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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


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


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Yarbrough: Put down the phone; no text is worth our lives

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa, this is one with a quick cure.

August 30, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia voters can get the job done

For the past 20 years, an idea frequently floated for reforming the political system has been to set term limits for elected officials.

August 27, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Why not an end of our own choosing?

Two weeks ago, The Times reported Robin Williams' suicide. I'm sad for a number of reasons, maybe not the same as other people's reasons but just as intense. I am sad because the world lost a gifted comedian. To quote Ella Wheeler Wilcox, who wrote "Laugh and the world laughs with you:"

August 26, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Letter not enough to polish my liberal bona fides

Rap! Rap! Rap!

August 23, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: A life is changed, or lost, at drop of a rock

If I met Sharon Budd, I know I'd like her. She's from Uniontown, Ohio. She's raised four kids and worked as a seventh-grade language arts teacher. She's a breast cancer survivor.

August 22, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. election candidates stuck in the past

There are many lessons about elections I've learned through years of reporting on politics.

August 20, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Givens: A humanist's view on school prayer

Many Christians feel that removing teacher led prayer from school is persecution. This debate has come to Hall County with the letter sent by the American Humanists Association to Hall County School officials demanding that coach led prayer be stopped.

August 18, 2014 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Be proud of Southern drawl, y’all

I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent." Gosh dang. What is wrong with a Southern accent?

August 16, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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