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MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Feb. 4
by Damon Poirier
February 07, 2016 01:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at some ads, annexations, TIME magazine, an evacuation and Civil War fortifications.
I got the point
by Charlie Sewell
February 06, 2016 11:25 PM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
Sweet sixteen wasn’t so sweet years ago when I walked into our game room. The birthday party was supposed to be a rite of passage and our daughter’s first male/female social since first grade. Her ...
How about Buckeyes instead of Hawkeyes?
by Bill Lewis
February 06, 2016 11:24 PM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
Have you ever been to Iowa? In case you weren’t in a campaign caravan this past year, it sits between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Not only is it known for landscapes of rolling plains and ...
New American Pathways welcomes refugees to Georgia
by Judy Elliott
February 06, 2016 11:23 PM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
Deep breaths, people! With the hand-wringing and fear over the world-wide refugee crisis saturating the news, we need a calm and experienced voice to walk us through the process of entering this co...
Thanks for being my Valentine
by Nelson Price
February 06, 2016 11:19 PM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
It is time for America’s celebration of our festival of love called Valentine’s Day. The British started celebrating the event as early as 1446. A columnist in an American magazine wrote of it in 1...
Kiwanians put emphasis on academic excellence in Cobb
by Dick Yarbrough
February 05, 2016 10:27 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
In a recent letter to the editor, reader Ed Brooks asked why Cobb County high schools furnish this paper with photographs of students who have received athletic scholarships but not academic schola...
Lowering motorcyclist helmet age: Bad Bill Would Increase Deaths
by Don McKee
February 04, 2016 11:01 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Every session of the Georgia legislature produces one or more really bad bills. This time House Bill 797 qualifies. It would exempt motorcyclists over age 18 from wearing helmets. The bill is autho...
North Carolina tax cuts hit middle class, public education
by Kevin Foley
February 04, 2016 10:49 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
“I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. When your only tool is a hammer, goes the old saw, everything looks like a nail. Georgia’s Republican lawmakers see...
In Iowa, signs of civil health
by George Will
February 03, 2016 11:03 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
When Huck Finn asked Tom Sawyer what a Moslem is, Tom said a Moslem is someone who is not a Presbyterian, which is true, but not the whole truth. Donald Trump says he is a Presbyterian (“I drink my...
Online news: Should it be free or paid?
by J.K. Murphy
February 02, 2016 11:13 PM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Rebecca writes on the MDJ Facebook page: “A local paper that makes you buy a subscription to view any online content?? No thanks.” Eric wrote: “After needing to see one article on your website, it ...
Return of corn-fried shrimp is welcomed news
by Dick Yarbrough
February 02, 2016 11:12 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Perhaps this renewed love affair doesn’t quite rise to the level of Humphrey Bogart’s Rick finding Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa in “Casablanca” (“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, s...
Idealism from Hell
by Melvyn L Fein
February 01, 2016 12:00 AM | 5 5 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Many young people are idealists. They believe in social purity. As a consequence, millions of them intend to be warriors dedicated to pursuing public perfection. They hope to rescue the world from ...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Jan. 28
by Damon Poirier
January 31, 2016 01:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at Gen. Robert E. Lee’s birthday, the NAACP, Lockheed, the Atlanta Falcons, a train derailment, an old law, arson and vandalism.
Win or lose, thank God for what he’s given you
by Nelson Price
January 31, 2016 12:31 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
After a victory, a Christian athlete often praises the Lord Jesus for the victory. The age-old question remains, does God favor one team over the other? At times it appears He does, especially if i...
Coming out … because of a magazine
by Roger Hines
January 31, 2016 12:28 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The magazine that helped me find myself has committed folly. It has rebuffed many faithful readers with a move that was just plain uppity. A bit of background. By age 16, I knew that the nation’s t...
‘Your Mother Wears Army Boots’
by Bill Lewis
January 31, 2016 12:09 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Quick — which presidential campaign said this about an opponent? “He’s a fool, a hypocrite, a criminal, and a tyrant.” Or this: “He’s a weakling, an atheist, a libertine, and a coward.” Or this: “O...
Give David Morgan credit for trying to get parents involved in their child’s education
by Dick Yarbrough
January 29, 2016 10:13 PM | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
David Morgan has an excellent idea: Requiring parents to be more involved in their children’s education. Morgan, a long-time member of the Cobb County Board of Education proposed last November that...
