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Tom Crawford: Business trumps tradition when it comes to flag flap

Some wars are not fought on battlefields these days. They are fought on social networks with the weapons of Twitter feeds and Facebook memes.

July 15, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Essay: Beware the pitfalls of rewriting history

It has been with no small amount of puzzlement that I have read the multitude of mea culpas gushing from some of my former newspaper colleagues, many of whom are sons of the South, decrying the sins of the South following the wanton murders of nine people in a church in Charleston, S.C., last month.

July 12, 2015 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: 17 years later, hedges still need trimming

It was supposed to be one-and-done, but it didn't work out that way.

July 11, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Saving water today beats toilet to tap tomorrow

This is what's happening in California as the state tries to cope with a record-breaking drought that is now in its fourth year.

July 08, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Adams’ return to Malibu was best for all

Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, in the wilds of Malibu, Calif., to become chancellor Aug. 1. He had once been that institution's vice president of university affairs.

July 04, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Writing new chapters in America's tale

You won't often see so many history-making events crammed into such a small period of time, but that was the case last week with three huge stories breaking in a little less than 30 hours - a bonanza for those of us who work in the news industry.

July 01, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: One man who defined a successful life

Five young men, ages 18 to 23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

June 27, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: SC flag debate has familiar ring to Georgians

It's as if we stepped into a time machine and went 15 years back into the past.

June 24, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Remembering a special man and all he taught me

It has been 31 years since he passed away and not a day goes by that I don't miss him, especially on Father's Day.

June 20, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Will Isakson now face a challenger in 2016 race?

Until the morning of June 10, next year's U.S. Senate race appeared to be already settled.

June 17, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


‘Of the dead, nothing unless good’

Speaking ill of the dead and their grieving relatives is something that those of us with any social graces tend to avoid. We take the higher road out of respect for those who have passed, no matter how much we may have disliked them or how vile they may have been, primarily because they no longer are able to defend themselves, at least in public.

June 14, 2015 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com | Community columnists


Book tells of strange moment in Georgia's history

We live in a state where strange things can happen in politics, but you won't see anything stranger than the time Georgia had three people who all claimed to be the state's chief executive.

June 10, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Random notions on On slowpokes, ALEC, Ted and shrimp

I have the greatest respect for the Georgia State Patrol. Theirs is a tough job with roughly 900 troopers available to cover a state of 59,500 square miles and deal with the kind of carnage they see almost daily on Georgia's highways. If all of this isn't difficult enough, now they are being required to enforce the so-called "Slow Poke" law.

June 06, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Flat Creek pollution: Poultry plants continue to foul a vital tributary

In 1964, the federal government considered placing buoys in Lake Lanier to warn recreational users to avoid a contaminated area where Flat Creek flows into the lake.

June 04, 2015 | By Jason Ulseth Guest columnist | Community columnists


Flat Creek pollution: Industry doing its part to protect waterways

The health of Hall County's Flat Creek, one of several important streams flowing into Lake Lanier, has recently received considerable media attention. Some of that focus has centered on poultry facilities within this watershed and their impact on water quality.

June 04, 2015 | By Mike Giles Guest columnist | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Georgia takes good care of its billionaires

Georgia is a state where we measure ourselves by how other people think of us.

July 29, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Guest column: ADA righted wrongs, but work remains

I don't remember what I was doing on Sunday, July 26, 1987, but that next year I was fighting for my life in intensive ...

July 26, 2015 | By Justin Pressley Guest columnist | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: It's time to make peace over symbols

Blessed are we, the peacemakers. Ours is a lonely lot.

July 25, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Lawmakers have to defuse an explosive issue

With the legalization of fireworks this year, Georgia residents had a blast over the Fourth of July weekend - literally.

July 22, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


The foster dilemma: Whether to adopt

I thought the judge would make all the decisions.

July 19, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Jekyll Island deer get official respect from state

In the midst of all the turmoil over recent Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and gay marriage, as well as the furor over the Confederate ...

July 18, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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