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No substitutes for premonition, wit and good, old-fashioned know-how
by Charlie Sewell
August 02, 2015 01:17 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
A long time ago, travelers stopped alongside the road to communicate with another person using a rather large coin-operated gadget called a payphone. They planned trips using compact devices called...
Rounding up the Republicans
by Bill Lewis
August 02, 2015 12:02 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s about to get really interesting in the town of Republicanville. The first presidential debate airs on FOX News on Thursday. But only the top ten presidential candidates in the aggregate polls ...
Copy Grant, Lee on settling conflicts
by Nelson Price
August 02, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
Can groups espousing different political and social positions show each understanding and compassion? A classic example is found involving two Civil War adversaries: Generals Grant and Lee. Gen. Ro...
Thanks to predictable targets, it’s been a good week
by Dick Yarbrough
August 01, 2015 12:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
I have had a good week. I was called a “bed-wetting liberal” by a reader who thinks it is still 1861 and who is positive I voted for Barack Obama and then was chastised by a liberal you-know-what f...
Trump inflaming gullible conservatives
by Kevin Foley
July 31, 2015 12:57 AM | 6 6 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
When I started my career in New York City 35 years ago, I often ran into the sort of person I promised myself I’d never become; a self-centered loudmouth with sharp elbows. I chose to let my work s...
Questions might be raised about the helpfulness of BRT-backing comments
by Don McKee
July 30, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Questions might be raised about how helpful are many of the supportive comments submitted to the county about the proposed $494 million bus rapid transit system along Cobb Parkway. As duly reported...
Georgia insurers must put patients before profits
by Jonathan Ownby
July 30, 2015 12:00 AM | 6 6 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
You and your doctor don’t always have the final say over your health care decisions. Your physician may prescribe the most effective treatment only to have your insurance provider refuse to cover i...
How to be a liberal in one angry letter
by Dick Yarbrough
July 29, 2015 12:27 AM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
I want you to hear this from me rather than from Donald Trump. I have been outed. I am a “bed-wetting liberal.” No longer can I hide in the closet, among my bell-bottom pants and Nehru jackets that...
An infectious smile can take politicians a long way
by Melvyn L Fein
July 27, 2015 12:00 AM | 3 3 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
When I was a teenager, Artie B. was my best friend. Nevertheless, Artie and I could not have been more different. I was a good student; Artie was not. I was also a straight arrow, whereas he was a ...
Plain talk vs. forked tongues: Why Trump appeals
by Roger Hines
July 26, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Last November there occurred a Republican tsunami. Can anybody see any results of that great tide today? It reminds us of the smarty comment made by the feminist poet Dorothy Parker in 1933 when sh...
‘Watchman’ reminds we are beholden to a good editor
by Judy Elliott
July 26, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
When the first cool days of September send readers back to their book club meetings, discussions will reign. As opinions are noted, coffee cups or wine glasses should be raised to toast the late Ta...
Courts may outvote God, but they can’t overrule Him
by Nelson Price
July 26, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Consider in summary the major problems facing our country: unemployment, taxation, international conflict, war, pollution, water shortages, racial conflict, moral decline, immigration, and taxation...
Mary Phagan — The Forgotten Victim of the Leo Frank Case
by Rabbi Steven Lebow
July 26, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
In just a few weeks I will lead the memorial service for Leo Frank, the victim of a lynching in Marietta on Aug. 17, 1915. At that service on the afternoon of Aug. 16, political figures, members of...
Common sense step can be taken to protect military recruiting centers
by Don McKee
July 24, 2015 12:22 AM | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Some people in Georgia and across America are taking up arms to protect our vulnerable military service men and women in the wake of the murder of Marine Lance Cpl. Skip Wells of Marietta, three ot...
Study: BRT would make traffic worse on Cobb Parkway
by Ron Sifen
July 23, 2015 04:00 AM | 6 6 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
My July 14 column criticized the Cobb Parkway BRT study, which is called the Connect Cobb Environmental Assessment. Cobb County did not like what I had to say. t Cobb now denies that they said the ...
To win the election, you must win the debate
by Daniel Joy
July 23, 2015 01:19 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
In order to win an election, you must first win the debate. If a candidate fails to convince the voters that he or she is superior on matters important to them, that candidate will not likely win. ...
