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The new face of evil

As Hannah Arendt foresaw, we are once again up against the question of evil. An American photojournalist, James Foley, was presented to the camera and methodically decapitated. The instrument was not the ax reserved for royalty or the whooshing blade prompted by that reformer Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, but an ordinary looking knife. Death would be neither swift nor painless. This, somewhere in the bleached desert, was pure evil.

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Updated: aug. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Family’s tragedy: text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn’t get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

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Posted: aug. 26, 2014 6:10 p.m. | Updated: aug. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Decision Pending on Newton’s Government Structure

The structure of county government is once again on the agenda of the Board of Commissioners (BOC), which has scheduled a work session for Aug. 26, 2014. As readers may recall, this has been a topic of discussion for several months and the BOC has met with experts from both the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the regional planning agency. Representatives of both clearly have indicated that the current “hybrid” system of having both a full time Commission needs to be changed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of county government.

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Posted: aug. 23, 2014 3:51 p.m. | Updated: aug. 23, 2014 10:00 p.m.

50 years in newspaper industry

The other day I found myself thinking on how long I have been a part of the newspaper industry — it turns out that this will be my 50th year, with one year of my life working with mentally challenged adults and two working with people going into their final sunset, through Hospice.

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Posted: aug. 23, 2014 3:41 p.m.

Political stereotyping

While we might like to think that voters research the issues, review the candidates, and then vote for the candidate that best reflects their views, the reality, based on political science research, is much different. A

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 6:55 p.m. | Updated: aug. 21, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Tuition pays for this

According to College Board, average tuition and fees for the 2013-14 school year totaled $30,094 at private colleges, $8,893 for in-state residents at public colleges and $22,203 for out-of-state residents. Many schools, such as Columbia University and George Washington University, charge yearly tuition and fees close to $50,000. Faced with the increasing costs of higher education, parents and taxpayers might like to know what they’re getting for their money.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 6:54 p.m. | Updated: aug. 21, 2014 10:00 p.m.

One letter not enough to polish liberal credential

Rap! Rap! Rap!

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Posted: aug. 19, 2014 7:39 p.m. | Updated: aug. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Held to an unobtainable standard

Back in 1980, an Israeli diplomat met with Ronald Reagan as he was running for president. Reagan was furious over the hostages being held in the American embassy in Iran and told the diplomat he could not understand why the U.S. didn’t do what Israel would have done: land troops on the embassy roof and take the Americans out. The dismayed diplomat nodded disingenuously. Yes, that’s exactly what Israel would do.

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Posted: aug. 19, 2014 7:41 p.m. | Updated: aug. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Saying ‘I love you’

As I get older unfortunately death rears its ugly head more than I would like to see.

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Posted: aug. 16, 2014 4:28 p.m. | Updated: aug. 16, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cushman: Back to school

Maybe it’s the fact that both my parents were teachers when I was growing up, or that I was a studious, serious child, but I’ve always loved going back to school in the fall.

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Posted: aug. 14, 2014 5:18 p.m. | Updated: aug. 14, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Williams: Get ready for denials

Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera accused Matt Drudge’s website of “the worst kind of jingoistic rhetoric ever” for carrying news stories about the dangers of illegal immigration. He said Drudge “is doing his best to stir up a civil war. I mean, shame on Matt Drudge.” Republican Rep. Todd Rokita and his Indiana delegation have been criticized for suggesting the possibility that Latin American children pouring across our southern border are carrying deadly diseases. Some of them have already been discovered to be carrying lice and suffering from disease. We’ve yet to find out what kind of communicable ...

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Posted: aug. 14, 2014 5:31 p.m. | Updated: aug. 14, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Yarbrough: Gosh dang - what is wrong with a Southern accent?

I just learned of a book called, “Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent.” Gosh dang. What is wrong with a Southern accent?

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Posted: aug. 12, 2014 5:52 p.m. | Updated: aug. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cohen: The left’s own slippery slope

Two “leading national security organizations” — that’s their own designation, in case you’re wondering — have condemned President Obama’s “return to the battlefield in Iraq.” Their names are a mouthful — the Council for a Livable World and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation — but their statement is worth reading, not for what it says but for what it doesn’t. It offers no hint of how anything other than military intervention was going to save those poor people stuck on a mountain in Iraqi Kurdistan, some of them dying of dehydration, some of them already dead and the ...

