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Welch: CPA week 9: The last responder

It is hard to believe that week nine of the Porterdale Police Department's Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is already over. It literally seems like ...

April 02, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion


Within an hour’s drive: Broadway in Atlanta brings ‘Annie’

In less than hour, Newton County residents were able to throw themselves into the Municipal Girls Orphanage with Little Orphan Annie and for two nights ...

March 27, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Opinion


Welch: CPD week 8: Not Guilty!

Testifying in court can be a stressful experience even if you're just a witness. At week eight of the Porterdale Police Department (PPD) Citizens ...

March 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion


Welch: CPD week 7: Time to use what we’ve learned

It's hard to believe that we're at week seven of the Porterdale Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. Just two more classes and ...

March 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion


Welch: CPA week 6 – Shots Fired

Week 6 of the Porterdale Police Department's (PPD) Citizen's Police Academy (CPA) gave the class the chance to see, handle and fire some ...

March 12, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion


Bouchillon: SPLOST voting nears deadline

There is one week of early voting left for the 2017 SPLOST referendum. Those who wish to vote early may visit Suite 103 of the ...

March 12, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | Opinion


Bouchillon: There's no reason to vote 'no' to SPLOST

Last fall, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) appointed a 23-person citizens' committee to hear information about potential SPLOST projects. The committee was charged ...

March 05, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | Opinion


Welch: CPA week 5: Criminal investigations and gangs

Another week of the Porterdale Police Department (PPD) Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is in the books. This class is going by much too fast. For ...

March 05, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion


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The president's still not listening

With Democrats holding the presidency, a majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate, you might think that they could pass whatever legislation they want. But more than a year after Obama took office, his party's version of health care "reform" has not been passed and may be going nowhere fast.

Not to be deterred by facts, the current mantra from the Obama administration is that the Republicans, whom they label the party of NO, are holding up progress.

February 28, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Opinion


Oh, deer

We've got a gang problem in my neighborhood.

February 26, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Opinion


Toyota’s apology

I am still trying to work out what Toyota has to apologize for on the sticking gas pedal issue. Let's assume that all 2,000 reported acceleration problems were all due to "defects" in Toyota vehicles. Some 8 million cars are being recalled for repairs. That is a "defect" error rate of 0.00025 percent. Or one out of every 4,000 cars.

February 26, 2010 | Patrick Durusau | Opinion


Fading photographs

Baseball's spring training opened this past week. Pitchers and catchers reported to camps in Florida and Arizona, and Grapefruit and Cactus League games will begin soon.

No matter how cold the winter, spring training signals that warmer weather and better times are just around the bend.

February 21, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Opinion


Let's play

Last week, first lady Michelle Obama kicked off an initiative. "Let's Move," addressing the problem of childhood obesity.

While our representatives in Washington are at a stalemate over health care "reform," the bigger problem over the long term is the state of our nation's health. No matter how we may change the health care system, we will have failed if we do not fix the underlying health crisis. Moving more unhealthy people into a better system of health care is not the answer.

February 21, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Opinion


Busy day in Atlanta

Thursday my Leadership Newton County class along with the youth Leadership class visited the state capitol and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on our fifth class day. We have only three more to go until we graduate in May.

After battling traffic on a yellow school bus to get to Capitol Avenue, we met some of our local legislators for a morning briefing on how the session is going. Sen. John Douglas, Rep. Doug Holt and Rep. John Lunsford were gracious enough to devote their morning to our class. As expected, our senators and representatives are struggling to balance Georgia ...

February 17, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | Opinion


A Washington recall this fall

Maybe Mother Nature knows what's best. This week, she brought her own version of a government shutdown to Washington. While the Post Office might continue to work through rain, snow, sleet and hail, the snow in the capital resulted in the House suspending votes for the week and the Senate scaling back its calendar.

February 14, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Opinion


This old house

Our house was built in 1973 and was one of the first to occupy our quiet little lane. For years it stood virtually alone on the east side of the street, but today it's part of 25 homes which comprise our snug little enclave.

February 14, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Opinion


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


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