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Stanley: Remember tax day when you go to vote

Today, this Ides of April 2008, one of Ben Franklin's two certainties - death and taxes - arrives: The tax collector comes a tapping, not so gently rapping, rapping at our chamber door.

April 26, 2008 | By Paul Stanley | Community columnists


Yarbrough: The 20 percent political problem

It grieves me to hear people complain about all the "crooked politicians" in our government. I have spent much of my adult life around the political arena and, popular though it may be, the perception that our public officials are generally a bad lot is incorrect.

April 26, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Corso: There’s nothing glorious about a war built on lies

Do you know this phrase? "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori." It's Latin for, "it is sweet and glorious to die for your country," and was written circa 23 BC by Roman poet Horace in his "Odes." British poet Wilfred Owen borrowed the line in 1917 as the title for this must-read poem:

April 25, 2008 | | Community columnists


King: It’s time for global cooperation

We're told Ronald Reagan won the Cold War by driving the Soviet Union into bankruptcy. Now the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are pushing the U.S. in the same direction.

April 25, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Glazer: Do some of us have a radar for evil?

In all, I think I've been pretty lucky. Over the years, I've come across all sorts of people. Some were sweet, funny, endearing, brilliant, downright adorable. Some were rude, obnoxious, creepy and offensive. Only on a few occasions, though, have I come across someone who I felt was absolutely evil.

April 25, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Wilson: A perspective from a volunteeer for Court Appointed Special Advocates

When I was young, I was often embarrassed because I didn't have material things, items other children and their parents could afford. After becoming a mature adult interacting with other adults about childhood, I learned the difference between a house and a home. The first instructions a child should be taught in the home are values, respect and compassion for others as well as themselves. Children need love, safety and nurturing from parents to feel secure and valued.

April 24, 2008 | By Mordecai Wilson | Community columnists


Guest column: Finding justice for victims is justice for all

"There was nobody there to tell", said an elderly victim of the abuse she received from her caregiver.

"I really thought he was going to change this time", comments a victim of domestic violence.

April 24, 2008 | By Bethany Foley Director of the Victim Witness Assistance Program | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Session like a dysfunctional family

When Republicans first took control of the Georgia House and Senate and the governor's office, I was concerned. Too buttoned-down and serious, I said. They will go to the Capitol, cut taxes, make government smaller and more responsive, jerk their Democrat colleagues around a little and then go home, get re-elected and start the whole thing over again. Not an ideal scenario for someone who makes a living poking fun at politics and those who practice the world's second-oldest profession.

I underestimated them. Turns out Republicans are more cantankerous than a junkyard dog. They haven't done anything ...

April 23, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Shipp: Back to the backroom we go

Bring back the guys in the smoke-filled rooms. They knew how to pick candidates who could win the White House.

April 23, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Groupthink shows our ugly side

Overheard shortly after Barack Obama's speech in Philadelphia: "He says he's a Christian, but he was born a Muslim. Once a Muslim, always a Muslim. There's only one thing you can do with a Muslim. Kill him."

April 22, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Thomas: Critics of global warming on increase

On "60 Minutes" recently, Al Gore stated that those who doubt the reality of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming, "are in such a tiny, tiny minority now with their point of view. They're almost like the ones who still believe that the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona and those who believe the earth is flat."

In 1992 he said, "Only an insignificant fraction of scientists deny the global warming crisis. The time for debate is over. The science is settled." So for about 15 years the former vice president has essentially been calling for people ...

April 22, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas Guest Column | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Storks won’t hamper China Games

If there are any wood storks in China, they are in a heap of trouble. The XXIX Olympiad, as the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing are so grandly known, are just months away and I am willing to bet all the tea in -- well, you know -- that not one person there gives a flying honk about the wood stork.

April 19, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: We lose when pols, press get cozy

Isn't it strange that disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer got away with his trysts as long as he did? Spitzer, a mean-spirited bully, resigned following revelations he had been saying one thing and doing another.

April 19, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: Resurrection has touched world like no other event

At this time of year, Christians celebrate Easter, or as I prefer, Resurrection Sunday. As one scans history, no other date put such a mark in time as when Jesus Christ shed His grave-clothes and departed the tomb.

April 19, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Glazer: Freedom should come with a dose of caution

Like a lot of kids, when I chose a college, I picked one far from home. In my case, it was the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

April 18, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


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Crawford: Parties fight battle of the ballot

In our system of government where citizens elect those who will make the decisions for them, voter registration and the casting of ballots are the fundamental elements of democracy - the blocking and tackling, to use a football analogy.

September 17, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: College helps fuel Dalton’s rebound

Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could?" That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of Northwest Georgia not far from the Tennessee line.

September 13, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: In politics, the camera never blinks

When George Orwell first coined the phrase "Big Brother is watching you," he knew what he was talking about.

September 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Our money goes for a boondoggle

It has been just over two months since I wrote a column about Georgia Power, the Public Service Commission and the construction of two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. I can hear President Ronald Reagan's voice now: "There you go again."

September 09, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: September’s song describes the fall ahead

Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday." The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia - "For it's a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September."

September 06, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Water — We don’t miss it till it’s gone

First-world problems. You know what they are. We all have them. They're the issues confronting and irritating those of us living in wealthy, industrialized countries that would leave people in the third world either scratching their heads in bewilderment or shaking them in disgust.

September 05, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


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