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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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Dear Santa

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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

The enemy is us

It was 40 years ago, about this time of year that I repented of my sins and was baptized. At 9, my list of sins paled in comparison to some of the whoppers I committed over the ensuing years. I figured if I sinned once a day over that time, that is 14,600. There were some days I was in double digits.

But I am grateful that there is forgiveness and that's all forgotten.

November 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION

Failure of imagination, lack of understanding

Were the atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001, the result of criminal action or an act of war?

Nomenclature matters because it shapes peoples ideas, thought processes and, thereby, actions.

November 20, 2009 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman Columnist | OPINION

Restoring certified teacher funding

Attention, National Board Certified teachers in Georgia who got hosed by the state in the last legislative session: I think I have found the guy in the white hat that plans to ride to the rescue. And he is a good one to have on the horse.

November 18, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION

Roy Barnes takes a major risk

In the months since he announced he would try for another term as governor, Roy Barnes has been flying under the radar of Georgia politics.

November 18, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION

Pecan Pie for the Mind: The end of manners

I think I have good manners. I say "yes, ma'am," I hold the door for old people, I don't spit on sidewalks, and I don't talk during movies. That's just rude, and I've been raised to be polite. In general, I'm well-mannered. But, there's one place where my manners go out the window. If you see me at an all-you-can-eat buffet, and they're serving snow crab legs, you should expect me to be on my worst behavior.

I know it's silly, forgetting my manners over a few spindly crab legs, but ...

November 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OPINION

Magical thinking

In a simpler time, it was common that families had only one bathroom. A close friend of mine reports that when she was 3 or 4, old enough to bathe herself, her older brother needed to use the bathroom while she was taking a bath. He explained that she should close her eyes and it would be all right.

As adults we recognize that as "magical" thinking. Closing her eyes really didn't make the situation any different. I mention that now because the current administration, which started with promises of keeping all eyes open, now rues that choice.

November 13, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION

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