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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.

Media miss the real news of the week

This past week, one of the world’s most famous and influential men made a major announcement concerning our global future. But you might have missed it because America’s national news media was obsessing over President Obama’s State of the Union address.

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Posted: jan. 24, 2015 2:02 p.m. | Updated: jan. 25, 2015 1:30 a.m.

A Speech, a President, Unbounded by Reality

Enthusiastic, entertaining, energized and eminent, President Obama’s demeanor and delivery at the State of the Union belied his political reality. Unbowed, unbroken and possibly unaffected by the recent midterm Republican wave, Obama displayed his great skill by delivering an emotional teleprompter-driven speech that was a throwback to his first election. Varying tempo, pitch, passion and inflection, his speech was more a theatrical performance than a delivery of a prewritten, pre-released text.

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Posted: jan. 24, 2015 2:12 p.m. | Updated: jan. 25, 2015 1:30 a.m.

Will the West defend itself?

Leftists and progressives believe that the U.S. should become more like Europe. They praise Europe’s massive welfare state, socialized medicine and stifling economic regulation and accept its unwillingness to defend itself against barbarism. I wonder whether America’s leftists and progressives want to import some of Europe’s barbaric extremism associated with its Muslim population.

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Posted: jan. 24, 2015 2:19 p.m. | Updated: jan. 25, 2015 1:30 a.m.

If it's broke, you should fix it

This week the Newton County Water Authority said it wants to sit down with the county and work on a solution to a problem before taking on a new venture. We believe this meeting should happen.

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Posted: jan. 24, 2015 2:18 p.m. | Updated: jan. 25, 2015 1:30 a.m.

HB1

Dear editor,

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 4:35 p.m. | Updated: jan. 18, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Mr. Tommy Craig

Dear editor,

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 4:36 p.m. | Updated: jan. 18, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Dreaming of a 39-21-46

Our 18-year-old granddaughter is living with us again as she goes to school, and I love having her. It reminds me of the time she was a baby living with us, and she was the love of my life — besides Molly, of course — and I took her everywhere. I packed her on my back as I covered meetings, we visited Disneyland every week, I decked her out in Disney clothes, we rode every mall merry-go-round in Southern California, we watched some of the most God-awful movies together — the adventures of Lava Boy being the worst — we enjoyed our evening walks ...

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 4:58 p.m. | Updated: jan. 18, 2015 8:00 a.m.

Belton: Wading through the first week

My first week of legislative “work” is complete, and it has been a whirlwind. It is hard to imagine how any person can meet so many people and deal with so many issues so quickly. Luckily, I have a very good mentor in former Representative Doug Holt who is helping me wade through the distractions.

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 5:04 p.m. | Updated: jan. 18, 2015 8:00 a.m.

Our thoughts: Taking charge

Last week in our editorial about the reappointment for a year of county Attorney Tommy Craig we said that none of the commissioners gave a reason for voting for Craig.

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 5:09 p.m. | Updated: jan. 18, 2015 8:00 a.m.

Our thoughts: Congratulations Chamber

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual year-end banquet this past week.

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 5:05 p.m. | Updated: jan. 18, 2015 8:00 a.m.

Liberals’ use of black people, part II

Last week’s column focused on the ways liberals use blacks in pursuit of their leftist agenda, plus their demeaning attitudes toward black people. Most demeaning are their double standards. It was recently reported that Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the House majority whip, spoke at a 2002 gathering hosted by white supremacist leaders when he was a Louisiana state representative. Some are calling on Scalise to step down or for House Speaker John Boehner to fire him. There’s no claim that Scalise made racist statements.

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Posted: jan. 10, 2015 5:57 p.m. | Updated: jan. 10, 2015 5:59 p.m.

Our thoughts: Craig reappointment

The Newton County BOC held their first meeting of 2015 last week and among its agenda items was its annual appointments. One of those appointments was that of county attorney, and the reappointment was Tommy Craig.

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Posted: jan. 10, 2015 5:58 p.m. | Updated: jan. 10, 2015 5:58 p.m.

Our thoughts: Charlie Hebdo tragedy

Last week we were shocked by the violent attack on the office of a French satirical newspaper called Charlie Hebdo.

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Posted: jan. 10, 2015 6:02 p.m.

The Do-Something Congress

As members of the 114th Congress were sworn into office on Tuesday, their party affiliations described what happened last November: 246 of the 435 representatives and 54 of the 100 senators are Republican.

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Posted: jan. 10, 2015 6:01 p.m.

Obamacare and the Irritation Factor

As we enter 2015, the politics of the president’s health care law are little changed from last year or the year before, or any year since it was passed. The details change with the calendar, but year after year, the law remains a major drag on President Obama’s popularity and legacy.

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Posted: jan. 10, 2015 5:55 p.m.

Diet moderation, not diet extremism

Dear Editor,

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Posted: jan. 10, 2015 5:53 p.m.

New Year joy

New Year’s is the almost-perfect holiday (Christmas takes the blue ribbon). It’s a combination of reflecting, celebrating or possibly just being glad of getting rid of the old year — while at the same time looking forward to the potential and possibilities of the year to come. It’s the bridge between the past and present, where what has been done is over — but the future still looks bright, if a bit hazy.

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Posted: jan. 03, 2015 2:56 p.m.

Our thoughts: Hospital resolution

As we start the New Year we have a major dilemma facing us in in Newton County and that is the future of the Newton Medical Center.

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Posted: jan. 03, 2015 2:51 p.m. | Updated: jan. 03, 2015 2:54 p.m.

Potato Bowl already looking like the highmark for 2015

I had just returned from the local toxic waste site where I had disposed of my holiday fruit cakes and was busy cramming my Christmas tree down the garbage disposal (don’t ask), when I heard a knock at the door. I figured it was the Environmental Protection Agency coming to talk to me about polluting the toxic waste site with fruit cakes.

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Posted: jan. 03, 2015 2:57 p.m.

Getting your paper, rain or shine

The rain this past week certainly has been a blessing as a good rain always is, but for newspaper people in circulation, inclement weather has always been one big pain in the rear.

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Posted: jan. 03, 2015 2:50 p.m. | Updated: jan. 03, 2015 2:52 p.m.

No reappointment of Tommy Craig, please

Dear Editor,

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Posted: jan. 03, 2015 2:49 p.m.

A new naughty or nice list for the Newton County BOC

Dear Editor,

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Posted: jan. 03, 2015 2:51 p.m.

New Year’s Resolution

Dear Editor,

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Posted: dec. 27, 2014 3:45 p.m.

Our thoughts: 365 days later

We think it’s safe to say that for most people, 2014 was not the best of years. For those of you that it has been good for, we are pleased for you and hope 2015 is even better.

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Posted: dec. 27, 2014 3:38 p.m. | Updated: dec. 27, 2014 3:39 p.m.

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