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Yarbrough: A Nobel goal goes unrealized

Bummer. I just learned that I did not win the Nobel Peace Prize again this year. This is getting old. I was so confident this time that I had my tuxedo pressed and new laces put in my Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star high-top sneakers.

October 19, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Givens: Few benefit from political games in DC

Politics is theater. The more emotionally involved people become in the story the closer they pay attention and the more they care. If anything the shutdown and debt ceiling fight gained a lot of press and campaign donations for a score of politicians. Bill Clinton recently mentioned that politically speaking conflict is a good thing, maybe not for the nation, but for rallying people to the polls.

October 18, 2013 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists


Crawford: Some interesting numbers might shake up the races

The names Nunn and Carter were familiar ones to Georgia voters a while back and they are making a comeback today, thanks to a new generation of political offspring.

October 16, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Ga. driver's services agency works to get it right

After a friend told me she had waited 3« hours recently to get her Georgia driver's license renewed and then had to deal with a clerk that could have passed for a robot - and an unhelpful one, at that - I thought this to be a typical example of a bunch of government bureaucrats who don't care because they don't have to. Where else are we going to go to get our driver's licenses renewed? Burger King?

October 12, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Obamacare could be its own death panel

If you are looking for ground zero in the fight against the Affordable Care Act, it is right here in Georgia.

October 09, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: US science lag doesn't add up

The man in the checkout line bought a six-pack of beer, a gallon jug of cheap red wine and a frozen eggplant Parmesan casserole. An interesting combination, I thought. Apparently the young fellow bagging the items recognized the man, who had done some tutoring at the local high school.

October 08, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Another case for tougher legislative ethics rules

Despite the rants of publicity-seeking bigots, the blather of Twitter twits and a national news media more interested in scooping the competition than in accurate reporting, the fact is that our American system of justice presumes one is innocent until proven guilty.

October 05, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Morris: Sowing seeds for the future in my bush-hog

A few years ago, I mentioned in a column my childhood dream of being a hermit, living in the top of a lighthouse and writing great literature. I no longer express that dream as I subsequently received numerous emails and comments regarding lighthouses for sale – in Wisconsin. When a link was forwarded by my husband, I decided to stay away from the topic.

October 04, 2013 | Renee Hand Morris | Community columnists


Crawford: Federal default could hurt Georgia

Has Washington gone crazy?

October 02, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Sports ticket ban is a 1st step on ethics reform

It looks like our legislators are about to lose one of their most cherished perks: free football tickets. Bless their hearts.

September 28, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Deal follows tradition by attacking the messenger

When you are governor of Georgia. you quickly learn an essential lesson: Sometimes it's necessary to go to war with the Atlanta media. It's a long-established tradition in state politics.

September 25, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: More guns don’t make us safer

Again ... another mass shooting. Again ... the shooter is killed. We will never know exactly why he did this awful thing. Apparently he was mentally ill, but that alone is not an explanation.

September 24, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: We the Unwashed say ‘no’ to Syrian war

Dear Syrian rebels: I thought I'd take a minute to correspond with you as you resume your efforts to overthrow Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. You are no doubt disappointed that the United States government chose not to come to your aid as promised. There is a good reason and that is my purpose in writing you. Although I am not an official of the United States government, I am part of a group known as We the Unwashed. Put the blame squarely on us.

September 21, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia flunks at college funding

In many states, one of the top policy objectives is to provide a K-12 and college education for as many people as possible in the belief that a well-educated citizenry is good for a state's future well-being.

September 18, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Politics risks broccoli up my nose

It is flattering to have readers tell me I should run for public office. There are also an equal number of adoring fans that say I should stick my head in a bucket of tar. But that is a topic for another day.

September 14, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Crawford: Look for Obamacare to impact Georgia election

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is one of those political issues that divides Georgians more sharply than almost anything else.

April 23, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: When the lights come on, what will our earth look like?

When the lights went out, I was in the bathroom sorting through the various medications I take each day - little round pills that can roll under the claw-footed bathtub if they spill, small ovals that bounce goodness-knows-where if they're dropped. One false move and I would knock the whole kit-and-boodle all over the floor and spend the next hour trying to finding them ... when the power came back on.

April 22, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Robbins: Give me ketchup or give me death

It is a little known fact that Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" edict was not a spontaneous outburst verbalizing his desire for independence but rather his demanding calling card.

April 21, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Remembering the true meaning of Easter

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

April 19, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Is it better to confront hatred or ignore it?

It was around 1989 when some permutation of the Ku Klux Klan and a motley group of affiliated miscreants applied for and was - as is their right - given permission to demonstrate in Gainesville. At the time my business was located in the Jackson Building on downtown's Washington Street.

April 18, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Legislators should be allowed to do their jobs

Gov. Nathan Deal currently is reviewing the hundreds of bills passed during this year's General Assembly session. He presumably will have everything signed or vetoed by April 30.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Robbins: Hope is eternal for this Braves fan

Baseball was my first love.

April 14, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Child abuse, neglect need to be Georgia's priority

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about and you would probably just as soon not hear about. But it is there and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.

April 12, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Deal’s wounds self-inflicted

Within minutes after a Fulton County jury returned a devastating verdict against the state ethics commission last week, Gov. Nathan Deal's aides were already trying to put their own spin on the story.

April 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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