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BRT in Cobb’s future? Time will tell but solid research needed
by Don McKee
May 28, 2015 12:30 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
Is there a BRT in Cobb County’s future? Answer: Only time will tell. The county’s new $5.3 billion transportation plan calls for a bus rapid transit system in the distant future, an “aspirational” ...
The power of the press: Making a mistake — and correcting an injustice
by J.K. Murphy
May 27, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The power of the press — or perhaps more appropriately the lack thereof — hit home this week for a certain Cobb County valedictorian. Drayton McJunkins of Pebblebrook High School aspired to be No. ...
Georgia school teachers share feelings about public education's future
by Dick Yarbrough
May 27, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
My recent open letter to Georgia’s public school teachers produced as much response as I have received in a long time. Teachers from one end of the state to the other have weighed in and the commen...
Sacrificing police on altar of fantasy is Rx for fatal disarray
by Melvyn L Fein
May 25, 2015 12:34 AM | 9 9 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Gesellschaft. It’s an unusual word, a word of German origin. It is a word I did not learn until I took the Graduate Record Exam in sociology. Nonetheless, it is an important word. It is a term that...
Making Military Lives Matter
by Benita M. Dodd
May 23, 2015 09:52 PM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Memorial Day Weekend, as you’ve heard time and again, is that long weekend marking the unofficial start of the summer: beaches, boats and barbecue fun in the sun. With all the frolicking, many may ...
Commemorate — not celebrate — Memorial Day
by Nelson Price
May 23, 2015 09:51 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
He is but one of many, but he typifies many. He is a patriot. Google “patriot” and you will get a lot about the NFL team, but little about what a true patriot is. You might find it difficult to fin...
Is culture God? Some people seem to think so
by Roger Hines
May 23, 2015 09:50 PM | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
OK, how much more outlandish can things get? According to its website, the Girl Scouts of America believes (read slowly), “If the child is recognized by the family and school/community as a girl an...
USO trouper survived plane, ship mishaps to entertain troops
by Dick Yarbrough
May 23, 2015 12:16 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
This Memorial Day weekend is a fitting time to tell you about one American warrior who never fired at the enemy, never charged a hill, never tossed a grenade but risked her life all the same on sev...
Moving Georgia’s science standards forward
by Jeremy Peacock
May 22, 2015 12:15 AM | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Georgia is sitting on a gold mine of opportunity for its young people but if we are asleep at the switch, that opportunity will be better realized elsewhere. You have heard the term before: STEM — ...
Caesar, tax exemptions and a Beck wannabe
by Kevin Foley
May 22, 2015 12:14 AM | 8 8 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
In the scriptures, Jesus tells his followers, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” His command is clear, so why do Christian churches get mixed up ...
Getting meningitis vaccine now as easy as getting flu shot
by Jonathan Marquess
May 21, 2015 12:13 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Bacterial meningitis kills one out of every 10 people who contract it. Once in the body, the disease causes an infection in the membranes around the brain and spinal cord. The result can be serious...
Beware of telemarketing solicitations for charities you don’t know
by Don McKee
May 20, 2015 11:54 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Beware. That’s the operative word when it comes to telemarketing solicitations for any charity you don’t know for sure is legitimate. That’s the object lesson from the charges of the lowest of lowl...
Who owes what to who?
by Jerry Landers
May 20, 2015 12:40 AM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
President Obama attended the Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University on May 12. As is his custom, he made several broad statements about how we as a nation need to do a better job of ...
What Nobel Peace Laureates incurred should not have occurred
by Dick Yarbrough
May 20, 2015 12:36 AM | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for President of the United States (or what’s left of it.) Some of you wrote and asked me to reconsi...
Free speech not a priority for liberals, unless it’s their own
by Melvyn L Fein
May 17, 2015 09:10 PM | 3 3 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Is Pamela Geller a hero or a villain? Is she a moral crusader or a crass provocateur? Opinions are sharply divided. Many decry arranging a contest to select the best carton depiction of Muhammad as...
Is beauty actually a matter of opinion?
by Roger Hines
May 16, 2015 08:59 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
“A thing of beauty will keep you broke forever.” Not really. Or at least that’s not how British poet John Keats put it. Keats offered the following: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Its lovelin...
