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Cruz-ing in Washington?
by Bill Lewis
March 28, 2015 09:13 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
As of Monday, March 23rd, it’s time for the media to officially begin target practice on 2016 presidential wannabes. Everything up til now has been for funzies. Just in case you had basketball hang...
Reflections on Palm Sunday
by Nelson Price
March 28, 2015 09:02 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Today I walked the Palm Sunday road that runs from Bethany on the east side of the Mount of Olives over the ridge of the mountain, down into the Kedron Valley, before ascending to Jerusalem. It bei...
Some final thoughts on my visit with Cobb Muslims
by Dick Yarbrough
March 28, 2015 12:00 AM | 5 5 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Permit me to share some final thoughts on my recent visit with a group of Muslims in Cobb County and the two columns that resulted. My mail was not nearly as negative as I had expected it to be. I ...
Kochs’ anti-education push aided by GOP
by Kevin Foley
March 26, 2015 11:54 PM | 8 8 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Charles Koch is 79 years old. His brother David is 74. Barring accident or catastrophic disease, the two conservative billionaire brothers can expect to live for another decade or so. With so littl...
Cobb Travel & Tourism an economic catalyst
by Al Martin
March 26, 2015 11:52 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Did you know travel and tourism is the number one economic industry in Cobb County, with $2.5 billion in annual economic impact, employing more than 30,000 people? Did you also know one entity is s...
Isakson gains ground in drive to fix VA health care problems
by Don McKee
March 26, 2015 12:27 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Chalk one up for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) in his fight for health care access for America’s veterans. Isakson, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, with the backing of ranking...
EPA’s new rules to mean higher energy prices
by Jim Martin
March 25, 2015 09:50 PM | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The drop in gas prices might have you feeling pretty good about the cost of energy lately. But if Washington has its way, Georgians might be paying a lot more for the energy they depend on. The U.S...
Arts Funding: Will the Big Chicken be our legacy?
by Robert Meredith
March 25, 2015 09:48 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art Director Sally Macaulay was excitedly describing her latest fundraising plan for the museum. It is a combination chalk art/beer festival that she has dubbed “Chalktoberf...
Public schools have targets on their back
by Larry Savage
March 24, 2015 08:18 PM | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Public education in Georgia and Cobb County is under attack. The Cobb County School District seems to have a target on its back. Assaults are coming from multiple directions that hit the school dis...
Reform Commission offers chance to improve public schools
by Dick Yarbrough
March 24, 2015 07:51 PM | 4 4 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
I suspect my recent silence on the subject of public education in Georgia has been deafening to some of you. I will explain. In January, I was named a member of the Education Reform Commission by G...
Law change not needed to protect taxpayers
by Randy Scamihorn
March 23, 2015 09:30 PM | 4 4 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
In response to the Letter to the Editor published in the MDJ March 18, from Robert Shaw, head of the Fulton County Development Authority, I offer this rebuttal. First, I appreciate Mr. Shaw acknowl...
Conservatives need new vision of who they are
by Melvyn L Fein
March 22, 2015 10:06 PM | 2 2 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
During the 1930s, Winston Churchill wandered the political wilderness. Untrusted by every political party, his warnings about Nazism went unheeded. Dismissed as a radical warmonger, most onlookers ...
It’s vital for Cobb schools to stop SB 85
by JoEllen Smith, Brad Wheeler, and Tana Page
March 22, 2015 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
We are a diverse group of individuals spanning the ideological spectrum. However, we stand united on one issue; opposed to Senate Bill 85 (SB 85), currently being considered by the Georgia Legislat...
‘Being Mortal’: Medicine and what matters in the end
by Judy Elliott
March 22, 2015 04:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Afriend, in his 80s, gave my husband Atul Gawande’s book, “Being Mortal.” It was written by a doctor, who is the son of two doctors. He can tell us why eyesight dims and age spots appear, how patie...
Antarctica displays the grandeur of the Creator
by Nelson Price
March 21, 2015 11:45 PM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Our recent visit to Antarctica provided insight into a frozen world. The beauty and distinctive character of the terrain kept our minds off the challenge of navigating the area. There were days our...
