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Crawford: Table is now set for Georgia elections

Georgia's political scorecard for 2014 was filled out last week as hundreds of hopeful candidates dropped by the Capitol to fill out the paperwork that places their names on the May 20 primary election ballot.

March 12, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Too many still deny reality of science

No joke. There really is a Flat Earth Society. Conspiracy theorists are everywhere these days, but I really did think the idea of a flat earth died out years ago, especially after our astronauts took those beautiful photos of our planet from their space capsules. But then the flat earth people say that too is a conspiracy, a hoax by NASA.

March 11, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Robbins: Laughing loudly with life’s rich pageant

My father-in-law would sometimes tell of a story of an obituary he read once.

March 10, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: State senator works to refine school standard

As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.

March 08, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Celebrating courage of ‘A Natural Woman’

I came of age in the 1970s. Carole King composed the soundtrack to my early college years. And not just mine, it appears. Her 1971 album, "Tapestry" is, even to this day, one of the best-selling albums of all time.

March 07, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Freedom of religion already is protected

It is getting more and more difficult to exclude people who may look or believe a little differently than you.

March 05, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Robbins: Paper is too weak to cover my Rock

It was like deja vu all over again.

March 03, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Rookie lawmaker gets a spanking

The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District ouse seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes … watch out. You have been warned!"

March 01, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: House leaders attack 1 of their own

It was a spectacle you seldom see during a legislative session.

February 26, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Push-polls disort issue ideals

At one time or another we've all received a survey from an organization or a political campaign.

February 25, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Robbins: An open letter to an old jacket thief

This, as stated above, is an open letter to the person who stole my jacket. While I don't know who you are exactly, you know who you are (I hope), and if you are the person who stole my jacket and are reading this, this open letter is directed at you (or someone who knows you and will turn you in).

February 24, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Which is a priority? Protecting kids or arming worshipers?

Let me run some numbers by you.

February 22, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Countering the message in the merchandise

It's not hard to identify with Utah mom Judy Cox's frustration. She was recently shopping in her local mall with her 18-year-old son when she spotted the window display in the PacSun boutique.

February 21, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Medicaid bill reveals GOP's election year worries

When you're writing about people in politics, you should pay closer attention to what they do than to what they say.

February 19, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Robbins: Winter Games need Southern flavor

I was on the telephone with a salesman from the North (Atlanta) the other day, when he mentioned something that caught me off guard, which is where I usually am anyway.

February 17, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


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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


Crawford: If we want it, we have to pay for it

Ray LaHood, who once was the federal transportation secretary for President Barack Obama, had some blunt advice for a legislative study committee trying to figure out how the state can pay for repairing its highways and bridges.

August 13, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Vehicle’s warning ‘ding’ is more irritant than safety aid

When it came time to buy a new car (a new used car, in this family), I had very few stipulations: good fuel economy and enough clearance to get up our long mountain driveway. I didn't care about the color, and the fewer bells and whistles the better.

August 12, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: A reminder why teaching is a noble calling

Dear Georgia Public School Teachers:

August 09, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Color Georgia red and white

The conventional wisdom about Georgia politics has been that the state's changing demographics will eventually bring about a change in its political orientation.

August 06, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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