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Proposed development on Sea Island is awash in controversy
by Dick Yarbrough
April 22, 2014 09:29 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
The Sea Island Company wants to build a group of condominiums on what many people believe to be environmentally unsound ground. Why should you care? According to Pierre Howard, “If Sea Island (Co.)...
10 days that shook the (post-Cold War) world
by Tom Rotnem
April 22, 2014 09:13 PM | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
From March 6, when Crimea’s parliament voted to schedule a referendum on secession from Ukraine and unification with the Russian Federation, to March 15, when the People’s Republic of China tipped ...
Gun bill signing and barbecue make for old-fashioned campaign event
by Don McKee
April 21, 2014 04:00 AM | 18 18 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Any doubt about the political power of the gun rights lobby in the Georgia has been erased by the passage of HB 60, “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state his...
Liberal victims now McCarthy-like victimizers
by Melvyn L Fein
April 21, 2014 12:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Do you remember tail-gunner Joe McCarthy? Howard Zinn did. In his textbook on American history, Zinn devoted more pages to McCarthy than he did to Thomas Alva Edison. The reason? Why, it was becaus...
Poetry for Easter — with a little help
by Judy Elliott
April 20, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Eyeing a bowl of jelly beans earlier this week, I noticed the colors of the candy had taken on Mardi Gras hues, yellows, greens and purples. “The red ones are gone,” I said sadly, to no one in part...
The Resurrection says ‘Yes, you can’
by Nelson Price
April 20, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Some people question why Christians celebrate Easter. Here is a brief answer. An event as extraordinary as Resurrection would be as phenomenal as the sun rising in the west. Having seen Jesus cruci...
Easter Morning: Faith’s Foundations
by Roger Hines
April 20, 2014 12:00 AM | 13 13 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Today is Easter, the premier Christian holy day. What is the status of the Christian faith? Is it flourishing or is western civilization sliding into a post-Christian era as some historians claim? ...
John Williams shouldn’t leave Cobb just because of a kick to the bum-bum
by Dick Yarbrough
April 19, 2014 12:29 AM | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
If only he had called, I could have helped him. I’m talking about mega-developer John Williams. Like Elvis, he has left the building or in this case, Cobb County. Mr. Williams has announced he is m...
Colbert proves youth will be served; angry old white guys hate it
by Kevin Foley
April 18, 2014 01:12 AM | 11 11 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
“Youth will be served” reminds us America’s young people are its change agents. Over my lifetime, they’re the ones who invented rock n’ roll, protested unjust wars, challenged the hypocrisy of poli...
Figures show subsidies driving Obamacare enrollment in Georgia
by Don McKee
April 18, 2014 12:32 AM | 4 4 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Georgia enrollment figures for Obamacare show that federal subsidies are playing a major role. A whopping 70 percent of the people whose premiums were paid by the original March 31 deadline will ge...
Windfall means Cobb school board can spend instead of cut this year
by Don McKee
April 16, 2014 04:00 AM | 4 4 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s amazing that the Cobb school district has suddenly gone from a projected $79.5 million deficit last year to a balanced budget that restores a full school year and funds 193 new teachers plus r...
We need to remember the real meaning of Easter
by Dick Yarbrough
April 16, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus. I wish I could have witnessed the events of a week that changed the world forever. I wish I could have accompanied Jesus into the city as he rode ...
Interim super shows kind of commitment needed for the job
by Don McKee
April 14, 2014 04:00 AM | 6 6 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
The Cobb School Board is getting thumbs up all around for its choice of deputy superintendent Chris Ragsdale as the interim superintendent. Let me join in applauding the board’s decision. From the ...
Marx, liberals and today’s identity politics
by Melvyn L Fein
April 14, 2014 12:00 AM | 10 10 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Karl Marx wanted workers to identify as workers. He believed only when they began looking after their own interests would they be able to throw off the yoke of capitalist oppression. Today, liberal...
Whassup, Dude? Well, certainly not expectations
by Roger Hines
April 13, 2014 12:00 AM | 5 5 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
The greatest enemy of excellence has always been casualness. Whether with one’s work or routine responsibilities, half-heartedness aborts excellence. In all things that we undertake, we are either ...
