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Oglesby: We shouldn't hide our racial history

Warning: This column could be touchy, sensitive, controversial, but I strongly believe it's something that needs to be explored and implemented.

April 26, 2011 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: Thoughts on Libya, redistricting, 2012 races

Presidential explorer Newt Gingrich bluntly told it exactly as it is when, like other politicians were, asked their views on President Barack Obama's Libya strategy.

April 12, 2011 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: New district maps need to be simple, fair

Politics being politics, when Georgia's special legislative session for redistricting begins this summer, incumbents are going to be trying to tailor their district lines to their strengths as far as possible.

March 29, 2011 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: A long-range fix for Social Security

What I said and thought would be the last column on Social Security must be revisited briefly. Several readers have contacted me saying they didn't understand what the long range goal is. They'd like a clearer explanation.

March 15, 2011 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: Fix for Social Security within reach

What options exist that can prevent a Social Security disaster? How expensive will each be? Most importantly, will they actually and permanently do the job?

March 01, 2011 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: In defense of SPLOST, Social Security fund

Early voting on the SPLOST program is under way. (I was voter No. 20.) Naysayers notwithstanding, a yes vote is a no-brainer.

February 15, 2011 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: Social Security solution is long overdue

Reforming Social Security is a gigantic problem for which a fix really can't wait, as President Barack Obama correctly noted in a State of the Union address filled with lofty rhetoric and with but a few tepid proposals for fiscal reforms we need.

February 01, 2011 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: Congress’ inaction penalizes tax pros, clients

It's frustrating for us tax professionals to be sitting around this time of the year with plenty we could be doing but little we actually can do on the filing 2011 season. The many-faceted reason boils down to congressional inaction trying to score political points causing IRS to work furiously programming its computers to conform to the new laws the lame-duck Congress passed the last minute.

January 18, 2011 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: Voters will punish those who block sensible solutions

Here's hoping the holidays were as you hoped, even better. Even though I wasn't the best boy, Santa still found me. Let's hope 2011 will be even better in every way.

January 04, 2011 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: Bell’s GOP leanings are no surprise

It wasn't too surprising to learn of Commissioner Ashley Bell's switch to the Republican Party. In fact, I may have been the very first person to approach him about it.

December 21, 2010 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: Leaders must produce results or pay a price

The lame-duck Congress, still controlled by Democrats, is back at work but both parties accomplished nothing visible. They've spent most of their time this first working week taking votes useful only for embarrassing the other side, creating campaign fodder to embarrass future election opponents or establish early positions to tout while campaigning in future elections.

December 07, 2010 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: Both parties now are under the gun

Insufficient time between election and this column prevented a thorough analysis of what the results meant. Space isn't available to adequately analyze local, state and federal races. Since there's more time for state, let's handle federal and local, since Congress has gone back to work.

November 23, 2010 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: Obama, GOP can make progress on some issues

Since President Barack Obama faces a Republican House next year, he must start building a working relationship with the GOP now if he wants to get things done. If he doesn't, he's toast in 2012.

November 09, 2010 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: Crystal ball sees a GOP House takeover

A longtime Times' tradition was me giving Johnny Vardeman a sealed envelope the afternoon before the general election with my predictions for winners in local county offices, state legislators representing our county, our congressman and statewide constitutional officers excepting judges. He would open them after lunch election day.

October 26, 2010 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: Finances legit in campaign, but not mudslinging

One political observation before delving into a potpourri of other current topics; I agree with Roy Barnes' claim that Nathan Deal's personal debt is a legitimate campaign issue. But it is only in the context of whether it signals indications that Deal might not be a good manager of the state's finances.

October 12, 2010 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


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