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When it comes to SPLOST and BRT, Cobb is still not playing straight
by Ron Sifen
July 22, 2014 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Is Cobb attempting to trick voters into authorizing SPLOST dollars to be spent on components of the BRT, while trying to convince voters the BRT is not on the proposed new SPLOST? Cobb was telling ...
No reason not to question Obama patriotism
by Melvyn L Fein
July 21, 2014 04:00 AM | 9 9 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Winners, in order to be winners, must win. They must defeat their opponents. If they do, they gain a reputation for being winners. This then gets translated into respect and deference. On the other...
When cure is worse than disease don’t take the medicine
by Roger Hines
July 19, 2014 10:35 PM | 3 3 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
“Read and comprehend literature at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band, independently and proficiently.” Say what? Yes, you read it correctly — if you made it to the period. Now ...
You won’t need a safety pin at a camp meeting
by Nelson Price
July 19, 2014 10:34 PM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Before I wrote my first book, a prominent author told me how to do it. He said get a great big safety pin and pin the seat of your pants to the chair and stay with it. He is so right. Writing is re...
MDJ columnist shooting blanks on economy
by Matt Nash
July 19, 2014 10:33 PM | 7 7 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Responding to Kevin Foley’s July 11 opinion piece, “‘Zillionaire” sees pitchforks if ‘glaring inequalities’ aren’t fixed,” I have to point out some glaring inaccuracies of Foley’s assertions. Namel...
Common Core stance key for candidate pick
by Pete Borden
July 19, 2014 10:32 PM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
In the upcoming primary runoffs and, of course, the November elections for school board members, in Cobb and all over the state, one of the primary focuses should be on the candidate’s stance on th...
Smyrna police officer credited with saving many lives
by Dick Yarbrough
July 18, 2014 10:13 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Smyrna Master Patrol Officer Darrell Nesbit is a hero, no matter how you define the term. You may have seen the story in the MDJ recently about the 16-year veteran saving the life of an 11-month-ol...
Cruz wants billionaire benefactors to pave paradise
by Kevin Foley
July 17, 2014 11:00 PM | 5 5 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
When I visit Montana, I always try to spend at least a day or two in Yellowstone National Park. I had the privilege of touring Yellowstone on a snowmobile last March and then again, a week ago, at ...
Rumors of recovery are greatly exaggerated
by Daniel Joy
July 17, 2014 01:43 AM | 4 4 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
In his Friday column in the MDJ, Kevin Foley advances the argument that Barack Obama has engineered an economic recovery. Because 288,000 jobs were added in June, 2014, the Dow 30 reached record 17...
Tight political races signal long, hot political summer in Georgia
by Don McKee
July 17, 2014 01:12 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The two biggest political prizes in this year’s elections seem to be very much up for grabs and the campaign heavy artillery is firing away. New polls show U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston leading businessm...
Waxing poetic can be quite frenetic
by Dick Yarbrough
July 15, 2014 08:48 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
“I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it. “I’ve just found out I’m not the nation’s poet laureate. “I made a great effort. I put up a good fight. “But instead the job went to a guy name...
Obama reconsidered: a portrait of success
by Roger Hines
July 13, 2014 04:00 AM | 13 13 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
America is changing and changing fast. The change is precipitated by a president who is erroneously viewed by conservatives as incompetent. But President Obama is not incompetent. How can he be inc...
The gift of little free libraries
by Judy Elliott
July 13, 2014 01:12 AM | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Jim Morris is from a family of readers. “We get together and visit,” he says, “but before the day is over, we find books, each of us, and we are all reading.” After retiring as presiding judge of t...
Washington wrote statements of faith during Revolutionary War
by Nelson Price
July 13, 2014 12:48 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
God’s fingerprints can be seen on every page of the emerging history of this great land. In this season of celebrating the birth of our nation, it is appropriate that we examine a few. Of the Found...
Jack and Jill get updated on the proposed Braves move to Cobb
by Dick Yarbrough
July 12, 2014 12:22 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
I heard from my two favorite mules this week. Jack and Jill, as most of you know, are living in Montana or Canada or wherever these days after having been banished from Cobb County in 2010. The pai...
But it said so in the papers ...
by Bill Lewis
July 11, 2014 01:54 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
There’s another scandal brewing that stems from, shockingly, Washington, D.C. It seems a White House occupant had a 15-year affair with one of his neighbors. At least, that’s the tale historical do...
