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After Leon, time to put Deal on ice
by Kevin Foley
October 30, 2014 11:24 PM | 6 6 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
When you vote next week, remember Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Around noon that day it turned cold, gray and began to snow. It’s likely you were among the tens of thousands Georgians stranded in your ca...
Deal right in imposing new Ebola monitoring procedures
by Don McKee
October 30, 2014 04:00 AM | 3 3 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Credit Gov. Nathan Deal for taking action to reduce the risk of Ebola from airline passengers arriving in Atlanta from affected countries in Africa. In the face of the Obama administration’s refusa...
Shorter SPLOSTs needed
by David Welden
October 29, 2014 10:11 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The Cobb SPLOST program can be a great tool to help avoid property tax increases due to major capital needs. However, the proposed SPLOST could very well cause an increase in property taxes. The te...
SPLOST: It’s easy to say ‘no,’ but don’t
by Lance LoRusso
October 29, 2014 10:09 PM | 4 4 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
I have heard many people speaking against the SPLOST that will appear on the ballot on Tuesday. I’ve heard people say they have a lot of reasons to vote against the SPLOST. Some are mad at Tim Lee,...
A salute to one trying to make this a better world
by Dick Yarbrough
October 28, 2014 09:29 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
A wise man once said that our only reason for occupying space on this earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will. Len Pagano is an exception. Pagano is...
Memo to Michelle: It’s not your daddy’s Senate anymore
by Daniel Joy
October 28, 2014 09:24 PM | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Not all that long ago, the U.S. Senate was fairly described as the “world’s most deliberative body.” Compared to the House, the Senate had rules that were decidedly less democratic, in the sense th...
Liberals proving to be the ‘true’ extremists
by Melvyn L Fein
October 27, 2014 12:05 AM | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Liberals do not seem to have any boundaries. There are apparently no behaviors — no extremes — beyond which they will not go in order to promote their ideology. So convinced are they of their moral...
Halloween festivities have Christian roots
by Nelson Price
October 25, 2014 10:59 PM | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The seismic social change in our society is seen in the celebration of Halloween. For years, it was a minor event participated in innocently by little children with little public attention given th...
Wilderness education: Teaching youth to observe and lead
by Roger Hines
October 25, 2014 10:57 PM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
What schoolboy would not jump for joy to read the following words of British poet William Wordsworth from his poem, “The Tables Turned”? “Up, up! My friend, and quit your books / Or surely you’ll g...
T.J. has a lot of opinions — and you can quote him on that
by Dick Yarbrough
October 25, 2014 12:35 AM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Ring! Ring! “Hello, Dick Yarbrough speaking.” “Hi, Dick. Tom Jefferson. You have a minute?” “Tom who?” “Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson. Third President of the United States. I’m the guy that purchased...
Trick or treat: GOP’s Ebola scare tactics
by Kevin Foley
October 24, 2014 12:30 AM | 25 25 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
And you thought it was going to be all Benghazi all the time in the run-up to the Nov. 4 election. Of course, there is no “Benghazi scandal” and never was despite relentless right wing claims to th...
Obama, Reid are hiding on your ballot
by Claire Dunaway Cyr
October 23, 2014 09:35 PM | 15 15 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Obama recently said, “I’m not on the ballot this fall, but make no mistake, these policies are on the ballot — every single one of them.” Although Americans have learned to take the president’s wor...
Cobb’s Sam Olens has compiled solid record as Attorney General
by Don McKee
October 23, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has built a solid record in his nearly four years in office. He has led in strengthening open records and open meetings laws and has taken a strong stand for Firs...
An abiding commitment to the rule of law
by Mike Boyce
October 21, 2014 10:12 PM | 2 2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The nature and tenor of the discussions and opinions about Chairman Tim Lee’s negotiations with the Braves have finally focused on the primary issue — what is acceptable behavior on the part of cou...
Public school reform? Deal promises that ... everything’s on table
by Dick Yarbrough
October 21, 2014 09:58 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia. This week, incumbent Republican Gov. Deal talks about his plans for pub...
A nation of monks? Idealism has its limits
by Melvyn L Fein
October 20, 2014 04:00 AM | 4 4 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Not long after he posted his 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral, Martin Luther began writing about how society should be reformed. One of the subjects he addressed was marriage, but ...
