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A bittersweet reminder that hugs are forever
by Dick Yarbrough
April 25, 2015 12:14 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Yesterday would have been Zachary Earl Wansley’s 28th birthday. He was the oldest of our four grandsons and as I told him often, “I love all my boys. I have just loved you the longest.” And love hi...
Special at KSU marketplace: Coulter baloney
by Kevin Foley
April 24, 2015 02:03 AM | 13 13 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Fame is cruel. Just ask Chuck Norris or Ted Nugent or Dennis Miller. Once renowned, all are now finding it ever-more difficult to stay in the public eye as gravity and time do their thing. The movi...
Deal promises better days ahead with ‘Opportunity School District’
by Don McKee
April 22, 2015 11:26 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that would authorize the state to take over failing schools if voters approve an enabling constitutional amendment in the 2016 general election. It gives vot...
Paper’s goal will be to maintain your trust
by J.K. Murphy
April 21, 2015 09:47 PM | 6 6 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Do you have that close family relative — one who visits or calls frequently, sharing the news of the day? You might not always like what they have to say or how they say it, but you would never thi...
The General Assembly tackles ‘the pour’
by Bill Lewis
April 21, 2015 09:46 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
And now, a subject near and dear to many palates and paunches. That would be beer. It’s a beverage that those who study such things believe has been around as long as prepared food, if not before. ...
Why an outstanding presidential candidate won't be running
by Dick Yarbrough
April 21, 2015 09:41 PM | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016. I know there are those among you who believe our ...
Deceptive word deployed to dealing with Iran’s nukes
by Melvyn L Fein
April 19, 2015 07:39 PM | 3 3 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
In recent weeks, Barack Obama has tipped his hand regarding his goals in negotiating with Iran. For years, he asserted, with categorical finality, that Iran would never get a nuclear bomb. But thos...
What’s next for illegals in ‘Georgiafornia’
by D.A. King
April 18, 2015 10:54 PM | 10 10 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
For readers who may have been confused by an editing error last Sunday, the conclusion of the education offered in this space then was essentially that from the Cobb County delegation to the state ...
Henry Grady’s New South: Metro Atlanta and the future
by Judy Elliott
April 18, 2015 10:53 PM | 3 3 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Tread Davis, a lawyer and Atlanta native, has been on the Atlanta Regional Commission for 15 years. As he speaks to a group of early risers, he takes them back to 1889 when the Atlanta Constitution...
Why not tailored laws for everybody?
by Roger Hines
April 18, 2015 10:12 PM | 5 5 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Therefore, I want both a federal and a state law that declares conservative Christians a protected class of citizens. Why not? If homosexual Americ...
Scientists: Lord made ‘heaven and earth and the sea’
by Nelson Price
April 18, 2015 10:11 PM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
As a child, I was enthralled by the study of such faraway places as the Straight of Magellan, Beagle Channel, Cape Horn, Drake Passage and the Antarctic. Having now been there, they comprise a vivi...
If we can get ‘Texas’ to Cobb, why not Jack and Jill?
by Dick Yarbrough
April 17, 2015 08:42 PM | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
When I saw the editorial in Wednesday’s MDJ urging state and local officials to get the historic locomotive “The Texas” of “Great Locomotive Chase” fame moved from Atlanta to the city of Kennesaw, ...
Loudermilk parrots Koch warming denials
by Kevin Foley
April 17, 2015 12:00 AM | 16 16 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Sworn in just three months ago and already, U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cartersville) is singing from the billionaire Koch brothers’ hymnal. “I believe it is time to revisit the vision of our Fou...
Body-worn cameras are assets for police, public
by Don McKee
April 16, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
Among the bills approved by the Georgia General Assembly this year was SB 94, which allows the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement officers in the course of their official duties. But it do...
A tribute to good people doing good things
by Dick Yarbrough
April 14, 2015 07:24 PM | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him t...
Irony abounds in bond debt for south Cobb
by Larry Savage
April 13, 2015 07:57 PM | 1 1 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
Many of us share an interest in providing a boost to the south Cobb area, although there are no magic bullets to assure success. Still, there are reasonable limits that should be considered. The pr...