Where does blame fall for our decadence?
by Nelson Price
May 16, 2015 08:58 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Do we really need to know as much about one another’s sexual preference as we are being told? Do I really need to know Will Smith’s son wears dresses? Is two hours of programming on a network stati...
Poverty of character, spirit fueled Baltimore's decline
by William Lewis
May 16, 2015 08:42 PM | 2 2 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
During my quarter-century of residence in east Cobb, I have become an avid reader of the MDJ Op-Ed pages. My work week has begun with getting my juices flowing (actually my blood-boiling) on Monday...
‘An exciting time in Cobb’
by Tim Lee
May 16, 2015 08:40 PM | 7 7 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
In the first half of 2015 there have been a number of exciting announcements regarding SunTrust Park and its mixed-use development. Delta Airlines announced it will continue its longtime partnershi...
David Brooks on ‘The Road to Character’
by Judy Elliott
May 16, 2015 08:39 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Author, columnist and political pundit David Brooks flew to Atlanta last week to speak to an attentive audience in the Atlanta History Center’s Overlook Ballroom. He commented on the venue and its ...
To Cobb deputy chief: Let’s do something for Jack and Jill
by Dick Yarbrough
May 15, 2015 11:07 PM | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear Kellie Brownlow, Welcome to Cobb County. I apologize for just now getting in touch with you but I suspect you needed time to sort out your responsibilities as deputy chief to Cobb Commission C...
GOP afraid — very afraid — of Hillary
by Kevin Foley
May 15, 2015 12:37 AM | 12 12 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The degree to which conservatives fear presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton can be measured by the volume of their hysterics over her probable election. Compared to the field...
A tribute to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty
by Don McKee
May 14, 2015 12:09 AM | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
This is in tribute to law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty ­— that “thin blue line” separating us from anarchy. It is my way of observing National Police Week, an...
Rush to judgment wrong
by Pete Borden
May 13, 2015 11:07 PM | 2 2 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Whenever a policeman has to shoot, and maybe kill, someone in the line of duty, there is an immediate and full investigation. We, the people, have a right to expect it and to know the findings of s...
Jorge Ramos Can Stay, but Matt Lauer has to go
by Ann Coulter
May 28, 2015 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
I finally found a Mexican willing to do a job no American will do! I have an explosive book on the No. 1 issue in the country coming out next week, I’ve already written 10 New York Times best-selle...
Why Doctors Quit
by Charles Krauthammer
May 28, 2015 08:14 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
About a decade ago, a doctor friend was lamenting the increasingly frustrating conditions of clinical practice. “How did you know to get out of medicine in 1978?” he asked with a smile. “I didn’t,”...
‘Civilizations die by suicide, not by murder’
by Patrick Buchanan
May 28, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
“This is a Christian nation,” said the Supreme Court in 1892. “America was born a Christian nation,” echoed Woodrow Wilson. Harry Truman affirmed it: “This is a Christian nation.” But in 2009, Bara...
It’s the wrong season for malaise
by Susan Estrich
May 28, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s “June gloom” in Southern California, that period well known to locals when the sunshine you expect doesn’t show until the end of the day, if at all. This year, the gloom couldn’t wait until Ju...
Finance law must reflect the separation of campaign and state
by George Will
May 28, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
A simple apology would suffice. Instead, campaign finance reformers, horrified by the predictable results of their handiwork, aspire to yet more regulatory wrinkles to limit political speech. These...
Hillary staffers distracted by trivia while Libya burned
by David Ignatius
May 28, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Secretaries of state have had private contacts since the job was created, so it’s a mistake to get too indignant about Hillary Clinton’s email exchanges about Libya with her longtime friend, Sidney...
Kristol a self-loathing Boomer
by Kathleen Parker
May 27, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
One can understand why The Weekly Standard’s William Kristol would try to nullify Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy, but smearing all baby boomers in the process seems a stretch of veracity ...
World has changed greatly since WWI
by Michael Barone
May 27, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Over the past year, I’ve been reading books inspired by the centenary of World War I, a war with horrific casualties painful to contemplate. What helps in comprehending the scale of the slaughter i...
