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Yarbrough: Beware the Killer B’s of state politics

When roaming the political jungles of Georgia, beware of the Killer B's: Barr (Bob) is running for president; Bubba (aka, Lauren McDonald) is running for the Georgia Public Service Commission; Barnes (former Democratic Gov. Roy) is being encouraged to run for anything, as is Bowers (former State Attorney General Michael).

June 21, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Time to cool the rhetoric on Jekyll Island project

Since I had talked recently to David Egan -- whose group, the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island, has great concerns about the island's proposed revitalization -- I thought it only fair to see what the Jekyll Island Authority has to say. (Besides, it affords me the opportunity to stop by the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill on St. Simons Island and stuff my face with corn-fried shrimp. Being a modest and much-beloved columnist does have its rewards.)

June 21, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: California dreamin’ may lead to nationwide chaos

In the 1965 song by The Mamas & the Papas, there is a line that goes: "Stopped into a church I passed along the way ..."

June 20, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Shipp: School debate is déjà vu, with no help in sight

"Why would we ever go back?"

June 18, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Even if US knows where it wants to go, getting there can be a problem

When I think about the problems facing our country today, I recall a story of the man who lost his way and stopped to ask directions from an old farmer.

June 17, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: US should have school to train bureaucrats

One of the first tasks facing our new president in 2009 will be to nominate persons to serve as cabinet officials and other top bureaucratic posts.

June 16, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Baseball trip with grandson is priceless

There are no two ways about it: Being a grandfather is better than a plateful of hot buttered biscuits. Nothing compares to it. Nothing comes close.

June 14, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: The TV show you don’t want to watch at dinner

When I first read the press release, I thought it was a late April Fool's Day hoax.

June 13, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Shipp: State schools earn a failing grade

Georgians either don't care or they're too thick to understand what has happened. In seven years, Georgia has gone from a symbol of the New South to the nose-dive state. We can't get anything right.

June 11, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Democrats should follow their rules when picking presidential nominee

Far be it from this pragmatic conservative to tell Democrats how to select their nominee or who it should be. Their very public, intraparty controversy makes the process itself fair game. Should one of the two left actually become president, he or she will be president of all of us.

June 09, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Yarbrough: ‘Real’ Forrest Gump, others are genuine heroes

I have met the real Forrest Gump. Not the ninny sitting on a Savannah park bench, prattling about a box of chocolates. His name is Sammy L. Davis and he is a recipient of the Medal of Honor, this nation's highest award for military heroism.

June 07, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Shipp: Is a heavyweight duel looming in 2010 governor's race?

In 1998, two Georgia lawyers dove into frontline political contests that could have made them national figures. Ten years later ...

June 04, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: US family needs more discipline

One of our politicians, a member of Congress I believe, defended his support for a gas tax suspension by saying that his job was to "... listen to the public and make them happy."

Perhaps it's just as well I can't find that particular clipping right now. No matter which party this man represented, someone would have accused me of bias. However, both John McCain and Hillary Clinton favor the tax suspension.

June 03, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Summer is full of great programs for children

Rob Andrews, president of the Gainesville Lions Club, reported that the Children's Theater Program recently completed another major success in helping raise money for charities that support benefits for children in need of assistance for glasses, hearing aids and diabetes.

June 02, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Do a good deed for troops overseas

OK, listen up. I have a job for you. Actually, it's not a job. It's a good deed.

May 31, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Yarbrough: Put down the phone; no text is worth our lives

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa, this is one with a quick cure.

August 30, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia voters can get the job done

For the past 20 years, an idea frequently floated for reforming the political system has been to set term limits for elected officials.

August 27, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Why not an end of our own choosing?

Two weeks ago, The Times reported Robin Williams' suicide. I'm sad for a number of reasons, maybe not the same as other people's reasons but just as intense. I am sad because the world lost a gifted comedian. To quote Ella Wheeler Wilcox, who wrote "Laugh and the world laughs with you:"

August 26, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Letter not enough to polish my liberal bona fides

Rap! Rap! Rap!

August 23, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: A life is changed, or lost, at drop of a rock

If I met Sharon Budd, I know I'd like her. She's from Uniontown, Ohio. She's raised four kids and worked as a seventh-grade language arts teacher. She's a breast cancer survivor.

August 22, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


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


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