MDJ editorials
Dual enrollment bill a boost for students, schools
Unanimous votes by the Georgia Legislature on substantive legislative measures aren’t as rare as winning the Georgia Lottery, but they’re close. And that’s one reason Tuesday’s vote by the Legislat...
March 25, 2015 08:48 PM | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will new school ‘climate’ ratings improve learning?
The first “School Climate Star Ratings” released by the Georgia Department of Education showed wide disparities in the perceived quality of life at schools in Cobb County and Marietta in 2014, base...
March 24, 2015 07:52 PM | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Georgia Voices: Pension penalties best deterrent vs. bad behavior
It gives a new meaning to the phrase “calling in sick.” A 1,374-page investigative file from the Georgia State Patrol confirmed allegations that paint a repulsive picture. Former GSP Lt. and former...
March 23, 2015 09:34 PM | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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New environmental rules would punish local economies
In September, the Brookings Institution’s Metro Monitor report listed 20 cities leading the nation’s comeback from the Great Recession through the agonizingly slow economic recovery of the past sev...
March 20, 2015 12:30 AM | 1 1 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lots of ‘ifs’ riding on outcome of first Price budget plan
The bell sounded Tuesday on the latest round of Washington wrestling over the federal budget. That’s when new House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, (R-Roswell), unveiled his fiscal blueprint f...
March 18, 2015 09:35 PM | 2 2 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Braves continue to ‘load the bases’
The Atlanta Braves are continuing to “load the bases” in anticipation of the 2017 opening of SunTrust Park in Cobb County, and Tuesday’s big announcements were further evidence of that. It’s long b...
March 17, 2015 09:04 PM | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Georgia Voices: Legislature showing no compassion on cannabis oil law
Last year, the Georgia Senate dashed the hopes of those suffering from seizure disorders. We hope our senators do not act as cruelly this year. Last year, the state House of Representatives overwhe...
March 16, 2015 07:48 PM | 2 2 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Georgia Voices: Concealed carry law change long past due
Under current laws, a South Carolinian legally carrying a concealed weapon becomes a criminal the moment he or she crosses the border into Georgia. The same goes for a properly permitted Peach Stat...
March 16, 2015 07:48 PM | 1 1 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Democratic doubletalk on patriotic dissent
President Obama’s powers never cease to amaze. He has made it suddenly fashionable to question others’ patriotism for dissenting on foreign policy, and has turned the Democrats — yes, the Democrats...
March 12, 2015 11:49 PM | 2 2 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jet Crash, Smyrna Case A Study in Contrasts
WORLD HEADLINES were dominated Wednesday by news of the inexplicable crash of a German jetliner into the French Alps on Tuesday and resulting deaths of 150 people. Cobb headlines were dominated on ...
March 28, 2015 12:00 AM | 4 4 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Museum’s ‘Throwback Day’ for Square Friday
MARIETTA SQUARE was the economic as well as the political hub of Cobb County from the city’s founding up until strip centers and shopping malls began popping up here in the 1950s and after. The pol...
March 24, 2015 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Georgia Voices: An air service wish list
Once again the Middle Georgia Regional Airport is looking for airline service. Another extension has been given by the U.S. Department of Transportation under the federal subsidy program that pays ...
March 23, 2015 09:33 PM | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Development Law ‘Fix’ Worth Laugh, Not Change
“IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT,” legendary Georgia pol Bert Lance used to say. And that’s what Cobb legislative and education leaders are telling their counterparts from around the state — and es...
March 21, 2015 04:00 AM | 3 3 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Limits loom; Comcast coming; Sam slammed
MARIETTA MOVED a big step closer to term limits when Mayor Steve “Thunder” Tumlin proposed as the week began that a non-binding “advisory” referendum be held in November 2016 on such limits. Tumlin...
March 17, 2015 04:00 AM | 6 6 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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A road bump for term limits — or just a detour?
WAS WEDNESDAY’S stormy Marietta Council just a road bump in the race to impose term limits on the mayor and council? Or might it have been more than that? Councilman Stuart Fleming found tougher-th...
March 14, 2015 04:00 AM | 10 10 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Tie time’ on term limits up to mayor
LOOK for Mayor Steve Tumlin to cast the deciding vote Wednesday when a deadlocked Marietta Council decides whether to set term limits for future mayors and council members. Marietta’s mayor can onl...
March 10, 2015 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hawks Next to Cobb? And term limits push coming Wednesday in Marietta
WE’VE GOT the Braves. Are the Hawks next? Might Atlanta’s NBA franchise relocate to Cobb? That tantalizing possibility was raised in a report late this week courtesy of ESPN. The network is reporti...
March 07, 2015 04:00 AM | 5 5 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Happy day for Joyette: Judges tap Holmes as new chief magistrate
COBB’S SUPERIOR COURT judges voted Monday to name assistant District Attorney Joyette Holmes as the county’s new chief magistrate judge. Holmes was one of three semi-finalists named last week, alon...
March 03, 2015 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Fauxmageddon’: Stymied by snow forecasts, systems made right calls
CHRIS RAGSDALE’s first big decisions as superintendent of Cobb Schools weren’t long in coming — and got an icy reaction from more than a few critics. Ragsdale was promoted to super from interim sup...
February 28, 2015 04:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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