The Iran deal: Obama’s ‘legacy’ or our betrayal?
by Melvyn L Fein
April 12, 2015 08:03 PM | 4 4 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
I don’t get it. I read in newspaper columns and hear from television pundits that Barack Obama is negotiating with the Iranians because he wants to leave a legacy. But how is making dangerous conce...
By an unrecorded vote: Georgia Senate OKs driver’s licenses to illegal aliens
by D.A. King
April 11, 2015 10:13 PM | 4 4 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
With the 2015 Georgia General assembly now in the rear-view mirror, conservative voters may want to bypass the proclamations of the newspapers in Dunwoody and decide for themselves about the “winne...
Church still a haven in today’s societal storm
by Nelson Price
April 11, 2015 10:09 PM | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
We can improve if we serve as our own most positive self-critic and address our own inequities. This column is written with that in mind. The “church” just celebrated the resurrection. Now awaits a...
A ‘heart to heart’ about columnist’s heart
by Roger Hines
April 11, 2015 10:08 PM | 3 3 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
Most people tell about their heart surgery after it happens. I’m going to tell about mine before it happens. This coming Thursday, April 16, is my day. Cobb County cardiologist Dr. David Caras told...
Earl Ehrhart’s zingers sparking controversy — as usual
by Dick Yarbrough
April 10, 2015 11:20 PM | 1 1 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Say what you will about state Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs), but the man speaks his mind. I consider him a friend, even though I don’t always agree with him. He knows I abhor the private sch...
A mosque opens; peace be upon you
by Kevin Foley
April 10, 2015 12:00 AM | 16 16 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Here is what I did not hear them say: Hate, suspicion, terror, revenge, Sharia, bomb, jihad, death, destroy, martyr. Here is what I did hear them say: God, community, family, peace, love, respect, ...
Georgia Republicans join tax-hike parade of states
by Don McKee
April 09, 2015 12:00 AM | 4 4 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Gov. Nathan Deal and fellow Republicans in the General Assembly joined a virtual parade of states across the country in raising gasoline taxes for transportation infrastructure. Eight other states ...
Georgians should look before leaping on solar energy offerings
by Stan Wise
April 08, 2015 09:15 PM | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
The ink isn’t dry yet on legislation making it easier to finance solar systems for Georgia consumers, and already unscrupulous marketers are misleading consumers with offers to go solar and “elimin...
A Graham candidacy’s fun factor
by George Will
April 25, 2015 11:30 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — In 1994, Lindsey Graham, then a 39-year-old South Carolina legislator, ran for Congress in a district that he said had not elected a Republican since Union guns made it do so during Re...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of April 23
by Damon Poirier
April 24, 2015 04:44 PM | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at Leo Frank, jail escapes, unions, Newt Gingrich and the Marietta Country Club.
Hillary’s entitlement to the nomination is just a quid pro ‘ho
by Ann Coulter
April 24, 2015 02:02 AM | 2 2 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
I gather from the increasing hysteria of the feminists that Democrats are beginning to rebel at having a loser of a presidential candidate foisted upon them in the person of Hillary Clinton. The sa...
Paul right to demand reporters ask Dems about late-term abortion
by Michael Barone
April 24, 2015 02:01 AM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
It was sort of inevitable that on his first day of campaigning as an announced candidate for president earlier this month, Rand Paul would be asked whether he supported a ban on abortions in cases ...
Obama Anointing Iran
by Charles Krauthammer
April 24, 2015 02:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a realit...
When bootleggers and Baptists converge
by George Will
April 22, 2015 09:24 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Smoking, said King James I in 1604, is “loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs.” Three years later he planted a colony in Jamestown. Its tobacco enh...
A tricky two-step in the Middle East
by David Ignatius
April 22, 2015 09:22 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — President Obama has been trying since his September 2013 address to the United Nations to convince Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies that the United States is truly committed to their...
Mr. Hughes goes to Washington
by Kathleen Parker
April 22, 2015 09:16 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — When postal worker Doug Hughes — otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude — landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn’t worried about being shot down, he says. He must be...
Congress acts
by Susan Estrich
April 22, 2015 09:16 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Has a fever come over Washington? It seems like every time I turned around this week, Congress — or at least some subset of it — was actually doing something. Was it just yesterday that they were a...