Cobb has better transit options than BRT
by Ron Sifen
March 21, 2015 11:44 PM | 2 2 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Metro Atlanta added 64,700 jobs last year, and is expected to add 94,500 jobs in 2015, according to the Georgia State University Economic Forecasting Center. Those 94,500 jobs would be the best job...
Sinners, or mistake-makers?: The Demise of Sin
by Roger Hines
March 21, 2015 11:43 PM | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
It wasn’t a preacher who wrote the book “Whatever Became of Sin?” It was none other than Karl Menninger himself. Menninger, the revered Topeka, Kansas psychiatrist, released his successful treatise...
Part 2: A talk with some of Cobb’s Muslims
by Dick Yarbrough
March 21, 2015 12:17 AM | 4 4 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
It is obvious that many of us are of untrusting of our fellow citizens who are Muslim. Every day, we are exposed to more and more atrocities committed in the name of Islam. The Cobb County Muslims ...
‘More Take Home Pay Act’ prioritizes Georgia families
by John Carson
March 20, 2015 12:35 AM | 5 5 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
If you pay income taxes in Georgia, you already know that our state’s tax system is not working for families. Under the Gold Dome, I meet moms and dads, employees and business owners alike, who say...
Tehran Tom’s trigger-happy mutineers
by Kevin Foley
March 20, 2015 12:34 AM | 21 21 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Republicans hate President Obama even more than Iran, which would, if it could, wipe the United States of America off the face of the planet. To make sure that never happens, Obama has been leading...
Iran brouhaha highlights total lack of foreign policy leadership
by Bob Barr
March 20, 2015 12:32 AM | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
“Traitors,” screamed a tabloid New York newspaper. “Heroes,” proclaimed conservative pundits. Actually, the 47 Republican Senators who signed a March 9th “Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic ...
Comcast to put Braves development, Cobb on technology map
by Don McKee
March 19, 2015 12:17 AM | 2 2 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Even critics of the deal to bring the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County must agree the organization knows how to put great deals together — witness the announcement of a major project and sponsorship b...
California flag flap leaves writer ‘sick and tired’ of those tearing down the nation
by Jerry Landers
March 18, 2015 11:23 PM | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
I didn’t think I was going to have to write this column. After members of the Student Government Association at the University of California at Irvine voted on March 3 to remove the United States f...
Four score (and other suggestions)
by Bill Lewis
March 18, 2015 11:22 PM | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
This week there again began the annual madness in March accompanying the NCAA Division I basketball tournament. In addition to sportswriters opining about which teams besides Kentucky (the consensu...
Remembrance of Clintons past
by George Will
March 28, 2015 09:14 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
An abscess of anger seems to gnaw at Hillary Clinton, but the reasons for her resentments remain unclear. The world’s oldest party, which governed the nation during two world wars and is the primar...
MDJ Time Capsule: The week of March 27
by Damon Poirier
March 27, 2015 03:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at a robbers, a controversial subdivision, Newt Gingrich and Coach James “Friday” Richards.
Hey, Pretty Boy: Do you actually know what’s in the news?
by Ann Coulter
March 26, 2015 11:51 PM | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
When “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams crashed and burned over all the tall tales he had told, there must have been mirth in the hallways at ABC. In the highly competitive world of TV news, ...
Can family breakdown in low-education America be reversed?
by Michael Barone
March 26, 2015 11:50 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Our kids, at least many of them, are not doing very well. The reason, writes Harvard professor Robert Putnam in his just-published “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis,” is the “two-tier pattern...
The GOP Racing Form
by Charles Krauthammer
March 26, 2015 11:50 PM | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies. No point in wasting time on the Democratic field. ...
Frozen conflicts at heart of NATO perils
by David Ignatius
March 25, 2015 09:51 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
BRUSSELS — The NATO alliance seems stuck at a crossroads on Ukraine, unsure whether to move toward greater confrontation with Russia or accept the deadlocked “frozen conflict” that has emerged ther...
Wacko birds nesting in U.S. Senate
by Kathleen Parker
March 25, 2015 08:50 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
President Obama got it two-thirds right when he said that the delayed confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is owing to Senate dysfunction and Republican stubbornness. He lef...
Who Says Economics Hard?
by George Will
March 25, 2015 08:48 PM | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Every day the Chinese go to work, Americans get a raise: Chinese workers, many earning each day about what Americans spend on a Starbucks latte, produce apparel, appliances and other stuff cheaply,...
