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The Miracle of Mary

For those of us of the baby boomer age, the truth is that we’ve had the opportunity to be a part of a lot of positive changes in this world. I am sure that most of us can look back and say that we have really enjoyed our lives.

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Updated: jun. 21, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Williams: Do blacks need favors?

Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. During the act’s legislative debate, then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey, responding to predictions, promised, “I’ll eat my hat if this leads to racial quotas.” I don’t know whether Humphrey got around to keeping his promise, but here’s my question: Is it within the capacity of black Americans to make it in this society without the special favors variously called racial preferences, quotas, affirmative action and race-sensitive policies? What might a “yes” answer to that question assume and imply about blacks? Likewise, what would a “no ...

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Posted: jul. 26, 2014 4:01 p.m. | Updated: jul. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: Be fair and impartial

There was an unfortunate incident in our community last week where a man for reasons unknown at this time was seen in a quiet community wielding a sword of some type, harassing passing cars and trash cans.

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Posted: jul. 26, 2014 4:02 p.m. | Updated: jul. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on recent local news items

The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.

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Posted: jul. 24, 2014 7:28 p.m. | Updated: jul. 24, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter from C.M. Brandenburg

Dear editor,

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Posted: jul. 24, 2014 7:27 p.m. | Updated: jul. 24, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter from J. Virgil Costley

Dear editor,

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Posted: jul. 24, 2014 7:26 p.m. | Updated: jul. 24, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cohen: A fight for Israel’s existence

Israel fought its first war, in 1948, against five Arab nations — Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan — as well as the Palestinians. In the prediction of the fairly new CIA, the outcome was never in doubt: “Without substantial outside aid in terms of manpower and material, they [the Jews] will be able to hold out no longer than two years.” It has now been 66 years, but I fear that sooner or later, the CIA’s conclusion could turn out to be right.

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Posted: jul. 24, 2014 7:25 p.m. | Updated: jul. 24, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Ellwanger: Let's come up with a plan that fits our community

Dear Editor,

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 5:54 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Ramsey: Power of the press to do good

Dear editor,

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 5:55 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Davis-Viniard: Thanks to Partners in Education

Dear editor,

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 5:56 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It’s time for a change on the 2050 Plan — both to the document itself and officials’ approach in presenting it to the public.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 5:50 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Johnson: Getting on the same page of the 2050 Plan

Last week I attended two informal meetings of citizens and two Chamber of Commerce moderated meetings on the 2050 Plan and a meeting on the Highway 278 Community Improvement District. I came away with an appreciation of just how similar is the end result most of us want for Newton County and yet how distant are the means that we would employ to accomplish that end.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 5:52 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cavanaugh: Dream home to house from hell

I wrote this some time ago. With so many folks in the same boat as I was in those early days of my adulthood, I thought you might get a chuckle from my young eager mistakes:

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 4:37 p.m. | Updated: jul. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter to the Editor: The Mansfield 2050 meeting: Confusion, conflict

Yes, I am a rocket scientist specializing in deep space propulsion. However that is no asset when it comes to understanding the reason for the extreme “Plan.” I would like to point out that the sessions are unlike anything I have ever experienced due to the fact there are no objective points made by the presenters. It is like, “Hey, it’s all good!” And we know better than that.

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 4:58 p.m. | Updated: jul. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter to the Editor: What I Like About The 2050 Plan…..So far

The 2050 Plan gives us, the citizens of Newton County, a chance to control our own destiny, rather than leaving future growth and development up to those whose primary interest is lining their own pockets. It gives us a chance, as a community, to unite behind a shared vision of what our county should be in the future. Over the past decade, our local governments, school system and water and sewage department have struggled to deal with the adverse effects of accelerated growth and poor development practices. Our residents have been subjected to the undue stress resulting from overburdened services ...

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 4:48 p.m. | Updated: jul. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 4:41 p.m. | Updated: jul. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cushman: Virtues require underlying framework

This summer has served as a reminder to me about the virtue of virtues, specifically hard work and perseverance. Last winter, our 12-year-old son, Robert, was accepted into an honors performance group as a string bass player, based on his teacher’s recommendation and an MP3 submission of his playing. In May, he was sent four pieces of music to master by late June, when he was to perform them in New York.

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Posted: jul. 17, 2014 6:13 p.m. | Updated: jul. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on voting

We realize that voting Tuesday, four full days away, is the farthest thing from your mind right now. But you need to make it first in your mind.

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Posted: jul. 17, 2014 6:14 p.m. | Updated: jul. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Williams: Spending and morality

During last year’s budget negotiation meetings, President Barack Obama told House Speaker John Boehner, “We don’t have a spending problem.” When Boehner responded with “But, Mr. President, we have a very serious spending problem,” Obama replied, “I’m getting tired of hearing you say that.” In one sense, the president is right. What’s being called a spending problem is really a symptom of an unappreciated deep-seated national moral rot. Let’s examine it with a few questions.

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Posted: jul. 17, 2014 6:14 p.m. | Updated: jul. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter to the editor: A wildlifer’s look at the 2050 Plan

While Newton County has an identity, Oak Hill, Oxford, Porterdale, Covington and Mansfield all have their own unique personalities. The people from these communities and the rural lands in between are from somewhere – somewhere with its own identity. Have you ever asked yourself where places like Clarkston, Lithonia, Doraville and other such “towns” start and stop? Folks of my vintage will remember a song from 1974 by the Atlanta Rhythm Section with the lyrics, “Doraville, Touch of country in the city.” Really? Exactly where is that “touch?”

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

Initial 2050 Plan meeting crash and burn

Not a single person, citizen, taxpayer, landowner who spoke or asked questions during the meeting sounded positive in any way, shape, form or fashion about any part of this proposal. With little to go on, these local people shot holes in the plan from almost every angle anyway.

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Posted: jul. 15, 2014 5:57 p.m. | Updated: jul. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Yarbrough: The job of waxing poetic can be quite frenetic

“I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

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Posted: jul. 15, 2014 5:55 p.m. | Updated: jul. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Locals speak out at 2050 hearing

The first public hearing for the 2050 Plan was held Monday night, giving the public an opportunity to let themselves be heard.

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Posted: jul. 15, 2014 5:53 p.m. | Updated: jul. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cohen: Conservatives will buy anything

They had a term for her, but I’ve forgotten it. It was a name applied to a person who could not say no to a door-to-door salesman. The one I remember from my brief career selling magazines was totally upfront about her intentions. “I’ll buy whatever you’re selling,” she said. I sold her Esquire and two other subscriptions. Salesmen back then had a name for such people. Today, I would call them conservatives. They, too, will buy anything.

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Posted: jul. 15, 2014 5:53 p.m. | Updated: jul. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Rasmussen: Political language, not Watergate, to blame for public distrust of government

In his weekly column for CNN.com, Julian Zelizer makes a reasonable case that “Distrustful Americans still live in age of Watergate.” In his eyes, this helps explain why the president’s health care law and other initiatives have encountered so much resistance.

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 6:38 p.m. | Updated: jul. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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