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Guest column: Schools can help promote healthier lives

Why is kids' body-mass index such a weighty issue now?

April 11, 2008 | By Marc Marton mmarton@georgiavoices.org | Community columnists


Thomas: Literacy alliance gave adult education a boost

A little less than a year ago, about this time of year, adult education classes at technical colleges across the state were facing a terrible dilemma. Because of political clashes in Atlanta, adult education teachers were to be furloughed for May and June because there was no money designated in the state budget to pay their salaries for those months.

April 10, 2008 | Brenda Thomas | Community columnists


Shipp: The real terrorists are among us

Nothing hurts parents as deeply as news of the violent death of a child. Over time, the grief subsides slightly but it never goes away, not after a year or a decade or even a quarter of a century.

April 09, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Shipp: Little in this race fits the pattern

I have been so wrong so often on these presidential primaries that I don't know where to start cleaning up and trying to explain my record.

April 09, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Random thoughts on BRIDGE plan, guns in church

A recent column on HB 905, legislation proposed by Rep. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, that would establish a technical education track in Georgia high schools, got a huge response. Readers across the state expressed strong approval of his efforts. Several sent me copies of notes they had written him in support.

April 05, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: True Optimist inspires young orators to succeed

Gainesville has a hometown treasure in the person of J.H. Holcomb. He taught Industrial Arts, better known as "shop" when I made my way through Gainesville Junior High in the late 1960s.

April 04, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


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


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Crawford: State's races are closer than expected

If you had told me a year ago that Gov. Nathan Deal would essentially be tied at this point in his re-election campaign with an inexperienced Democratic legislator, I would have asked if you were smoking some of that stuff that is now legally on sale in Colorado.

October 01, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Lessons of history echo with 2 wartime leaders

Anyone with a sense of history who has watched the fascinating new Ken Burns documentary on PBS, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," may have experienced a sense of déjà vu during episode six, which chronicles the tumultuous events of 1939-44.

September 28, 2014 | By Ron Martz Guest commentary | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Thinning out alternatives on Jekyll Island

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. One day I am advising world leaders on the nuances of international monetary policy. The next day I am consoling a distraught reader who thinks I need to "look within myself spiritually."

September 27, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia's economic experiment didn't work

Over the past 10 years, Georgia has served as the location for a wide-ranging experiment in economic theory.

September 24, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Putting on our best face is the natural human default

Until I heard her speak at a benefit luncheon, I thought Ronda Rich was a bit of an empty-headed lightweight. I was wrong, wrong, wrong, and she has become one of my must-read columnists.

September 23, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: How I learned to accentuate the positive

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way.

September 20, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Yes, spare the rod; don't hurt the child

I don't pay a lot of attention to football. Even though I was a proud Red Elephant during the heyday of Bobby Gruhn and Tommy West, I just never caught the fever. Four years at the University of Alabama during the reign of Bear Bryant did nothing to pique my interest. Since I married a man whose football apathy mirrored my own, there was never an incentive to learn or follow the game.

September 19, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


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


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