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Colbert proves youth will be served; angry old white guys hate it
by Kevin Foley
April 18, 2014 01:12 AM | 5 5 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
“Youth will be served” reminds us America’s young people are its change agents. Over my lifetime, they’re the ones who invented rock n’ roll, protested unjust wars, challenged the hypocrisy of poli...
Windfall means Cobb school board can spend instead of cut this year
by Don McKee
April 16, 2014 04:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s amazing that the Cobb school district has suddenly gone from a projected $79.5 million deficit last year to a balanced budget that restores a full school year and funds 193 new teachers plus r...
We need to remember the real meaning of Easter
by Dick Yarbrough
April 16, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus. I wish I could have witnessed the events of a week that changed the world forever. I wish I could have accompanied Jesus into the city as he rode ...
Interim super shows kind of commitment needed for the job
by Don McKee
April 14, 2014 04:00 AM | 6 6 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
The Cobb School Board is getting thumbs up all around for its choice of deputy superintendent Chris Ragsdale as the interim superintendent. Let me join in applauding the board’s decision. From the ...
Marx, liberals and today’s identity politics
by Melvyn L Fein
April 14, 2014 12:00 AM | 10 10 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Karl Marx wanted workers to identify as workers. He believed only when they began looking after their own interests would they be able to throw off the yoke of capitalist oppression. Today, liberal...
Whassup, Dude? Well, certainly not expectations
by Roger Hines
April 13, 2014 12:00 AM | 5 5 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
The greatest enemy of excellence has always been casualness. Whether with one’s work or routine responsibilities, half-heartedness aborts excellence. In all things that we undertake, we are either ...
Beware: Your ‘past’ is a matter of public record
by Bill Lewis
April 13, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
You can run but you can’t hide — from your past, that is. Think back. Maybe there was a brief lack of good judgment a short while ago. Or maybe you’ve been a model citizen ever since that evening y...
Are you shouting ‘Hallelujah!’ or ‘Crucify Him!’?
by Nelson Price
April 12, 2014 11:55 PM | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Christendom celebrates a special day called Palm Sunday. It commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem shortly before His crucifixion. It’s significance is better understood with a fuller comprehensi...
Taylor-Brawner House restoration a tribute to determined volunteers
by Dick Yarbrough
April 12, 2014 12:59 AM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
I wish my Momma and Daddy had been around last Friday night. They would have been stuffing rocks in their pockets to keep from floating away. There was their little boy hanging with some real hones...
Deal looking vulnerable in early polling versus Democrat Carter
by Don McKee
April 11, 2014 12:23 AM | 3 3 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
One word can describe Gov. Nathan Deal in his re-election campaign: vulnerable. The latest polls show a tight race, not between Deal and his two Republican primary opponents, but between him and Ji...
Koch brothers ‘the Standard Oil of our times’
April 11, 2014 12:00 AM | 10 10 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
“The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the state because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government.” — Theodore Roosevelt. Charles Koch lives in a world of...
Deal’s proposed reform of state ethics commission needs more study
by Don McKee
April 09, 2014 12:00 AM | 5 5 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Gov. Nathan Deal has gone into damage control mode after a Fulton County jury ruled in favor of the former state ethics commission’s director whose salary was slashed when she pushed to investigate...
Curbing child abuse, neglect should be Georgia’s top priority
by Dick Yarbrough
April 09, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don’t like to think about, let alone write about and you would probably just ...
In wake of ignition-recall crisis, GM compassion, competence must find a balance
by Bryan H. Reber
April 09, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
“I am deeply sorry.” It’s not often you will hear a CEO express an apology for a company failure, particularly when the company is in crisis. The corporate lawyers will nearly always advise against...
Will new teacher evaluation system fix Georgia school woes?
by Don McKee
April 07, 2014 12:06 AM | 4 4 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
The Georgia Board of Education has voted to implement its new system for evaluating teachers and principals in all school districts this fall using the academic achievement of their students as one...
Exploitation: False consciousness, American style
by Melvyn L Fein
April 07, 2014 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Karl Marx sought a revolution. He wanted workers, whom he called proletarians, to rise up and overthrow their capitalistic bosses. Instead of passively allowing themselves to be exploited, they nee...
