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The Cooper Harris case: Silence in face of injustice
by Allen B. Goodwin
July 26, 2014 11:40 PM | 3 3 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
I am quiet. But it hurts. I am without that settled feeling that usually overcomes me when I know my mouth is safely shut and my computer keyboard is asleep. I am quiet but unsettled. I need to wri...
Mourning the end of cursive writing
by Judy Elliott
July 26, 2014 11:36 PM | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
I’ve been writing to my granddaughter, Kathryn, who’s at summer camp. Kathryn is named for my mother, so it’s fitting to put pen to paper, remembering a woman who kept in touch. My mother was a pos...
A tale of three cities: The importance of leadership
by Roger Hines
July 26, 2014 11:28 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Forty years ago this summer, my wife Nancy and I were driving north on Highway 41 from Marietta toward Kennesaw. About halfway there, I remarked to her, “We’re getting too far from Marietta.” We we...
Note to parents: All hands on deck!
by Nelson Price
July 26, 2014 11:23 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Has America changed from the days of our Founders? The answer is an overwhelming yes. However, seeds are daily being planted that are sure to make an even more dramatic change. The seed sources are...
Remembering Bob Barr and Bill Byrne — up close and personal
by Dick Yarbrough
July 25, 2014 07:56 PM | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Tuesday night’s Republican runoff election was likely the last hurrah for two of Cobb County’s highest profile, and many times most controversial, political figures. Bob Barr served four terms in C...
Right-wing’s predictions on ACA never came true
by Kevin Foley
July 24, 2014 11:58 PM | 10 10 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The conservative media has all but stopped talking about the Affordable Care Act. Here’s why: It’s a big success. Early last year, Rush Limbaugh asked tea party Sen. Mike Lee of Utah why conservati...
One thing is certain: Next Georgia senator will be an outsider
by Don McKee
July 24, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
David Perdue swept metro Atlanta and nearly all of north Georgia in defeating longtime Congressman Jack Kingston for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat of retiring Sen. Saxby Chambl...
Howls from Left’s ‘disparity lobby’ undercut by facts
by Dan Joy
July 23, 2014 09:53 PM | 6 6 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Over the last several years, the issue of income and wealth disparity has re-emerged as an issue of political importance. It constitutes the foundation of government programs whose purpose is the r...
Taxpayers on hook for mishandled ethics prob
by Dick Yarbrough
July 23, 2014 12:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experien...
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 | 9 9 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 | 11 11 comments | 9 9 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 | 17 17 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 | 8 8 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 | 9 9 comments | 12 12 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 | 8 8 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 | 13 13 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 | 8 8 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 | 10 10 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 | 10 10 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 | 10 10 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 | 14 14 comments | 13 13 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 | 11 11 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 | 11 11 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 | 10 10 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...
If voters act like financial markets, the GOP could have a tough November
by Matt Towery
July 28, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
As of late July, we see major conflicts that have flared up in Iraq, the Ukraine and in the ongoing escalating attack on Israel. New home sales remain mediocre. Millennials, who helped elect Barack...
When it comes to the death penalty, columnist is all over the map
by Susan Estrich
July 28, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
I will readily admit I have been all over the map when it comes to the death penalty. As a young lawyer and law professor, I was opposed to it. Actually, it was easy to be against it. The evidence ...
GOP ignoring lessons of 1994
by Bill Press
July 28, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
President John F. Kennedy was fond of quoting the philosopher George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Indeed, Santayana’s advice makes so much sense you’d...
Is Putin worse than Stalin? No — so we should stay engaged
by Patrick Buchanan
July 28, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
In 1933, the Holodomor was playing out in Ukraine. After the “kulaks,” the independent farmers, had been liquidated in the forced collectivization of Soviet agriculture, a genocidal famine was impo...
Still fighting: The Delphi workers Obama robbed
by Michelle Malkin
July 28, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
The White House pretended to champion American workers this week with gimmicky initiatives on federal job training and “workplace innovation.” But far from the Beltway dog-and-pony show, a group of...
Eyes on the prize: Question for tea party: Why shouldn’t Republicans ask blacks for their votes?
by Ann Coulter
July 24, 2014 11:37 PM | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
When a U.S. president is using the IRS to terrify his political enemies, destroying American health care and opening our southern border to millions of future welfare-collecting, Democratic voters ...
The vacant presidency
by Charles Krauthammer
July 24, 2014 08:51 PM | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached....
Some optimism in a troubled world
by David Ignatius
July 24, 2014 08:49 PM | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The world has been so chaotic lately it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers — involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran — that avoided what could have been...
California gubernatorial hopeful could prove to be Goldwater 2.0
by George Will
July 23, 2014 09:55 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
MENLO PARK, Calif. — Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barr...
Will GOP’s blabbermouths wake Democrats up?
by Froma Harrop
July 23, 2014 09:54 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
It is often said, believed and undoubtedly right that the Republicans’ ace in midterm elections is apathetic Democrats not showing up at the polls. But that once predictable waltz into November is ...
False equivalence: ‘Crossfire culture’ puts Israel in public opinion’s crosshairs
by Susan Estrich
July 23, 2014 09:52 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The “crossfire” mentality that defines public discourse today has the obvious problem of ignoring the fact that most of us land somewhere in the middle, turning every debate into a shouting contest...
Racial politics may determine who controls Senate
by Star Parker
July 23, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 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 | 4 4 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 | 4 4 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 | 6 6 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 | 12 12 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 | 8 8 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 | 6 6 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 | 10 10 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 | 8 8 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 | 8 8 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.
The border crisis: Liberals using ‘anti-logic’ to argue for amnesty
by Ann Coulter
July 17, 2014 11:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 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 | 8 8 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...
A look at Obama’s foreign policy shortcomings
by David Ignatius
July 17, 2014 11:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 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...
Past inaction on immigration law now has Obama paying the price
by Michael Barone
July 17, 2014 01:51 AM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 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...
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