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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.

So long ago, and yet so near

According to a Gallup Poll released this week, “Americans’ trust in the federal government to handle international problems has fallen to a record-low 43 percent, ... Separately, 40 percent of Americans say they have a ‘great deal’ or ‘fair amount’ of trust in the federal government to handle domestic problems, also the lowest Gallup has measured to date.” (Poll conducted September 4-7, 2014, with 1,017 adults, 95 percent confidence level, +/- 4 points).

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Posted: sep. 11, 2014 8:26 p.m.

Blacks should be angry with themselves

What is it that makes so many blacks so angry? What is it that makes so many of them blame the realities of life that beset everyone, e.g., debt, disappointment, etc., a result of their being black?

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Posted: sep. 11, 2014 8:25 p.m.

Henderson did it to himself

No one can question the fact that there were a lot of fireworks at the last Newton County Board of Commissioners public meeting.

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Posted: sep. 10, 2014 2:25 p.m.

Dalton State College a major player in area’s economic rebound

Remember the story of “The Little Engine That Could?” That could very well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of Northwest Georgia, not far from the Tennessee line.

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Posted: sep. 10, 2014 2:25 p.m.

Blind to the world’s broken windows

“All politics is local,” the late Speaker of the House Tip O’ Neill famously said. How right he was. The world today is suffering from the failure of President Obama to apply a school of law enforcement that happened to originate in O’Neill’s hometown, Boston, and goes by the moniker “broken windows.” The problem, simply stated, is that Obama was deaf to the sound of tinkling glass.

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Posted: sep. 10, 2014 2:22 p.m.

Robin Hood and the Digital Revolution

The lovable legend of Robin Hood with his band of Merry Men making life difficult for the Sheriff of Nottingham offers a great way to understand the politics of 21st century America.

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Posted: sep. 06, 2014 4:24 p.m. | Updated: sep. 06, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Newton BOC Methods Disappointing

The structure of county government was on the Newton County Board of Commissioner’s (BOC) agenda again at its Sept. 2, 2014 meeting. It was on the secret agenda of District Commissioner Levie Maddox, that is. As readers may recall, this has been a topic of discussion since February and the BOC has met with experts from both the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission several times. Representatives of both clearly have indicated that having both a full time commission chairman and a county manager should be changed to improve the efficiency and ...

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Posted: sep. 06, 2014 4:25 p.m. | Updated: sep. 06, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter to Editor

There is an old adage that legislating in a nasty business, kind of like making sausage. Well I have made sausage before, and it was not nearly as nasty as the legislating I saw last night at the Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Posted: sep. 06, 2014 4:27 p.m. | Updated: sep. 06, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter to Editor

There is an old adage that legislating in a nasty business, kind of like making sausage. Well I have made sausage before, and it was not nearly as nasty as the legislating I saw last night at the Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Posted: sep. 06, 2014 4:27 p.m. | Updated: sep. 06, 2014 10:00 p.m.

School fees?

School fees?

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Posted: sep. 06, 2014 4:28 p.m. | Updated: sep. 06, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Courage and change

“In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience – the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men – each man must decide for himself the course he will follow.”

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Posted: sep. 04, 2014 6:43 p.m. | Updated: sep. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Applying smart power vs. don’t do stupid stuff

What a difference a year makes. Last September, the Obama administration and the media were cheering happenstance as victory. A quick review of last year’s events: the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government on civilians, tough talk by President Barack Obama, an administration push for a congressional vote for use of force, Secretary of State John Kerry’s off-the-cuff remark regarding Syria giving up chemical weapons, Russian President Vladimir Putin leveraging the remark into action, the Obama administration claiming a great solution.

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Posted: sep. 04, 2014 6:45 p.m. | Updated: sep. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Vox explanation highlights gap between political world and everybody else

A recent column on Vox.com may have inadvertently highlighted the gap between the nation’s political elites and the rest of the nation. Vox is an “explanatory journalism” site founded by former Washington Post columnist and blogger Ezra Klein.

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Posted: sep. 04, 2014 6:47 p.m. | Updated: sep. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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