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Crawford: Georgia headed for a fiscal fiasco

When Gov. Sonny Perdue called in reporters a few weeks ago to discuss the revenue numbers at the end of the state's fiscal year, he tried to be as calm and reassuring as possible.

August 21, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: State’s disdain for schools revives sad tradition

Of all the political phenomena in Georgia over the last several years, perhaps nothing has been more surprising than the return of our politicians' open disregard for public education and our electorate's acceptance of their attitude and actions.

August 20, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Thoughts on runoffs, BULLI and Obama

Potpourri: Today is primary runoff day. Tonight, we'll know Hall County's next clerk of the court and which Democrat will take on U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

August 19, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Ten years of making folks laugh, cry and rant

It was 10 years ago this month that the Atlanta Business Chronicle asked me to write a column giving my view of Atlanta two years after the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. I had been the managing director of communications and government relations for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and the paper wanted to know how I thought the city had changed after hosting the world. Or had it changed at all? The offer was too good to resist.

August 16, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Nichols: Offering thanks for a life full of blessings

The sudden death of Tim Russert has caused many people to think about the reality of death. Recently, I have been to several funerals and the one common thread in all of them was that everyone is terminal. It is ultimate equality that everybody dies, rich or poor, black or white. After death, there is no chance to listen to a person for any comment that should have been expressed before the person left us behind.

August 15, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Georgia is at epicenter of national politics

Are we Georgians a privileged group or what? Here we sit in the greatest state in the union with its majestic mountains; beautiful beaches; the oldest state-chartered university in the nation located in Athens, the Classic City of the South; sweet Vidalia onions and more barbecue than we can eat.

August 09, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Hard to call winner in Senate race

There's only one statewide race on the Aug. 5 runoff election ballot, the Democratic battle for the Senate between Vernon Jones and Jim Martin. But if you asked me to predict the winner of this one, I'd have to confess I have no clue.

August 08, 2008 | Tom Crawford tcrawford@capitolimpact.net | Community columnists


Crawford: Taking aim at King Richardson

Whenever I talk to a friend or acquaintance who keeps up with the activities of the legislature, I'm amazed at how often the same question comes up: Is anybody going to run against the speaker?

August 06, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Oglesby: Thoughts on GOP snub, school chief, Nunn

Were it not for the legions of Democrats who recognized their party had left them, Republicans here wouldn't have the majority they now enjoy. That's partly why a lot of people are disgusted with the GOP county executive committee publicly denouncing clerk of court candidate Bob Vass for voting in the Democratic presidential preference primary.

August 05, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


King: Blame the system, ourselves, not politicians

Sometimes I pick up the newspaper, turn to the opinion page, and read the last line of a column or letter to the editor first, just to figure out where the writer wants to take me. The last sentence of a recent column in the Atlanta papers certainly got my attention.

August 02, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Thinking randomly on form letters, Atlanta’s PC work signs

No good deed goes unpunished. Recently I mentioned that Sen. Saxby Chambliss wanted to hear from you regarding your thoughts on the current energy crisis. A lot of you wrote him, and many of you sent me a copy. I found your letters a lot more thoughtful than the reply you received from the senator's office. To call the response a "form letter" would demean form letters.

August 02, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Nichols: Traveling to Mongolia is a world away

When I announced to my friends, associates and relatives that I was going to spend two weeks in Mongolia to be present when my grandson, Mark, marries a beautiful Mongolian named Miigaa, about half of them asked where Mongolia was.

August 01, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Thomas: American generosity is fueled by the faithful

Americans are the most generous people on the earth.

August 01, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Crawford: It's time to move past DOT soap operas

People who enjoy watching soap operas should turn off their TV sets and start tuning in to the Department of Transportation and the appointed commission that oversees it, the State Transportation Board. Over the past few months, it's been a much more entertaining show.

July 30, 2008 | By Tom Crawford tcrawford@capitolimpact.net | Community columnists


King: Partisan ties cloud our thinking

My daughter saw the books on my desk. "More Bush bashing," she remarked. "Not at all," I replied.

July 29, 2008 | Joan King | 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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