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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


America Is poised for collapse

America stands on the very brink of collapse and I believe the indications are such that if she doesn't collapse in my lifetime, she will in my son's. If that scares you, it should. America is in trouble such as she has never experienced in her history and it is trouble of our own making.

September 27, 2014 | | OPINION


The Miracle of Mary

For those of us of the baby boomer age, the truth is that we've had the opportunity to be a part of a lot of positive changes in this world. I am sure that most of us can look back and say that we have really enjoyed our lives.

June 21, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | OPINION


No place for nuance

Eddie called himself a private detective, although all he really did was repossess cars. He would show up around 4 p.m. at the cafe where I worked after school, have his usual cup of coffee, and tell me a thing or two about what we used to call "real life." One day he told me how he used to load his coat pockets with brass doorknobs, which he used to "put out the lights" of homosexuals. I was 16 and getting an education of sorts.

May 22, 2014 | Richard Cohen | OPINION


Primary Process

The Senate, often thought of as the softer, slower, less-exciting body of the legislative branch, is in the spotlight this year. The Republicans in the House are expected to retain the majority and pick up seats.

May 22, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | OPINION


What kind of county government do we need?

Newton County citizens recently learned of the unexpected action of the Board of Commissioners (BOC) to appoint an "assistant county manager," which in fact is the new "county manager in waiting" who will replace John Middleton upon his retirement sometime this year. Mr. Tom Garrett, the person selected, may be a good candidate for this job, but the process and timing of his appointment raises serious questions about the genuine commitment of our current commissioners to effectively manage our county.

February 15, 2014 | Larry McSwain Guest Columnist | OPINION


Getting to know your history

I believe mankind should know its history.

February 04, 2014 | Dorothy Piedrahita Columnist | OPINION


Alzheimer's steals memory, but not love

This is about love, forever and always. Last weekend, I was asked to care for the last of my mother's sisters, her baby sister. My cousin needed me to care for her mother. There was no question I would agree to do so.

November 12, 2013 | Dorothy Piedrahita Columnist | OPINION


Dispelling 'myths' about Social Security's Ponzi scheme

Last week's column - "Is There a Way Out?" - generated quite a few responses, some a bit angry. Some people were offended by my reference to Social Security and Medicare as "entitlements" or "handouts."

November 09, 2013 | Walter Williams | OPINION


What's behind the push for amnesty for illegals?

Imagine a beautiful woman whom you adore and would rather be with than any other woman you have known.

November 09, 2013 | Mychal Massie Columnist | OPINION


Shutdown better than a kingdom

Yes, it is frustrating. The government should run smoothly and efficiently, going about its business and getting things done without much pomp and circumstance.

October 03, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | OPINION


Diverse viewpoints on news

"A community needs news for the same reason that a man needs eyes," said British journalist Dame Rebecca West. "It has to see where it is going." On most days, however, I don't want to go where the news says we're going.

October 03, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | OPINION


We don't need Common Core

It's a well-known observation that whenever businessmen get together, sooner or later their conversation turns to how to best separate consumers from their money (which is why businesses, in reality, exist).

September 24, 2013 | Mychal Massie Columnist | OPINION


Employers value 'human equity'

An alarming Gallup poll published earlier this year is still sending shockwaves throughout the business community: Most American workers either hate their jobs or don't care one way or the other about them.

September 07, 2013 | Trevor Wilson Guest columnist | OPINION


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