Hillary is true to her selfie
by Roger Simon
April 21, 2015 09:45 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Sen. Rand Paul steps off the low stage and into the crowd. He is wearing a white shirt, a red tie, no jacket and bluejeans. He looks like either a relaxed candidate for president or a waiter about ...
Flunking civics should no longer be an option
by Cal Thomas
April 21, 2015 09:40 PM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
“Don’t know much about history” — Sam Cooke It’s an old joke, but one that is a commentary on our times. A pollster asks: “What do you think about the level of ignorance and apathy in the country?”...
Fighting robots with robots
by Froma Harrop
April 21, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
So machines are now able to assess a human’s mood. “Emotion detection software” has put robots one step closer to replacing the humans who work — or used to work — in what we in the olden days call...
Will ‘hotheads’ land us in a war with Russia?
by Patrick Buchanan
April 21, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
“Could a U.S. response to Russia’s action in Ukraine provoke a confrontation that leads to a U.S.-Russia War?” This jolting question is raised by Graham Allison and Dimitri Simes in the cover artic...
Iraq War vote underscores Hillary’s greatest weakness
by Jonah Goldberg
April 19, 2015 07:38 PM | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
So far, of the declared candidates for president, the only one who voted for the Iraq War is the Democrat. I recently made that observation on Twitter and the response was instructive. I will refra...
Marco Rubio: New face, old ideas
by Bill Press
April 19, 2015 07:37 PM | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
You must admit, it is amusing. One of the biggest complaints we’ve heard from Republicans about Barack Obama is: Boy, were we wrong to elect a first-term senator as president. We’ll never make that...
The Powder Room Initiative: Women with Women for Women
by Kathleen Parker
April 19, 2015 07:37 PM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Here we go. If you’re a woman who might prefer someone other than Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, you’re a self-loathing, anti-woman traitor. Already, women...
The best thing about Hillary 2.0? She's not Obama
by Matt Towery
April 19, 2015 07:36 PM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
The “new” Hillary Clinton, branded “Hillary 2.0” by some political pundits, seems at first blush the same Hillary Clinton of Bill Clinton’s presidency and of her unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid....
Gwyneth Paltrow’s poverty voyeurism
by Michelle Malkin
April 19, 2015 07:35 PM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Gwynnie P is down with the struggle, comrades. She may make $19 million a year, own mansions in London, New York, Brentwood, Malibu and the Hamptons, charge $550 for her Goop.com “travel backgammon...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of April 16
by Damon Poirier
April 17, 2015 11:20 AM | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at a still, a strike, the first C-141 squadron, Travis Tritt and the F-22. 100 years ago … In the Friday, April 16, 1915 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier t...
The Middle East’s sick state
by David Ignatius
April 17, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Will the Middle East be as unstable 10 years from now as it is today? I asked that question this week to a class of students at Harvard’s Kennedy School. About half answered yes ...
Why not clamp New York Times with an ankle bracelet?
by Ann Coulter
April 17, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Usually, liberals have the decency to wait a few months after one of their rape fantasies collapses to start citing the case as “unresolved” — it was a tie, the game was rained out, we’ll never kno...
The Queen Goes by Van
by Charles Krauthammer
April 17, 2015 12:00 AM | 4 4 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
See Hillary ride in a van! Watch her meet everyday Americans! Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle! Which she did wearing shades, as did her chief aide Huma Abedin, yielding security-cam...
Yes, she can
by Susan Estrich
April 15, 2015 09:55 PM | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
Will she? She will. Would she? She would. It was inevitable. She did. Now where is that tingling feeling? I remember when Fritz Mondale announced that he had chosen Geraldine Ferraro as his running...
‘H’ Hoping For A Do-Over
by Roger Simon
April 15, 2015 09:54 PM | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
Most of us get only one chance to make a first impression. But Hillary Clinton gets as many chances as she wants. She has invented herself almost as many times as Thomas Edison tried to invent the ...
Argument good for staying out of war of ‘all against all’
by Patrick Buchanan
April 15, 2015 09:52 PM | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
At the Summit of the Americas where he met with Raul Castro, the 83-year-old younger brother of Fidel, President Obama provided an insight into where he is taking us, and why: “The United States wi...
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