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Can racial discrimination explain much?

In the medical profession, there is the admonition primum non nocere, the Latin expression for "first, do no harm." In order not to do harm, at the minimum, requires accurate diagnostics. Suppose a patient presents with abdominal pains, and the physician diagnoses it as caused by the patient's ingrown toenails. If that isn't the cause, the physician can spend all the resources he wants treating the patient's ingrown toenails and not remedy the patient's abdominal pains.

December 06, 2014 | Walter E. Williams | OPINION


A reason to be thankful

This is the time of year that should be devoted to peace and joy but is really a time of major stress for many people. It is a time, unfortunately, when folks suffer major heart problems.

November 22, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | OPINION


Thoughts of a baby boomer

This past summer I travelled back home to attend the 50th year reunion of the class of 1964 of St Mary's High in Annapolis Md.

October 06, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | OPINION


The do-over

The game's on the line and the crowd noise is deafening. Snapper and holder do their part, as a lonely placekicker steps forward, into, and through the ball. Amid cheers and groans, defenders leap with joy and the kicker hangs his head. The football falls harmlessly left of target. The victors storm the field.

October 04, 2014 | Maurice Carter | OPINION


Health care predictions from 1983

In 1983, I was the pharmacy director at a 124 bed hospital in Gainesville, GA. The for-profit hospital was owned by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and they assigned me to be the pharmacy representative on a national committee to predict what the hospital of 2000 would look like. The group was composed of members from hospitals across the United States and had one representative from each department in the typical hospital. With the recent news of Newton Medical Center looking for an equity partner, I thought back to some of the predictions from thirty-one years ago. I can only ...

October 04, 2014 | Steve Aldridge | OPINION


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Are the kids OK?

A whole lot of folks out there would like to believe the answer is "yes."

December 15, 2008 | Maggie Gallagher | OPINION


Economists take note

Some might scoff at the fact I consider myself quite the expert on the economy.

December 13, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


He's baaaaack....

Thank goodness. Zell Miller is back. The former heavyweight champion of populist Southern Democrats has come out of retirement. He helped Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss in his just-finished bout with Democrat Jim Martin.

Miller also aided Chambliss in his first race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Max Cleland, who, once upon a time, had been one of Zell's closest pals and fiercest supporters.

December 13, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Looking back, looking forward

 Here's wishing a very pleasant Sunday morning after Thanksgiving to all. I'm hopeful this finds you in peaceful repose, that you and yours have rejoiced in fellowship together and that those who must be on the highways and byways arrive safely home. Of course, there's special hope for the safety of our men and women in America's armed forces, wherever they may be.

December 10, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Don’t mess with the teachers

If you want to accomplish anything in Georgia politics, you had better remember one thing: - don't mess around with public school teachers, particularly with their pensions.

December 10, 2008 | Tom Crawford Columnist | OPINION


How we fit into the world

Imagine college students and elementary school students learning together about the way a constructed wetland purifies the waste water from a green building.

December 07, 2008 | By Stephen Bowen | OPINION


But before the grace of God

My mother had a saying that most of you will recognize, "...there but for the grace of God go I." I heard it most often after we had encountered someone with an "afflicted" child or that was suffering from some sort of physical disability.

December 07, 2008 | By Patrick Durusau | OPINION


Bing won’t be home...

 I went out to buy some Christmas music. What I like to do during Christmas is build a fire, sit by it and listen to, as the radio announcers say, songs of the season.

December 06, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


Advice for the GOP

For Republicans seeking a silver lining from the last election, try this one:

December 03, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


I'm thankful

 One Saturday night in early 1969, as a high school senior who should have known better, I decided to see how fast my 1964 Impala sport coupe could go. Bought for $995 just a few months before, my sweet baby had a 327 V8, a Muncie 4-speed and new state-of-the-art, wide oval, Tiger Paw red-stripe tires on her.

December 03, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Free market security blanket

Now that Democrats are asking for benefits for the rest of us, the tired canard about "free markets" is

December 01, 2008 | Patrick Durusau Columnist | OPINION


Not fiscally fit

It has been a while since I had a column appear here in The Covington News. I spent the spent the last five months working for Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee and former United States Representative. It was a great experience and I will miss it.

A lot has happened over the last several months. The biggest news, of course, is that Sen. Barack Obama defeated Sen. John McCain in the presidential election.

December 01, 2008 | Jason Pye Columnist | OPINION


Unintended consequences run again

There is a longstanding tradition in Georgia that the political party controlling state government will try to give itself an advantage over the opposition by fiddling with the election laws.

November 29, 2008 | Tom Crawford Columnist | OPINION


The Russians out in the code

 I didn't find it all that newsworthy to learn that the Russian and American governments often used bugging devices to find out what one another is doing/and or saying.

November 29, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


When the cheering ends

The moment the TV networks declared Barack Obama the president-elect, something wonderful happened. The perception of the United States changed around the world. America was the international good guy again. There was dancing in the streets of the great cities of Europe, Asia and Africa.

November 26, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


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