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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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Views from the left: Biden to the rescue

If the question is who did more to help his ticket, Joe Biden won the vice presidential debate by a mile.

October 13, 2012 | Eugene Robinson | OPINION


…great news

A terrible pall had been cast over the land. Nights seemed longer, and the days less full of life. People retreated into their homes, avoiding the eyes of their neighbors.

September 11, 2012 | Staff Report | OPINION


The board of elections

I was honored to receive the appointment to the Board of Elections for Newton County. I take the responsibility very seriously since it entrusts the board to provide oversight for compliance with prevailing election laws.

September 08, 2012 | William Peruguino | OPINION


Thank you for Strand letter

Dear Editor: Thank you for printing my article pertaining to the Strand Theater. I have received an unusually large number of favorable comments regarding the letter. All were from people over 50 who said it brought back childhood memories and reminded them how things were around the square at that time.

September 06, 2012 | Staff Report | OPINION


McCoy: The $250 Bath

Have you ever spent $250 to take a bath? I know that's a strange question, considering most of you get free baths, except when you have to buy a new bottle of body wash or one of those scrubby sponges that you like to use on your shoulder. Why would anyone ever spend 250 clams to soap up, shampoo and wash in a traditional bath or shower? It's just not logical, is it? Well, what if I told you I took three baths during one week in 2009, and that they cost about 250 bucks each? It's ...

February 25, 2012 | David McCoy | OPINION


Let your presence be your present

December is often the time of too many events, too many parties, too many obligations, too many gifts and too much family. There are quite a few Decembers in my recent memory where I did too much, slept too little and was worn out or sick by Christmas. This year, prompted by an e-mail message from the principal at my child's middle school, reminding parents that doing less might end up helping more, I'm once again reviewing my calendar. So far, I've cancelled two events, and I'm only through this week.

December 04, 2011 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | OPINION


It’s the time to head for the hills

Our little corner of the world this year experienced one of the wettest springs in recent memory. If it didn't rain every day, it rained every other day.

October 24, 2010 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Our Thoughts: Breast Cancer

October is the month set aside to celebrate success and progress in the battle against breast cancer.

There is nothing more devastating than to go to the doctor and to be told that you have cancer. The second worst thing is to tell your family that you have this killer disease.

October 01, 2010 | Staff Report | OPINION


Forgiveness

"Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." We ask to be forgiven by the Creator for our sins - falling short of what our God expects of us - but at the same time, we pledge to forgive those who trespass - or sin - against us. We can't have one without the other. That's a tough bargain to strike, but based on the words alone, some might say forgiveness in the context of the Lord's Prayer has a limited meaning. Maybe we only have to forgive those who transgress against us individually, for example, someone ...

July 09, 2010 | Barbara Morgan | OPINION


The dangers of voting for poverty

Elections must be getting close again. I see ads on TV promising smaller government, control of run away spending, cutting taxes, all of which means fewer government services. All of which will have a disproportionate impact on the poor. All in the name of promoting business growth.

July 09, 2010 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


A new game for long summer drives

Do you remember all the games we played on long car trips, back when we were kids? Did you play the alphabet game, where you looked for words on road signs? "A - Atlanta! B - Bathrooms!" Or maybe you played the license plate game. "I see one from Michigan!" Games are great when you're a kid. But, a good car game can make the trip go a lot faster for the adults, too. Well, since we're knee-deep into summer, and many of you are about to drive across the country in kid-infested minivans, I've developed a cool, new ...

July 09, 2010 | David McCoy | OPINION


The art of Southern cooking

The food scene is always on the lookout for the next best thing, the next big idea, giving rise and fall to a stunning number of restaurants that go into, then quickly out of, business in places like Atlanta. Current and coming trends are grass-fed beef, organic pork, gluten-free and restaurants with their own kitchen garden.
It was TV host, author and lecturer Nathalie Dupree - almost one of us since she owned a restaurant at the Hub in the '70s - who coined the phrase "New Southern Cooking" almost 25 years ago. Since then, New Southern Cooking is still the hottest ...

July 02, 2010 | Barbara Morgan Columnist | OPINION


The ones called ‘Daddy’

Gripped in the heat of a typical Georgia summer, Father's Day nevertheless allows us to honor those most hallowed in our patriarchal society - our fathers. Yes, America's still a man's world. Women's advocates and bleeding heart liberals can protest all they want. But when push comes to shove, America wants John Wayne in the foxhole - and in the White House!

June 19, 2010 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Only informed voters, please

I favor low voter turnout.

June 19, 2010 | Bob Furnad Guest Columnist | OPINION


Global warming, marriage cooling

Oh, Al. Oh, Tipper. Why? Why? Why? Why'd you go and split up after 40 years? You're an institution! You're a couple held up to us as a forever-in-love, forever-meant-to-be pair. You created that image for us, and we bought it. Tipper, those adoring blue eyes just above that turned up tip of a nose were always cast upward at your handsome husband, and you seemed to really mean it. Al, that kiss you planted on your pert wife on worldwide television at the 2000 political convention made women world-over do a sharp intake. And those four ...

June 04, 2010 | Barbara Morgan Columnist | OPINION


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