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Crawford: Look for Senate race to settle

For the past few months, the Senate Republican primary has looked like a cage match between five politicians biting and gouging to see who can move most sharply to the far right edge of the ring.

April 01, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Robbins: Now batting for the Old Geezers ...

We were an hour into our conversation when I realized it.

March 31, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Crimea river — The scoop on Putin

Since the policy of the federal government seems to be to snoop on the conversations of private citizens, I thought it would be appropriate if we turned the tables on them. So, I authorized my columnist commandos to infiltrate the White House disguised as Teleprompters and get the real scoop on the latest developments in Ukraine.

March 29, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: State lawmakers more focused on re-election

The week before Georgia legislators finished their session, Sen. Steve Thompson, D-Marietta, made a floor speech that put it all in perspective.

March 26, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Can we always tell 'good guys' from ‘bad guys?’

Confession time: These days I read my horoscope, printed on page 2 of this paper. It's all nonsense, of course, but sometimes it can be downright spooky.

March 25, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Honoring a great journalist’s life on canvas

I was at the sausage-making plant last week, better known as the Georgia General Assembly. I was there for a good cause. The state Senate was honoring Dick Pettys, one of the finest journalists to walk through the doors of the state Capitol, and I was asked to be a part of that special day.

March 22, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Longing for some good ol’ Mayberry justice

Last night, I realized I had failed my daughter. She was home from college for a brief visit and we settled in for some TV time. We flipped through a couple of thousand channels, most of them permutations of various "Law and Order" franchises, until I stumbled across a 1961 episode of "The Andy Griffith Show."

March 21, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. legislators are acting like liberals

The Georgia General Assembly has rightly earned a reputation for being one of America's most conservative legislative bodies.

March 19, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Tom Nichols, a tribute: ‘I would live nowhere else’

Dr. William T. "Tom" Nichols, a longtime community columnist for The Times, died Wednesday in New Castle, Pa. at age 86.

March 18, 2014 | | Community columnists


Robbins: Ad libbing, fibbing my way through column

I don't watch television much, according to this week's column.

March 17, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Left-lane lollygaggers, beware — House is targeting you

The scene: I-16 near Dublin. WAAANGH! REEP! REEP! REEP!

March 15, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Table is now set for Georgia elections

Georgia's political scorecard for 2014 was filled out last week as hundreds of hopeful candidates dropped by the Capitol to fill out the paperwork that places their names on the May 20 primary election ballot.

March 12, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Too many still deny reality of science

No joke. There really is a Flat Earth Society. Conspiracy theorists are everywhere these days, but I really did think the idea of a flat earth died out years ago, especially after our astronauts took those beautiful photos of our planet from their space capsules. But then the flat earth people say that too is a conspiracy, a hoax by NASA.

March 11, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Robbins: Laughing loudly with life’s rich pageant

My father-in-law would sometimes tell of a story of an obituary he read once.

March 10, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: State senator works to refine school standard

As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.

March 08, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Glazer: Is it better to confront hatred or ignore it?

It was around 1989 when some permutation of the Ku Klux Klan and a motley group of affiliated miscreants applied for and was - as is their right - given permission to demonstrate in Gainesville. At the time my business was located in the Jackson Building on downtown's Washington Street.

April 18, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Legislators should be allowed to do their jobs

Gov. Nathan Deal currently is reviewing the hundreds of bills passed during this year's General Assembly session. He presumably will have everything signed or vetoed by April 30.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Robbins: Hope is eternal for this Braves fan

Baseball was my first love.

April 14, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Child abuse, neglect need to be Georgia's priority

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about and you would probably just as soon not hear about. But it is there and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.

April 12, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Deal’s wounds self-inflicted

Within minutes after a Fulton County jury returned a devastating verdict against the state ethics commission last week, Gov. Nathan Deal's aides were already trying to put their own spin on the story.

April 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: How random — and friendly — is our universe?

I have a note taped up over my computer that reads: "Be prepared for synchronicity in your life. It grew out of some unnamed force somewhere in the universe. Acknowledge it when it appears. Be grateful and give thanks, for if you think deeply, you will find it is not random at all."

April 08, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Robbins: On my plate — Coins, buttons, used gum

I was on the couch, chewing on a straw, watching the zillionth commercial where a middle-aged man takes a pill and he's suddenly happy as all get-out, when my 11-year-old son approached my throne.

April 07, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Taking hits from the left and right

Even by my impossibly high standards, this has been a good week.

April 05, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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