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Congress and the four-day work week
by Bill Lewis
September 13, 2014 09:59 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Have you seen the headlines? Most read something like this: “Congress Hustling Back to Washington to do . . . Nothing.” The Senate, House of Representatives, and much of the administration occupyin...
Don’t be guilty of ‘pervasive Bible ignorance’
by Nelson Price
September 13, 2014 09:49 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Here is a frightening thought. Someday, today’s young adults may spend their twilight years telling their children and grandchildren what it was like to live in America when people were free. The d...
Candidates sat as journalist ejected
by Kevin Foley
September 11, 2014 09:49 PM | 11 11 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
When Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens flaps his gums, he’s liable to say something that will make Republicans squirm. Last year, for example, Hudgens proudly told an audience he was d...
Many reasons why students should rate their teachers
by Michael O’Sullivan
September 11, 2014 09:45 PM | 3 3 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Some people would argue students shouldn’t have a say in evaluating their teacher’s performance simply because they’re students. As the logic goes, there’s no way students could be qualified to rat...
What’s next for Braves stadium? Will there be an ‘October surprise’?
by Don McKee
September 11, 2014 04:00 AM | 3 3 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
In politics, there’s the “October surprise” about a candidate right before the November elections. In the case of the new stadium for the Atlanta Braves in Cobb County, we have a September surprise...
Dalton State a major player in area’s economic rebound
by Dick Yarbrough
September 09, 2014 10:29 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Remember the story of “The Little Engine That Could?” That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of about 34,000 nestled in the corner of northwest Georgia not far from the Tennessee line....
Critics of Lee, Braves move just a bitter minority
by Ben Mathis
September 09, 2014 04:00 AM | 17 17 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
In the face of yet another attempt to subvert the County’s ethics code for political purposes, it’s time the majority of us who are proud of what Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee has accomplished a...
Do we still have ‘fiber’ to stave off catastrophe?
by Melvyn L Fein
September 08, 2014 01:15 AM | 3 3 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The wheels have been coming off the Obama administration. Domestically and internationally, policy failures abound. At home, the IRS, VA, Immigration and Obamacare debacles linger. Abroad, ISIS, th...
Cutting corners while driving can turn out to be expensive, deadly
by Charlie Sewell, columnist
September 07, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Cutting corners is generally considered the simplest, quickest, or cheapest way of doing something. When it comes to the rules of the road, however, cutting corners can be expensive and deadly. The...
It’s football season — and columnist is ‘stuck with a one-door cabinet’
by Judy Elliot
September 06, 2014 11:52 PM | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s the time of year for the removal of the cabinet door. In the room we loosely call “the den,” my husband watches football, sitting in a chair across from bookshelves, two, each with cabinets wa...
Jihadists love death more than non-jihadists love life
by Nelson Price
September 06, 2014 11:47 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
We are engaged in a holy war without even knowing what is considered holy by the opponent. Before going further, I want to acknowledge there are many Muslims who do not believe in jihad. There are ...
Training a Blue Devil ... and other youths as well
by Roger Hines
September 06, 2014 11:45 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
From all accounts, George Washington was decisive, Lincoln was serious, Woodrow Wilson was studious, Truman was authentic, Reagan was cheerful and George Herbert Walker Bush was methodical. Each of...
More Wisdom in Tooth or Anonymous Comments?
by Dick Yarbrough
September 06, 2014 12:26 AM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear Boss: This has not been a good week. Having a wisdom tooth extracted pretty much guaranteed that. I regret I won’t be able to get a column to you this week. I am too busy whining and telling a...
Post-racial America still a long way off
by Kevin Foley
September 04, 2014 09:20 PM | 17 17 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
I never thought I would live to see an African-American elected president of the United States. The only way it could happen was if white Americans looked past race as the sole reason not to vote f...
Georgia not expanding Medicaid, but on hook for others’ growth
by Don McKee
September 04, 2014 04:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Georgia has opted out of expanding Medicaid under Obamacare, aiming to avoid increased costs. On top of that, at the close of this year’s legislative session Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill making s...
September’s Song: It has pumpkins growing weary
by Dick Yarbrough
September 02, 2014 10:03 PM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, “September Song,” was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called “Knickerbocker Holiday.” The lyr...
