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No gazebo for now

The city council this week put a stake through the grand idea of a Gazebo being built on the town square.

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

GOP elitists look down on tea party

I’m tired of the arrogant elitism by so-called conservatives, conservatives of expedience and the misguided who are conservative, but who sometimes embrace populace idiocy.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2014 8:23 p.m. | Updated: apr. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Sweet memories

I was driving between Covington and Rockdale the other day and listening to one of the “oldies” stations when the song “Moon River” played, which got me reminiscing about my first date.

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Posted: apr. 19, 2014 9:07 p.m. | Updated: apr. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Equality in Discipline

George Leef, director of research for the North Carolina-based John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, authored a Forbes op-ed article titled “Obama Administration Takes Groupthink To Absurd Lengths.” The subtitle is “School Discipline Rates Must Be ‘Proportionate.’” Let’s examine some of the absurdity of the Obama administration’s take on student discipline.

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Posted: apr. 19, 2014 9:11 p.m. | Updated: apr. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Happy Easter

Today we celebrate Easter; so, sure it is a day that there will be plenty of chocolate candy in the house and decorated eggs in the yard.

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Posted: apr. 19, 2014 9:13 p.m. | Updated: apr. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Crime

There were two crime briefs that were in Wednesday’s edition of the paper that deserve mention.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2014 8:12 p.m. | Updated: apr. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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.

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