OPINION: School Board Six€™ haven€™t hit rock bottom

andrew

“It’s a very sad day.” That’s what Sen. Fran Millar said moments after Gov. Nathan Deal announced that he was following the “compelling” unanimous recommendation of the state education board to remove six members of the DeKalb school board. DeKalb County was on display at the capitol that day in a very bad way. It […]

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OPINION: Amos ‘n’ Andy—a second look

Cathy

When people look back—as they often do in February—on media portrayals of Black people in less enlightened days, inescapably, the much maligned 1950s television program The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show enters the conversation. Over the years, The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show has become the oft-cited example of all that was wrong in early depictions of […]

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OPINION: And ZIP code moves the mail

crane

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed, rounds.—the unofficial motto of our U.S. Postal Service as inscribed on the James Farley Post Office in New York City.   Our United States Postal Service, (USPS), a quasi-public/private entity, with all the benefits and […]

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OPINION: Maybe it’s time to think about home schooling

andrew

In the wake of the departure of DeKalb County’s school superintendent, the district’s current accreditation probation and possible loss of accreditation, the possible dismissal of the school board, and the poor graduation rates, home schooling is an option worth considering for some. For their entire school years, my wife Deanna has homeschooled our four children—ages […]

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OPINION: Bring back the Golden Fleece!

crane

“The Golden Fleece Award is as much a part of the Senate as quorum calls and filibusters.”— U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia), paying tribute to U.S. Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wisconsin) for his monthly selection of Golden Fleece Awards recognizing wasteful or ludicrous expense of U.S. taxpayer funds.   Maverick U.S. senator William Proxmire took to […]

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OPINION: A welcome place for quiet, pause and reflection

crane

“Meditation is the action of silence.”—Krishnamurti (1895-1986), an Indian-born speaker and author on philosophical and spiritual subjects   Perhaps little known today, and seldom seen, are monastic orders. In the hustle and bustle of our modern world, there are so few places reserved simply for quiet thought, reflection and asking the great questions of today. […]

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OPINION: Lillian Lewis- a gentle freedom fighter

Cathy

It is said that there’s a strong woman behind every man of great achievement. While she was content to live in her husband’s shadow, Lillian Miles Lewis, I suspect, was a far greater contributor to her husband’s success both as a civil rights leader and as a member of Congress than the world will ever […]

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OPINION: The difference between want and need

crane

€œOver the course of history, men learn that iron necessity is neither iron nor necessary philosopher and essayist Friederich Nietzsche (1844-1900) in 1878.   I am a loyal Georgia Bulldog fan, as well as an alumnus of UGA and its Grady College of Journalism. Some close friends believe that I bleed red and black. In truth […]

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