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King: US family needs more discipline

One of our politicians, a member of Congress I believe, defended his support for a gas tax suspension by saying that his job was to "... listen to the public and make them happy."

Perhaps it's just as well I can't find that particular clipping right now. No matter which party this man represented, someone would have accused me of bias. However, both John McCain and Hillary Clinton favor the tax suspension.

June 03, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Summer is full of great programs for children

Rob Andrews, president of the Gainesville Lions Club, reported that the Children's Theater Program recently completed another major success in helping raise money for charities that support benefits for children in need of assistance for glasses, hearing aids and diabetes.

June 02, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Do a good deed for troops overseas

OK, listen up. I have a job for you. Actually, it's not a job. It's a good deed.

May 31, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Once a sweetheart, now a celebrity thief

Poor Lindsay Lohan just can't catch a break.

May 31, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Thomas: T-Rex, chicken link is more evolutionary bunk

Which came first, the T-Rex or the chicken? The answer: they came on the same day, Day 6 of creation.

May 30, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Glazer: Mom’s advice includes home cures, common sense

Most moms are a repository of knowledge, both the book and folklore variety. Lately, it seems every time I open my mouth out comes my mother's voice. After all, she gave me some of the best advice I've ever received and now that I'm a parent, it's time to pass it on.

May 30, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Shipp: If not Isakson, then who?

The directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce should hire professional headhunters right now to interview candidates for governor in 2010.

May 28, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Was bike race worth trouble and expense?

From all reports, the Tour de Georgia bicycle race was a big promotional success for the local community. That doesn't mean, however, the overall total taxpayer cost wasn't huge and no room was left for improvement from the citizens' viewpoint.

May 27, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Shipp: Did no-show Georgia Democrats cut a deal?

For months now we have been subjected to a steady stream of promises of political change. Georgia Democratic leaders painted their party's runaway voter turnout in the Feb. 5 presidential primary as a preview of the general election in November. Donkeys would fill up polling places to cast ballots for a new generation of Democratic candidates.

May 21, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Shipp: Campaign rumors, spin detract from issues

Try this hot scoop for a piece of outright absurdity: Knowing she has no chance of winning the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton continues to run full speed ahead against Barack Obama for president. She hopes to damage Obama so badly that she will have a clear shot for the presidency in 2012. Detailed planning for that faraway campaign is already in the works.

May 21, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Culture of fear or fear of culture?

When I was studying anthropology at Georgia State College eons ago, I had a professor who liked to ask the young women students how they would feel about sharing their husband with one or more other wives. Polygamy, he said, is a worldwide norm. Only modern industrial societies mandate monogamy.

May 20, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Tibet’s future hinges on China-Dalai Lama talks

A couple of decades ago, I was camping in Alaska at the foot of Mount Denali (a.k.a, Mount McKinley), when I discovered a notice that Lowell Thomas Jr. offered to fly tourists in his small plane around the mountain to show it from above.

May 19, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Protecting Jekyll at the grass roots

I learned the hard way in my corporate life never to underestimate the power of grass-roots organizations. They are always the last to blink in a fight. I have the scars to prove it.

May 17, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Oglesby: Will cool heads prevail in DOT drama?

The kinder words I've heard from gleeful Democrats and longtime loyal Republicans about the 2008 performance of the state legislature and its key leaders range from disgust to outright outrage. I rank it closest to disgust.

Most responsible are the key leaders, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson. Neither would compromise when compromise was necessary. Each tried to undercut the other in their obvious quests for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in two years, putting political ambition ahead of their bigger responsibility to govern effectively. One result could be calls for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson to ...

May 13, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Carter should stick to woodworking, poetry

What are we going to do with Jimmy Carter? The man has gone from being a joke to someone who is suddenly very unfunny.

May 10, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Dick Yarbrough: Juvenile justice in Georgia is going to the dogs

The state of Georgia's Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing.

January 31, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Don’t expect a fix soon for Georgia's traffic gridlock

Georgia's elected leaders agree the most pressing issue right now is the state's transportation system.

January 28, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: We need a single voice of reason to speak for nation

When I came to Georgia in 1955, it was a one-party state. The Democrats were the only game in town. After 1964, when Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Right Act, he told Bill Moyers he'd just delivered the South to the Republicans for the next 50 years. He was right.

January 27, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: State of the column — Never better (Applause!)

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)

January 24, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: State budget shines light on what really matters

Gov. Nathan Deal's office released his state budget for fiscal year 2016 late last week, and if you work your way through the numbers in the document you will see a significant turning point in recent state history.

January 21, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: State lawmaker on a mission to heal

Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia.

January 17, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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