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Tom Crawford: SC flag debate has familiar ring to Georgians

It's as if we stepped into a time machine and went 15 years back into the past.

June 24, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Dick Yarbrough: Remembering a special man and all he taught me

It has been 31 years since he passed away and not a day goes by that I don't miss him, especially on Father's Day.

June 20, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Tom Crawford: Will Isakson now face a challenger in 2016 race?

Until the morning of June 10, next year's U.S. Senate race appeared to be already settled.

June 17, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

‘Of the dead, nothing unless good’

Speaking ill of the dead and their grieving relatives is something that those of us with any social graces tend to avoid. We take the higher road out of respect for those who have passed, no matter how much we may have disliked them or how vile they may have been, primarily because they no longer are able to defend themselves, at least in public.

June 14, 2015 | By Ron Martz | Community columnists

Book tells of strange moment in Georgia's history

We live in a state where strange things can happen in politics, but you won't see anything stranger than the time Georgia had three people who all claimed to be the state's chief executive.

June 10, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Dick Yarbrough: Random notions on On slowpokes, ALEC, Ted and shrimp

I have the greatest respect for the Georgia State Patrol. Theirs is a tough job with roughly 900 troopers available to cover a state of 59,500 square miles and deal with the kind of carnage they see almost daily on Georgia's highways. If all of this isn't difficult enough, now they are being required to enforce the so-called "Slow Poke" law.

June 06, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Flat Creek pollution: Poultry plants continue to foul a vital tributary

In 1964, the federal government considered placing buoys in Lake Lanier to warn recreational users to avoid a contaminated area where Flat Creek flows into the lake.

June 04, 2015 | By Jason Ulseth Guest columnist | Community columnists

Flat Creek pollution: Industry doing its part to protect waterways

The health of Hall County's Flat Creek, one of several important streams flowing into Lake Lanier, has recently received considerable media attention. Some of that focus has centered on poultry facilities within this watershed and their impact on water quality.

June 04, 2015 | By Mike Giles Guest columnist | Community columnists

Tom Crawford: Court’s health ruling could hit Georgians hard

At some point between now and June 30, the Supreme Court will hand down a decision that could be disastrous for nearly half a million Georgia residents.

June 03, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Joan King: We learn there are hard truths behind the badge

The spotlight has been on the police lately. Are they really shooting innocent people? Is police brutality something we should worry about?

June 02, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists

Dick Yarbrough: Ga. teachers frustrated, angry at politicians' meddling

My recent open letter to Georgia's public school teachers produced as much response as I have received in a long time. Teachers from one end of the state to the other have weighed in, and the comments are still coming.

May 30, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Tom Crawford: It pays really well to be a university president in Georgia

The state Board of Regents, which makes the decisions on how the University System is operated, voted on April 14 to raise tuition rates at Georgia's public colleges by as much as 9 percent.

May 27, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Guest column: ‘Pro-choice’ shouldn’t apply to just one issue

The defining feature of a free society is every individual enjoying the freedom to make choices, good and bad, within the law. Enjoying the liberty to make your own choices is highly valued. So political groups market themselves as supporting Americans' autonomy of choice.

May 25, 2015 | By Douglas Young Guest columnist | Community columnists

Dick Yarbrough: A not-so-noble Nobel spat in Atlanta

I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for president of the United States (or what's left of it).

May 23, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Tom Crawford: GOP chooses a practical path with party leader

Georgia Republicans chose electoral pragmatism over ideological purity when they elected their state chairman last weekend, but it was a close call.

May 20, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

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Essay: Nation’s military used as toy soldiers by civilian leaders

Monday will mark the 50th anniversary of that muggy October morning I scrambled off a bus and stepped onto a set of yellow footprints at ...

October 04, 2015 | By Ron Martz | Community columnists

Dick Yarbrough: Aliens take a pass on invading Earth

Knock! Knock! "Open the door, please!"

October 03, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Tom Crawford: Legislator passes on HOPE of education to others

If you tried to find a state legislator who opposed the HOPE Scholarship, you couldn't do it.

September 30, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Dick Yarbrough: High school anglers get hooked, join the clubs

Mark Gintert might just have the best job in America. An avid outdoorsman and a successful businessman, Gintert is the national youth director of The ...

September 26, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Tom Crawford: Immigration in the cross hairs in 2016 race

It was one of those pleasant September afternoons when you can feel the heat of summer giving way as the seasons change.

September 23, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Dave Casper: Equinox twins return to the splendor of the mountains

The autumnal equinox is just around the corner. Run for the hills!

September 22, 2015 | By Dave Casper Community columnist | Community columnists


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