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Nichols: We need answers to fix our schools

Many questions have recently arisen about our educational system in Georgia.

October 11, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Nichols: Travels with students led to tense moments

The first time I heard the Latin phrase "in loco parentis" I turned to a student who wisecracked, "It means that parents are crazy or just plain loco."

September 27, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Nichols: Quran’s roots make it holy among Muslims

The Quran is the Bible for all Islam. Its origin is to be found in the history of one very unusual Arab, Mohammed.

September 13, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Nichols: Mosque is latest obstacle to peace

Instead of becoming easier to understand the tangled web of interaction between Christians, Jews and Muslims, the Middle East situation seems to have become more complex.

August 30, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Nichols: System of checks and balances at root of our republic

A major principle of our democracy is that we are a republic, a country without a king or queen (not counting professional athletes or rock stars).

August 16, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Nichols: Trip to Tibet was breathtaking, in many ways

In the late 1980s, I had an airplane ride around Mount Denali in Alaska piloted by Lowell Thomas Jr. son of one of the most famous radio commentators of the day. He and his father had made a three-week visit to Tibet going in from India on horseback, as Tibet had neither roads nor wheels.

August 02, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Nichols: Art of conversation is rare, but not lost

On the eve of World War II, I journeyed with my maternal grandparents on a train ride from central Florida to Virginia. We made the trip in late July so to be at the Hoskins family reunion in early August.

July 19, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Nichols: Two military schools offer inspiration

My home is across an inlet of Lake Lanier from Riverside Military Academy. I like to hear the sound of their bugler at times during the day. I am about three blocks from the water and cannot see their buildings, but bugle sound is a pleasant reminder that some 300 young men are receiving an outstanding military education.

July 05, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Nichols: Lions Club has a true vision for community service

As a mentor to some super fantastic third-grade students at Enota Elementary School, I was invited to talk about mentoring to the local Lions Club weekly luncheon.

June 21, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Nichols: Evolution of united Europe years in the making

After the American colonies of Great Britain revolted against the older monarchy of George III and gained independence, our first order of business was to decide on what type of country we would create for ourselves.

June 07, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Nichols: A lifetime of musical memories bring joy

The April 25 program of the Believers Concert Band brought back many memories of my participation in making music for others to enjoy.

May 24, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Nichols: So far, we’re lucky terrorists aren’t smarter

The Yemen of today was created in 1990 when North Yemen united with South Yemen. North Yemen had been given independence in 1918 when Turkey lost most of its colonies as punishment for its siding with Germany in World War I.

May 10, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Nichols: Treaties diminish nuclear threat only somewhat

In late 1939, as Adolf Hitler's troops invaded Poland and World War II began, President Franklin Roosevelt received a two-page letter signed by Albert Einstein but mostly written by Leo Szilard, Edward Teller and Eugene Wigner. These physicists warned the president that Nazi Germany was working to make an atomic bomb and we should develop our own bomb before they did.

April 26, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Nichols: Coping with Parkinson’s involves love

On March 26, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 474 that designated April as a national Parkinson's Awareness Month. Our own Sen. Johnny Isakson sponsored the bill jointly with Sens. Mike Johanns, Debbie Stabenow and Mark Udall. It was thus a bipartisan effort of two Republicans and two Democrats.

April 12, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Nichols: Obama’s gamble may pay off, but mind its costs

President Barack Obama did it. He got the health care reform package that he had invested so much of his political negotiating skills during his first year leading the country as our president.

March 29, 2010 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

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