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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


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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Budget woes continue

The Georgia legislature completed days nine through 13 last week with attention continuing to focus on the budget, water issues and related items of interest.

February 10, 2010 | Senator John Douglas Guest Columnist | OPINION


Don’t expect big changes

Gov. Sonny Perdue is nearing the end of his time as governor, but he had one more big idea to throw out for discussion.

February 10, 2010 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


Rome is burning, no one cares

"Rome is burning, and no one cares," my colleague Jim exclaimed to our boss on a conference call in the late-1990s. We were trying to explain the budget crisis in our largest property, which was responsible for more than $1 billion in revenue.

February 07, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | OPINION


Thicker skin required

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel caught heat last week when he referred to a group of liberal Democrats as "retarded." President Obama's senior political aide must've felt as if he'd stepped in a yellow jacket hole after sticking both feet in his mouth. Vocal, visceral criticism from varied quarters, including the president's senior political advisor, David Axelrod - whose 27-year-old daughter has a developmental disability - forced Emanuel to immediately try and staunch the bleeding.

February 07, 2010 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Health and human services

We often take things like our health for granted until it goes downhill. Other things like the services the library offers or athletic programs for our children also are often under appreciated until they disappear.

After health and human services day with my Leadership Newton County class, I have a new found respect for all the people who work behind the scenes at elderly care facilities, health departments, hospitals, libraries and recreation departments.

February 05, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | OPINION


You've got a friend

My wife loves Carole King songs. The "Tapestry" album, issued in 1971, features several hit tunes, among them one of the greatest songs King ever penned: "You've Got a Friend."

January 31, 2010 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


You've got me, babe

"Well, the big difference here and in '94 was you've got me," was President Obama's response to possible problems in the upcoming midterm elections, according to Rep. Marion Berry.

January 31, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | OPINION


Bruce Goddard and Eulan Brown

I was in Central Florida recently and someone suggested I take a couple of minutes and drive through the town of Celebration, Fla.

January 29, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


A long way to go

After a break for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday on Jan. 18, the Georgia House and Senate spent three days receiving budget requests from the various departments of state government. Gov. Sonny Perdue led the briefings on Tuesday afternoon with his overall assessment of state finances and his proposed amended FY 2010 and full FY 2011 budgets. The "amended budget" means that money taken in over the previous budget estimates can be applied to important programs or visa versa if less money is received than estimated.

January 29, 2010 | Senator John Douglas Guest Columnist | OPINION


Aftershocks

A really big earthquake hit the third world nation of Haiti last week. Now, the brutal fact is that there's not a great deal of discernible difference between Haiti before the 'quake, and Haiti afterward. But the world's developed nations have immediately sent hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency assistance to the Caribbean nation, which occupies one-third of the island of Hispaniola. Fittingly, the Dominican Republic, which occupies the other two-thirds, was the first nation to offer help to Haiti.

The amount of aid pledged to assist the nine million citizens of Haiti is as staggering, in ...

January 17, 2010 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


National insecurity

Imagine. You have been sworn in as president of the United States and it is your first Christmas in the White House. What a year it has been. Now some worried-looking aide enters the room. You wonder. Is it war in the Middle East? Unrest in Iran? Earthquakes in Peru?

January 15, 2010 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


A place to prepare

In response to your editorial regarding the city council's retreat at Brasstown, let's put the blame where it belongs, with me. As the city's HR director, I am responsible for organizing and developing training for city employees. The retreats for the mayor and council are somewhat new, so it's understandable that many citizens may not be aware of the critical need for having the governmental body isolated for a period of time to learn new skills and develop a strategic plan. Most people don't realize that a representative form of government, in this case a ...

January 01, 2010 | R.H. Cowan Guest Columnist | OPINION


Making 2010 different

The new year has seen itself in without any assistance from me for a number of years. My being sleepy and grumpy on the first day of a new year is a poor start. I don't make New Year's resolutions as a general rule. But, a bout of nasty health issues this past year made me realize that having goals for the new year might not be a bad thing. Nothing terribly dramatic but simply reminders of what I can do to make 2010 different from 2009.

I resolve to do something that shows how much I care ...

January 01, 2010 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


Georgia politics: a year of quitters

You could call 2009 "the year of the quitter" in Georgia politics.

It was a 12-month period marked not by the accomplishments of politicians serving in elected office, but dominated instead by the news of people who decided to leave office or drop out of an upcoming election campaign.

December 30, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


Sticking a fork in 2009

You can stick a fork in 2009. It is done. I can't say I am sad to see it go except that it puts me one year closer to the ultimate conversation with my Maker, who can't wait to hear my excuses for a life not lived as well as he and I would have liked.

December 30, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


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