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Shipp: Campaign rumors, spin detract from issues

Try this hot scoop for a piece of outright absurdity: Knowing she has no chance of winning the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton continues to run full speed ahead against Barack Obama for president. She hopes to damage Obama so badly that she will have a clear shot for the presidency in 2012. Detailed planning for that faraway campaign is already in the works.

May 21, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Culture of fear or fear of culture?

When I was studying anthropology at Georgia State College eons ago, I had a professor who liked to ask the young women students how they would feel about sharing their husband with one or more other wives. Polygamy, he said, is a worldwide norm. Only modern industrial societies mandate monogamy.

May 20, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Tibet’s future hinges on China-Dalai Lama talks

A couple of decades ago, I was camping in Alaska at the foot of Mount Denali (a.k.a, Mount McKinley), when I discovered a notice that Lowell Thomas Jr. offered to fly tourists in his small plane around the mountain to show it from above.

May 19, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Protecting Jekyll at the grass roots

I learned the hard way in my corporate life never to underestimate the power of grass-roots organizations. They are always the last to blink in a fight. I have the scars to prove it.

May 17, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Oglesby: Will cool heads prevail in DOT drama?

The kinder words I've heard from gleeful Democrats and longtime loyal Republicans about the 2008 performance of the state legislature and its key leaders range from disgust to outright outrage. I rank it closest to disgust.

Most responsible are the key leaders, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson. Neither would compromise when compromise was necessary. Each tried to undercut the other in their obvious quests for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in two years, putting political ambition ahead of their bigger responsibility to govern effectively. One result could be calls for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson to ...

May 13, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Carter should stick to woodworking, poetry

What are we going to do with Jimmy Carter? The man has gone from being a joke to someone who is suddenly very unfunny.

May 10, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Guest column: Georgia immigration bills could add to Mexico’s woes

Americans who are concerned about the decades old illegal immigration crisis, and perhaps confused about solutions, have only to look to Arizona and the neighboring Mexican state of Sonora to understand the obvious: Enforcement works.

May 08, 2008 | By D.A. King www.theDustinInmanSociety.org | Community columnists


Shipp: DOT and the ‘dirty white hat’ syndrome

As former state Attorney General Mike Bowers used to say, "Dirt shows up more on a white hat."

May 07, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Nichols: Birthday cruise was a worthwhile adventure

For my 80th birthday, my second daughter gave me a cruise of the western Caribbean for the both of us. The tour had an inauspicious beginning, and a chaotic end.

May 07, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


King: Scientist in Congress a good idea

The presidential race is sucking up all the available oxygen these days. Hillary, Obama and McCain are everywhere. Their every utterance is hashed over by the media and the water cooler crowd alike, and it's likely to stay this way until November.

May 06, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Doctor gives back to his country

What did you do on Sept. 11, 2001 when you realized Islamic terrorists had slammed airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing thousands of innocent people?

May 02, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Doggie for a day? Better to save one instead

Years ago, when my Manhattan brother-in-law was single, he discovered the ultimate chick magnet: a dog.

May 02, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Shipp: Bigger stage awaiting Richardson

Let's hear a thunderous round of applause followed by an ear-splitting rebel yell for House Speaker Glenn Richardson. He is clearly the winner of the 2008 legislative wars.

April 30, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Shipp: Sonny Plan is dead set against new ideas

State Democratic Chairman Jane Kidd ought to be commended, not ridiculed. She hears opportunity knocking for her party, and she wants to take advantage of it.

April 30, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Yawn ... wake me when it’s story time

OK everybody, give me a break. If I have done something wrong, it is not my fault. I'm not trying to make excuses for irritating the bejeezus out of you, but I just can help myself. If you must know, I am sleep-deprived. Me and Hillary.

April 26, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Crawford: Ga. election candidates stuck in the past

There are many lessons about elections I've learned through years of reporting on politics.

August 20, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Givens: A humanist's view on school prayer

Many Christians feel that removing teacher led prayer from school is persecution. This debate has come to Hall County with the letter sent by the American Humanists Association to Hall County School officials demanding that coach led prayer be stopped.

August 18, 2014 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Be proud of Southern drawl, y’all

I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent." Gosh dang. What is wrong with a Southern accent?

August 16, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: If we want it, we have to pay for it

Ray LaHood, who once was the federal transportation secretary for President Barack Obama, had some blunt advice for a legislative study committee trying to figure out how the state can pay for repairing its highways and bridges.

August 13, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Vehicle’s warning ‘ding’ is more irritant than safety aid

When it came time to buy a new car (a new used car, in this family), I had very few stipulations: good fuel economy and enough clearance to get up our long mountain driveway. I didn't care about the color, and the fewer bells and whistles the better.

August 12, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: A reminder why teaching is a noble calling

Dear Georgia Public School Teachers:

August 09, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Color Georgia red and white

The conventional wisdom about Georgia politics has been that the state's changing demographics will eventually bring about a change in its political orientation.

August 06, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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