Blessed are the peacemakers who state the obvious
by Dick Yarbrough
July 22, 2015 01:05 AM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Blessed are we, the peacemakers. Ours is a lonely lot. I had hoped I could cut back on pacifying petulant poops and spend more time on my latest passion — learning to play the flugelhorn. Alas, it ...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of July 23
by Damon Poirier
July 21, 2015 10:50 AM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at Leo Frank, a potential Lockheed strike, a drive-by shooting and a fatal car wreck.
Much progress made by Cobb EMC
by Bryan Boyd
July 21, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
I much appreciate Fletcher Thompson’s recent praise of Cobb EMC for conducting a forensic audit of past operations (“Cobb EMC members deserve their own ‘bill of rights,’” in last Tuesday’s MDJ). Bu...
Time to build ‘mensches’ from wastrels
by Melvyn L Fein
July 20, 2015 12:00 AM | 7 7 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Both my wife and my female students often tell me that I am too hard on women. Whenever I insist that women must be discouraged from having children out of wedlock, they remind me that men have som...
Bill Cooper created a legacy that will be difficult to follow
by David Connell
July 19, 2015 12:53 AM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
EDITOR’S NOTE: Bill Cooper of Kennesaw, a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War, county commissioner and Cobb Chamber of Commerce CEO, died Wednesday at the age of 72. A memorial service is scheduled fo...
Here’s the Deal ...
by Bill Lewis
July 19, 2015 12:50 AM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
If you’re a baseball fan, the name Scott Boras is one you probably know. He’s not in the record books for home runs or games won or anything remotely associated with on-field performance. Boras is ...
Everyone needs a ‘Hotdog Club’ in their life
by Nelson Price
July 19, 2015 12:39 AM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
One of the most “prestigious” organizations in the county meets weekly at “Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs restaurant” in Elizabeth in north Marietta. As might be expected, the name of this venerabl...
What we’ve lost, and what we still have
by Roger Hines
July 19, 2015 12:38 AM | 3 3 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
In a fashion, America is at war with itself. The same appears to be true within each of the 50 states. Two social-political philosophies are in conflict. Actually this has always been the case. Eve...
Planned Parenthood: Financing Barbarity
by George Will
August 02, 2015 12:03 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
Executives of Planned Parenthood’s federally subsidized meat markets — your tax dollars at work — lack the courage of their convictions. They should drop the pretense of conducting a complex moral ...
A Case of Righteousness Among the Ruins
by Charles Krauthammer
July 31, 2015 12:53 AM | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam’s by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, b...
Huckabee’s ‘oven’ remark taken out of context
by Jonah Goldberg
July 31, 2015 12:48 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s been a hard time for politicians not named “Trump” to get any attention, but Mike Huckabee managed it. He did it by comparing Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler. At least that’s what I gathered from...
Voters to GOP: We’re just not that into immigrants
by Ann Coulter
July 31, 2015 12:44 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
For years, Republican candidates have been assured by their political consultants that amnesty is a runaway hit with the public. Then they always come in for a zinger of a surprise when the America...
Bill Cosby, the rapist
by Susan Estrich
July 30, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
As the revelations of Bill Cosby’s disgusting behavior over the last four decades have finally trickled out, the question I keep getting asked, as someone who’s been fighting in the trenches agains...
Debates vs. Debates
by Cal Thomas
July 30, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
WARWICK, England — When it comes to debates the Oxford Union, which bills itself as the “world’s most prestigious debating society,” remains the gold standard. Begun in 1823, The Union, in modern t...
With Iran deal, Obama is making bad history
by George Will
July 30, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, New Mexic...
Is America entering a new Victorian Era?
by Michael Barone
July 29, 2015 12:39 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Forty-seven years ago, the musical “Hair” opened on Broadway. Elderly mavens — the core theater audience then, unlike the throngs of tourists flocking to cheap movie adaptations today — were instru...
Trump and ‘the high priests’ of the press
by Roger Simon
July 29, 2015 12:37 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Having decided that Donald Trump is unworthy of his popularity, the grandees of journalism are hard-pressed to explain why he is so popular. “It came slightly ahead of schedule,” The Wall Street Jo...