Lee’s comments showed he has ‘sold his soul’
by Mike Boyce
September 02, 2014 04:00 AM | 21 21 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
In their Commentary in the Aug. 26 MDJ, “Having experienced advisor was key to the Braves deal,” senior Cobb Chamber of Commerce VP Brooks Mathis and Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee admitted to th...
Media showed double standard in Ferguson
by Melvyn L Fein
September 01, 2014 04:00 AM | 17 17 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Let us do a thought experiment. Suppose a black police officer shot an unarmed 18-year-old white male. We do not know the circumstances, but the victim was almost twice the size of the cop. Can you...
Help fight the War on Work
by Nelson Price
August 31, 2014 12:52 AM | 4 4 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
We need Labor Day as never before. W-o-r-k is the new four letter dirty word. There is even a “War on Work” in America, a civil war, a cold war. The pernicious entertainment community has a war on ...
Student evaluation of teachers: Helpful or harmful?
by Roger Hines
August 31, 2014 12:51 AM | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
How would it set with you for your children to evaluate you as a parent and send their evaluations to … let’s say the Division of Family and Children’s Services? Or the federal Department of Educat...
Obama amnesty plan a ‘security nightmare’
by D.A. King
August 31, 2014 12:48 AM | 11 11 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
It has come to our attention many readers are unaware last year the Obama administration released 169 illegal aliens from deportation proceedings who have already been convicted of “homicide-relate...
Is GDOT trying to use BRT to kill Cobb’s next SPLOST?
by Ron Sifen
August 31, 2014 12:45 AM | 4 4 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The MDJ’s “Around Town” column reported Aug. 19 that GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden recently discussed GDOT’s planning for implementing BRT on Cobb Parkway, despite Cobb’s overwhelming opposition t...
CCSD music a winner: ‘You can’t Google how to play a trumpet’
by Dick Yarbrough
August 29, 2014 09:30 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Christopher Ferrell is the supervisor of instrumental music for the Cobb County School District. He took time out of a busy day at a busy time of the year to tell me about his job. What a job it is...
African-Americans stay home on Election Day at own peril
by Kevin Foley
August 28, 2014 10:34 PM | 13 13 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
The sad spectacle in Ferguson, Mo. reminds us bad politicians are elected by good people who don’t vote. Ferguson is 67 percent African-American. The mayor is a white Republican. Of the 50 officers...
An epic vote coming Tuesday in Scotland
by George Will
September 13, 2014 09:45 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Tucking into a dish of Scottish haggis is not a task for the fainthearted. There are various haggis recipes, but basically it is sheep’s pluck — the heart, lungs and liver — cooked tog...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Sept. 11
by Damon Poirier
September 13, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at World War I, a shooting, integration, a fire and a bank robbery.
Get angry now: Obama thinks voters too stupid to care about amnesty
by Ann Coulter
September 11, 2014 09:43 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
President Obama now says he will wait until after the November elections to implement an “executive amnesty” for 11 million illegal aliens, so as not to hurt Democrats’ chances this year. Instead o...
Once again, Obama has sounded an uncertain trumpet
by Charles Krauthammer
September 11, 2014 07:55 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
In his Islamic State speech, President Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy. This alone will probably get him a bum...
Big government out of place in society based on small technology
by Michael Barone
September 11, 2014 07:52 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
“Twentieth-century technology,” writes economic historian Joel Mokyr, “was primarily about ‘large’ things.” Large in physical size, that is. Mokyr’s examples include the diesel engine and the gas t...
Democrats’ extremism on free speech stains the Senate
by George Will
September 10, 2014 07:57 PM | 3 3 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Since Barry Goldwater, accepting the Republicans’ 1964 presidential nomination, said “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” Democrats have been decrying Republican “extremism.” Actually,...
Obama stepping warily onto battlefield
by David Ignatius
September 10, 2014 07:56 PM | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
For President Obama, this is gut-check time on Iraq. He is moving the nation back onto a pitiless battlefield, with a war plan that is long on good intentions and short on clarity about the ultimat...
The sacking of Ray Rice: ‘Morals clauses’ for NFLers the answer?
by Cal Thomas
September 10, 2014 07:55 PM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The “indefinite suspension” of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for knocking out his then-fiancee, now wife, in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino has again provoked debate about domestic...
