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Corn: ‘Free market’ can’t be trusted to fix our problems

Beginning with Ronald Reagan, the political center in this country has increasingly extolled the free market "system" as the answer to all our society's ills. To emphasize the diminished role he would give the state, Reagan famously said "government is not the answer to all our problems. Government is the problem."

December 18, 2009 | Community columnist | Community columnists

Crawford: Officials shrug as Georgia banks fail

It's no surprise that the Georgia media has been consumed with the recent scandals erupting at the state Capitol over legislators and their alleged affairs with lobbyists. Any assignment editor with a pulse will tell you that sex is what brings readers and viewers to a story.

December 16, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

King: US isn’t going to win war in Afghanistan

The U.S. isn't going to "win" in Afghanistan.

December 15, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists

Glazer: Making memories means more than gifts

I spend a good portion of my time each December selling Christmas trees. That's been our Optimist Club fundraiser since 1958.

One evening earlier this week, several of us were at the tree lot. It was dark and getting bitterly cold. We were just beginning to start shutting down when a couple drove up in a truck. They asked how much longer we would be open and in true Optimist fundraiser fashion we assured them that there was no hurry, to take their time and look around.

December 11, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Crawford: Battle for speaker is not over

EDITOR'S NOTE: After Tom Crawford submitted this column, Rep. Mark Burkhalter, R-Johns Creek, said he wouldn't be a candidate for speaker.

December 09, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Oglesby: Right calls on Afghan war, mayor vote

Let this frequent critic of President Barack Obama's qualifications, philosophy, lack of needed experience and most programs give him credit that is due. He got it basically and mostly right on Afghanistan, much to the chagrin of his liberal political base which seemingly forgets a president's greatest responsibility is national security.

December 08, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists

Yarbrough: Paying tribute to 3 truly wise men

This is the story of three wise men. They do not come bearing gifts of gold and myrrh and frankincense. Their gifts are service, intelligence and integrity. They don't have exotic names like Bithisarea, Melichior, and Gathaspa. Theirs are ordinary names: John, Raymond and Roy. But there is nothing ordinary about them.

December 05, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Corn: Great books connect us to our past, our humanity

When my great uncle Amon Corn returned to North Georgia from Europe after World War II, one of the civic projects he led was to bring a library to his community. The region had nothing like the wealth it enjoys now, but he and others worked tirelessly to raise the funds needed to give people of the area access to something they had little of: good books.

December 04, 2009 | Community columnist | Community columnists

Crawford: Are lawmakers ready to gamble?

Horse racing? Casino gambling? Until recently, those were two topics you didn't discuss at the state capitol.

December 02, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

King: A personal issue becomes public

Back in the late '80s, I wrote a column, actually an open letter to the Georgia legislature, that began: "The abortion issue threatens to split the spiritual fabric of our nation."

December 01, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists

Nichols: Costa Rica has much to teach the world

When I first visited Costa Rica more than two decades ago, I did not imagine that I would make a second visit to that beautiful country in early November 2009.

November 30, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Guest column: Georgia has the makings of a prosperous, worldwide brand

Centuries later, Charles Dickens' line still sums up today: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

November 29, 2009 | By Dink NeSmith Guest columnist | Community columnists

Yarbrough: Health survey tilts to the North

Imagine my surprise to read recent news reports that Georgia is among the least healthy states in the nation because of, among other things, our "poor diet." Obviously, the experts who put the report together have never heard of sweet tea, Vidalia onions, barbecue sandwiches or grits with butter. That doesn't sound like a poor diet to me.

November 28, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Glazer: Shelter pets, redheads and holiday cheer

I was so proud of myself. For the first time in months, I had prepared a column well in advance of my Thursday morning deadline. I figured with Thanksgiving coming up, it would be a good idea to get it finished ahead of time. It was, if I do say so myself, one of my better ones. It dealt with the issue of waiving adoption fees at the new Hall County Animal Shelter.

November 27, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Yarbrough: A new family holiday tradition is born

This is going to be a special Thanksgiving. My great-grandson, Cameron Yarbrough, and I are going to begin a new family tradition this week by sharing a birthday celebration. He will hit the ripe old age of 1 tomorrow, and two days later, I will become slightly older than Kennesaw Mountain.

November 25, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

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