Beware: Your ‘past’ is a matter of public record
by Bill Lewis
April 13, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
You can run but you can’t hide — from your past, that is. Think back. Maybe there was a brief lack of good judgment a short while ago. Or maybe you’ve been a model citizen ever since that evening y...
Are you shouting ‘Hallelujah!’ or ‘Crucify Him!’?
by Nelson Price
April 12, 2014 11:55 PM | 1 1 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Christendom celebrates a special day called Palm Sunday. It commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem shortly before His crucifixion. It’s significance is better understood with a fuller comprehensi...
Taylor-Brawner House restoration a tribute to determined volunteers
by Dick Yarbrough
April 12, 2014 12:59 AM | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
I wish my Momma and Daddy had been around last Friday night. They would have been stuffing rocks in their pockets to keep from floating away. There was their little boy hanging with some real hones...
Deal looking vulnerable in early polling versus Democrat Carter
by Don McKee
April 11, 2014 12:23 AM | 3 3 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
One word can describe Gov. Nathan Deal in his re-election campaign: vulnerable. The latest polls show a tight race, not between Deal and his two Republican primary opponents, but between him and Ji...
Koch brothers ‘the Standard Oil of our times’
April 11, 2014 12:00 AM | 10 10 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
“The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the state because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government.” — Theodore Roosevelt. Charles Koch lives in a world of...
Deal’s proposed reform of state ethics commission needs more study
by Don McKee
April 09, 2014 12:00 AM | 5 5 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
Gov. Nathan Deal has gone into damage control mode after a Fulton County jury ruled in favor of the former state ethics commission’s director whose salary was slashed when she pushed to investigate...
Curbing child abuse, neglect should be Georgia’s top priority
by Dick Yarbrough
April 09, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
In wake of ignition-recall crisis, GM compassion, competence must find a balance
by Bryan H. Reber
April 09, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
“I am deeply sorry.” It’s not often you will hear a CEO express an apology for a company failure, particularly when the company is in crisis. The corporate lawyers will nearly always advise against...
Will new teacher evaluation system fix Georgia school woes?
by Don McKee
April 07, 2014 12:06 AM | 4 4 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
The Georgia Board of Education has voted to implement its new system for evaluating teachers and principals in all school districts this fall using the academic achievement of their students as one...
Political Competition: That’s what changing voter alignments, not racism
by Michael Barone
April 22, 2014 09:30 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Have the Republicans become the white man’s party? Are the depth and bitterness of Republicans’ opposition to Barack Obama and his administration the product of racism? Those are questions you hear...
Grandmother Hillary? What might new arrival bring?
by Kathleen Parker
April 22, 2014 09:26 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite Democratic presidential nominee a soon-to-be grandmother. The headlines were inevitable — “Grandma Hillary” — followed by the...
Our greatest ally against Putin is nationalism, not NATO
by Patrick Buchanan
April 22, 2014 09:11 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
With Vladimir Putin having bloodlessly annexed Crimea and hinting that his army might cross the border to protect the Russians of East Ukraine, Washington is abuzz with talk of dispatching U.S. tro...
Better care can also cost less
by Froma Harrop
April 22, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Almost everyone has known or will know the helplessness of caring for — or overseeing the care of — a sick loved one. That such situations are often mired in chaos raises the anxiety level for both...
Faith in Obamacare or government is faith misplaced
by Cal Thomas
April 22, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
One of the reasons our political structure has become dysfunctional no matter which party is in power is that too many of us are living in the moment. The closest we get to history is the instant r...
Swallowed by the streets, child’s innocence in danger
by Michael Reagan
April 22, 2014 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
On city streets throughout America a battle is being waged for the soul of humanity, and it is taking place right in front of our eyes. As darkness descends, the fading light lays bare an open woun...
More and more, Americans are coming to fear their government
by Matt Towery
April 21, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Increasingly, Americans fear their government. They fear its power, its might and its ability to ruin their lives. The recent showdown in Nevada between federal agents and a cattle rancher and a gr...
