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Shipp: Candidates don’t show holiday spirit

As the second most important date on the Christian calendar approaches -- as the holiday we celebrate with gusto jingles our way -- both political parties show the world that America's best-of-class politicians are little more than blackhearted barbarians.

February 02, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Shipp: Gov. Perdue, Speaker Richardson top the wrong lists

I can feel it: 2008 is going to be a year of superlatives, not all of them good.

February 02, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: New ideas should be embraced

Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson is taking a lot of heat these days over his controversial proposal to eliminate the property tax and replace it with a sales tax, eliminating most of the exempted items.

February 02, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Shipp: Lottery rigged in house's favor

Shortly before Zell Miller hired shrewd Democratic consultant James Carville to direct strategy for his 1990 governor's campaign, Miller convened a meeting of key Baptist leaders.

February 02, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Connie Stephens: Help CASA give children a safe haven

"'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, my parents were fighting ... It was not as quiet as a mouse."

February 02, 2008 | By Connie Stephens Guest Columnist | Community columnists


Guest column: Scholarship giving kids with special needs new options

Approximately two years ago, my son was diagnosed with a high-functioning form of autism known as Asperger's syndrome. Even though our doctor and I disagreed with a few of the school's original observations, I was excited that Jacob was finally going to get some badly needed assistance in his public school.

January 26, 2008 | | Community columnists


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


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Crawford: Why Johnny can’t go to college

In less than a month, students will be reporting for fall semester classes at the public colleges that make up the state's University System.

July 22, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Waxing poetic despite laureate snub

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

July 19, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: The end of a long runoff campaign is in sight

For those who have endured Georgia's longest runoff election ever, the July 22 finish line is finally coming into view.

July 16, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Doctors are losing the personal touch

As child, the doctor came to our house if I was ill. Things change. I remember the day I got sick, and my parents bundled me into their car and drove to the doctor's office to see him., Today no one expects a doctor to make house calls.

July 15, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Junior Lee weighs in on pests of all kinds

With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga., to get his thoughts on the various races and to see who he thinks will make it to the finals of the November general election and who will be eliminated this round.

July 12, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: This carrier keeps his appointed rounds

The cellphone video told the story. A U.S. Postal Service van was parked beside a ravine. The driver was systematically taking packages from the back of the vehicle and tossing them down the hill. All in a day's work.

July 11, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Who will fill Broun’s shoes in House?

Georgia will soon be losing one of its most entertaining political personalities in U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, the Republican from Athens.

July 09, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Do endorsements matter?

In the days after the May 20 primary elections, candidates who advanced to the runoffs made the usual scramble to secure endorsements from opponents who didn't make it out of the primary.

June 04, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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