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Crawford: Phone books go way of buggy whips

The telephone book was once a familiar part of everyone's household. Some of the directories were big enough and heavy enough to be used as doorstoppers, but everybody would use them at some point to look up a neighbor's number or just check to make sure the phone company had listed their own name and address correctly.

October 07, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: At times, we need government’s aid

One of the themes underlying this year's waves of political protests - whether anti-tax, anti-Obama, anti-health care reform, whatever - is that government in all its forms should be abolished.

September 30, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Lawmakers should mind how they vote

When Republicans gained control of the Georgia House after the 2004 elections, the party leadership saw a political issue they were sure would be a winner: sex offenders.

September 23, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: GSU's Curry supplies missing ingredient

Georgia State University seems to have everything going for it: the second-largest enrollment of any state college, a campus that is revitalizing downtown Atlanta with all the new buildings going up, and a sterling reputation as one of the University System's four research institutions (a status it shares with UGA, Georgia Tech and the Medical College of Georgia).

September 16, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Questions loom on political landscape

Now that we are turning the corner on summer and moving into the fall season, let's try to answer some of the questions hanging over Georgia's political landscape.

September 09, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State school leadership ‘needs improvement’

As the election for governor drew closer in 2002, the Republican challenger Sonny Perdue was beating up on Democratic incumbent Roy Barnes with anything he could find.

September 02, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgians able to share health ideas

The push to revise America's health care system is one of those rare events that can dramatically change how our society works. The approval of Social Security in the 1930s was one such turning point, as was the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1960s.

August 26, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Is it time to start feeling optimistic?

Georgia's labor commissioner, Michael Thurmond, has seen the effects of the recession up close and personal.

August 19, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia's senators show skewed priorities

If you are trying to figure out what your congressmen really believe in, don't focus on what they say - look closely at what they do when it comes time to vote.

August 12, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Low jobless rate hurts both parties

Will there ever be a light at the end of tunnel for all of the unemployed workers in Georgia? If the latest numbers are an indication, it won't be anytime soon.

August 04, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Water ruling will affect all of Georgia

The federal court ruling that set a three-year clock ticking on water withdrawals from Lake Lanier won't just affect Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. Its impact will be felt in every corner of the state.

July 29, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor


Crawford: Lanier ruling could swamp state's progress

That gurgling sound you hear is the sound of metro Atlanta's economic prospects going slowly down the drain.

July 22, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Money flows slowly in governor’s race

The candidates for governor (well, most of them) released their first campaign disclosure reports last week and the numbers may tell us something about the direction of the 2010 race.

July 15, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Charter schools are not the magic formula for success

Everybody loves charter schools. Republicans and Democrats alike say that charter schools are a great idea that can solve all the problems of our public education system.

July 07, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: State budget crunch pinches local governments

Georgia's recession has put state government in the same position as a penny-pinching old geezer, the kind who searches under the sofa cushions for lost dimes and quarters or cashes in that jar of pennies he's been hoarding.

July 01, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Crawford: Some good news for Georgia students

With all of the attack ads running on TV this election season, Georgians have no doubt had their fill of pessimism and negativity.

October 22, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Will Georgia's top races head to runoffs?

It's looking more and more possible that voters will have to return to the ballot box after the general election.

October 15, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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