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Crawford: It’s high time to shut this college down

It was a moment for the history books last week as 15 Georgians gathered at the Golden Dome to play their role in finalizing the Electoral College outcome of this year's race for president.

January 01, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia’s winners and losers for 2008

In any election year there will be roughly equal groups of winners and losers. Here are the Georgia political figures who can feel good (or bad) about their wins and losses of the past year.

January 01, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: Sonny sees the light on recession

Gov. Sonny Perdue deserves a round of applause for seeing the light.

December 31, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Shipp: Year ahead offers challenge, but hope

By this time next year, you may think 2008 wasn't so bad after all.

December 31, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: The one value we should value most

Barack Obama is naming his cabinet, and the Republicans are licking their wounds. Where did the GOP go wrong?

December 30, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: New Year’s goal is to think, act with global view

I'm not the type to make News Year's resolutions. How about you? More to the point, if you make them, do you keep 'em?

December 30, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Indian-Pakistani conflict goes way back

When the 10 or more terrorists stormed into Mumbai, India, their three-day rampage was yet another outrage in a stream of wars between India and Pakistan. It follows clashes in 1947, 1965 and 1999, plus individual border incidents in the state of Kashmir, which is divided between Pakistan in the northwest and India to the southwest.

December 29, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Is true capitalism in our country doomed?

fThe question of the demise of capitalism in our country has at least three answers: Yes, maybe or no.

December 29, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Saxby, Bubba and Jackets are back

I know you have been awaiting my observations on the recent political runoffs in Georgia. Sorry to be late, but I was afraid anything I said would encourage Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin to start running those abominable ads again. I would just as soon have my fingernails ripped out.

December 27, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: A lucky scribe looks back at 2008

Don't tell me it is almost 2009. Good grief! I haven't finished getting ready for Y2K yet, and here we are already on the brink of a new decade.

December 27, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: Tidings of great joy in hard times

"I guess hard times have flushed the chumps; everybody's lookin' for answers," said Ulysses Everett McGill mockingly, as a congregation sang and filed toward the river for baptism in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou."

December 25, 2008 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Oglesby: Push to torpedo Bush presidency led to 2008 results

Saxby Chambliss' election denied the Democrats a filibuster-proof Senate, at least for now. Before continuing, my friend Wyc Orr was right when he wrote "never is a dangerous word." A better word I should have thought of using would have been "seldom."

December 23, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: Instant runoffs and other political notions

Agreeing that runoff elections are expensive and need to be solved, I can't agree with some of the solutions The Times editorially suggested a couple of weeks ago and seemed (at least to me) to prefer. Good for them for highlighting the problem.

December 23, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Guest Column: Live United this holiday season

With the holiday season upon us, many of us are concerned with how the current economic crisis will impact our own families. Here in Hall County, we are blessed to be a part of a giving and caring community that understands the need to reach out beyond our own families and help others.

December 22, 2008 | | Community columnists


Yarbrough: President Peanut left holding the bag

"Mr. President, I understand you wanted to see me? And why are you holding a garbage bag?"

December 20, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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King: Is US a failed state in decline?

The criteria for a failed state are pretty specific: Loss of authority over the use of force, loss of the authority to make collective decisions, inability to provide public services, and the inability to interact with the international community.

July 29, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Taxpayers on the hook for mishandled ethics probe

In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experience and I am proud of the good things we accomplished at the commission.

July 26, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Plenty of shade in years to come

In less than two weeks I'll celebrate my 60th birthday. Just for giggles, I perused some 60th birthday cards and, well, the outlook suddenly seems sort of grim. The creepiest of all pictured an empty deck chair on an emptier beach and contained these heartwarming words: "A sunrise is beautiful but so is a sunset. /For turning 60 today don't harbor any regret. / The autumn of your life will be so serene./ You will be the happiest that you have ever been."

July 25, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Why Johnny can’t go to college

In less than a month, students will be reporting for fall semester classes at the public colleges that make up the state's University System.

July 22, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Waxing poetic despite laureate snub

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

July 19, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: The end of a long runoff campaign is in sight

For those who have endured Georgia's longest runoff election ever, the July 22 finish line is finally coming into view.

July 16, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Doctors are losing the personal touch

As child, the doctor came to our house if I was ill. Things change. I remember the day I got sick, and my parents bundled me into their car and drove to the doctor's office to see him., Today no one expects a doctor to make house calls.

July 15, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Crawford: Do endorsements matter?

In the days after the May 20 primary elections, candidates who advanced to the runoffs made the usual scramble to secure endorsements from opponents who didn't make it out of the primary.

June 04, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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