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America Is poised for collapse

America stands on the very brink of collapse and I believe the indications are such that if she doesn’t collapse in my lifetime, she will in my son’s. If that scares you, it should. America is in trouble such as she has never experienced in her history and it is trouble of our own making.

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Updated: sep. 27, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Thanks

Covington has a history of having some outstanding fire chiefs run its fire departments.

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Posted: sep. 30, 2014 7:36 p.m. | Updated: sep. 30, 2014 7:36 p.m.

Missing the story on Patton

It’s a fortunate thing that Bill O’Reilly’s latest book, “Killing Patton,” was written by him and not someone else. In that case, O’Reilly would have taken the poor person apart, criticizing the book for its chaotic structure, for its considerable padding and for its repellent admiration of a war-loving martinet who fought the Nazis and really never understood why. George S. Patton stood almost shoulder to shoulder with them in his anti-Semitism -- not that O’Reilly seems to have noticed or, for that matter, mentioned in his book.

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Posted: sep. 30, 2014 7:36 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Honor

Dr. William Dobbs was not only a good man and a great, caring doctor, but he was also an honorable politician. It was the right thing for the City of Covington to honor the memory of this respected man, just four months after his death.

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Posted: sep. 30, 2014 7:35 p.m.

America Is poised for collapse

America stands on the very brink of collapse and I believe the indications are such that if she doesn’t collapse in my lifetime, she will in my son’s. If that scares you, it should. America is in trouble such as she has never experienced in her history and it is trouble of our own making.

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Posted: sep. 27, 2014 6:15 p.m. | Updated: sep. 27, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The ability to walk away is key to empowerment

Politicians like to talk about empowering the middle class or other segments of the voting population, but they’re typically a little fuzzy on what empowerment really means. That makes sense when you consider that elections are essentially about politicians asking to get power rather than share it.

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Posted: sep. 27, 2014 6:16 p.m. | Updated: sep. 27, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Manners

It’s become common for Newton County residents to see roads blocked off with filming equipment and tents set up hosting production company personnel, or to turn on their televisions and see the Covington Historic Courthouse or other familiar homegrown sights.

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Posted: sep. 27, 2014 6:17 p.m. | Updated: sep. 27, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The power of positive campaigning

With just under six weeks to the Nov. 4 Election Day, the pressure is on. With a Democratic sitting president with a low 44 percent approval rating, many Republican races across the nation are being run by tying the Democratic candidate to the president. In many cases, this might indeed create distaste for the Democratic candidate by the voters and lead to a Republican victory. But, with no clear path forward, who is to say that the voters won’t be just as disgruntled in a few years with Republicans?

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Posted: sep. 25, 2014 7:58 p.m. | Updated: sep. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

They are ruthless

“They are ruthless, single-minded and totally committed.” ­— British security adviser; Source: “The Times of London,” Aug. 16, 2006.

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Posted: sep. 25, 2014 7:59 p.m. | Updated: sep. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Curfew

Because we have no place for teens to hang out with their friends, such as a movie theater or a bowling alley, many of our Newton County teenagers visit local cities like Conyers to spend time with friends.

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Posted: sep. 25, 2014 8:00 p.m. | Updated: sep. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Thinning out the alternatives for Jekyll Islander

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. One day I am advising world leaders on the nuances of international monetary policy. The next day I am consoling a distraught reader who thinks I need to “look within myself spiritually.” The last time I looked within myself, I saw my navel. It was full of lint. Never again.

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Posted: sep. 23, 2014 7:21 p.m.

A policy developed in spurts

Of all the experts I have read or consulted lately about the situation in the Middle East, the one who made the most sense was quoted recently in The New York Times. She’s Jennifer Shelton-Armstrong, identified as a 45-year-old Democrat in Mission Viejo, California, who participated in a poll about President Obama’s handling of foreign policy and terrorism. This is what she said: “He is ambivalent, and I think it shows. There is no clear plan.”

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Posted: sep. 23, 2014 7:20 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Beauty

In spite of all the recent political upheaval in the county and the back-channel threats of more to come, Newton County is still a beautiful place to live.

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Posted: sep. 23, 2014 7:19 p.m.

An exhausting retirement

I have a friend who recently retired.

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Posted: sep. 20, 2014 5:39 p.m. | Updated: sep. 20, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: Manners

When you’re paid by taxpayers, be nice to those taxpayers.

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Posted: sep. 20, 2014 5:46 p.m. | Updated: sep. 20, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The tech-inspired future of education

In 21st-century America, hope and change comes from tech-inspired entrepreneurs.

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Posted: sep. 20, 2014 5:46 p.m. | Updated: sep. 20, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Kissinger’s support for Israel runs deep

At the age of 91, Henry Kissinger has published yet another book — his 17th in 60 years, according to his biographer Walter Isaacson. In that sense, “World Order” is something of a miracle, but it is also a swell read. So, I initially thought, was a review of it in The New York Times by John Micklethwait, the editor-in-chief of the admirable Economist magazine — and I praised it to him in an email. A bit later, I did a double-take. I still like the book, but Micklethwait’s review is a different matter.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 9:51 p.m. | Updated: sep. 16, 2014 9:58 p.m.

Trying to find the positives in this world can be a negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week’s column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. “Surely, you can find some positive things to write about,” she said, “and temporarily take people’s minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that.”

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 9:48 p.m. | Updated: sep. 16, 2014 9:55 p.m.

Our thoughts: The Square

Covington’s Square Park, which has become world renown because of the movie industry that is attracted to its uniqueness, has recently been spruced up by the city of Covington. This valuable piece of earth has been one of the main reasons the city’s tax base has remained fairly consistent when other municipalities have suffered loss of tax dollars.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 9:46 p.m. | Updated: sep. 16, 2014 9:52 p.m.

Favors and Loot for Sale

At a July fundraising event in Chicago, Mrs. Michelle Obama remarked, “So, yeah, there’s too much money in politics. There’s (sic) special interests that have too much influence.” Sen. John McCain has been complaining for years that “there is too much money washing around political campaigns today.” According to a 2012 Reuters poll, “Seventy-five percent of Americans feel there is too much money in politics.” Let’s think about money in politics, but first a few facts.

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Posted: sep. 13, 2014 4:21 p.m. | Updated: sep. 13, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Health Care Law is Obama’s Gift to GOP for 2016

President Obama’s health care law is the gift that keeps on giving to the GOP.

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Posted: sep. 13, 2014 4:21 p.m. | Updated: sep. 13, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Amazing

The Ray Rice incident is an example of what’s wrong with our new American society in so many ways.

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Posted: sep. 13, 2014 4:22 p.m. | Updated: sep. 13, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: Threats

Last week we ran a story that certain leaders of our large African-American community would call for a public march if their concerns about the Board of Commissioners’ decision to strip Commissioner J.C. Henderson of many of his committee assignments was not properly addressed.

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Posted: sep. 13, 2014 4:23 p.m. | Updated: sep. 13, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Too much

The congressman who represents most of us here in Newton County is Hank Johnson, who in reality is elected for us by the voters of DeKalb County, his home base.

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Posted: sep. 11, 2014 8:28 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 ...

While my thoughts should be remembering the attack on our country 13 years ago, they are on the headlines of this paper two days ago…

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Posted: sep. 11, 2014 8:27 p.m.

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