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Yarbrough: Trying to determine who is the real outsider in U.S. Senate race

The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office and both are anxious to portray themselves as the ultimate “outsider.”

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Updated: jul. 29, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cohen: Exonerating the criminals

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anti-Semitism is getting the better of him. Once again, the Turkish prime minister has trotted out the Hitler analogy in relation to Israel and what it has done in Gaza. “They curse Hitler morning and night,” he said of the Israelis. “However, now their barbarism has surpassed even Hitler’s.”

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Posted: jul. 29, 2014 5:56 p.m. | Updated: jul. 29, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Rasmussen: Opposition to Hobby Lobby decision highlights problem with mandates

Following the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision, one of the key talking points that emerged from enraged opponents of the ruling was: “My boss shouldn’t be involved in my health care decisions.” California State Senate candidate Sandra Fluke says on her official website that such a perspective is “common sense.”

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Posted: jul. 26, 2014 4:01 p.m. | Updated: jul. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Williams: Do blacks need favors?

Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. During the act’s legislative debate, then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey, responding to predictions, promised, “I’ll eat my hat if this leads to racial quotas.” I don’t know whether Humphrey got around to keeping his promise, but here’s my question: Is it within the capacity of black Americans to make it in this society without the special favors variously called racial preferences, quotas, affirmative action and race-sensitive policies? What might a “yes” answer to that question assume and imply about blacks? Likewise, what would a “no ...

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Posted: jul. 26, 2014 4:01 p.m. | Updated: jul. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cohen: A fight for Israel’s existence

Israel fought its first war, in 1948, against five Arab nations — Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan — as well as the Palestinians. In the prediction of the fairly new CIA, the outcome was never in doubt: “Without substantial outside aid in terms of manpower and material, they [the Jews] will be able to hold out no longer than two years.” It has now been 66 years, but I fear that sooner or later, the CIA’s conclusion could turn out to be right.

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Posted: jul. 24, 2014 7:25 p.m. | Updated: jul. 24, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Johnson: Getting on the same page of the 2050 Plan

Last week I attended two informal meetings of citizens and two Chamber of Commerce moderated meetings on the 2050 Plan and a meeting on the Highway 278 Community Improvement District. I came away with an appreciation of just how similar is the end result most of us want for Newton County and yet how distant are the means that we would employ to accomplish that end.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 5:52 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cavanaugh: Dream home to house from hell

I wrote this some time ago. With so many folks in the same boat as I was in those early days of my adulthood, I thought you might get a chuckle from my young eager mistakes:

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 4:37 p.m. | Updated: jul. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cushman: Virtues require underlying framework

This summer has served as a reminder to me about the virtue of virtues, specifically hard work and perseverance. Last winter, our 12-year-old son, Robert, was accepted into an honors performance group as a string bass player, based on his teacher’s recommendation and an MP3 submission of his playing. In May, he was sent four pieces of music to master by late June, when he was to perform them in New York.

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Posted: jul. 17, 2014 6:13 p.m. | Updated: jul. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Williams: Spending and morality

During last year’s budget negotiation meetings, President Barack Obama told House Speaker John Boehner, “We don’t have a spending problem.” When Boehner responded with “But, Mr. President, we have a very serious spending problem,” Obama replied, “I’m getting tired of hearing you say that.” In one sense, the president is right. What’s being called a spending problem is really a symptom of an unappreciated deep-seated national moral rot. Let’s examine it with a few questions.

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Posted: jul. 17, 2014 6:14 p.m. | Updated: jul. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Yarbrough: The job of waxing poetic can be quite frenetic

“I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

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Posted: jul. 15, 2014 5:55 p.m. | Updated: jul. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cohen: Conservatives will buy anything

They had a term for her, but I’ve forgotten it. It was a name applied to a person who could not say no to a door-to-door salesman. The one I remember from my brief career selling magazines was totally upfront about her intentions. “I’ll buy whatever you’re selling,” she said. I sold her Esquire and two other subscriptions. Salesmen back then had a name for such people. Today, I would call them conservatives. They, too, will buy anything.

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Posted: jul. 15, 2014 5:53 p.m. | Updated: jul. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Rasmussen: Political language, not Watergate, to blame for public distrust of government

In his weekly column for CNN.com, Julian Zelizer makes a reasonable case that “Distrustful Americans still live in age of Watergate.” In his eyes, this helps explain why the president’s health care law and other initiatives have encountered so much resistance.

