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Guest column: Finding justice for victims is justice for all

"There was nobody there to tell", said an elderly victim of the abuse she received from her caregiver.

"I really thought he was going to change this time", comments a victim of domestic violence.

April 24, 2008 | By Bethany Foley Director of the Victim Witness Assistance Program | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Session like a dysfunctional family

When Republicans first took control of the Georgia House and Senate and the governor's office, I was concerned. Too buttoned-down and serious, I said. They will go to the Capitol, cut taxes, make government smaller and more responsive, jerk their Democrat colleagues around a little and then go home, get re-elected and start the whole thing over again. Not an ideal scenario for someone who makes a living poking fun at politics and those who practice the world's second-oldest profession.

I underestimated them. Turns out Republicans are more cantankerous than a junkyard dog. They haven't done anything ...

April 23, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Shipp: Back to the backroom we go

Bring back the guys in the smoke-filled rooms. They knew how to pick candidates who could win the White House.

April 23, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Groupthink shows our ugly side

Overheard shortly after Barack Obama's speech in Philadelphia: "He says he's a Christian, but he was born a Muslim. Once a Muslim, always a Muslim. There's only one thing you can do with a Muslim. Kill him."

April 22, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Thomas: Critics of global warming on increase

On "60 Minutes" recently, Al Gore stated that those who doubt the reality of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming, "are in such a tiny, tiny minority now with their point of view. They're almost like the ones who still believe that the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona and those who believe the earth is flat."

In 1992 he said, "Only an insignificant fraction of scientists deny the global warming crisis. The time for debate is over. The science is settled." So for about 15 years the former vice president has essentially been calling for people ...

April 22, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas Guest Column | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Storks won’t hamper China Games

If there are any wood storks in China, they are in a heap of trouble. The XXIX Olympiad, as the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing are so grandly known, are just months away and I am willing to bet all the tea in -- well, you know -- that not one person there gives a flying honk about the wood stork.

April 19, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: We lose when pols, press get cozy

Isn't it strange that disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer got away with his trysts as long as he did? Spitzer, a mean-spirited bully, resigned following revelations he had been saying one thing and doing another.

April 19, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: Resurrection has touched world like no other event

At this time of year, Christians celebrate Easter, or as I prefer, Resurrection Sunday. As one scans history, no other date put such a mark in time as when Jesus Christ shed His grave-clothes and departed the tomb.

April 19, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Glazer: Freedom should come with a dose of caution

Like a lot of kids, when I chose a college, I picked one far from home. In my case, it was the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

April 18, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Glazer: Venerable Jackson Building will bounce back

When I was in my late 20s, I thought I had my whole life figured out. I'd earned degrees in social work, counseling and criminal justice. I was working as counselor for the Department of Corrections. I'd be chief counselor by 35, assistant warden by 40, warden by 45, retire and then spend the rest of my working life teaching and writing.

April 18, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Nichols: Arts Council fills our town with culture

Gainesville is a very special place, a town with many traditions, a town rich in diverse cultural, artistic musical organizations. I have visited many cities here and overseas, and I do not know of any similar-sized town with such broad cultural activities.

April 17, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Shipp: Foxes guard state’s ethics henhouse

An ethics class for lobbyists? Why didn't I think of that? Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson, R-Savannah, and several of his colleagues have dreamed up a swell idea during this election year. They would teach a formal ethics course to lobbyists. No, they didn't say anything about delivering ethics lectures to legislators, too.

April 16, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Nichols: Program brings foster children, parents together

One January after the Christmas break I asked one of my students how the break went. "I hated it" he replied.

April 16, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Oglesby: Who’s going to be second on the presidential tickets?

Earlier, I listed the top three presidential candidates in each major party I thought best qualified overall for the presidency under the philosophical banner of that party and the major issues. Now that the list has been narrowed to one Republican and two Democrats, let's beat the major media in doing the same for the running mates.

April 15, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: What kind of change do we want?

A majority of Americans of all parties and persuasions want change this election year. Only problem is most of those who objectively think issues thoroughly through aren't sure exactly what kind of change is possible, meaningful and really needed.

April 15, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


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Dick Yarbrough: They'll have to run the 2016 race without me

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016.

April 25, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Georgia’s big political changes stir emotions

It was a joyous and emotional day when Gov. Nathan Deal signed historic legislation that legalized the possession and use of medical marijuana in Georgia.

April 22, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: Mystery of elections; their funding, their meanness

The older I get, the less I understand. I've learned that emotion trumps facts and figures when it comes to human behavior, but I don't understand the "why" behind much of that behavior. I don't understand downright meanness.

April 21, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Charles Krauthammer: Queen Hillary travels by van, but she is who she is

See Hillary ride in a van! Watch her meet everyday Americans! Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle! Which she did wearing shades, as did her chief aide Huma Abedin, yielding security-camera pictures that made them look (to borrow from Karl Rove) like fugitives on the lam, wanted in seven states for a failed foreign policy.

April 18, 2015 | Charles Krauthammer | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: A tribute to those feeding a vital community need

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 18, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Parties switched roles this year in state legislature

Judging from the recent session of the General Assembly, Republicans seem to have become the new Democrats in state politics.

April 15, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Anyone but me can be a great leader

Fortune Magazine has announced its list of the World's Greatest Leaders for 2015 and would you believe that I got snubbed again this year?

April 10, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Rushing bills through legislature hurts Georgia

There are many members of the state legislature who work hard and try to represent the best interests of their constituents back home.

April 08, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: Our speech is free, but often minus facts

In his 1941 State of the Union speech, Franklin D. Roosevelt listed four fundamental freedoms basic to the United States, freedoms he believed "... rightfully belonged to everyone in the world: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

April 07, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: UGA’s Class of ’19 will shine as best and brightest

If you are a high school senior hoping to attend The University of Georgia, the oldest-state chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, you have probably heard by now whether or not you have been accepted.

April 04, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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