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Editorial: State Sen. Harold Jones lack of transparency alarming

The separation of powers in government is one of the bedrocks of American government. As James Madison observed in The Federalist Papers No. 51 in 1788, “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judicia in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self–appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” State Sen. Harold Jones recent actions should be alarming to all Georgians who believe in the principle of separation of powers. Jones, in a phone interview, refused to answer the most basic questions about his new government employment. As an elected...

Editorial: Bobby Williams has declared himself in charge of the commission

Augusta Commissioner Bobby Williams is not just a bully, he’s also a bad influence, and he’s going to lead some of the newer members astray of the best interests for the city and its citizens unless they wise up and grow backbones of their own. 

B.J. Wood Cartoon January 30, 2023

B.J. Wood Cartoon January 30, 2023

Editorial: It is long past time to change the city charter

The city/county merger was a shotgun wedding, and everyone knows it, but few seem willing to do anything to fix the consequences. The act that merged the city and county in 1996 (Augusta/Richmond County Consolidation Act) has long been recognized as a hastily drawn document. After almost 30 years, it is time for a revamp that will promote good government instead of obstruction by abstention. The old city of Augusta was bankrupt when the consolidation happened, and the only way out was to add to the tax base by incorporating the rest of the county. Former Senator Charles Walker has always been...

Editorial: Changing the city administrator requirements is a bad move

Changing requirements for the Augusta city administration is a bad idea.

Editorial: It is time to end the era of playground politics

It's time for the Richmond County Commission to stop playing childish politics.

Editorial: A tough, but correct decision

Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jared Williams was right to pursue the case against the swim instructor involved in the drowning death last summer of a Burke County child.

Editorial: Augusta’s early Christmas present

Garnett Johnson seems to be signaling that he will lead humbly and work for the good of Augustans.

Editorial: It is time to end the runoff election process in Georgia

Only two states, Louisiana and Georgia, participate in the antiquated and misguided runoff election process, and it is time for Georgia to abandon the practice.

Editorial: It is time to strengthen campaign finance law

It's time to change Georgia's campaign finance laws.

Garnett Johnson: In his own words

Garnett Johnson is a candidate for mayor. A runoff election is scheduled for June 21.

To your health: Black Beans: Superhero in a dark disguise

Black beans are the superhero of legumes. Dr. Robert Pendergrast explains why you should add more black beans into your diet.

Steven Kendrick: In his own words

Steven Kendrick is a candidate for mayor. A runoff election is scheduled for June 21.

Column: Berkeley, Slavery and the memory hole

Memory is a funny thing, and reflects on why some historical memories are valuable even if controversial.

Column: Another Runoff Election—How We Can Save Money and Still Give Voters Options

A candidate for the Georgia House considers ways of avoiding runoffs in the future.

Column: Our republic and its future depends on what happens to the Constitution

Guest columnist Hubert van Tuyll foresees dangers to the American Constitution, and hence to our republic, from all sides.
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