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Oglesby: What kind of change do we want?

A majority of Americans of all parties and persuasions want change this election year. Only problem is most of those who objectively think issues thoroughly through aren't sure exactly what kind of change is possible, meaningful and really needed.

April 15, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Thomas: The case for McCain as a conservative

Just how conservative is John McCain? It has been interesting to watch, listen and read about this issue.

April 14, 2008 | Trevor Thomas Community columnist | Community columnists


Lott: Sometimes, the issues alone are not the issue

I've been a supporter of Sen. Barack Obama since 2004, not because of his skin color but because he happens to be a political leader with rare God-given transformative skills and gifts. This is unprecedented, and politics is the last place we look for anything having to do with the latter.

April 13, 2008 | By Harold Lott Guest columnist | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Where have all my reliable targets gone?

I am getting concerned. A lot of my most reliable targets have dried up and gone away. Kind of like the drought, except annexing Tennessee won't help me any.

April 12, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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


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Crawford: Lessons learned from state's primary runoff

There were some important political lessons that should have been learned from last week's runoff election.

July 30, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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


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