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Oglesby: A Christmas bowl of potpourri

It isn't often the day this column appears on Christmas Day. I wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy 2008. May it bring to you more than you ever expected, perhaps at least partly in unexpected ways.

February 26, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


King: Youth should rally against nukes

A culture can be defined by the secrets it keeps from its children.

Primitive tribes had ghosts and demons that danced around ceremonial fires when the elders called on them. At puberty, the male initiates learned that those freighting figures were actually their fathers and older brothers, but the truth was kept from the women and children.

February 26, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Don’t buy the case for keeping the status quo

Two weeks ago Congress raised automotive fuel efficiency standards from 25 mph to 35 mph. Big whoop de do!

February 25, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Morris: Challenging faith is part of our journey

There has been much talk lately of the strong influence of atheism in the book and movie "The Golden Compass." My youngest son, William, received that book from his devoutly Christian aunt several Christmases ago. An avid reader, he set it aside until recently and worked his way through several series books, including "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "Lord of the Rings" series. Just as he read his way to "The Golden Compass," concerns about its message surfaced.

February 22, 2008 | Renee Hand Morris | Community columnists


Mary Perdue: Foster children need our love at holiday time and beyond

We are winding down the holiday season, the time of year when we each celebrate our faith with family and friends. We pause in the busyness of preparations to remember the blessings of togetherness, belonging and traditions.

February 22, 2008 | By Mary Perdue Guest Columnist | Community columnists


Glazer: Celebrity mom’s how-to book is a how not-to

Stop the presses! Here's a scoop for you. Lynne Spears, that paragon of parenting, mother of Britney and Jamie Lynn, has lost her book deal. This following the announcement that 16-year-old Jamie Lynne, the star of one of those interminable Nickelodeon teen TV series, is 12 weeks pregnant.

February 21, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Oglesby: On pension plans, DOT vote

Several readers have asked me why I haven't commented on the controversy over county administrator Jim Shuler's compensation arrangement. The simple reason is I don't have sufficient information on the specifics or time to get that information. I do have some basic principles that would apply to my analysis of the information. For however it helps, I'll share that.

School systems are recruiting retired educators to fill vacancies. They're drawing their retirement checks plus getting paid for their work. Retirees are more experienced and possibly more effective than recent graduates. Many seek supplemental income and ...

February 21, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Yarbrough: The customer always comes first

It was not the way I wanted to end the year, but I have only myself to blame. One of my cardinal rules is to exercise care when doing business with friends. That is how friends can become ex-friends.

February 16, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Morris: Listen to the children, and all will be OK

Recently, I was in a local grocery store at a very busy time. I decided to help bag groceries. It had always seemed like fun to me. I suppose I was in one of my ubiquitous philosophical moods, for it occurred to me that any job seems fun, for 10 minutes or so.

February 15, 2008 | Renee Hand Morris | Community columnists


Nichols: Why is one dictator better than another?

I do not know what yardstick can distinguish between a good and a bad foreign military dictator. I do know that we have treated two Muslim military dictators very differently.

February 11, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Guest column: DOT vote not as portrayed

As I read The Times editorial entitled, "Bullying the DOT," I was reminded that there are indeed two sides to every story. While The Times feels that Department of Transportation Board Chairman Mike Evans put good government over politics, I respectfully disagree.

February 10, 2008 | | Community columnists


Thomas: The truth of Christmas exists in hearts of believers

Prior to our revolution, most crown-appointed governors in the American Colonies remained loyal to the king. One such governor wrote to the Board of Trade in England stating that, "If you ask an American, who is his master? He will tell you he has none, nor any governor but Jesus Christ."

February 10, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Yarbrough: UGA a winner on and off field

OK, Bulldog Nation, let's all get a paper bag and breath into it very s-l-o-w-l-y. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Feel better?

February 09, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Reflecting on Christmas past, present

Oh boy! It's Christmas time. My favorite time of the year.

February 09, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Gardner: Remembering Frank Green, a true friend of the hospital

Upon receiving the news of Frank Green's passing last week, I felt compelled to express my appreciation for the generous man who helped provide the funding to save countless lives in our community.

February 07, 2008 | | Community columnists


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Crawford: Transportation fixes hit a dead end in Ga.

The overall disrepair of Georgia's roads and bridges has reached the point where the state's political and business leaders agree "something must be done."

December 17, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Pilgrims seek spiritual fire

The Public Service Commission meets today for a semiannual review. I'll be there. I'm anxious to see what the commissioners have to say about cost overruns at Plant Vogtle, Georgia Power's nuclear facility near Waynesboro.

December 16, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Charters school progressing in Georgia

You may recall I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012, creating the State Charter School Commission to allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.

December 14, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Maybe I was wrong about charter school changes

You may recall I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012, creating the State Charter School Commission to allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.

December 13, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Goldberg: Torture forces hard thinking

For a long time I resisted the word "torture" when discussing the "enhanced interrogation techniques" used against high-value captives in the war on terror. I don't think I can do that anymore.

December 12, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg | Community columnists


Parker: Feminism sees the right

WASHINGTON - It is probably too soon to declare a feminist reformation, but a few signs here and there give one hope.

December 11, 2014 | Kathleen Parker | Community columnists


Crawford: State keeps lawyers working

Each year, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, about 55,000 people pass the bar exam in the United States, which admits them to the practice of law.

December 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: On a postgame exile in Bora Bora

This was written in a cave somewhere in Greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper. (I have no idea how the editors got it from bottle to print. I assumed that if editors can figure out where commas go, they ought to be able to figure out how to print a column in a bottle.)

December 06, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Change is coming in Georgia, but slowly

Last month's election results were a reminder that, for all its demographic changes, Georgia is still a conservative state.

December 03, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Missouri ruling reveals our own biases

I spent a good bit of last week trying to pull together a column on the riots in Ferguson, Mo.

December 02, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Carl Sanders — A great man, a Georgia giant

On my "To Do" list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for the University of Georgia's former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. I knew he would like the idea and perhaps could jerk a few chains I seem to have been unable to rattle thus far.

November 29, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Sanders is a man for his time

The death of former Gov. Carl Sanders is a reminder of how much the times and the state he ran during the 1960s have changed.

November 26, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Wingnuts and weenies; Junior’s early peek at 2016

I was on St. Simons Island last week scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed Junior up when I told him that.

November 22, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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