Obamacare exchanges on life support
by Michelle Malkin
May 25, 2015 12:53 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
At a recent White House science fair celebrating inventors, a Girl Scout who helped design a Lego-powered page-turning device asked President Obama what he had ever thought up or prototyped. Stumbl...
Can Hillary reverse decline in Democratic turnout?
by Michael Barone
May 25, 2015 12:52 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Bill Clinton won the presidency in 1992 by running as a different kind of Democrat from previous nominees. Hillary Clinton, Anne Gearan of The Washington Post reports, is hoping to win the presiden...
Politics not a science but a schoolyard brawl
by Kathleen Parker
May 25, 2015 12:50 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Because so many Republicans want to be president — or at least pretend they do — debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest na...
Second Cuban revolution rolling along
by Bill Press
May 25, 2015 12:33 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
HAVANA, Cuba — If you want to see the face of the new Cuba, talk to Niuris Higuiera, co-owner and chef of Havana’s Paladar Atelier (paladar’s the name Cubans use for privately-owned restaurants). H...
Will ‘accomplishment deficit’ be Hillary’s undoing?
by Jonah Goldberg
May 25, 2015 12:32 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
There are plenty of reasons to believe 2016 will be a very ugly election year. Here’s one more. Bloomberg Politics convened a focus group of Iowa Democrats. Nearly all loved Hillary. “She’s a bad m...
Why do so many eggs come from Iowa?
by Froma Harrop
May 25, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
An outbreak of bird flu has forced American farmers to kill millions of egg-laying chickens, 32 million in Iowa alone — hence the rise in egg prices. But why so many? Because our eggs are now produ...
Obama’s climate-change commencement address just ...
by Cal Thomas
May 25, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
I didn’t attend my commencement ceremony at American University in Washington, D.C. I chose instead to receive my degree in the mail. I didn’t want to listen to a boring speaker, likely unaffiliate...
A quest for war legitimacy
by George Will
May 23, 2015 09:54 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The Revolutionary War and Civil War ended in Virginia, which was involved, by the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, in the beginning of today’s war with radical Islam. Now a Virginia senator is determin...
The graduates
by Susan Estrich
May 22, 2015 12:18 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
It must be very difficult to be a college graduate these days. I read through the clips of the various famous speakers, and many are quite wonderful, humble and inspirational, such as Madeleine Alb...
You want hypotheticals on Iraq? Here's one
by Charles Krauthammer
May 22, 2015 12:17 AM | 5 5 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of I...
Is Jeb Brain-Dead?
by Ann Coulter
May 22, 2015 12:12 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Was Jeb Bush too busy watching telenovelas during his brother’s presidency to remember the Iraq War? We went to war at such breakneck speed after 9/11, that, before the invasion, I was able to writ...
GOP and Willie Horton: Together again
by Roger Simon
May 21, 2015 12:12 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
A question for Jeb Bush. And this one isn’t about his brother. It’s about his father. Now that we know whether Jeb would have launched his brother’s invasion of Iraq — yes, I don’t know, I’m not sa...
It’s time to unswaddle our universities
by Kathleen Parker
May 21, 2015 12:11 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas that may conflict with your own. WASHINGTON — Those accustomed to reading or listening only to liberal commentators may not be aware of...
Who are these outlaw bikers?
by Froma Harrop
May 21, 2015 12:10 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas — a shootout that left nine dead. Why are these guys committing grown-up violence over the seemingly adolescent concern of wh...
The withering of the death penalty
by George Will
May 21, 2015 12:08 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Without a definitive judicial ruling or other galvanizing event, a perennial American argument is ending. Capital punishment is withering away. It is difficult to imagine moral reasoning that would...
Is it really all our fault?
May 20, 2015 12:44 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
As Middle America rises in rage against “fast track” and the mammoth Obamatrade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, The Wall Street Journal has located the source of the malady. Last Monda...
A big setback in Ramadi and a ‘reality check’ is needed
by David Ignatius
May 20, 2015 12:39 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The capture of Ramadi last weekend by Islamic State fighters is a significant setback for U.S. strategy in Iraq and shows that, nearly a year after the extremists overran Mosul, the U....
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