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King: Lack of trust leads to wild speculation

People are fascinated by conspiracy theories. Conspiracies are the basis of blockbuster movies like "Angels and Demons," the fuel that feeds the anti-global warming folks, and the force that prompts people to deny the Holocaust. Some conspiracy buffs even believe 9/11 was an inside job engineered by our own government.

July 28, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Let’s hope Korean conflict doesn’t flare up again

Recently on our way back to Gainesville from the gymnastics camp in Athens, my granddaughter asked me, "why did the U.S. get involved in the Korean War?" In her history class, she had studied other recent wars fought by our military, but that study did not include Korea.

July 27, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Guest column: Georgia needs a game plan for water solution

After 22 years of legal and political posturing by successive governors, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and various state agencies, Georgia up and lost the last round of the "water war."

July 26, 2009 | By Frank K. Norton Jr. Guest columnist | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Zell is pure Georgia, pure honesty

This is my first column since my rotator cuff surgery and it hasn't been easy getting the words to come out the way I intended them to. My left hand is slower than a Georgia Income Tax return and my right hand is totally unsympathetic and flies across the keyboard like a bunny rabbit.

July 25, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: We love our pets, but they're still animals

When I was in the sixth grade, I wrote an essay titled "When I Grow Up." In it, I said, "I want to live in a house full of dogs, cats, babies and books." Happily, that wish came true in spades.

July 24, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Lanier ruling could swamp state's progress

That gurgling sound you hear is the sound of metro Atlanta's economic prospects going slowly down the drain.

July 22, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Oglesby: Mathis was a true visionary giant

He touched so many lives in so many ways it seems everyone had some type of positive relationship with the late James Mathis. I'm no exception.

July 21, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Corn: We should cut our debt by inflating the dollar

Einstein famously dismissed common sense as the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18. Given today's financial complexity, we will require much more than common sense to overcome the economic difficulties we face.

July 20, 2009 | By Jesse Corn Guest columnist | Community columnists


Cornelius: Old Testament violence not the real threat

Joan King ("Faith Gone Wrong Can Lead to War," June 16) is right about blood flowing freely in the Old Testament. Of course there's much more as well: truth and wisdom; great poetry; the thoughtful puzzling of men and women over God's will and ways; stories about the Israelites and their relationship to God, one another, and the peoples around them.

July 17, 2009 | Tack Cornelius | Community columnists


Thomas: Nation’s founders understood man’s flawed nature

I have found common ground for liberals and conservatives. In general, most liberals have a significant distrust of corporate America, as well as a somewhat healthy distrust of capitalism.

July 16, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Crawford: Money flows slowly in governor’s race

The candidates for governor (well, most of them) released their first campaign disclosure reports last week and the numbers may tell us something about the direction of the 2010 race.

July 15, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Politics getting in the way of climate solutions

Facts be damned. According to social critic Thomas Mann (1875-1955), everything is politics.

July 14, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Lott: We can’t reform health without addressing causes

We need a new model of health care that is not just more cost effective, but more patient-centered, caring, compassionate and integrative as well.

July 14, 2009 | By Harold Lott hlott16@yahoo.com | Community columnists


Nichols: Businesses focus on profits, politicians on losses

Although socialism promises to be a better system than capitalism, does it actually provide more benefits than a free market system that is based mostly on privately owned and managed institutions?

July 13, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Guest column: Heed the call to public service

It is often described as a clarion call, but it is rarely answered. It may be a cry in the wilderness befalling deaf ears. Or it may be equated to the massive live oak falling in the forest thicket; can it be heard? In today's jargon, its silence may be deafening.

July 12, 2009 | By Emily Dunlap Lawson Guest columnist | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Woods now a school chief in name only

If you want to meet the person who's the real state school superintendent, it's easy to find his office.

April 01, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


'Conversations on race’ often result in guilt, hurt feelings

A few weeks ago, a former colleague I have known for more than 20 years called me a racist in a Facebook post because I did not agree with all of President Barack Obama's policies, especially his foreign policy that consists primarily of strategic dithering.

March 29, 2015 | By Ron Martz For The Times | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Governor's panel targets real school fixes

I suspect my recent silence on the subject of public education in Georgia has been deafening to some of you. I will explain.

March 28, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: One Georgia lawmaker fights the power of GOP majority

Rep. David Stover is a brave man. He may well be one of the gutsiest people serving in the General Assembly.

March 25, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: ‘Cinderella’ poses a key question

Robots, artificial intelligence, the future ... what's not to like for a sci-fi buff like me?

March 24, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Methodists produce new committed ministers

I spent last week helping to assess a group of people for a job I couldn't do if my life depended on it. Actually, what they were seeking is not a job; it is a calling. And my life here and in the hereafter depends on how well they do it.

March 21, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: State is stepping all over local control

When I first started writing about politics, my conservative friends would preach the gospel of "local control." They believed local governments did a better job of running things because local officeholders were closer to the people who elected them.

March 18, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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