A latte please, with a shot of cowardice
by Roger Simon
March 24, 2015 08:18 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Starbucks is such a fat target that you have to be nuts not to take a swing at it. The coffee costs so much that some people call the place “Fivebucks.” English is not good enough for it. You have ...
Are NGOs agents of subversion?
by Patrick Buchanan
March 24, 2015 08:17 PM | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Though “Bibi” Netanyahu won re-election last week, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will still look into whether the State Department financed a clandestine effort to defeat him....
A time for clarity
by Star Parker
March 24, 2015 07:50 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Freedom House, which publishes an annual report measuring freedom around the world, rating nations based on political rights and civil liberties, has recently issued its 2015 report. According to t...
Deal Invites evil to spread
by Cal Thomas
March 23, 2015 09:28 PM | 2 2 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
In 1982, during one of many visits to Israel, I had the opportunity to speak with Prime Minister Menachem Begin, who told me, “Israel needs friends.” He added that in the end, his nation could not ...
Coffee? Tea? Or a frank talk on race?
by Jonah Goldberg
March 22, 2015 10:05 PM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Starbucks is easy to make fun of on its best days, what with the pretentious names for everyday items, never mind the ridiculously high prices for those same everyday items. Even the cashiers have ...
Like a race riot with your coffee?
by Bill Press
March 22, 2015 10:04 PM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
This quote, often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, says it best: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” That’s especially true if you’re the CEO of a ...
How Americans rate news networks
by Matt Towery
March 22, 2015 10:03 PM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
They say that all politics is local, and a new poll suggests that when it comes to trusting their TV news sources, Americans feel the same way. A new Quinnipiac poll provides the nation’s opinion a...
Social inequality has deepening roots
by George Will
March 22, 2015 10:03 PM | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
The rate of dog ownership is rising ominously. How can a profusion of puppies be worrisome? A report from the Raymond James financial services firm concerning trends in the housing market explains:...
The big, fat ‘American Worker Recruitment First’ lie
by Michelle Malkin
March 22, 2015 10:01 PM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
You’ve heard it from Big Government lobbyists. You’ve heard it from Big Business lackeys in both political parties. And you’ve heard it from journalists, pundits and think-tankers ad nauseam: The H...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of March 19
by Damon Poirier
March 20, 2015 10:15 AM | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at Civil War damage claims, Stop Atlanta, voting rights, a bank robbery and Newt Gingrich.
Sanctimony and Grandstanding: They’re more fun than free speech
by Ann Coulter
March 20, 2015 12:34 AM | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
After police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown last summer in Ferguson, Missouri, the media erupted in terror at the prospect of young black men being gunned down by over-excitable w...
No Peace in our Time
by Charles Krauthammer
March 20, 2015 12:31 AM | 8 8 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Of all the idiocies uttered in reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu’s stunning election victory, none is more ubiquitous than the idea that peace prospects are now dead because Netanyahu has declared the...
Kasich waiting in wings
by George Will
March 18, 2015 09:35 PM | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ideas fly from Gov. John Kasich like sparks from a flint. While explaining his prison reforms, he interrupts himself midsentence — his sentences, like some E. E. Cummings poems, ar...
Pastors stand tall vs. speaker at historically black college
by Star Parker
March 18, 2015 09:34 PM | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
The course of history changes at special moments when courageous individuals step up to take a stand, often at personal risk, on issues burning in controversy. One of those moments was just celebra...
Hillary and the media: Act 2016
by Kathleen Parker
March 17, 2015 10:10 PM | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Amid all the verbiage about Hillary Clinton’s email, one irrefutable fact emerges: Polls will drive us crazy before the Clintons do. The latest CNN/ORC poll shows that a majority of Am...
Stop me before I write again
by Roger Simon
March 17, 2015 10:08 PM | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
If Iowa didn’t exist, the national press corps would have to invent it. The majority of reporters who cover national politics live in the Eastern time zone. This sometimes nags at them. And every n...
It’s back to the Cold War future in Putin’s Europe
by David Ignatius
March 17, 2015 08:54 PM | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The language of the Cold War has returned with a vengeance, with renewed talk of nuclear alerts, alleged testing of medium-range nuclear missiles and worries about NATO’s defense umbre...
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