years ago.

November 08, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


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