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Posted: aug. 12, 2014 5:54 p.m. | Updated: aug. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

March to the Sea: Markers of the March

Stories are the soul of human memory. Ancient people listened to lengthy narratives about the legendary exploits of heroes like Beowulf. When literacy came, the stories were written down on animal hides and papyrus plants. Sometimes, they were carved into brick and bronze memorials.

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Posted: aug. 09, 2014 7:58 p.m. | Updated: aug. 09, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Tech entrepreneurs have greater impact on nation than presidents

The tech industry will have a more lasting impact on America’s future than Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama combined.

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Posted: aug. 09, 2014 7:44 p.m. | Updated: aug. 09, 2014 10:00 p.m.

God, Not Crime, Barred From Public Schools

The beginning of school is just around the corner. William Jennings Bryan may not have been able to keep the “monkeys” out of public schools, but Edmund Schemmp (from Abington) and Madalyn Murray O’Hair were successful in getting God out, and the ACLU has been successful in keeping him out.

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Posted: aug. 09, 2014 7:47 p.m. | Updated: aug. 09, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Johnson: Modify it through compromise

About the time of the Mansfield public hearing the chairman came by to see me. He had heard the strong concerns expressed by the public regarding the 2050 Plan Baseline Ordinance, and I think sincerely realized that those concerns had to be addressed. His idea at the time was to pick a small group of people who would represent the position of the landowners in eastern Newton County and a group who were in favor of the plan, lock them in a room and let them come up with a compromise position which preserve the basics of the plan while ...

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Posted: aug. 07, 2014 5:06 p.m. | Updated: aug. 07, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cushman: Mom's fine

August has been a challenging month for my family the last few years. Two years ago, while my children, Maggie and Robert, and I were visiting my sister, Kathy, and her husband, Paul, in Key Biscayne, Florida, our mother ended up in the hospital in critical condition. While she recovered temporarily, she ultimately suffered a stroke right when school started in the fall of 2012.

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Posted: aug. 07, 2014 5:05 p.m. | Updated: aug. 07, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cohen: Nixon’s lasting damage

Richard Nixon is not having an easy time of late. The Washington Post alone has run at least three opinion pieces reminding us all that Nixon was a skunk who 40 years ago this month resigned the presidency and flew off to a short-lived exile in California. There the story of Nixon’s nefariousness supposedly ends. But it does not. He remains to this day a major political figure.

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Posted: aug. 05, 2014 8:27 p.m. | Updated: aug. 05, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Yarbrough: A fresh reminder of why teaching is a noble profession

Dear Georgia Public School Teachers:

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Posted: aug. 05, 2014 8:25 p.m. | Updated: aug. 05, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Williams: Please stop helping us

While reading the first chapter of Jason Riley’s new book, “Please Stop Helping Us,” I thought about Will Rogers’ Prohibition-era observation that “Oklahomans vote dry as long as they can stagger to the polls.” Demonstrative of similar dedication, one member of Congress told Vanderbilt University political scientist Carol Swain that “one of the advantages and disadvantages of representing blacks is their shameless loyalty. ... You can almost get away with raping babies and be forgiven. You don’t have any vigilance about your performance.” In my opinion, there appear to be no standards of performance low enough for blacks to ...

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Posted: aug. 02, 2014 3:54 p.m. | Updated: aug. 02, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cavanaugh: Disappointment, distrust, hope

Publisher note:

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Posted: aug. 02, 2014 3:56 p.m. | Updated: aug. 02, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Massie: Be very afraid, especially for your children

On July 1, 2014, I wrote a syndicated column titled “What If Terrorists Used Infectious Diseases.” I postulated that America is being placed in mortal danger as illegal aliens, to which I specifically add the tens of thousands of illegal alien children, are flooding our borders.

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Posted: jul. 31, 2014 6:34 p.m. | Updated: jul. 31, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cushman: Republicans — future versus past

As I wrote in last week’s column about Georgia’s U.S. Senate race between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue, it will all boil down to turnout — who turns out to vote. While the Republican candidates are being fair when they tie the Democratic nominee to the Obama administration, they must do more than hope that Democrats can’t persuade voters to go to the polls. The Republican candidates need to create and communicate a clear, compelling message for all voters — that will give them a reason and the passion to turn out and vote Republican this ...

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Posted: jul. 31, 2014 6:33 p.m. | Updated: jul. 31, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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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Posted: jul. 29, 2014 5:55 p.m. | Updated: jul. 29, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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