MDJ editorials
Snow Jam, Plus 1: Lessons should leave us better off
A year ago this week, Cobb residents were sideswiped by a surprise winter snowstorm that saw tens of thousands of them stranded along roadways in their cars, trapped thousands of students in local ...
January 28, 2015 09:03 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Why ‘American Sniper’ touches a nerve
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore triggered a fire fight when he took a potshot in the Twitterverse at the smash-hit movie “American Sniper,” based on the life of a U.S. Navy Seal who is said to have...
January 27, 2015 11:28 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Georgia Voices: Free speech is under attack, needs diligent defense
The idea of free speech embedded into the U.S. Constitution 225 years ago remains an elusive goal ever under attack and in need of a diligent defense. Even as we Americans often don’t fully grasp i...
January 26, 2015 08:38 PM | 2 2 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Elf’ success earns pick as MDJ’s Cobb Citizens of Year
SANTA long has been a centerpiece of Christmas gaiety, and Rudolph as well. But Santa’s elves were minor players — that is, until Cobb’s Carol Aebersold and her daughters Chanda Bell and Christa Pi...
January 25, 2015 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Obama’s happy talk contradicted by reality
Don’t feel ashamed if President Obama’s State of the Union address seemed bewildering. Perhaps you felt like factually false assertions kept coming out of the president’s mouth — not debatable or t...
January 22, 2015 11:42 PM | 5 5 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘State’ speech was ‘more of same’ from Obama
President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address on Tuesday included the usual laundry list of new proposals that such speeches tend to feature. But his talk this year had an odd triumphal twist —...
January 21, 2015 10:44 PM | 6 6 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Angie’s world: ‘Prison abolition’ good for killers, but the rest of us? Not so much
On Tuesday, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the murder convictions and life sentences of those responsible for three especially heinous crimes: Edward Wallace had earlier been found guilty of robb...
January 20, 2015 10:19 PM | 2 2 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Georgia Voices: Georgians aren’t interested in blank check for transportation
The cavalier manner in which some Georgia lawmakers talk about raising transportation taxes is enough to make you think they’re spending more time driving the Washington Beltway than Atlanta’s Inte...
January 19, 2015 08:08 PM | 3 3 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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MLK Day, and a reminder that words matter
Traditionally, nations have been defined by geographic boundaries, common ethnic and linguistic heritage, subjugation into larger political entities or even accidents of history. Some of this may b...
January 17, 2015 10:42 PM | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Taking on Harry: New tome tackles TR’s role in notorious racial incident
HARRY LEMBECK, who heretofore has been best known in these parts as the husband of Marietta School Superintendent Dr. Emily Lembeck, has a new adjective to start associating with his name these day...
January 27, 2015 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Davis Visit a ‘Bargain’ For KSU — Sort Of
KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY’S decision to hire recycled revolutionary Angela Davis of late 1960s notoriety as speaker for its MLK Day ceremony last Sunday was a bargain, and in more ways than one. Fo...
January 24, 2015 04:00 AM | 3 3 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Rest of story’ on KSU/MLK Day speaker bears sharing
IMAGINE inviting Bill Cosby as speaker for a “Take Back the Night” anti-rape rally, or Bill Clinton as speaker for an anti-adultery group or Rush Limbaugh giving the keynote address at a Democratic...
January 13, 2015 04:00 AM | 22 22 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Job one for Loudermilk: Mending fences
THE TOUGH VOTES aren’t long in coming for those in Congress. Just ask rookie Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cartersville), who barely had a chance to get his seat warm before having to cast a “lose-lose”...
January 10, 2015 04:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Friggin’ comment leaves Lee looking for ‘reset’ button
COBB Commission Chairman Tim Lee didn’t make a resolution last week to watch his language in the New Year — but he’s no doubt wishing now that he had. The chairman issued a “mea culpa” in the wake ...
January 06, 2015 04:00 AM | 16 16 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Around Town: This and That as a New Year dawns in Cobb
SO WILL THE NEW YEAR bring us another government shutdown? “I don’t know,” U.S. Rep.-elect Barry Loudermilk told Around Town last week. “I would think there’s a reasonable side of (Obama), and you ...
January 03, 2015 04:00 AM | 3 3 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Around Town: Some ‘15 resolutions, and a look at what Santa left
NEW YEAR’S EVE is right around the corner. Like most years, 2014 was a mixture of the ridiculous and the sublime in Cobb County, with a lot in between. As the Old Year ebbs away, New Year’s resolut...
December 27, 2014 04:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Shopping wars, parking wars and the Braves
LENOX SQUARE AND PHIPPS PLAZA sit right across the street from each other in the heart of Buckhead and for decades have offered an ultra-successful mix of high-end shopping options. Rather than bei...
December 20, 2014 04:00 AM | 4 4 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Plenty of swearing ... err, swearings-in, that is, slated for Cobb this week
NOT ONLY is this the season for holiday parties, it’s also the season for swearings-in of elected officials. Northeast Cobb District 3 Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, who was easily re-elected to a sec...
December 16, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ragsdale Future Could Hinge on Board Pick for Chairman
COBB SCHOOL BOARD members will elect a new chairman for 2015 in just over three weeks, and there’s more at stake than just who gets to bang the gavel. Also hanging in the balance is the fate of int...
December 13, 2014 04:00 AM | 18 18 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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