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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.

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The audacity of arrogance

In the week following the shellacking of his party in the midterm elections, one might think that President Barack Obama would be conciliatory and humble. Instead, he has continued to be audacious — but with arrogance rather than hope.

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Posted: nov. 15, 2014 6:17 p.m. | Updated: nov. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Politics from the bottom up drives reform

In the wake of the midterm elections, many are now speculating about what will happen to President Obama’s health care law with a Republican Senate. However, all the partisan talk misses the point. In America, change does not come from politicians. It comes from the American people and the popular culture.

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Posted: nov. 15, 2014 6:24 p.m. | Updated: nov. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Bear Creek Reservoir: What should we do now?

Dear editor,

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Posted: nov. 15, 2014 7:28 p.m. | Updated: nov. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Dear Newton citizens: Thank you

Dear Newton citizens,

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Posted: nov. 15, 2014 7:31 p.m.

Republican gains deep and wide

Little noticed by the Washington press corps is the extent of the Republican State legislative gains in Election 2014. A quick trip to the enormously informative Ballotpedia.org website provides the numbers that the DC reporters overlooked.

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Posted: nov. 08, 2014 7:12 p.m. | Updated: nov. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Now, it's about governing not politics

Part of the allure and fascination of politics is that you don’t know what’s going to happen until election night is over and all the votes have been counted. It is real-life, high-stakes drama. In the 1970s, it was volunteers who would call in the vote tallies from the precincts. They would be written on the blackboard and the totals calculated as the votes were called in.

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Posted: nov. 08, 2014 7:15 p.m. | Updated: nov. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Thank you

“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death!”

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Posted: nov. 08, 2014 7:16 p.m. | Updated: nov. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Scholar-athlete charade

Last year’s column “Dishonest Educators” (1/9/2013) reported on the largest school cheating scandal in U.S. history. In more than three-quarters of the 56 Atlanta schools investigated, teachers changed student answers on academic achievement tests. Cheating orders came directly from school administrators. The cheating was brazen. One teacher told a colleague, “I had to give your kids, or your students, the answers because they’re dumb as hell.” Atlanta’s not alone. Teacher cheating has been discovered in other cities, such as Philadelphia, Houston, New York, Detroit, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Washington.

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Posted: nov. 08, 2014 7:17 p.m. | Updated: nov. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Peace before sunset

Last week a neighbor friend passed on to his own personal sunset.

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Posted: nov. 08, 2014 7:20 p.m.

To Jack Harwell

Jack Harwell is Covington, Georgia — Covington, Georgia, is Jack Harwell.

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Posted: nov. 08, 2014 7:18 p.m.

Some Sunday thoughts

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”

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Posted: nov. 01, 2014 5:47 p.m.

Cushman: Getting stuff done

Prognosticators are predicting a Republican takeover of the United States Senate, and a pickup of a few seats in the House of Representatives. Driven in large part by the unpopularity of President Barack Obama (latest Gallup poll 42 percent approve, 53 percent disapprove of Obama), this potential change in control provides both an opportunity and a risk for Republicans.

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Posted: nov. 01, 2014 5:46 p.m.

Rasmussen: Election 2014 in context

Political pundits often miss the forest for the trees, and it’s amazing how things look when you pause for a moment to look at the broader context of the 2014 midterm elections. The short-term discussion among political junkies is all about whether Republicans can win control of the Senate and just how many seats they will win.

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Posted: nov. 01, 2014 5:45 p.m.

Williams: Africa, A Tragic Continent

Here’s how my Aug. 11, 2003, column began: “Anyone who believes President Bush’s Africa initiative, including sending U.S. troops to Liberia, will amount to more than a hill of beans is whistling Dixie. Maybe it’s overly pessimistic, but most of Africa is a continent without much hope for its people.” More than a decade has passed since that assessment, and little has changed to suggest a more optimistic outlook. Now Ebola threatens the very existence of the West African nations Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Moreover, the deadly disease is likely to spread to neighboring nations.

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Posted: nov. 01, 2014 5:44 p.m.

Dear Fellow Covingtonians,

Have you ever felt like you were in a movie? Meaning that everything was so perfect that it couldn’t actually be really happening? Halloween in Covington is like that.

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Posted: nov. 01, 2014 5:43 p.m.

Yarbrough: A salute to one trying to make this a better world

A wise man once said that our only reason for occupying space on this earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will. Len Pagano is an exception.

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Posted: nov. 01, 2014 5:42 p.m.

Africa: A tragic continent

Here's how my Aug. 11, 2003, column began: "Anyone who believes President Bush's Africa initiative, including sending U.S. troops to Liberia, will amount to more than a hill of beans is whistling Dixie. Maybe it's overly pessimistic, but most of Africa is a continent without much hope for its people." More than a decade has passed since that assessment, and little has changed to suggest a more optimistic outlook. Now Ebola threatens the very existence of the West African nations Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Moreover, the deadly disease is likely to spread to neighboring nations.

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Posted: oct. 27, 2014 11:11 a.m.

The power of positive beliefs

My mother was diagnosed with uterine cancer in the mid-1970s, when I was in grammar school. Her goal, at that time, was to stay alive to see my older sister Kathy and me graduate from high school. She neither dwelled on the disease, nor on why she was stricken with it, but instead focused on getting rid of the cancer and living for her two daughters.

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 11:52 a.m. | Updated: oct. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: Dirty Politics

Throughout the generations, whenever there has been an election, there has been some form of dirty politics used to sway the voters mind.

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 11:54 a.m. | Updated: oct. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Ben Bradlee was a leader and a friend

Ben Bradlee would not have liked me to say so, but he was the living refutation of the Declaration of Independence: All men are not created equal. Certainly, he was not. He was born rich and well-connected, a member of the WASP tribe that once ran much of America and nearly all of its prestigious institutions. He was compellingly handsome and so smart that no crossword puzzle could really challenge him. It’s not that he didn’t have a weakness. He did. He was a sucker for the underdog.

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 11:56 a.m. | Updated: oct. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Embarrassing economists

So as to give some perspective, I’m going to ask readers for their guesses about human behavior before explaining my embarrassment by some of my fellow economists.

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 11:58 a.m. | Updated: oct. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter: A misstep on Bear Creek could mean higher taxes and utility costs

Dear editor

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Updated: oct. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter: A misstep on Bear Creek could mean higher taxes and utility costs

Dear editor

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Updated: oct. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Gov. Deal pledges 'everything on the table' public education reform

Last week Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 4:53 p.m.

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