Arab world now scene of ‘Christian killing fields’
by Nelson Price
October 18, 2014 11:38 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The Arabian Peninsula has been the cradle for some significant mathematical and scientific achievements. The answer as to whether anything good can come out of the area is a resounding yes. However...
Hangin’, trippin’ and masterin’ ... today’s English
by Roger Hines
October 18, 2014 11:37 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The study of one’s language is obviously important, and it can also be barrels of fun. If you’re feeling mischievous, you could pose the question: “Who gets to say what’s good English and what isn’...
Lee needs to do better communicating with public
by Dick Yarbrough
October 17, 2014 09:35 PM | 2 2 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
What Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee has accomplished in convincing the Atlanta Braves to move out of downtown Atlanta and into Cobb County beginning in 2017 is remarkable. I think even ske...
Desperation brings out worst in Deal, Perdue
by Kevin Foley
October 16, 2014 09:47 PM | 23 23 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Faced with losing a job or not getting it in the first place, there is a certain class of individual who will stoop to nearly anything. Gov. Nathan Deal and U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue are s...
Democrats keep moving on up in top statewide races
by Don McKee
October 16, 2014 04:00 AM | 5 5 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The latest polls on Georgia races for the U.S. Senate and governor come as more bad news for the Republican candidates. It’s becoming clear that third-party candidates will thwart a majority decisi...
Gubernatorial hopeful: Carter on education
by Dick Yarbrough
October 14, 2014 10:55 PM | 4 4 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week, the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democrati...
Deal silence on immigration costs him vote
by D.A. King
October 14, 2014 09:25 PM | 16 16 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
Count this faithful reader as extremely grateful to the editorial board of this newspaper for asking gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal about his silence on the crime of illegal immigration, as re...
Try ‘Whack-A-Mole Doctrine’ on ISIS
by Melvyn L Fein
October 13, 2014 04:00 AM | 11 11 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Samuel Huntington’s theory about a clash of civilizations is finally gaining traction. With the advent of ISIS and its sister organizations, people are becoming aware we are in a generational confl...
Democratic dogs that aren’t barking offer clue
by Michael Barone
October 30, 2014 11:24 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Sherlock Holmes famously solved a mystery by noticing the dog that didn’t bark in the night. Dogs that are not barking at night — nor in prime time — provide some useful clues to understanding the ...
Tuesday’s vote a referendum on Democrats’ competence
by Charles Krauthammer
October 30, 2014 11:22 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Is this election really about nothing? Democrats might like to think so, but it’s not. First, like all U.S. elections, it’s about the economy. The effect of the weakest recovery in two generations ...
Hysterical lefty media tells us to calm down!
by Ann Coulter
October 30, 2014 11:14 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
In the past week, The New York Times has ridiculed Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie for having “fed panic” by ordering quarantines for health workers arriving from Ebola-plagued countries....
Jeb Bush and taxes: Read my lips, part II
by Cal Thomas
October 29, 2014 10:15 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL.) is thinking seriously about running for president in 2016, according to his son, George P. Bush. According to Commentary magazine, Jeb Bush had an impressive record as governo...
Blacks tired of being taken on political ride to nowhere
by Star Parker
October 29, 2014 10:08 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Prospects that three term Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu will return to the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana for a fourth term are looking increasingly bleak. Senator Landrieu has good reason to ...
In Georgia’s Senate race, a capitalist struggles
by George Will
October 29, 2014 10:06 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
MCDONOUGH — In a sun-dappled square decorated with scores of entrants in the community’s Halloween scarecrow contest, a balky sound system enables, if barely, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate t...
The people and the pendulum
by Kathleen Parker
October 28, 2014 09:28 PM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — To paraphrase Roger Miller — and, indeed, to reveal my vast store of musical trivia — America swings like a pendulum do. If projections, human nature and historical bent prevail next T...
War in Afghanistan has led us down the opium rathole
by Roger Simon
October 28, 2014 09:23 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
If you spent 13 years pounding money down a rathole with little to show for it, you might wake up one morning and say, “Hey, I’m going to stop pounding money down this rathole.” Unfortunately, the ...