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 6:38 p.m. | Updated: jul. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cavanaugh: Adventures in Elizabeth City

One of the advantages of being an older baby boomer is that your mind can easily wander back to days of your youth and every detail of those experiences can be seen as clearly as if you were still that age.

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 6:40 p.m. | Updated: jul. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cushman: President Obama should go down to the border

Based on this fiscal year’s eight-and-a-half months of activity so far, the number of unaccompanied alien children from Honduras apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol will increase 22 times from what it was in 2009.

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Posted: jul. 10, 2014 5:09 p.m. | Updated: jul. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Massie: What if terrorists used infectious diseases?

In a piece titled, “They’re Not Telling Us The Truth,” I wrote: “Clinton, Bush and Obama, et al, have positioned us in harm’s way by providing an accommodating environment for these illegal disease carriers. It is not my contention that everyone who crosses the border illegally is diseased or a disease carrier. I am saying, the fact that we do not know which ones are and which ones are not puts us in peril...I confess that when I walk into an uptown restaurant and see illegals in the kitchen or busing tables, I am concerned.” (mychal-massie.com ...

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Posted: jul. 10, 2014 5:10 p.m. | Updated: jul. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Yarbrough: When it comes to polls and pests, Junior E. Lee knows his business

With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, to get his thoughts on the various races and to see who he thinks will make it to the finals of the November general election and who will be eliminated this round.

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Posted: jul. 08, 2014 6:47 p.m. | Updated: jul. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cohen: An offer they can't refuse

FADE IN: Michael Corleone’s den.

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Posted: jul. 08, 2014 6:46 p.m. | Updated: jul. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The lasting relevance of the declaration

Happy Fourth of July!

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Posted: jul. 05, 2014 4:13 p.m. | Updated: jul. 05, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Get involved with the 2050 Plan

I would like to provide a brief history on the intent and origin of the 2050 Plan that I think is important as we begin the public input sessions on the Base Line Ordinances (BLO).

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Posted: jul. 05, 2014 4:14 p.m. | Updated: jul. 05, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Leroy Jones: emasculated black Democrat

I wonder how Leroy Jones, the black Chairman of the Essex County Democrat Committee, looks at himself in the mirror. I wonder how he looks at his family and the members of his community. I wonder how he feels as he sits in the pews of the black church he attends, and how he feels while sitting in the black barbershop. More specifically, I wonder how the people of Essex County, New Jersey as a whole, feel about Jones.

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Posted: jul. 03, 2014 5:54 p.m. | Updated: jul. 03, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Responsibility and freedom

We declared our independence from Great Britain 238 years ago this week. It was a declaration long in coming, brought about by the overreaching rule of King George III and Britain’s insistence on taxation without representation.

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Posted: jul. 03, 2014 5:55 p.m. | Updated: jul. 03, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Yarbrough: Help is on the way for dealing with the humor-impaired

The things you learn while surfing the Internet in desperation for column material. Did you know that there is a National Association for the Humor-Impaired? May Jimmy Carter (speaking of the humor-impaired) wash my socks if I am not telling the truth.

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Posted: jul. 01, 2014 9:22 p.m. | Updated: jul. 01, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cohen: What your own eyes should tell you

A friend of mine worked for a small-town newspaper years ago and had to write the weather report. The county fair was approaching but the prediction was for rain. So the editors, fearing the wrath of local merchants, ordered my friend to change “rainy” to “sunny.” That was the newspaper’s policy. It has since been adopted by much of the Republican Party.

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Posted: jul. 01, 2014 9:16 p.m. | Updated: jul. 01, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Short-lived service with Uncle Sam

With trouble brewing big time in the Middle East again, it got me thinking of a time when we had similar issues in Asia.

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Posted: jun. 28, 2014 4:04 p.m. | Updated: jun. 28, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Williams: The education establishment’s success

Many view America’s education as a failure, but in at least one important way, it’s been a success — a success in dumbing down the nation so that we fall easy prey to charlatans, hustlers and quacks. You say, “Williams, that’s insulting! Explain yourself.” OK, let’s start with a question or two.

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Posted: jun. 28, 2014 4:06 p.m. | Updated: jun. 28, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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