Children can’t properly judge traffic conditions
by Charlie Sewell, columnist
April 06, 2014 12:39 AM | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
Driving can be a game of cat and mouse. A driver is the cat in the car, and the mouse is a child on a bike.
Retired teacher remembers the class of '72
by Roger Hines
April 06, 2014 12:25 AM | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
The seventh-graders I taught in 1966-67 will turn 57 or 58 this year; however, time will never erase my memory of the year they were 12-year-olds. For over four decades, like song birds, they have ...
Bible-based faith only thing to pre-empt sale of ‘rope’ to Russia
by Nelson Price
April 06, 2014 12:24 AM | 3 3 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
Russian revolutionary theorist Vladimir Lenin said, “The capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” That is us. In 1960, Dr. Fred Schwarz, an Australia physician, wrote a book...
New school gives new hope for reclaiming lives
by Judy Elliott
April 06, 2014 12:23 AM | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
The logo chosen by the children at The Piedmont School of Atlanta tells their stories. A circle, enclosing a drawing of a mountain range, names the school, but also includes a red trail, a path, sn...
Rethinking ‘relevancy’: Marietta’s cultural funding needs increase, not deeper cuts
by Kee Carlisle
April 06, 2014 12:20 AM | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
I agree with Mayor Steve Tumlin’s comment that “It’s always good to take another look at how the city spends its money (re story: “Museums’ relevancy gone with the wind?” Wednesday’s MDJ). The city...
A Letter to Cameron: It’s not just the game, but how you played it
by Dick Yarbrough
April 05, 2014 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: I can’t believe that you are old enough to start playing baseball. Weren’t you just born a few calendar pages ago? Here you are suited up and ready for T-ball. Pardo...
Obamacare battle shifts to Medicaid expansion
by Kevin Foley
April 04, 2014 12:00 AM | 8 8 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
Credit the anti-Obamacare misinformation minions for doing a fine job stoking fear, anger and confusion over the Affordable Care Act. Just have a look at some of the comments from MDJ readers if yo...
New HOPE for top tech college students, big impact in local jobs
by Don McKee
April 03, 2014 11:31 PM | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
HOPE springs anew for the top tier of Georgia’s technical college students, the source of job-ready graduates for business and industry. House Bill 697 creates the Zell Miller Grant Scholar program...
Back who you wanna back ... as long as it’s not one of these three candidates
by Ann Coulter
April 18, 2014 01:13 AM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
As those of you who follow my hate mail know, I am opposed to running untested candidates against perfectly good incumbent Republican senators this election cycle. It will be a long time before Rep...
Ukraine is an existential crisis for Obama, too
by David Ignatius
April 18, 2014 01:11 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
As President Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin’s Russia than it does to the U.S. or Europe. For Pu...
The Zealots Win Again: ‘Politics of personal destruction’ win over transparency
by Charles Krauthammer
April 18, 2014 01:10 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit. On the one hand, of course money is speech. For most citizens, contributing to pol...
Fasten seatbelts: Obamacare needs fixing
by Susan Estrich
April 17, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
As I walked into the pharmacy, the technician who has kept track of all of my prescriptions for years was on an endless call trying to figure out who is going to deliver her baby and where. The goo...
Erasing the Race Card: They’ve been flying fast and furious lately
by Kathleen Parker
April 17, 2014 12:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe. The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens. Leading the weir...
Progressives driven by desire to protect majority rule
by George Will
April 17, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independen...
The Grim Repo: Medi-Cal Estate Recovery Act
by Tina Dupuy
April 16, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
It was 2007 and we were all gathered around the kitchen table. It was my husband; his parents, Frank and Rachel (not their real names); and me spending a Sunday afternoon catching up. Everyone, it ...
When it comes to race, Eric Holder is Obama’s whistling lap dog
by Jonah Goldberg
April 16, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week, the president’s lap dog blew his dog whistle. In case you didn’t know, in politics a “dog whistle” is coded language that has a superficial meaning for everybody, but also a special reso...
