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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.

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Updated: jan. 25, 2015 2:30 a.m.

The cancer of multiculturalism

President Barack Obama surprised many at the National Prayer Breakfast when he lectured us, “Lest we get on our high horse and think this (barbarity) is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” Obama went on to explain, “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often (were) justified in the name of Christ.” In Obama’s mind, Western outrage at Islamic barbarism should be tempered by the remembrance of what Christians did a thousand years ago in the name of Christ. Plus ...

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:25 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.

TRUTH matters

A New York Times article this past Tuesday titled, “Teenage Girl Leaves for ISIS, and Others Follow,” by Kimiko[1] de Freytas-Tamura, struck close to home for me. The three young women who left London to enlist in ISIS in Syria were 16, 15 and 15.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:29 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Belton: AP history test ‘lengthy, partisan, leftist’

A disturbing turn of events has occurred with the new Advanced Placement History Test. The AP has been around since 1956, offering high school students the opportunity to gain college credit by taking a very difficult class and passing a very difficult test. Unfortunately, the College Board (the same folks who write the SAT) has suddenly created a biased and left-leaning test.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:31 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Our thoughts: Proud of our Rams

Courage is inner power to make you fight for your very existence and trying, when you know you may lose. Courage and determination makes a fighter.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:29 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Everyday Mother Memories

Earlier this week, my sister Kathy called me, “Am I correct in thinking that Mom used to send us little kid Valentine’s like the ones school children use?”

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 2:32 p.m. | Updated: feb. 22, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Belton: 1/3 of the way through and little passed

We are more than a third of the way through the legislative session, and it seems like we’ve passed very little legislation. Some might say that is a good thing … the less laws we pass, the less trouble we can make for the people of Georgia. In any case, we have 25 days left, with the session scheduled to end on the April 2.

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 2:24 p.m. | Updated: feb. 22, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Don't give up for Lent, just give

The official start of the Lenten season began this past week and we have heard many of our friends and colleagues talking about what they were going to give up for the 40 days leading up to the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 3:00 p.m. | Updated: feb. 22, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Scott Walker's secret weapon: lack of college degree

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has emerged as a serious contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. In response, the Washington Post researched and published a lengthy article on the “mystery” of why Walker dropped out of college.

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 3:02 p.m. | Updated: feb. 22, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Fairness and Justice

Oxfam reports that the richest 1 percent of people in the world own 48 percent of the world’s wealth. Many claim that we should be alarmed by income inequality because it hampers upward mobility. Others argue that because income is distributed so unevenly, justice and fairness require income redistribution. Let’s look at fairness and justice.

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 4:32 p.m. | Updated: feb. 15, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Belton: Education Committee getting busy

The Education Committee will be the busiest it has been in 22 years. I’ll take some of these bills in turn.

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 4:28 p.m. | Updated: feb. 15, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Medical cannabis oil bill showing Republicans true colors

Dear Editor,

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 4:29 p.m. | Updated: feb. 15, 2015 7:00 a.m.

President Obama’s jaw-dropping perspective

Recently, while responding to a question about how to get young people involved in politics, President Obama expressed fears that they see politics as a “sideshow in Washington” and should be taught that “government is not something separate from you — it is you.”

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 4:38 p.m. | Updated: feb. 15, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Heart-shaped Love

In grammar school, Valentine’s Day meant wrapping a shoe box with brown craft paper, cutting a slot in the top for cards to drop in and decorating the outside of the box with hearts and cupids. Store-bought Valentines were labeled the night before and carefully taken to school to be given away. When the big day came, it wasn’t only if you received Valentines that counted, it was from whom, and if they gave you your card first that mattered.

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 4:39 p.m. | Updated: feb. 15, 2015 7:00 a.m.

A New Era

This year The Covington News is celebrating our 150th birthday.

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 4:33 p.m. | Updated: feb. 15, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Bill protecting minors gaining support

This week, the House passed the 2015 supplementary budget, but still has to work on the 2016 budget. As I said before, revenues were up by $276 million, and we directed most of that increase to education, as well as Medicaid growth and mandatory compliance with Obamacare. The vote was bipartisan and unanimous.

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Posted: feb. 07, 2015 6:12 p.m. | Updated: feb. 08, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Our Thoughts: Take Control

Our elected officials must retake control of Newton County’s affairs and finances and stop relying on appointed employees to make decisions and oversee their implementation.

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Posted: feb. 07, 2015 6:23 p.m. | Updated: feb. 08, 2015 7:00 a.m.

'Don't Shoot' t-shirt aimed at wrong target

Let’s get off the backs of law enforcement, shall we? Most of us couldn’t do their job or wouldn’t do it if we had the chance.

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Posted: feb. 07, 2015 6:21 p.m. | Updated: feb. 08, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Vaccinations save lives

It is really a sad sign of our times to read about the uproar about whether vaccinations should be mandatory for children or whether vaccines for certain diseases cause abnormalities like autism.

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Posted: feb. 07, 2015 6:29 p.m. | Updated: feb. 08, 2015 7:00 a.m.

A citizen responds to Douglas, Maddox

Dear Editor,

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Posted: feb. 07, 2015 6:34 p.m. | Updated: feb. 08, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Douglas, Maddox miss the point

Dear Editor,

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Posted: feb. 07, 2015 6:36 p.m. | Updated: feb. 08, 2015 7:00 a.m.

A plan to grow

Dear Editor,

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Posted: feb. 07, 2015 6:39 p.m. | Updated: feb. 08, 2015 7:00 a.m.

A federal budget on auto-pilot

President Obama’s proposed federal budget for 2016 envisions never-ending growth of federal spending.

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Posted: feb. 07, 2015 6:40 p.m. | Updated: feb. 08, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Belton: Weighing the major issues

This week budget committees in the General Assembly have been working on a balanced budget. Believe it or not a balanced budget is the only Constitutional requirement of Georgia’s General Assembly.

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Posted: jan. 31, 2015 4:16 p.m. | Updated: feb. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Defense against demagogues

When gasoline sold at record prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said, “I think it’s time to say to these people, ‘Stop ripping off the American people.’” When the average price of regular gas was close to $4 a gallon, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called for Congress to look into breaking up giant oil companies. The claim was that “Wall Street greed (was) fueling high gas prices.”

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Posted: jan. 31, 2015 4:17 p.m. | Updated: feb. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.

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