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Shipp: Race is on for the ‘Dumb Trophy’

Maybe everybody's right. Democratic Party politics has fallen off the edge.

February 02, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Underdog Democrats plan revival

A couple of weeks ago I visited with Georgia House Majority Leader Jerry Keen, R-St. Simons, to get his views on the upcoming legislative session. Last week, I stopped by to see what House Minority Leader DuBose Porter, D-Dublin, had to say about things.

February 02, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


King: Reject labels; embrace forgiveness

This column is going to be up close and personal. To a certain extent every columnist is a public figure and open to public criticism. That's fine with me. I learn something from every letter or e-mail I get, but I object to labels.

February 02, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Bad intelligence led to Iraq war mistake

After I graduated from my university, I went to Washington, D.C., and got a job as an intelligence research analyst. After being cleared to work with sensitive materials including top secret, I entered the large work force that is the intelligence community.

February 02, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Guest Column: Georgians, unite to fight diabetes

As I have traveled the state and met with Georgians from all walks of life, it has become increasingly evident that an issue of priority to many is health care and disease prevention.

February 02, 2008 | By Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle | Community columnists


Oglesby: Beware of tax woes from AMT

First, apologies to a fine organization for my referring to it as the "Junior Service League" in my last column which referenced the annual Charity Ball which it has sponsored for many years. Same organization and mission, it was long known simply as the Junior Service League. I just let it slip.

February 02, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


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


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Crawford: Lessons learned from state's primary runoff

There were some important political lessons that should have been learned from last week's runoff election.

July 30, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Is US a failed state in decline?

The criteria for a failed state are pretty specific: Loss of authority over the use of force, loss of the authority to make collective decisions, inability to provide public services, and the inability to interact with the international community.

July 29, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Taxpayers on the hook for mishandled ethics probe

In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experience and I am proud of the good things we accomplished at the commission.

July 26, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Plenty of shade in years to come

In less than two weeks I'll celebrate my 60th birthday. Just for giggles, I perused some 60th birthday cards and, well, the outlook suddenly seems sort of grim. The creepiest of all pictured an empty deck chair on an emptier beach and contained these heartwarming words: "A sunrise is beautiful but so is a sunset. /For turning 60 today don't harbor any regret. / The autumn of your life will be so serene./ You will be the happiest that you have ever been."

July 25, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


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


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