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Nichols: Presidential race includes an array of choices

We have a diverse selection of candidates this year.

April 03, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Shipp: Judge now wiser after leaving Nichols case

Senior Judge Hilton Fuller probably deserves an award after abruptly resigning as presiding judge over the Brian Nichols multiple-murders case. Perhaps the judge ought to be considered for an honorary degree in journalism ethics. He has certainly completed the requisite course while overseeing preparations for the Nichols trial.

April 02, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: What change? Let the parties decide

The big political talk today in Northeast Georgia and the entire nation is about change. Change from what to what? In other words, what specifically are we really talking about and why?

April 01, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Shipp: Will Johnny come marching home?

Golly, Johnny, are you serious?

March 30, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Jekyll plan should interest all of us

Depending on who you talk to, Jekyll Island is about to be taken over by greedy real estate developers and turned into a fancy vacation resort with prices out of reach to ordinary Georgians, or it is a seedy, financially-strapped rundown shell of its former self.

March 29, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Be wary of proposed airline merger

According to news reports, one of the biggest issues in the current merger talks between Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Northwest is who would run the new company: the Delta guy or the nabob from Northwest.

March 29, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: My 15 minutes on ‘Montel’ with a ghost dog

An era is coming to an end. After 17 years, "The Montel Williams show" is not going to be renewed.

March 28, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Shipp: Where is Zell now on taxing food?

Can this be true? A movement is afoot in the Capitol to change the title of House Speaker Glenn Richardson's sweeping tax reform measure. Overnight, Romeo's GREAT Tax Plan would become known as the DEAD Tax Plan.

March 26, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Shipp: Hillary done in by the ‘H-Factor’

An anonymous reader writes: "In your column (Feb. 17) you state, 'The total Republican (presidential primary) vote was down nearly 25 percent from Gov. Sonny Perdue's 2006 high-water mark.' You seem to hold that as a hopeful sign that the Democrat Party is somehow making a comeback in Georgia.

March 26, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Emotions drive our political choices

Is change really in the air? Perhaps, but people are fickle. The public may call for change, but individually people keep electing the same candidates, supporting the same party and reciting the same political rhetoric they did before.

March 25, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Mystery of life not answered by laws

It appears that some Georgia legislators want to tell us when life begins.

March 25, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Hospice eases trip on life’s final journey

In the Middle Ages, the words "hospice," "hospital" and "hostel" often were given the same meaning. As a person neared the end of a journey, food and shelter were provided to the tired traveler, some of whom were sick and needed care in their last days.

March 24, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Thomas: Nation's greatest asset is healthy respect for marriage

As we approach "Super Tuesday," which involves primaries or caucuses in 24 states including Georgia, the political rhetoric is going to reach a level that is almost unbearable.

March 24, 2008 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


King: Irresponsible act leads to a sickening thud

The week began badly. I had picked up my granddaughter from school and was heading home in the dark when a dog appeared in my headlights. I braked and veered as best I could. Then there was that awful thud.

March 24, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Shipp: Do gender, race trump ability?

By this time next week, Super-Duper Tuesday will be over. Twenty-four states and American Samoa will have staged presidential primaries or caucuses on the same day. We will be able to measure statistically just how dumb Democratic voters are in Georgia and across the country.

March 19, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


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Crawford: Parties fight battle of the ballot

In our system of government where citizens elect those who will make the decisions for them, voter registration and the casting of ballots are the fundamental elements of democracy - the blocking and tackling, to use a football analogy.

September 17, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: College helps fuel Dalton’s rebound

Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could?" That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of Northwest Georgia not far from the Tennessee line.

September 13, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: In politics, the camera never blinks

When George Orwell first coined the phrase "Big Brother is watching you," he knew what he was talking about.

September 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Our money goes for a boondoggle

It has been just over two months since I wrote a column about Georgia Power, the Public Service Commission and the construction of two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. I can hear President Ronald Reagan's voice now: "There you go again."

September 09, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: September’s song describes the fall ahead

Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday." The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia - "For it's a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September."

September 06, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Water — We don’t miss it till it’s gone

First-world problems. You know what they are. We all have them. They're the issues confronting and irritating those of us living in wealthy, industrialized countries that would leave people in the third world either scratching their heads in bewilderment or shaking them in disgust.

September 05, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Campaigns to get serious now

There was a time when general election campaigns didn't "officially" get underway until after the Labor Day weekend.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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