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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


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December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | OPINION


What I would change about the South

Now settle down! I didn't say there was anything wrong with The South; I just have some ideas for a few improvements here and there. Put down that fire place poker, listen up, and see what you think. If you agree with me, we can get a petition going and send it up to the governor's mansion in time for Christmas.

December 18, 2009 | David McCoy | OPINION


Georgia banks continue to fail

It's no surprise that the Georgia media has been consumed with the recent scandals erupting at the state capitol over legislators and their alleged affairs with lobbyists. Any assignment editor with a pulse will tell you that sex is what brings readers and viewers to a story.

In the rush to explore every aspect of Glenn Richardson's resignation as House speaker, however, we may be overlooking a story that is much more important to the state's future: the continuing failures in our banking system.

December 16, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


More of the same is not change

"It's the economy, stupid," was the message that Democratic political strategist James Carville kept repeating to Bill Clinton in the 1992 campaign against then-President George H.W. Bush. It seems that President Barack Obama has finally gotten the message, too, and not a bit too soon.

While the Democrats in Congress have been delivering votes for government health care and Obama has been opining on troop deployment in Afghanistan, everyday Americans have been trying to figure out how to spend less and make ends meet.

December 13, 2009 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | OPINION


Keep it simple

Recently I've enjoyed watching a commercial featuring a member of the 20th century rock band, KISS. In it, "Doctor Love" extols the virtues of a cola beverage which "...has a kiss of cherry flavor." As he ties the ancient band's name with the 21st century beverage by emphasizing the word - KISS - the musician's son interrupts and chastises his dad for hammering the word so heavily, for the beverage is touted as being "amazingly smooth." The old guy, recognizing defeat, docilely closes by plugging the cola as amazingly smooth, even as fiery blasts erupt from the rock group ...

December 13, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Community Christmas

Christmas came early this year for me. I was elected president of the Friends of the Newton County Library, starting in 2010. My involvement with libraries started many years ago. My first after-school job was working in a public library not much larger than my living and dining rooms combined. To paraphrase Charlie Brown, it was a "very sincere little library."

December 11, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

December 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


The battle for speaker is not over

The Republican leadership in the Georgia House worked out an arrangement among themselves last week for the scandal-plagued Glenn Richardson to step down as House speaker and be replaced by Mark Burkhalter in the powerful legislative position.

The high-ranking Republicans hoped to put their problems behind them with the removal of Richardson, but they still have some long-simmering issues to resolve. The decision from on high to change speakers is not sitting well with some of the rank-and-file House Republicans, especially the younger ones who've only served in the legislature for a few terms.

December 09, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


Troop surge has fatal flaws

On the evening of Dec. 1, President Barack Obama addressed the nation on his plan for troop increases in Afghanistan. He spoke from the hallowed and historic halls of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Obama has decided to send 30,000 troops to the war zone, some to leave almost immediately. Beginning in the summer of 2011, our troops will begin the pullout and return home.

I am a very strong advocate of victory in Iraq and Afghanistan. Al Qaeda has proven it will come to our shores and kill Americans if we do not ...

December 06, 2009 | State Sen. John Douglas Guest Columnist | OPINION


Remember Pearl Harbor

Last week, as I listened to the 44th president tell the entire world of his plan for administering the Afghanistan-Pakistan War, I was struck by how helpful the information he outlined was to the very enemies we seek to conquer.

Any rat hiding in a cave, wondering how much longer he'd have need of that cave, would gain inspiration from hearing his opponent state that it would be for just 17 more months. The rat would feel his efforts were bearing fruit, since the opponent's departure is now imminent. So the rat will strengthen his efforts, knowing that ...

December 06, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


No health care at all

I don't often agree with Jim Marshal, but for the most part find his comments at least thoughtful and interesting. His plan for ending the use of private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid to pay for healthcare and how it would lower costs leaves me puzzled. Marshall wants to end government coverage for the elderly and poor and private insurance for the rest of us as well.

I don't want to use anyone else as an example so I will use myself. Unlike some people who support healthcare reform, I actually have private insurance that I would most likely ...

December 04, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


Are lawmakers ready to gamble?

Horse racing? Casino gambling? Until recently, those were two topics you didn't discuss at the state capitol.

Bills would occasionally be introduced by liberal lawmakers from Atlanta to legalize pari-mutuel wagering or allow casinos to operate at Underground Atlanta, but the measures typically would be assigned to committees that wouldn't bother to give them a hearing.

December 02, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


Paying homage to 3 wise men

This is the story of three wise men. They do not come bearing gifts of gold and myrrh and frankincense. Their gifts are service, intelligence and integrity. They don't have exotic names like Bithisarea, Melichior, and Gathaspa. Theirs are ordinary names: John, Raymond and Roy. But there is nothing ordinary about them.

All three are World War II veterans, a part of the Greatest Generation. One lives in northeast Georgia, one in deep south Georgia and the third resides on the coast. Two are business entrepreneurs; the other a retired college president. One is 90. The other two soon ...

December 02, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


Thankgiving 2009

It's hard to believe, but nevertheless true, that Ben Franklin wanted the turkey - not the Golden Eagle - to serve as America's national emblem. I'm thinking old Ben may have gotten one too many jolts when he flew that kite in a storm and caught lightning in a bottle. But at least his beloved turkey performs national service when served up on Thanksgiving Day - that special time of year when, with the full consent of our federal government, Americans give thanks to God for our nation and our way of life.

The year 2009 has been tough for ...

November 29, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Pecan Pie for the Mind: The decline of Southern civilization

Our civilization here in the South is dying on the vine. I'm quite sure of it. Look around and see if you don't agree with my assessment of the sorry state of society. It's just gotten pitiful, and I want some answers: Where are our next quilts coming from, why can't we fix our own cars anymore, and how come our kids can't make a living collecting pop bottles by the side of the road? Tell me how we can ever be the same without these joys of southern life.

We have six or seven ...

November 27, 2009 | David McCoy | OPINION


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