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Oglesby: Celebrating half-century of columns

Grant and join me, if you will, in a little personal celebration. It means a lot to me to realize that during the two weeks since my last column, I completed 50 consecutive years of writing a personal column in Gainesville newspapers. This came during my 53rd year as a working journalist here. I complete this 53rd year Sept. 10.

April 14, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Barco: Why barbecue? Do you really have to ask?

On May 30, Brenau University and an array of community volunteers will present a cultural feast - a professional barbecue-cooking competition for teams from around the South. For side dishes, there will be local cookers in it only for bragging rights, bluegrass bands and a host of other attractions that will contribute to a spring festival atmosphere.

Since Brenau University probably is better known for its genteel, tradition-laden Women's College where white-frocks young ladies still frolic around a May pole, the cutting-edge liberal arts institution that could be the home of a future medical school, the home of an opera ...

April 12, 2009 | By Jim Barco jbarco@brenau.edu | Community columnists


Yarbrough: If women ruled the world, would I notice any difference?

I heard that former Clinton White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers was coming to Atlanta to keynote a conference with an eye-glazing title: "Possible Woman Conference: Power, Promise and Possibilities," to take place April 21 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The proposed subject of her talk intrigued me: "Why Women Should Rule the World." Dumb me. I thought women already did.

April 11, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


King: Culture of greed widens capital gap

To paraphrase Annie Dillard who paraphrased Oscar Hammerstein: Fish gotta swim. Birds gotta fly, but men do all sorts of nasty things to one another.

April 07, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Guest Column: Scoutmaster taught ways of the mountains

If you have lived in North Georgia for any amount of time, you probably have a picture in your mind of James and Francis Mathis. Most likely, you would picture them as they tirelessly pulled in harness toward some civic goal to benefit our community.

April 06, 2009 | By James C. "Bimbo" Brewer Guest Columnist | Community columnists


Nichols: Art, politics go hand in hand through history

The main symbols of the two political parties in the U.S. are the donkey for the Democratic Party and the elephant for the Republican Party. Both appear to have been made popular by political cartoonist Thomas Nast in the 1870s.

April 06, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Guest Column: If electing a chairman, what exactly are we voting for?

I have read with surprise and interest the articles in The Times regarding Rep. Carl Rogers' bill to hold a nonbinding referendum on the question as to whether the chairman of the Gainesville Board of Education should be elected citywide. I currently serve as chairman of the Gainesville Board of Education, and as you would expect, this issue is very much of interest to me.

April 05, 2009 | By R. David Syfan Gainesville School Board chairman | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Is my favorite trio plotting against me?

We are four months into the new year, and I have heard nary a public peep from President-for-Life Jimmy Carter, our Ambassador to Outer Space Cynthia McKinney or noted land baron Ted "Buffalo Boy" Turner.

April 04, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Don’t get suckered in by the latest e-hoax

A couple of weeks ago, a good friend received a phone call. When she hung up, it was obvious something was wrong. She said her stepdaughter had called to tell her that there had been a warning on "the news" announcing there was going to be a gang initiation at Wal-Mart that night and three women were going to be shot.

April 03, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: State lawmakers have a shot at redemption

The General Assembly is taking some heat in the media this year for having one of its least productive sessions ever, in terms of addressing issues that really affect the lives of Georgians. Legislators still have one last shot at redeeming themselves in the closing days, however.

April 02, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: Governor's race of 2010 will mark return of the Rat

Remember "The Rat," a giant Godzilla-like creature that stalked the Georgia TV-scape nearly 10 years ago? The monster - - a guy in a rat suit - starred in the darnedest political commercial Georgia had ever seen. The rat gobbled up everything in sight. He even ate the Capitol. The year was 2002.

April 01, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Thoughts on a mayor, golf star, speed trap

State Rep. Carl Rogers is taking a lot of local heat he may not deserve. That's not to say that some points made by local elected officials aren't perfectly valid. The opposite sides could be enlightening if personal sensibilities which must have been offended would permit. Let's elaborate.

March 31, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Thomas: Faith sets our worldview for political debate

First and foremost, I am a Christian. Everything else that I am or believe is derived from my faith, or at least it is supposed to be.

March 30, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Let teachers be and go after tax cheats

I have a way to cut the state's $2 billion deficit significantly while keeping members of the General Assembly, the state's constitutional officers and assorted bureaucrats busy doing something meaningful for a change. Impossible, you say? Hear me out.

March 28, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: We gave tax cuts; where are the jobs?

Georgia's lawmakers have always been willing to approve tax breaks for the state's business leaders and special interests, but they have really stepped on the gas since Republicans took control of the House and Senate four years ago.

March 26, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Dick Yarbrough: State of the column — Never better (Applause!)

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)

January 24, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Jonah Goldberg: Obama just repeats the same old script

It's hard to believe that was only President Barack Obama's sixth State of the Union address. It feels like he's given so many more. Maybe that's because the man seems to be constantly talking. And talking. The talking is the background noise of much of the last decade, auditory wallpaper that seems to line the corridors of everyday life.

January 23, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: State budget shines light on what really matters

Gov. Nathan Deal's office released his state budget for fiscal year 2016 late last week, and if you work your way through the numbers in the document you will see a significant turning point in recent state history.

January 21, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: State lawmaker on a mission to heal

Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia.

January 17, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Lawmakers, better keep those election promises

When Jody Hice and Barry Loudermilk went to Washington last week, they left Georgia with the adulation of tea party activists who had voted to elect them as the new representatives for the 10th and 11th House districts. Hice and Loudermilk discovered quickly that those good feelings aren't guaranteed to last long.

January 14, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: Mankind is destined to evolve from destroyers to creators

I saw my brother do it when he was a kid. My husband said he did the same thing: spend hours making a model airplane and then one day, set it on fire and launch it from the highest window in the house. All that work, down in flames. Kaput!

January 13, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


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