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Nichols: Traveling to Mongolia is a world away

When I announced to my friends, associates and relatives that I was going to spend two weeks in Mongolia to be present when my grandson, Mark, marries a beautiful Mongolian named Miigaa, about half of them asked where Mongolia was.

August 01, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Thomas: American generosity is fueled by the faithful

Americans are the most generous people on the earth.

August 01, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas | Community columnists

Crawford: It's time to move past DOT soap operas

People who enjoy watching soap operas should turn off their TV sets and start tuning in to the Department of Transportation and the appointed commission that oversees it, the State Transportation Board. Over the past few months, it's been a much more entertaining show.

July 30, 2008 | By Tom Crawford | Community columnists

King: Partisan ties cloud our thinking

My daughter saw the books on my desk. "More Bush bashing," she remarked. "Not at all," I replied.

July 29, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists

Nichols: Vietnam and Iraq are alike and dissimilar

Both the Vietnam and Iraq wars were undeclared, so it is difficult to find their exact point of origin or of ending.

July 28, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Yarbrough: A salute to two good Georgia men

This is a story of two good men. Separated in age by several decades and in geography by several thousand miles, but with much in common: Successful careers, devoted family men, veterans, athletes, men of high character. Both with a love for the University of Georgia. Both are my friends.

July 26, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Glazer: Cards for the incarcerated send tough love messages

Half a lifetime ago I worked as a parole officer. One of my duties was to interview the families of prospective parolees. I'd get information for a narrative about the inmate's personal life, their background, education, community support and postrelease plans.

July 25, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Shipp: Gun lobby should focus on jailing bad guys

Before the booing and counter-booing begin, let's remember what the gun symbolizes in American culture: More than the bald eagle or the don't-tread-on-me serpent, the firearm to the American male and increasing numbers of females has come to stand for our ideals of independence.

July 23, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists

Oglesby: Thoughts on economy, school board

Moving up the street roughly a half-mile as we just did is little different from moving across the country what with packing, unpacking, etc. The current economy and real estate market make selling the vacated home far more difficult than any of our previous moves.

July 22, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists

Orr: Views from the experts among us are welcomed

"An expert is anyone from out of town with a brief case."

July 20, 2008 | By Wyc Orr Guest columnist | Community columnists

Corso: Celebrate America’s greatness, work to make it better

Independence Day is the only holiday that celebrates the United States of America. While it technically commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the truth is that today, families and friends across America will charcoal-grill, sunbathe and set aflame powder in honor of our democratic republic.

July 18, 2008 | By Arturo Corso Guest columnist | Community columnists

Cornelius: Lighting out for the territory, and for a new birth of freedom

At the end of his adventures, Huckleberry Finn, the boy hero of the quintessentially American novel, did a quintessentially American thing: He decided to "light out for the territory." It was natural. Aunt Sally's ways were suffocating, stifling for a boy like Huck.

July 18, 2008 | Guest columnist | Community columnists

Yarbrough: Some questions even I can’t answer

You'd better sit down for this one. I must confess that I, your modest and much-beloved columnist, don't have all the answers. (I can hear the gasps from Adel to Zebulon.)

July 18, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Bush: Schools must serve all students

Nearly 40 years ago, we began working to make sure black students were not tracked to fail, discouraged to excel, put out of school, attacked while in school or subjected to the kind of verbal violence that made staying in school hard to do.

July 17, 2008 | By Faye Bush Guest columnist | Community columnists

Waldrip: Higher taxes hurt everyone

Over the past few weeks, the big news story has been about the city school system. From the first day when it was reported that the school system was facing a major budget deficit, to the ultimate dismissal of the superintendent, every Gainesville citizen has an opinion. The school deficit issue has opened everyone's eyes.

July 17, 2008 | By Jack Waldrip Guest columnist | Community columnists

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