Constitution is the real source of conservative anger
by Kevin Foley
January 28, 2016 11:04 PM | 3 3 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s been a hoot reading all the angry letters and commentary blasting U.S. Reps. Tom Price and Barry Loudermilk for voting to approve the omnibus spending bill that will keep the government runnin...
Good move for local economy: Signing of lease with Atlanta United
by Don McKee
January 28, 2016 10:43 PM | 3 3 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Another deal is done that bodes well for the economy of Marietta and Cobb. It’s the signing of a 20-year lease by the city with Atlanta United for the site of the new home of the Major League Socce...
73 seconds after takeoff
by Carol Megathlin
January 28, 2016 12:05 AM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Tuesday, January 28, 1986. Even though the door to the broadcast studio was open, I didn’t hear the ten bells on the Associated Press machine. It was stashed in a closet a room away, busily churnin...
State Senator Seeks to Provide Support to Disabled Community
by Dick Yarbrough
January 27, 2016 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Republican State Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia’s 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician. One Atlanta newspape...
Legislature Should Consider Tax Reform to Boost State Economy
by Judson Hill
January 26, 2016 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s no secret that we are in perilous economic times. Unemployment is almost 10 percent when you consider those who are working odd jobs and need full-time work. The stock market is enduring wild ...
A Crony Capitalist for President
by Melvyn L Fein
January 25, 2016 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Mitt Romney, we were told, was a vulture capitalist. He presumably grew rich by feeding off the corpses of his employees. A great many voters decided that this disqualified him for president. So wh...
‘Girlie’ or ‘Tomboy’? Neither! The Word is ‘Gender-Nonconformist’!
by Judy Elliott
January 25, 2016 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
A new year! Good intentions! Should we tackle the dietary guidelines the Agriculture and Health and Human Services Department has sent forth or spend a few minutes mulling over the demise of the wo...
Probing for clues in the Iowa Caucus numbers
by Michael Barone
February 04, 2016 10:58 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Now that the results of last Monday’s Iowa caucuses are in, speculation naturally turns to next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. Will Donald Trump fail once again to receive the percentage he’s get...
And the Oscar for most stunning actress goes to ...
by Froma Harrop
February 04, 2016 10:55 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
We are here not to discuss the complex #OscarsSoWhite controversy but to address another sore point with perhaps similar origins: the #OscarsSoGorgeous phenomenon. At the risk of running afoul of s...
Heroin: Blame it on America
by Ann Coulter
February 04, 2016 10:46 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Any politician who claims to care about the drug overdose deaths sweeping the nation, but does not demand that we build a wall, deport illegal aliens and end the anchor baby scam, is a liar. In 201...
Is a new era upon us?
by Patrick Buchanan
February 03, 2016 11:05 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Whoever wins the nominations, the most successful campaigns of 2016 provide us with a clear picture of where the center of gravity is today in both parties and, hence, where America is going. Berni...
The lessons of Iowa
by David Ignatius
February 03, 2016 10:55 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Who will win the Republican and Democratic nominations is still anyone’s guess, but the Iowa caucus voters defined three themes that are likely to roll through the rest of this year’s campaign: ali...
Only one thing can keep Trump from ultimate victory: DONALD TRUMP
by Roger Simon
February 03, 2016 10:52 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
They hate him; they really hate him. Donald Trump is not the golden boy he thought he was. He thought he could build an invincible campaign by combining media manipulation on one hand and nativist ...
Government keeps rural West going
by Froma Harrop
February 02, 2016 11:20 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The 187,000 acres on which sits the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge never belonged to the state of Oregon, much less the band of cowboy exhibitionists who’d taken it over. This and other federal l...
The United States of Trump
by Cal Thomas
February 02, 2016 11:17 PM | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
“You wonder how these things begin.” — (The Fantasticks) In the beginning there was a combative media. Dating back to Colonial America, as Eric Burns has chronicled in his book, “Infamous Scribbler...
GOP debate shows where immigration reform is headed: nowhere
by Michael Barone
February 02, 2016 11:10 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Donald Trump was absent from Fox News’ Republican debate Thursday night, presiding at his own event seven minutes’ drive away featuring cameo appearances by the two previous Iowa Republican caucus ...