Jihadists’ plan eternal
by Michelle Malkin
September 10, 2014 07:51 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Here’s the first and last rule of Islamic jihad: If at first you don’t succeed, plot, plot again. 9/11 wasn’t the first. 9/11 won’t be the last. It’s not “fear-mongering” to face reality. These hea...
Howard Fuller has answer for Ferguson
by Star Parker
September 09, 2014 10:29 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Eight days before 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., he received his high school diploma from Normandy High School in the Normandy School District near Ferguson. In Jan...
From the ‘audacity of hope’ to the ‘miasma of mope’
by Roger Simon
September 09, 2014 10:26 PM | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
I wish the president would go golfing again. Really. He skipped it Sunday, a beautiful day, because he wanted to show the nation that he now finally understands the bad “optics” of golfing while fr...
Casinos just aren’t the answer
by Froma Harrop
September 09, 2014 10:25 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The video for the Bruce Springsteen song “Atlantic City” opens with a scene of the grand Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel imploding into a pile of dust. That was almost 40 years ago. The Traymore Hotel a...
Joan Rivers and me
by Cal Thomas
September 09, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
We met by accident. How else could it have been with two people who are so different? Or are we? It was the early 1980s when a tabloid called me. They were doing a story on Joan Rivers and thought ...
Ready, set, wait: Control of Senate may be in limbo until January
by Matt Towery
September 08, 2014 01:19 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
There is growing optimism among Republicans the GOP will take majority control of the Senate following the November elections. And yes, the likelihood is increasing that they could be right. But th...
Where in the world — or U.S. — is missing jihad pilot?
by Michelle Malkin
September 08, 2014 01:18 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Black caliphate flags flap in the open air. Islamic head-choppers wreak bloody havoc around the world. About a dozen commercial airliners disappear in Libya. And America’s immigration and entrance ...
Secretaries Day
by Dana Milbank
September 08, 2014 01:18 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
It was all going well until John Kerry tried to kill off George Shultz. The secretary of state was welcoming five of his predecessors to the State Department’s groundbreaking ceremony for a new mus...
No rush to war in Syria
by Bill Press
September 08, 2014 01:13 AM | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Give President Obama credit for one thing: He’s accomplished something nobody else could do. In a city long frozen in partisan gridlock, he’s done the impossible. He’s succeeded in getting Democrat...
ISIS? It’s just a ‘foreign legion for losers’
by Jonah Goldberg
September 08, 2014 01:11 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
On the Internet, you’re never really alone. Name any fad, any cause, any hobby or passion — Shaker furniture? Dungeons and Dragons? Bolivian tree frogs? — and you’re only a few clicks away from som...
Putin’s cold gaze at NATO reveals atrophied might and ... ‘Palsied Wills’
by George Will
September 06, 2014 11:48 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Speaking on Aug. 29 — at a fundraiser, of course — Barack Obama applied to a platitude the varnish of smartphone sociology, producing this intellectual sunburst: “The truth of the matter is, is tha...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Sept. 4
by Damon Poirier
September 06, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at WWI, a jet crash, hitchhiker, fugitive, Sen. Barry Goldwater and Lockheed.
Speed kills; at least, in case of racial-profiling study
by Ann Coulter
September 04, 2014 09:20 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
In an article about police shootings in last Sunday’s New York Times, Michael Wines disputes the conventional wisdom about a disproportionate number of African-Americans being shot by police, sayin...
Ukraine abandoned
by Charles Krauthammer
September 04, 2014 09:15 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy in Syria for confronting the Islamic State. Y...
Democrats look increasingly like party of the past
by Michael Barone
September 04, 2014 09:14 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Liberals like to think and talk about themselves as if they were the wave of the future. Note, for example, how Barack Obama and John Kerry have denounced Islamist terrorists and Vladimir Putin for...
Putin’s ambitions, fueled by anger, are ‘Hitlerian’
by George Will
September 03, 2014 11:38 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. Vladimir Putin’s fascist revival is a crisis that tests the West’s capaci...
Confirm the ambassadors
by David Ignatius
September 03, 2014 11:37 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Talk about America’s decline is usually wrong. But how else would you describe a country that, in a world of exploding tensions, is unable to confirm dozens of ambassadors to foreign posts because ...
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