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Yarbrough: Reflections on growing a year older

I have survived another birthday and am happy to report that I am still on the right side of the grass.

January 04, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Shipp: Perdue should pray for more than rain

I'm happy that Gov. Sonny Perdue went forward with his prayer meeting to beseech the Almighty for an end to the drought. It's the best idea the governor has had since taking office.

January 04, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Law of the lake is hard to dispute

Perhaps it's inborn pessimism or a defensive instinct, but many people seem to have a natural tendency to accept automatically the worst of possible reasons for things. That's been well illustrated in the past few weeks as we fret over watering restrictions.

January 04, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Thomas: Leaders have always prayed to give thanks

It is with curious timing that our governor, Sonny Perdue, would call for an official prayer service to petition the Almighty for rain to fall upon our parched land. Many have taken issue with the governor, calling his actions everything from foolish to unconstitutional.

January 03, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas trevchel@hotmail.com | Community columnists


Shipp: Hillary must run gauntlet to victory

Experts say Hillary Clinton seems a shoo-in to win the Democratic presidential nomination. A shoo-in? We'll see.

January 03, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Our national honor is at stake over Iraq

President Bush has made it very clear he will not withdraw American troops from Iraq. If the Congress proposes any legislation to that effect, he will veto it. Congress can override a veto, but it takes a two-thirds majority vote in both Houses, 67 votes in the Senate and 290 votes in the House, to do it.

January 03, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Some helpful advice on water crisis

Dear Gov. Perdue: When you decided to run for governor a few years ago, I'll bet you never thought you had signed on to manage the worst water crisis in our state's history. Usually, our governors just make a lot of speeches and issue proclamations and talk about how they are going to improve public education.

January 03, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Oglesby: Family’s loss shows community’s heart

Many of you remember a couple of years ago when I wrote a series of columns about a family. I may not have been sufficiently talented to paint the word picture of tragedy and a young family thrown into temporary distress adequately, but many of you responded magnificently as Hall Countians, indeed, North Georgians, are wont to do.

January 03, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


King: Nature of a lie based on perception

If a person believes he or she is being truthful, a false statement does not become true, but is it a lie? The individual may have been misinformed. The facts may have been distorted or perhaps unknown at the time, but there is another possibility.

January 03, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Shipp: Democrats waiting for action

Big-mouthed contrarian college professors ought to have the decency to sit down and shut up during these lovely days between Thanksgiving and New Year's.

January 03, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Guest column: Take time as a family to love, teach children

The week of Nov. 18 is National Family Week. Our community joins the nation in honoring its families. And rightfully it should.

January 03, 2008 | George Wangemann | Community columnists


Guest column: Healthy landscaping helps save water

Public perceptions are difficult to work with. Erroneous public perceptions are not only difficult; they are dangerous, especially when they become the foundation for bad public policy.

January 03, 2008 | By Mary Kay Woodworth Guest columnist | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Random thoughts from a ‘moran’

Lordy, I upset some Georgia Tech fans a couple of weeks ago by poking fun at their all-night Welcoming Event and Brand Alignment hootenanny on Nov. 1. One reader told me that students no longer use slide rules at Tech, as I had implied. I suppose that means they've also given up the T-Squares they used to wear on their belts like pistols.

January 03, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


King: A dual lesson in free speech, press

I have been writing for The Times for more than seven years. It has been a good relationship, and they have never refused to publish anything I sent, nor have they made more than minor edits, but there is always a first. The Times decided that my column for Sept. 25 was offensive, and they pulled it.

Interestingly enough, this was one day after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, spoke at Columbia University. There are several issues at stake here, and freedom of speech is just one of them. For the record, I believe Columbia University was right to ...

January 03, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Shipp: Don’t be shocked if Nichols walks

Don't be surprised to look up one day soon and see Brian Nichols a free man, playing golf with his lawyers at the Capital City Club. Or you might spot him tooling through Buckhead on a Harley with O.J.

January 03, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


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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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