Obama’s truth out of Africa
by Kathleen Parker
July 29, 2015 12:30 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — It is good to be President Barack Obama these days. In the midst of a visit to Africa, including Kenya, where Republican front-runner Donald Trump has insisted Obama was born, the pres...
Could Trump Win?
by Patrick Buchanan
July 28, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The American political class has failed the country, and should be fired. That is the clearest message from the summer surge of Bernie Sanders and the remarkable rise of Donald Trump. Sanders’ cand...
The biggest GOP issue for 2016 might just be crime
by Matt Towery
July 27, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Rudy Giuliani picked the wrong year to run for president. The man who as mayor cleaned up the streets of New York in a professional but tough manner might be the role model for winning the GOP nomi...
Before we lose our minds ...
by Kathleen Parker
July 27, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Current quibbling over what Jeb Bush meant when he said it’s time to phase out and replace Medicare — as opposed to “attacking the seniors,” as one woman at a recent event bellowed out — will soon ...
Some advice for Donald and Hillary:Personality trumps brand
by Jonah Goldberg
July 27, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
For those of us who predicted the inevitable, watching Donald Trump verbally wander into a field of face-whacking garden rakes like Sideshow Bob fills one with a mixture of schadenfreude and affirm...
Bill Cosby: Moralist — or pervert?
by Bill Press
July 27, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s a family experience I’ll never forget. Heading for a Grand Canyon vacation back in the ’80s, Carol and I first stopped in Las Vegas to see a Bill Cosby show with our young sons. It was a memor...
Look who’s coddling ‘social justice’ jerks
by Michelle Malkin
July 27, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
“All cops are bastards!” “F--- cops!” “This is what white supremacy looks like!” On a tranquil Sunday afternoon in Denver, hate-mongering zealots hijacked a rally held by citizens and families of f...
McCain owes an apology of his own
by Reuben Navarette
July 24, 2015 12:46 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
SAN DIEGO — Donald Trump should apologize for saying that John McCain is considered a hero only “because he was captured” during the Vietnam War. But while we’re on the subject of atoning for mista...
Trump’s opponents taking nuanced view of ‘Latino rape culture’
by Ann Coulter
July 24, 2015 12:39 AM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
There are few sexual perversions not celebrated by our media today, but I gather, from decades of flood-the-zone coverage of even the most preposterous allegations of rape, that liberals are still ...
‘One attack away’ from furor in new era of the lone wolf?
by David Ignatius
July 24, 2015 12:36 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — “He acknowledged the truth, he gives (allegiance), the order has been given, his heart beats, he accepts, butterflies kick in. ... The target is given, the anticipation is over, a sens...
The Price of Fetal Parts
by Charles Krauthammer
July 24, 2015 12:34 AM | 3 3 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
“Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you.” — Barack Obama, address to Planned Parenthood, April 26, 2013 WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood’s reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded co...
A Mideast ‘Game of Thrones’
by Pat Buchanan
July 23, 2015 01:23 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
As President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is compared to Richard Nixon’s opening to China, Bibi Netanyahu must know how Chiang Kai-shek felt as he watched his old friend Nixon toasting Mao in Pek...
If ‘the Donald’ stopped shooting from the hip ...He’d Trump Himself
by Kathleen Parker
July 23, 2015 01:18 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump can’t help himself. Nor can we. The “worse” he gets, it seems, the better we like it. Watching Trump is so deliciously awful, we don’t hang on every word. We hang on the e...
Trump playing with fire
by Susan Estrich
July 23, 2015 01:08 AM | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
What’s wrong with the way we pick our presidents? The answer has got to be: plenty. This week, John Kasich, governor of Ohio (a role that, among other things, makes him a “real” candidate), becomes...
Jihad on U.S. troops is not a ‘circumstance’
by Michelle Malkin
July 22, 2015 01:04 AM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Four U.S. Marines and a sailor, barred from carrying weapons at naval training facilities despite explicit ISIS threats against our military, are dead in Tennessee after Thursday’s two-stage massac...
Of cow pies and cubes ...
by Roger Simon
July 22, 2015 12:49 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Imagine a television stage upon which open-faced cubes are stacked. Each cube is large enough for a desk, a chair and a presidential candidate. You may be reminded of “Hollywood Squares,” a popular...
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