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Baptists and Bootleggers:

It’s apparent to anyone willing to look that a wide gap has grown between a Washington/Wall Street political class and the nation they want to rule. Less clear to many is the reason why.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 5:01 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2015 5:00 a.m.

‘A great week for the children’

It was a great week for the children of Georgia. Not only did my bill to protect teenage girls from having their phone number put on a pornographic website (“Kelsey’s Law”) pass unanimously, but a Cyber Bullying measure by my fellow Newton delegate Rep. Pam Dickerson also passed. Overall, there were many bills to protect children including the “Hidden Predator Act” which lengthens the amount of time a victim may bring a sexual abuse perpetrator to civil court. This bill moves Georgia from the fourth worst in the nation to where most states are now. There was also a ...

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 5:03 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Our thoughts: Election smearing

There has begun a stirring of potential political candidates for the 2016 election, we know this because already there is already a sense of mud being mixed in order to smear folks.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 5:05 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Letter from the Mayor

Dear City of Covington Residents,

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 5:04 p.m.

County water issues remain “muddy”

Dear editor,

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 5:03 p.m.

Crossover day marks progress

I am honored to announce that my first bill, known as “Kelsey’s Law,” passed the House by a unanimous vote. Originally sponsored by my fellow Newton County delegation member, Representative Pam Dickerson, it will protect teenage girls from a form of cyber bullying. This occurred to brave Kelsey Upton, a resident of Oxford, who courageously helped fellow innocent teens by fighting this malicious injustice. Representative Dickerson also authored another anti-cyber bullying bill that I heartily support. It should be voted on during Crossover Day.

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Posted: mar. 14, 2015 8:26 p.m. | Updated: mar. 15, 2015 7:00 a.m.

A proud Irishman, a proud day

Tuesday is St. Patrick’s Day, a day celebrated throughout the land with parades and merriment and music. In Conyers there is a parade and the world’s shortest run. The parade begins at 4:30 the run at 5 p.m.

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Posted: mar. 14, 2015 8:31 p.m. | Updated: mar. 15, 2015 5:00 a.m.

A letter from Mayor Johnston

Dear City of Covington Residents,

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Posted: mar. 14, 2015 8:39 p.m. | Updated: mar. 15, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Make your voice heard on landfill

The Newton County Board of Commissioners agreed Thursday to postpone a vote on a contentious landfill settlement after several hundred citizens turned out to voice their opposition to an overly hasty resolution.

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Posted: mar. 14, 2015 8:32 p.m. | Updated: mar. 15, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Pitch in

If in your travels around the Newton Community and the Social Circle community and you have been ashamed to see the trash that litters our highways and byways, next Saturday is your chance to not only get involved but in the process do something positive for our communities.

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Posted: mar. 14, 2015 8:40 p.m. | Updated: mar. 15, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Close the gap

Dear Editor,

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Posted: mar. 14, 2015 8:35 p.m.

Let’s even the playing field for high school sports

Dear Editor,

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Posted: mar. 14, 2015 8:29 p.m.

Thank you for your service

To the Editor:

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Posted: mar. 14, 2015 8:29 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Where's the transparency?

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia is once again trying to get the state’s General Assembly to make it harder for Georgia’s residents to keep up with what is going on in the governments they support.

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Posted: mar. 07, 2015 2:44 p.m. | Updated: mar. 08, 2015 5:00 a.m.

One Newton County

Dear Editor,

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Posted: mar. 07, 2015 2:48 p.m. | Updated: mar. 08, 2015 2:30 a.m.

Landfill flashback to 2050

Dear Editor,

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Posted: mar. 07, 2015 2:52 p.m. | Updated: mar. 08, 2015 1:30 a.m.

Facing the cost of the world’s most powerful military

Two-thirds of all federal spending is consumed by just three program areas: Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid and National Defense. Because these programs consume most of the budget and are responsible for most of the annual spending increases, there is simply no way to regain control of federal spending without addressing these programs.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:32 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.

The cancer of multiculturalism

President Barack Obama surprised many at the National Prayer Breakfast when he lectured us, “Lest we get on our high horse and think this (barbarity) is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” Obama went on to explain, “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often (were) justified in the name of Christ.” In Obama’s mind, Western outrage at Islamic barbarism should be tempered by the remembrance of what Christians did a thousand years ago in the name of Christ. Plus ...

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:25 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.

TRUTH matters

A New York Times article this past Tuesday titled, “Teenage Girl Leaves for ISIS, and Others Follow,” by Kimiko[1] de Freytas-Tamura, struck close to home for me. The three young women who left London to enlist in ISIS in Syria were 16, 15 and 15.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:29 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Belton: AP history test ‘lengthy, partisan, leftist’

A disturbing turn of events has occurred with the new Advanced Placement History Test. The AP has been around since 1956, offering high school students the opportunity to gain college credit by taking a very difficult class and passing a very difficult test. Unfortunately, the College Board (the same folks who write the SAT) has suddenly created a biased and left-leaning test.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:31 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Our thoughts: Proud of our Rams

Courage is inner power to make you fight for your very existence and trying, when you know you may lose. Courage and determination makes a fighter.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:29 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Everyday Mother Memories

Earlier this week, my sister Kathy called me, “Am I correct in thinking that Mom used to send us little kid Valentine’s like the ones school children use?”

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 2:32 p.m. | Updated: feb. 22, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Belton: 1/3 of the way through and little passed

We are more than a third of the way through the legislative session, and it seems like we’ve passed very little legislation. Some might say that is a good thing … the less laws we pass, the less trouble we can make for the people of Georgia. In any case, we have 25 days left, with the session scheduled to end on the April 2.

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 2:24 p.m. | Updated: feb. 22, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Don't give up for Lent, just give

The official start of the Lenten season began this past week and we have heard many of our friends and colleagues talking about what they were going to give up for the 40 days leading up to the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 3:00 p.m. | Updated: feb. 22, 2015 6:00 a.m.

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