‘Zillionaire’ sees pitchforks if ‘glaring inequalities’ aren’t fixed
by Kevin Foley
July 11, 2014 01:52 AM | 27 27 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
After he was elected president in 1992, Bill Clinton presided over eight years of peace and prosperity. Business boomed, the markets surged, welfare was reformed and America’s middle class grew and...
New ‘rigorous’ tests for students to replace old ‘rigorous’ tests
by Don McKee
July 10, 2014 01:36 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Once again, public school students in Georgia have been tested, and once again, the results are a mixed bag depending on the usual factors of teacher skills, parental involvement (or lack of it), e...
BRT on the SPLOST: The Grand Deception
by Ron Sifen
July 09, 2014 12:13 AM | 6 6 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
The MDJ reported on June 21 all four district commissioners had stated that they were opposed to including the Cobb Parkway BRT (bus rapid transit) project on the SPLOST list. A recent news report ...
When it comes to polls and pests, Junior E. Lee knows his business
by Dick Yarbrough
July 08, 2014 11:16 PM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, to get h...
Think before you blink to stay safe on the road
by Charlie Sewell, columnist
July 06, 2014 12:45 AM | 1 1 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
There is a little known lever on the left side of a car’s steering column that will trigger amber lights to blink on the front and rear of the car. Pull the handle down and the left lights blink. P...
Learning about stereotypes inside prison walls
by Roger Hines
July 05, 2014 10:36 PM | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
I knew I wouldn’t be able to see any of “my men.” You have to be approved in advance for visitation. Even so, the lingering memory of the men I had taught at the nearby state prison compelled me to...
Declaration of Independence was declaration of dependence
by Nelson Price
July 05, 2014 10:35 PM | 7 7 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Our nation’s Declaration of Independence is so infused with a biblical world view that proponents of our current secular world view resent it even being read, much less taught in public schools. He...
Progressives live in the past
by Melvyn L Fein
July 05, 2014 10:33 PM | 2 2 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
John Maynard Keyes, a liberal in good standing, described many of his colleagues as “slaves to some defunct economist.” He was too kind. Many of today’s liberals are bound hand and foot in the serv...
Racial politics may determine who controls Senate
by Star Parker
July 23, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
It is no accident that rhetoric about race has been ramping up at a time when racial politics can be the key determinant for control of the Senate this year. At least three states — North Carolina,...
The day of the hawk: Beware: U.S. has little to gain from confrontation
by Patrick Buchanan
July 22, 2014 08:09 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
The bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie was premeditated mass murder. Gadhafi was taking revenge for Reagan’s raid on Tripoli in 1986. The downing of KAL 007, flying from Anchorage to Seoul, was m...
Limousine liberalism’s good works
by Catherine Rampell
July 22, 2014 08:07 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality? I’ve been thinking about this in light of the derision the Clintons are facing for charging six-figure speaking f...
Time to end U.S. aid to Palestinian Authority
by Cal Thomas
July 22, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The anti-Semitic “tradition” of blaming Jews for the world’s problems mostly took a temporary back seat in light of the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas. Major n...
Why doesn’t Dick Cheney just shut up?
by Bill Press
July 21, 2014 12:14 AM | 3 3 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Among former presidents, there’s an unwritten rule: Once you leave the game, you don’t stand on the sidelines and criticize the man who took your place. You never heard George H.W. Bush attack Bill...
Is Warren following Obama model and already eyeing the presidency?
by Dana Milbank
July 21, 2014 12:13 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — It was one of those important-but-dull hearings that don’t even get broadcast on C-SPAN 3. An obscure subcommittee was taking expert testimony on patient safety Thursday, and only four...
The Senate runoff: It could end intraparty fighting nationwide for 2014
by Matt Towery
July 21, 2014 12:12 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Most of the battles to determine Republican nominees in the GOP’s quest to take control of the U.S. Senate this year have been decided. On Tuesday, Georgia — considered to be a rare potential gain ...
Mrs. Obama’s ‘Operation VA Scandal Distraction’
by Michelle Malkin
July 21, 2014 12:11 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Barack and Michelle Obama are quite the diversionary tag-team. He blames everyone else for his problems. She takes credit for progress on his behalf that he doesn’t deserve and distracts public att...
