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Depressed journalists are depressing nation

I am far more pessimistic about our political system than most Americans. At the same time, I am very optimistic about the future of our nation. That may seem like an odd combination to some, but I am optimistic because I recognize that Washington, D.C., does not lead the nation.

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Posted: apr. 25, 2015 12:25 p.m. | Updated: apr. 26, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Consciously sidelining ourselves

Though Wal-Mart remains fixed in the American conscience as Sam Walton’s business, it is less and less that. Walton was folksy and relatable to the Americans who shopped at Wal-Mart. Everyone could imagine Sam Walton shopping there, too. But over the years, Wal-Mart’s management has passed out of the direct hands of Walton’s family.

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Posted: apr. 25, 2015 12:26 p.m. | Updated: apr. 26, 2015 5:00 a.m.

We need help on McGibboney Road

Dear editor,

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Posted: apr. 25, 2015 12:26 p.m. | Updated: apr. 26, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Thank you

Dear editor,

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Posted: apr. 25, 2015 12:27 p.m. | Updated: apr. 26, 2015 4:00 a.m.

Ellis’s removal of Neuhierl

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Posted: apr. 11, 2015 8:07 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Give the citizens committee a chance

Dear commissioners,

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Posted: apr. 11, 2015 8:08 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

First session finishes with a flourish

The last day of my first session was thrilling and exhausting. I worked from 7 in the morning to midnight to get “Kelsey’s Law” over the finish line. Only 13 minutes remained before the official “Sine Die” when all work must cease until next year. But I am incredibly grateful that my work, and the work of Newton Representatives Pam Dickerson and Doug Holt before me, finally came to fruition after four long years. More importantly, I am humbled to be just a small part of courageous Kelsey’s fight to protect fellow teenage girls.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2015 8:10 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Columnist no ‘Playtoe,’ but irked by lack of respect

Fortune Magazine has announced its list of the World’s Greatest Leaders for 2015 and would you believe that I got snubbed again this year?

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Posted: apr. 11, 2015 8:12 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Gay rights movement is totalitarian

The gay rights movement has tended to be a well-choreographed stage production over the last number of decades. Over time, behind the scenes, they pushed hard for gay characters in film and television. They pushed gay actors out of the closet and encouraged celebrations of diversity.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2015 8:13 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Technology will trump ‘Bootleggers’ mentality

In recent weeks, I’ve written about how the “Bootleggers and Baptists” dynamic corrupts regulatory politics. Bruce Yandle developed this concept decades ago. He observed that Prohibition became reality because Baptists wanted people to stop drinking while the ban on legal alcohol put money in the Bootlegger’s pockets. The do-gooders succeeded only because the money-grubbers joined their effort.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2015 8:14 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Our thoughts: Newton can be a model

There is no question that we are suffering from a general lack of quality leadership in Newton County at this time. Can that be turned around? We think so, but it is going to take our current leadership to be willing to communicate and cooperate with other community officials to start the process.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2015 8:16 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Living through the times

It seems every day now some famous personality or former friend has passed away and at 68 it makes me think sometimes of my own mortality.

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 6:41 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2015 5:00 a.m.

GE and America’s corporate bootleggers

I recently highlighted an important book that describes how politics really works. “Bootleggers and Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics,” by Adam Smith and Bruce Yandle, showed that prohibition became reality because it appeared to satisfy both Baptists and Bootleggers.

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 6:44 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2015 5:00 a.m.

The weekend that changed the world

Approximately 1,982 years ago, a man died. In fact, many men died that day. We know for sure of three men. Two were tied to crosses and crucified. One was nailed to the cross. Had that been the end of it, it would have just been like so many other Roman crucifixions. But, unbeknownst to most anyone at the time, the first Easter weekend would become the most important weekend in the history of the world.

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 6:45 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Newton Co. legislators busy with successful legislation

It was a great week for Newton County! I am ecstatic to tell you that “Haleigh’s Law,” the medical cannabis oil bill, passed both the House and Senate and was signed by the Governor this week. Also my bill, “Kelsey’s Law,” passed unanimously in the Senate near midnight on the last night. I was also very excited that Newton County Representative Pam Dickerson’s cyber-bullying law passed both the House and the Senate.

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 6:47 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Our thoughts: Celebrating Easter

Easter is early this year and that is appropriate because the renewal of the earth’s splendor has also arrived early.

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 6:48 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2015 5:00 a.m.

We need to focus on leadership

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 6:39 p.m.

Out Thoughts

Last week we ran on these pages an editorial that encouraged voters not to just vote for a candidate because they had a “D” or a “R” behind their name or to vote for a candidate because of the color of their skin.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 12:39 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 3:30 a.m.

Newspaper polls contradict voting message

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 12:49 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 3:00 a.m.

County employees deserve our full attention

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 12:45 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 2:00 a.m.

Growing jobs, investing in the community and trading squirrel pelts

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 1:01 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 2:00 a.m.

If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out

The headline to this story is an adage taught by journalism schools throughout the country. News is supposed to be based on facts and reported without bias. But alas, reporters are human and have biases, acknowledged or not. If they are blatant and obvious, then we can dismiss them out of hand, (example: Chris Matthews saying, “I felt this thrill going up my leg,” when listening to a speech given by then-presidential candidate Barack Obama).

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 1:06 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 2:00 a.m.

President Spock?

The death of Leonard Nimoy saddened millions of Trekkies around the world (including me). But it wasn’t just Trekkies who mourned. In the past month, it has become clear that Mr. Spock — the character Nimoy brought to life — had become a cultural icon extending far beyond the Trek universe.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 1:04 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Thankful for a new generation of committed Methodist ministers

I spent last week helping to assess a group of people for a job I couldn’t do if my life depended on it. Actually, what they were seeking is not a job; it is a calling. And my life here and in the hereafter depends on how well they do it.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 5:00 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2015 5:00 a.m.

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