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Yarbrough: GOP rebels lose battle; Speaker loses the war

I called Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, the other day to see how he likes living in the political doghouse.

April 12, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Guest column: Schools can help promote healthier lives

Why is kids' body-mass index such a weighty issue now?

April 11, 2008 | By Marc Marton mmarton@georgiavoices.org | Community columnists


Thomas: Literacy alliance gave adult education a boost

A little less than a year ago, about this time of year, adult education classes at technical colleges across the state were facing a terrible dilemma. Because of political clashes in Atlanta, adult education teachers were to be furloughed for May and June because there was no money designated in the state budget to pay their salaries for those months.

April 10, 2008 | Brenda Thomas | Community columnists


Shipp: The real terrorists are among us

Nothing hurts parents as deeply as news of the violent death of a child. Over time, the grief subsides slightly but it never goes away, not after a year or a decade or even a quarter of a century.

April 09, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Shipp: Little in this race fits the pattern

I have been so wrong so often on these presidential primaries that I don't know where to start cleaning up and trying to explain my record.

April 09, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Random thoughts on BRIDGE plan, guns in church

A recent column on HB 905, legislation proposed by Rep. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, that would establish a technical education track in Georgia high schools, got a huge response. Readers across the state expressed strong approval of his efforts. Several sent me copies of notes they had written him in support.

April 05, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: True Optimist inspires young orators to succeed

Gainesville has a hometown treasure in the person of J.H. Holcomb. He taught Industrial Arts, better known as "shop" when I made my way through Gainesville Junior High in the late 1960s.

April 04, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Nichols: Presidential race includes an array of choices

We have a diverse selection of candidates this year.

April 03, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Shipp: Judge now wiser after leaving Nichols case

Senior Judge Hilton Fuller probably deserves an award after abruptly resigning as presiding judge over the Brian Nichols multiple-murders case. Perhaps the judge ought to be considered for an honorary degree in journalism ethics. He has certainly completed the requisite course while overseeing preparations for the Nichols trial.

April 02, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: What change? Let the parties decide

The big political talk today in Northeast Georgia and the entire nation is about change. Change from what to what? In other words, what specifically are we really talking about and why?

April 01, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Shipp: Will Johnny come marching home?

Golly, Johnny, are you serious?

March 30, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Jekyll plan should interest all of us

Depending on who you talk to, Jekyll Island is about to be taken over by greedy real estate developers and turned into a fancy vacation resort with prices out of reach to ordinary Georgians, or it is a seedy, financially-strapped rundown shell of its former self.

March 29, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Be wary of proposed airline merger

According to news reports, one of the biggest issues in the current merger talks between Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Northwest is who would run the new company: the Delta guy or the nabob from Northwest.

March 29, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: My 15 minutes on ‘Montel’ with a ghost dog

An era is coming to an end. After 17 years, "The Montel Williams show" is not going to be renewed.

March 28, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Shipp: Where is Zell now on taxing food?

Can this be true? A movement is afoot in the Capitol to change the title of House Speaker Glenn Richardson's sweeping tax reform measure. Overnight, Romeo's GREAT Tax Plan would become known as the DEAD Tax Plan.

March 26, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


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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


Yarbrough: Junior Lee weighs in on pests of all kinds

With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga., to get his thoughts on the various races and to see who he thinks will make it to the finals of the November general election and who will be eliminated this round.

July 12, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | 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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