Cummings was among 24 writers the magazine chose from throughout the state. He began writing his column Worddrops (now known as Carbonated Philosophy) in the CCN & FOP in 2003. In 2004 he garnered a Georgia Press Association Humorous Column award and followed it up with Georgia Press and National Newspaper Association Serious Column awards this year.
Walter Cronkite said, Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine. Cronkite, the patron saint of anchormen, was absolutely right, wrote Jerry Grillo, senior editor at Georgia Trend, in the November edition.
In the other corner are the ink-stained wretches, the columnists standing alone, armed with a pad, a pen and a mug shot, Grillo wrote. We dont read them to get the hard news; we read them to learn about news and issues from different angles, or just to be entertained
These columnists from around Georgia are worth seeking out, he said in the article. You wont, and probably shouldnt, agree with all of these folks (or with this list), but each of these people offers unique and thought-provoking perspectives and many of them are just good reading.
The following is Georgia Trends list of Whos Who Among Georgia Columnists:
Tom Barton, Savannah Morning News
Jay Bookman, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mark Bradley, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tim Chitwood, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Kevin Cummings, The Catoosa County News
Luke Dittrich, Atlanta magazine
Hollis Gillespie, Creative Loafing
Ed Grisamore, The Telegraph, Macon
Phil Hudgins, Community Newspapers, Inc.
Bill Kenney, The Marietta Daily Journal
Scott Michaux, The Augusta Chronicle
Doug Monroe, Creative Loafing
Jim Morekis, Connect Savannah.com
Don Nelson, Athens Banner-Herald
Len Robbins, Clinch County News
Maria Saporta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jeff Schultz, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Bill Shipp, syndicated
Kaffie Sledge, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
John Sugg, Creative Loafing
Ed Tant, Athens Banner-Herald
Cynthia Tucker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jim Wooten, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Dick Yarbrough, syndicate