We need to repeal, replace Obamacare
by Star Parker
April 16, 2014 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
The announced departure of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius marks the end of a chapter of American history. Sibelius, aside from President Obama, has been the most prominent public face on the signa...
Male-Female Pay: Dems defending indefensible on bogus 77-cent ‘gap’
by Michael Barone
April 16, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
An economist serving on a second-term president’s Council of Economic Advisers might expect to weigh in on fundamental issues, restructuring the tax system or making entitlement programs sustainabl...
Scapegoat: Sebelius not the problem: Obamacare is
by Cal Thomas
April 14, 2014 10:35 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Dictionary.com offers two definitions for scapegoat: “1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical. A goat let loose in the wilderness on ...
Some lessons not learned in Boston bombing
by Froma Harrop
April 14, 2014 10:32 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Airport gift shops throughout New England are piling “Boston Strong” T-shirts in vivid colors. “Boston Strong” became a rallying cry of solidarity after the terrorist bombing last year at the Bosto...
No turning back: Obamacare is here to stay
by Bill Press
April 14, 2014 12:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Like any other job, there are days when covering the White House gets old and boring. But, even for grizzled veteran reporters, there are also times when you look up and say to yourself: “This is i...
The Colbert Report: ‘National treasure’ taking over from Letterman
by Kathleen Parker
April 14, 2014 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of the “Late Show,” CBS has waged war on America’s heartland — or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh...
GOP needs Southern ‘home cooking’ with Baked Alaska to capture the Senate
by Matt Towery
April 14, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
In recent years, the Republican Party has increasingly been described as a shrinking entity dominated by angry white males and Southerners. But the problem for the Democrats is that Southern states...
What would Reagan do? He’d keep channels open with Moscow
by Patrick Buchanan
April 14, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
President Reagan was holding a meeting in the Cabinet Room on March 25, 1985, when Press Secretary Larry Speakes came over to me, as communications director, with a concern. The White House was abo...
The Sky is Falling! Or is it? Let’s look back at the prophecies from the 1970s
by Michael Barone
April 13, 2014 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Forty years is roughly the length of a working lifetime — and long enough for history to have taken some unexpected turns. And to have proved that long-term forecasts based on extrapolations of exi...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of April 10
by Damon Poirier
April 12, 2014 07:30 AM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at flooding, bomb threats, a movie deal, a blow torch assault and Fred Tokars.
Be Careful! The Left’s ‘thought police’ are on patrol
by Charles Krauthammer
April 11, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to The Washington Post demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. The petition arrived the day before p...
Focus on what works
by Cal Thomas
April 11, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
The Fiscal Times reported last week that the State Department has missing files or incomplete files for more than $6 billion in State Department contracts. Steve Linick, State’s inspector general, ...
Conservative businessmen, farmers: Competition for thee but not for me
by Ann Coulter
April 11, 2014 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Between having Republican presidential candidates fly to Las Vegas to kiss his ring, billionaire Sheldon Adelson has managed to fit in time to talk Sen. Lindsey Graham into sponsoring a bill bannin...
The Talk Radio Party: GOP needs candidates who sound like senators, not tea party ‘kooks’
by Michael Reagan
April 10, 2014 01:08 AM | 3 3 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
So what does the tea party want this fall? A repeat of 2010 or a repeat of 2012? The tea party succeeded spectacularly in 2010. Its principled enthusiasm put Republicans back in charge of the House...
Let there be light in health spending
by Froma Harrop
April 10, 2014 01:07 AM | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Foes of Obamacare often frame such health reforms as “redistribution” schemes. They take money from hardworking Americans and give it to the presumably undeserving. My conservative friends are righ...
Fewer limits on campaign contributions are for the best
by Star Parker
April 10, 2014 01:06 AM | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
The Supreme Court’s decision last week in McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission, eliminating the total limit that an individual can contribute in an election cycle to candidates and party commit...
'Fivers': Convention a recourse to budgetary inaction
by George Will
April 10, 2014 01:05 AM | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
PHOENIX — From the Goldwater Institute, the fertile frontal lobe of the conservative movement’s brain, comes an innovative idea that is gaining traction in Alaska, Arizona and Georgia, and its advo...
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