Obama steadily turning liberalism into an instrument of coercion
by Michael Barone
July 19, 2014 10:31 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Liberals just aren’t very liberal these days. The word “liberal” comes from the Latin word meaning freedom, and in the 19th century, liberals in this country and abroad stood for free speech, free ...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of July 17
by Damon Poirier
July 19, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at a helicopter crash, a strike, a new radar system and a toxic dump list.
A look at Obama’s foreign policy shortcomings
by David Ignatius
July 17, 2014 11:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
When Attorney General Eric Holder says that the Islamic State that has taken root in Iraq and Syria poses a “deadly” threat, and that he has “extreme, extreme concern” about its bomb-makers, that s...
The border crisis: Liberals using ‘anti-logic’ to argue for amnesty
by Ann Coulter
July 17, 2014 11:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s been fun to watch the media discuss the border crisis in real time, improvising their arguments on the fly. Let’s try A, and if that doesn’t work, we’ll try B. First, they said there was no su...
Moral clarity in Gaza
by Charles Krauthammer
July 17, 2014 11:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in th...
Past inaction on immigration law now has Obama paying the price
by Michael Barone
July 17, 2014 01:51 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The flood of underage — and non-underage — illegal immigrants from Central America coming across the border in Texas is, to paraphrase a former Obama administration official, a “man-caused disaster...
Suing Obamacare is Washington’s summer rerun
by Froma Harrop
July 17, 2014 01:50 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
On television, summer reruns are becoming a thing of the past. Noting a jump in demand for fresh entertainment in the hot months, TV execs are responding with original programming. In Washington, h...
Kingston a ‘consistent conservative’
July 17, 2014 01:47 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
DEAR EDITOR: Jack Kingston has been a consistent conservative fighting Big Government and Obama’s spending spree since day one. In response to the recent comments by Wayne Beyea, we shouldn’t throw...
Are black voters turning against Obama?
by Cal Thomas
July 17, 2014 01:46 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
It may be too soon to label it a trend and there is insufficient data to confirm it, but President Obama and his party may be losing their iron grip on their most loyal and enthusiastic voting bloc...
Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling right
by Star Parker
July 15, 2014 08:47 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Senate and House Democrats are outraged by the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of Hobby Lobby in the firm’s lawsuit seeking exemption from the Obamacare mandate that employers provide, free of ch...
Balkanization beckons: U.S. well on way to becoming just ‘a geographic expression’
by Patrick Buchanan
July 15, 2014 07:22 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Speaking to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Albuquerque in 2001, George W. Bush declared that, as Mexico was a friend and neighbor, “It’s so important for us to tear down our barriers and walls...
Both sides culpable in the crisis of the children
by Ruben Navarrette
July 15, 2014 07:21 PM | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
SAN DIEGO — Haven’t those poor border kids suffered enough? They shouldn’t have to be used as political props, dragged into the maddening immigration debate and election-year politicking by both pa...
Don’t fence me in: Administration asking Israel to commit suicide
by Cal Thomas
July 15, 2014 01:20 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
At last, an Obama administration official has come out in favor of a fence. He promises it will bring security to people on both sides of the border. Unfortunately, Philip Gordon, National Security...
Sugar babies, prostitution and the Web
by Susan Estrich
July 15, 2014 01:19 AM | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The news that Google executive Forrest Hayes died on a yacht after being injected with heroin by a “date” he met on a website that connects “sugar daddies” with “sugar babies” has prompted not only...
Obama puts politics first, border security second
by Jonah Goldberg
July 13, 2014 08:19 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
All you need to do is look at the headlines out of Central America to see why tens of thousands of children are ending up at our border. “In Columbia (sic), Rising Violence Breeds New Doubts” (N.Y....
GOP now embraces frivolous lawsuits
by Bill Press
July 13, 2014 08:17 PM | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
We all mourn the death of former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, a great senator and statesman. And, no doubt, before his passing, Howard Baker mourned the death of the Republican Party he onc...
All the political world today flavor of the week
by Dana Milbank
July 13, 2014 07:43 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
“This is not theater.” That was President Obama’s answer in Dallas last week to critics who said he should have gone to the border to see firsthand the mass immigration of unaccompanied minors that...
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