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Crawford: Is electing a school chief really necessary?

Early in January, Richard Woods will be sworn in as the duly elected superintendent of state schools. He could very well be the last person ever elected to this statewide constitutional office.

November 19, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Election results won't solve our problems

"How do you spell relief?" Clue: It's not Alka Seltzer. It's the elections. They're over! Even the losers are breathing easier.

November 18, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: One terrorist we should thank for his service

This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago, but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he's proud of it.

November 15, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: This year's election had a familiar look

This was an election for people who enjoy watching reruns on TV.

November 12, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Junior Lee has too many pests on his plate

I called Junior E. Lee and asked when he would have some post-election analysis to share with you.

November 08, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: One easy prediction from this state election

There were many predictions being made by pundits, analysts and journalists in the weeks before Election Day as Georgia's voters endured a very long campaign season.

November 05, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Mankind needs a common cause

Barack Obama has been a disappointment to many Americans, but if you are looking for another attack on the president, forget it. For six years, the Republican Party has done everything in its power to see that his administration failed. This is not a victory. It's an embarrassment.

November 04, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: One man’s push to support our veterans

A wise man once said our only reason for occupying space on this Earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will.

November 01, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Mystery of state election plays out in a week

For the past few months, I have heard the same question nearly everywhere I go.

October 29, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Deal: ‘Everything on the table’ for Ga. schools

Last week, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.

October 25, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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


Schofield: A perspective of K-12 school funding in Georgia

As a father and a school superintendent, I have an extremely personal interest in the state of our schools. I also have a great respect for the democratic process: the opportunity for vigorous debate and the potential created by new and innovative ideas.

October 21, 2014 | By Will Schofield Guest columnist | Community columnists


King: Politics keeps us short-sighted

Human nature has changed little over time, but human behavior has. We no longer burn heretics at the stake or torture animals for sport ... well, not the way we did in the past. At least today we pay lip service to social justice and the rule of law.

October 21, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Candidate Carter shares plan for Ga. schools

I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public school teachers about their respective education platforms.

October 18, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | 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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Crawford: Transportation fixes hit a dead end in Ga.

The overall disrepair of Georgia's roads and bridges has reached the point where the state's political and business leaders agree "something must be done."

December 17, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Pilgrims seek spiritual fire

The Public Service Commission meets today for a semiannual review. I'll be there. I'm anxious to see what the commissioners have to say about cost overruns at Plant Vogtle, Georgia Power's nuclear facility near Waynesboro.

December 16, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Charters school progressing in Georgia

You may recall I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012, creating the State Charter School Commission to allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.

December 14, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Maybe I was wrong about charter school changes

You may recall I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012, creating the State Charter School Commission to allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.

December 13, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Goldberg: Torture forces hard thinking

For a long time I resisted the word "torture" when discussing the "enhanced interrogation techniques" used against high-value captives in the war on terror. I don't think I can do that anymore.

December 12, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg | Community columnists


Parker: Feminism sees the right

WASHINGTON - It is probably too soon to declare a feminist reformation, but a few signs here and there give one hope.

December 11, 2014 | Kathleen Parker | Community columnists


Crawford: State keeps lawyers working

Each year, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, about 55,000 people pass the bar exam in the United States, which admits them to the practice of law.

December 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: On a postgame exile in Bora Bora

This was written in a cave somewhere in Greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper. (I have no idea how the editors got it from bottle to print. I assumed that if editors can figure out where commas go, they ought to be able to figure out how to print a column in a bottle.)

December 06, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Change is coming in Georgia, but slowly

Last month's election results were a reminder that, for all its demographic changes, Georgia is still a conservative state.

December 03, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Missouri ruling reveals our own biases

I spent a good bit of last week trying to pull together a column on the riots in Ferguson, Mo.

December 02, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Carl Sanders — A great man, a Georgia giant

On my "To Do" list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for the University of Georgia's former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. I knew he would like the idea and perhaps could jerk a few chains I seem to have been unable to rattle thus far.

November 29, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Sanders is a man for his time

The death of former Gov. Carl Sanders is a reminder of how much the times and the state he ran during the 1960s have changed.

November 26, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Wingnuts and weenies; Junior’s early peek at 2016

I was on St. Simons Island last week scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed Junior up when I told him that.

November 22, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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