Stop meddling where we don’t belong
by Patrick Buchanan
April 21, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
When Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Empire an “evil empire,” the phrase reflected his conviction that while the East-West struggle was indeed a global geostrategic conflict, it had a deep moral di...
Obama’s diplomatic dance with Putin is a sad sock hop
by Jonah Goldberg
April 21, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
President Obama is right. He told Major Garrett of CBS last week that “Mr. Putin’s decisions aren’t just bad for Ukraine. Over the long term, they’re going to be bad for Russia.” I believe Putin’s ...
CEO compensation rises and income gap widens
by Bill Press
April 21, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Growing up, it’s one of those natural phenomena we were taught as absolute truth: The sun always comes up in the east. Water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. And a rising ...
Got Putin, yet? In world of geopolitics, it helps to be a little bit feared
by Kathleen Parker
April 21, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The new “agreement” between Russia, the U.S. and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered. This isn’t to say it’s not a good “prospect” for ending tensions in Ukraine, as President O...
Left’s regulatory overkill still on the march
by George Will
April 20, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Occasionally, the Supreme Court considers questions that are answered merely by asking them. On Tuesday, the court will hear arguments about this: Should a government agency, whose members are chos...
Chicken Little ‘Science’: Climate change is a fact? Don’t think so
by Cal Thomas
April 20, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The cult centered on “global warming” alarmism is getting hot under the collar. People seem to have stopped paying attention and polls show “climate change” barely registers on a list of voters’ co...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of April 17
by Damon Poirier
April 19, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at a gubernatorial race, a well rescue, a fire, a car theft ring and the Olympics.
Back who you wanna back ... as long as it’s not one of these three candidates
by Ann Coulter
April 18, 2014 01:13 AM | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
As those of you who follow my hate mail know, I am opposed to running untested candidates against perfectly good incumbent Republican senators this election cycle. It will be a long time before Rep...
Ukraine is an existential crisis for Obama, too
by David Ignatius
April 18, 2014 01:11 AM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
As President Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin’s Russia than it does to the U.S. or Europe. For Pu...
The Zealots Win Again: ‘Politics of personal destruction’ win over transparency
by Charles Krauthammer
April 18, 2014 01:10 AM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit. On the one hand, of course money is speech. For most citizens, contributing to pol...
Erasing the Race Card: They’ve been flying fast and furious lately
by Kathleen Parker
April 17, 2014 12:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe. The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens. Leading the weir...
Fasten seatbelts: Obamacare needs fixing
by Susan Estrich
April 17, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
As I walked into the pharmacy, the technician who has kept track of all of my prescriptions for years was on an endless call trying to figure out who is going to deliver her baby and where. The goo...
Progressives driven by desire to protect majority rule
by George Will
April 17, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independen...
The Grim Repo: Medi-Cal Estate Recovery Act
by Tina Dupuy
April 16, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
It was 2007 and we were all gathered around the kitchen table. It was my husband; his parents, Frank and Rachel (not their real names); and me spending a Sunday afternoon catching up. Everyone, it ...
We need to repeal, replace Obamacare
by Star Parker
April 16, 2014 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
The announced departure of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius marks the end of a chapter of American history. Sibelius, aside from President Obama, has been the most prominent public face on the signa...
When it comes to race, Eric Holder is Obama’s whistling lap dog
by Jonah Goldberg
April 16, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week, the president’s lap dog blew his dog whistle. In case you didn’t know, in politics a “dog whistle” is coded language that has a superficial meaning for everybody, but also a special reso...
Male-Female Pay: Dems defending indefensible on bogus 77-cent ‘gap’
by Michael Barone
April 16, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
An economist serving on a second-term president’s Council of Economic Advisers might expect to weigh in on fundamental issues, restructuring the tax system or making entitlement programs sustainabl...
Scapegoat: Sebelius not the problem: Obamacare is
by Cal Thomas
April 14, 2014 10:35 PM | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Dictionary.com offers two definitions for scapegoat: “1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical. A goat let loose in the wilderness on ...
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