Michael Bloomberg: Perennial non-candidate
by Bill Press
February 02, 2016 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Wall Street executives are nervous, and not just about the Chinese economy. They’re nervous because, here at home, the battle for 2016 looks like it might end up stacked against them. On the Democr...
Obama’s Egyptian blunder
by David Ignatius
February 02, 2016 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Five years ago, President Obama made a decision that helped topple Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. His policy represented a bet that the democratic surge of the Arab Spring could lead to a stable...
Iowa caucuses: A subsidy for Iowa’s political establishment
by Jonah Goldberg
February 02, 2016 12:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
First, kill the Iowa caucuses. Please note: I didn’t say, “Kill the Iowans.” I like Iowans and I like Iowa. But we need to get Iowa’s boot off our neck. That may be misunderstood, as well. You see,...
SC will be establishment’s last chance to stop Trump
by Matt Towery
February 01, 2016 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Because of Donald Trump’s decision to skip the last GOP debate before the Iowa Caucus, logic clearly leads to the inevitable conclusion that neither Iowa nor New Hampshire can possibly give us a tr...
Smart tax reform would ignite growth
by George Will
February 01, 2016 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Woodrow Wilson, who enjoyed moralizing about the mundane, called paying taxes a “glorious privilege.” In 1865, when there was a Civil War income tax, one taxpayer shared this sensibility, sort of. ...
Donald ducks
by Susan Estrich
February 01, 2016 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
“I’m for Trump,” the man across the room from me said. We were in the ICU family waiting room, and by that point, given the reach of Boston TV to New Hampshire voters, the television was showing no...
A Tale of Two Tapes: Teen Cruz and Terror-Coddler Obama
by Michelle Malkin
February 01, 2016 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The crack media buzzed this week with the discovery of a totally front-page, news-breaking, breathtaking videotape. GOP presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, CNN reported, was caught on c...
The three-cornered fight for the soul of the GOP
by Charles Krauthammer
February 01, 2016 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s hard to believe that the United States, having resisted the siren song of socialism during its entire 20th-century heyday (the only major democracy to do so), should suddenly succumb to its ch...
I was hoping for a taller honest man
by Ann Coulter
January 28, 2016 11:02 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Did you ever think you’d live to see anchor babies discussed on TV every night? H1-B visas replacing American workers? Illegal alien murderers? Mexican rapists? Could you ever have imagined that in...
Missing from both parties’ candidates’ campaigns: Work
by Michael Barone
January 28, 2016 11:00 PM | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
From someone whose title is senior political analyst you might be expecting a forecast of who will win the Iowa caucuses next Monday night. Will Donald Trump voters turn out in enough numbers to gi...
Iowa: Hardly anybody votes, but everybody worries
by Roger Simon
January 28, 2016 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
In politics, it is the small things that count. In Iowa politics, it is the tiny things that count. For all the hoopla, media attention and money lavished on the Iowa caucuses, hardly anybody bothe...
The Rejection Election
by Patrick Buchanan
January 28, 2016 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
With the Iowa caucuses a week away, the front-runner for the Republican nomination, who leads in all the polls, is Donald Trump. The consensus candidate of the Democratic Party elite, Hillary Clint...
The China chill
by David Ignatius
January 28, 2016 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
For the past 15 years, the mere mention of the word “China” has brought smiles to the faces of the global business executives who gather here annually for the World Economic Forum. This year, with ...
Four New Yorkers for President?
by Froma Harrop
January 27, 2016 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Many Americans used to regard New York City as a bankrupt foreign vessel docked on their Atlantic coastline. Then the place got cleaned up, and after the heroism (and stoicism) of Sept. 11, 2001, m...
Bonfire of the Vulgarities
by Kathleen Parker
January 27, 2016 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
At first it seemed too weirdly awful to be true, but there she was: Sarah Palin standing next to Donald Trump last Tuesday and endorsing him for president. Like previously conjoined twins who had s...
Americans Tired of Elites Considering Them Stupid and Vicious
by Michael Barone
January 27, 2016 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
How stupid and vicious do they think we are? That’s a question that I think explains a lot of things about politics and society today — and about this year’s unpredicted presidential race. The “us”...
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