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The Color of Georgia

My father, Newt Gingrich, ran for congress in rural, west, middle Georgia in 1974. At the time, Georgia was dominated by the Democratic Party, there were few Republicans in the state and Watergate was in full swing. Somehow, against this headwind, he managed to garner 49 percent of the vote. He never stopped running, waking up the day after the election to shake hands at the Ford Factory as their shift changed.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2014 8:21 p.m. | Updated: apr. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Rand Paul’s amateur hour

Not to put too fine a point on it, but what has Rand Paul ever done? Oh, sure, he’s a member of the U.S. Senate, but only a freshman, and it’s the only political office he has ever held. He’s an ophthalmologist, a father, a husband and the son of Ron Paul, who used to run for president. So now it is son Rand who is doing so. Aside from family tradition, the question is why?

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Posted: apr. 17, 2014 8:14 p.m.

Election

An important primary election is coming up on May 20.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2014 7:45 p.m. | Updated: apr. 16, 2014 12:40 p.m.

Needing to remember what Easter is all about

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2014 7:51 p.m. | Updated: apr. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Remove the splinter, change the climate

A front page article in Sunday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution discussed the fate of former Atlanta School Superintendent Beverly Hall and her impending trial.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2014 7:49 p.m. | Updated: apr. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The troubling legacies of racism and crony capitalism

Conservatives and liberals had entirely different reactions to the recent confrontation between Attorney General Eric Holder and Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert. After the event, Holder expressed his view that no previous attorney general or president had ever had to deal with such treatment and that the reason had to do with race. Gohmert, on the other hand, said he was just performing congressional oversight because he didn’t think Holder was doing his job.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2014 7:49 p.m. | Updated: apr. 15, 2014 9:00 p.m.

Lies and more lies

It’s no wonder that a majority of the American people think that our legislators, and the people they appoint to run commissions and the like, are morally deficit in the art of telling the truth.

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Posted: apr. 12, 2014 3:45 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

How to Assist Evil

“Engineering Evil” is a documentary recently shown on the Military History channel. It’s a story of Nazi Germany’s murder campaign before and during World War II. According to some estimates, 16 million Jews and other people died at the hands of Nazis.

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Posted: apr. 12, 2014 3:46 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Time in a bottle

If you are considered to be the first of the baby boomers you are in your 60’s.

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Posted: apr. 12, 2014 3:48 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

More presence

You might have wondered why you are seeing more police cars on city streets and in your neighborhood in Covington.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2014 6:29 p.m. | Updated: apr. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m.

In response to Terri Kimble Fullerton’s “Are service clubs outdated?”

Dear Editor,

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

Rumsfeld's battle with truth

There is a moment, a mere moment, when Donald Rumsfeld’s eyes well up and he chokes a bit. This comes in Errol Morris’ documentary “The Unknown Known,” in which Rumsfeld mentions visiting the wounded of the Iraq War. It is then that we get a glance at the man behind the word-playing frat boy who should not be able to sleep at night but from all the evidence does -- soundly. Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living. Maybe. But in Rumsfeld’s case, it is certainly worth watching.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2014 6:22 p.m. | Updated: apr. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Good decision

We are more than glad to see that county officials have come to an agreement to put a 60-day moratorium on future requests for development and zoning for the Salem Road area.

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Posted: apr. 08, 2014 8:21 p.m. | Updated: apr. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

For sure

You know it’s for sure springtime in Covington as the local Y prepares for the 13th annual Cheerios Challenge.

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Posted: apr. 08, 2014 8:22 p.m. | Updated: apr. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

65 million reasons for optimism

I am an optimist. I believe that America’s best days are still to come and today’s children will live a life far better than their parents and grandparents.

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Posted: apr. 08, 2014 8:17 p.m. | Updated: apr. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Child abuse and neglect need to be priority

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don’t like to think about, let alone write about and you would probably just as soon not hear about. But it is there and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.

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Posted: apr. 08, 2014 8:18 p.m. | Updated: apr. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Unladylike Black Girls Is Not Cultural Norm

The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming new book, which as yet is untitled.

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Posted: apr. 06, 2014 12:22 a.m.

Recent thoughts stir up flashback with immigration

There was a story on the news recently that the Obama administration is freeing almost as many illegal immigrants as they are rounding up on our western boarders.

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Posted: apr. 06, 2014 12:18 a.m.

Here we go again

In the last few weeks, we expressed our viewpoint on the bad use of social media, and especially using it behind amenity.

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Posted: apr. 06, 2014 12:16 a.m.

Light at the end of the tunnel

Where are we today in Newton County? Are we better off today than we were five years ago?

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Posted: apr. 03, 2014 5:42 p.m. | Updated: apr. 03, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The shame of General Motors

He was known as “Engine Charlie.” And while Charles Erwin Wilson was both the longtime president of General Motors and Dwight D. Eisenhower’s secretary of defense, he has come to a deserved rest in Bartlett’s for saying, “What is good for the country is good for General Motors, and what’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” I couldn’t agree more. What would be good for both is if the proper parties are condemned to drive the cars they made.

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Posted: apr. 03, 2014 5:41 p.m. | Updated: apr. 03, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The Final Quarter

Our two children are into the second week of their final quarter of the school year. Warm weather, longer days and budding plants are pushing their thoughts toward summer. For them, summer equates to vacation, travel, sleeping late and the absence of homework, quizzes and tests.

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Posted: apr. 03, 2014 5:40 p.m. | Updated: apr. 03, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Credit card theft

Last week there was a big to-do about the possibility that credit card information was stolen from some customers of a local restaurant, the Mystic Grill. Our first message is there is no proof that employees or management of the restaurant did anything wrong in processing the credit cards.

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Posted: apr. 01, 2014 6:16 p.m. | Updated: apr. 01, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Irritating liberals and conservatives in same week is not easy

Even by my impossibly high standards, this has been a good week. It began with a whack upside the head from a reader in South Georgia after I opined that those who want to change the way we teach our children in public schools ought to have their kids in public schools. I was referring to the efforts led by Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) to overturn the Common Core curriculum in the recent legislative session.

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Posted: apr. 01, 2014 6:15 p.m. | Updated: apr. 01, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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