One more sacrifice for Ebola
by Froma Harrop
October 28, 2014 12:37 AM | 2 2 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
No, it was not OK Dr. Craig Spencer ran around New York City upon his return from treating Ebola patients in Guinea. He took the subways, went bowling in Brooklyn, strolled the crowded High Line pa...
‘A Time for Choosing’: Reagan speech still resonates 50 years later
by Michael Barone
October 28, 2014 12:26 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
On Oct. 27, 1964 — 50 years ago Monday — a movie actor and television host delivered a 30-minute speech on primetime national television in support of the presidential candidacy of Barry Goldwater....
‘Gangster government’ gone wild in Wisconsin
by George Will
October 27, 2014 12:13 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The early morning paramilitary-style raids on citizens’ homes were conducted by law enforcement officers, sometimes wearing bulletproof vests and lugging battering rams, pounding on doors and issui...
Florida race symbol of everything wrong with politics
by Matt Towery
October 27, 2014 12:12 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Contests for governor of Florida have recently gone from being competitive tussles between in-state partisans to no-holds-barred death matches with big national bucks flowing and network reporters ...
So where was President Obama?
by Michelle Malkin
October 27, 2014 12:10 AM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
President Obama said he was “shaken” by last week’s violent attacks on three soldiers in Ottawa by an Islamic jihadist. He immediately phoned Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to offer support...
Democratic candidates cowardly
by Bill Press
October 27, 2014 12:08 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Maybe you had the same reaction. I’ve been around politics for 30 years, but I don’t remember seeing anything as dumb as Kentucky Democrat Alison Grimes’ refusal to say whether or not she voted for...
Things Fall Apart ‘... and the pessimists are better informed’
by Patrick Buchanan
October 27, 2014 12:07 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
When this writer was 3 years old, the Empire of Japan devastated Battleship Row of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. Before I was 7, Gen. MacArthur was in an office in Tokyo overlooking the I...
Why narratives are more powerful than ideas
by Jonah Goldberg
October 25, 2014 10:52 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
There is an enormous amount of whining these days about our ideological debates. This gets the problem wrong. Ideological debates are fought over ideas, but politics is more often about competing s...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of October 23
by Damon Poirier
October 25, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at WWI, a bear, a gas leak, Lockheed, rapid transit, the Braves, a gold mine and the F-22.
Memo to GOP: Obamacare, immigration are still winning issues
by Ann Coulter
October 24, 2014 12:29 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
In this year’s midterm elections, New Hampshire’s Scott Brown is taking on the slickest Democratic politician since John Edwards. Incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen presents herself as a regular mom who...
Barack Obama: Bewildered bystander
by Charles Krauthammer
October 23, 2014 09:34 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in The New York Times last Saturday. There’s only one probl...
In Kentucky, it’s a constitutional moment
by George Will
October 22, 2014 11:38 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Barack Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points, yet the state remains closely divided about re-electing the man whose parliamentary skills uniquely qualify him to restrain Obama’...
Senate race in Kansas a national election
by Star Parker
October 22, 2014 11:37 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Former Democrat House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s political wisdom that “All politics is local” has been a staple in political thinking for many years. But the truth of the matter is that, regarding elec...
The price of papal popularity
by Patrick Buchanan
October 22, 2014 11:36 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Normally a synod of Catholic bishops does not provide fireworks rivaling the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where Mayor Richard Daley’s boys in blue ran up the score on the radical...
Michelle Nunn a Democratic candidate who embraces Obama
by Dana Milbank
October 22, 2014 11:35 PM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
David Perdue took the cheap and easy route. The Republican Senate candidate in Georgia, like Republican candidates in most other competitive races, calculated that the surest road to victory was to...
Politics is about fear, and ... fear is good
by Roger Simon
October 21, 2014 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Can you get the light out of my eyes? No. Can you loosen the handcuffs? No. Why am I here? You coughed. Coughing is a symptom of Ebola. We must protect the homeland. But you can’...
Bears and wolves find a voice in the wilderness
by Kathleen Parker
October 21, 2014 09:59 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts — the four-legged variety rather than those running for office. Ballot initiativ...
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