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King: Irresponsible act leads to a sickening thud

The week began badly. I had picked up my granddaughter from school and was heading home in the dark when a dog appeared in my headlights. I braked and veered as best I could. Then there was that awful thud.

March 24, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Shipp: Do gender, race trump ability?

By this time next week, Super-Duper Tuesday will be over. Twenty-four states and American Samoa will have staged presidential primaries or caucuses on the same day. We will be able to measure statistically just how dumb Democratic voters are in Georgia and across the country.

March 19, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Nichols: Election overload, for a bizarre primary system

The current election process for our next president has almost overwhelmed me with too many debates, too much mail, phone calls, relentless newspaper and television coverage.

March 19, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Oglesby: In this election, experience counts

This is my last column before the day of actual voting in the presidential preferential primaries. To meet deadlines, it's written before the South Carolina and some other important primaries. By the time you're reading this, many may already have voted. I'd promised the results of my pre-vote winnowing of candidates for both parties.

March 18, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: Two types of winning tickets

I've written it many times, and even though I occasionally stray, I still maintain the lottery is a voluntary tax on stupidity.

March 18, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Nichols case goes three years, with no trial yet

Excuse me for bringing up a sore subject again, but it has been almost three years since someone who looked an awful lot like Brian Nichols overpowered a deputy at the Fulton County courthouse in March 2005, took her gun and the lives of four innocent people -- a superior court judge, a court reporter, a deputy sheriff and, later, a federal agent -- before surrendering.

March 15, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Shipp: Here’s the real trouble with Obama

Can Sen. Barack Obama be elected president? Are you talking to me?

March 12, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: We need a healthy dose of truth

Trust me, says candidate No. 1. I will tell you the truth.

March 11, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Glazer: Professor's final lecture produces a true hero

Everybody needs a hero - someone who inspires us and makes us think beyond where we've been comfortable in the past.

March 10, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Oglesby: Look for candidate qualities that matter most

Evangelical Christians such as me might do well this election year to remember the biblical admonition to render unto Caesar that which is his, and to the Lord that which is His.

March 04, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Nichols: Understanding the stages of grief

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan and the huge turmoil that has torn that country apart has prompted me to think about the consequences of death and dying on the political process.

March 03, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: New year may strain my patience

The year 2008 has begun very much like 2007 ended: still populated with too many humorless liberal weenies, narrow-minded Bible thumpers, state flaggers who couldn't find the 21st century with a calendar, rude cell phone yakkers, poor service in two languages -- depending on which button you push -- and other assorted irritants.

March 01, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Parents, know that your kids are watching

I happen to be the mother of a child who loves to write. She's 13 and spends a couple of hours each day doing some sort of writing: short stories, poems, blog entries, essays. She's even completed a few chapters of a book.

March 01, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Oglesby: A Christmas bowl of potpourri

It isn't often the day this column appears on Christmas Day. I wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy 2008. May it bring to you more than you ever expected, perhaps at least partly in unexpected ways.

February 26, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


King: Youth should rally against nukes

A culture can be defined by the secrets it keeps from its children.

Primitive tribes had ghosts and demons that danced around ceremonial fires when the elders called on them. At puberty, the male initiates learned that those freighting figures were actually their fathers and older brothers, but the truth was kept from the women and children.

February 26, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


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Crawford: Look for Obamacare to impact Georgia election

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is one of those political issues that divides Georgians more sharply than almost anything else.

April 23, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: When the lights come on, what will our earth look like?

When the lights went out, I was in the bathroom sorting through the various medications I take each day - little round pills that can roll under the claw-footed bathtub if they spill, small ovals that bounce goodness-knows-where if they're dropped. One false move and I would knock the whole kit-and-boodle all over the floor and spend the next hour trying to finding them ... when the power came back on.

April 22, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Robbins: Give me ketchup or give me death

It is a little known fact that Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" edict was not a spontaneous outburst verbalizing his desire for independence but rather his demanding calling card.

April 21, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Remembering the true meaning of Easter

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

April 19, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Is it better to confront hatred or ignore it?

It was around 1989 when some permutation of the Ku Klux Klan and a motley group of affiliated miscreants applied for and was - as is their right - given permission to demonstrate in Gainesville. At the time my business was located in the Jackson Building on downtown's Washington Street.

April 18, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Legislators should be allowed to do their jobs

Gov. Nathan Deal currently is reviewing the hundreds of bills passed during this year's General Assembly session. He presumably will have everything signed or vetoed by April 30.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Robbins: Hope is eternal for this Braves fan

Baseball was my first love.

April 14, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Child abuse, neglect need to be Georgia's priority

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about and you would probably just as soon not hear about. But it is there and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.

April 12, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Deal’s wounds self-inflicted

Within minutes after a Fulton County jury returned a devastating verdict against the state ethics commission last week, Gov. Nathan Deal's aides were already trying to put their own spin on the story.

April 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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