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Shipp: If not Isakson, then who?

The directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce should hire professional headhunters right now to interview candidates for governor in 2010.

May 28, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Was bike race worth trouble and expense?

From all reports, the Tour de Georgia bicycle race was a big promotional success for the local community. That doesn't mean, however, the overall total taxpayer cost wasn't huge and no room was left for improvement from the citizens' viewpoint.

May 27, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Shipp: Did no-show Georgia Democrats cut a deal?

For months now we have been subjected to a steady stream of promises of political change. Georgia Democratic leaders painted their party's runaway voter turnout in the Feb. 5 presidential primary as a preview of the general election in November. Donkeys would fill up polling places to cast ballots for a new generation of Democratic candidates.

May 21, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Shipp: Campaign rumors, spin detract from issues

Try this hot scoop for a piece of outright absurdity: Knowing she has no chance of winning the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton continues to run full speed ahead against Barack Obama for president. She hopes to damage Obama so badly that she will have a clear shot for the presidency in 2012. Detailed planning for that faraway campaign is already in the works.

May 21, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Culture of fear or fear of culture?

When I was studying anthropology at Georgia State College eons ago, I had a professor who liked to ask the young women students how they would feel about sharing their husband with one or more other wives. Polygamy, he said, is a worldwide norm. Only modern industrial societies mandate monogamy.

May 20, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Tibet’s future hinges on China-Dalai Lama talks

A couple of decades ago, I was camping in Alaska at the foot of Mount Denali (a.k.a, Mount McKinley), when I discovered a notice that Lowell Thomas Jr. offered to fly tourists in his small plane around the mountain to show it from above.

May 19, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Protecting Jekyll at the grass roots

I learned the hard way in my corporate life never to underestimate the power of grass-roots organizations. They are always the last to blink in a fight. I have the scars to prove it.

May 17, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Oglesby: Will cool heads prevail in DOT drama?

The kinder words I've heard from gleeful Democrats and longtime loyal Republicans about the 2008 performance of the state legislature and its key leaders range from disgust to outright outrage. I rank it closest to disgust.

Most responsible are the key leaders, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson. Neither would compromise when compromise was necessary. Each tried to undercut the other in their obvious quests for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in two years, putting political ambition ahead of their bigger responsibility to govern effectively. One result could be calls for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson to ...

May 13, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Carter should stick to woodworking, poetry

What are we going to do with Jimmy Carter? The man has gone from being a joke to someone who is suddenly very unfunny.

May 10, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Guest column: Georgia immigration bills could add to Mexico’s woes

Americans who are concerned about the decades old illegal immigration crisis, and perhaps confused about solutions, have only to look to Arizona and the neighboring Mexican state of Sonora to understand the obvious: Enforcement works.

May 08, 2008 | By D.A. King www.theDustinInmanSociety.org | Community columnists


Shipp: DOT and the ‘dirty white hat’ syndrome

As former state Attorney General Mike Bowers used to say, "Dirt shows up more on a white hat."

May 07, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Nichols: Birthday cruise was a worthwhile adventure

For my 80th birthday, my second daughter gave me a cruise of the western Caribbean for the both of us. The tour had an inauspicious beginning, and a chaotic end.

May 07, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


King: Scientist in Congress a good idea

The presidential race is sucking up all the available oxygen these days. Hillary, Obama and McCain are everywhere. Their every utterance is hashed over by the media and the water cooler crowd alike, and it's likely to stay this way until November.

May 06, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Doctor gives back to his country

What did you do on Sept. 11, 2001 when you realized Islamic terrorists had slammed airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing thousands of innocent people?

May 02, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Doggie for a day? Better to save one instead

Years ago, when my Manhattan brother-in-law was single, he discovered the ultimate chick magnet: a dog.

May 02, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


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Crawford: State's races are closer than expected

If you had told me a year ago that Gov. Nathan Deal would essentially be tied at this point in his re-election campaign with an inexperienced Democratic legislator, I would have asked if you were smoking some of that stuff that is now legally on sale in Colorado.

October 01, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Lessons of history echo with 2 wartime leaders

Anyone with a sense of history who has watched the fascinating new Ken Burns documentary on PBS, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," may have experienced a sense of déjà vu during episode six, which chronicles the tumultuous events of 1939-44.

September 28, 2014 | By Ron Martz Guest commentary | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Thinning out alternatives on Jekyll Island

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. One day I am advising world leaders on the nuances of international monetary policy. The next day I am consoling a distraught reader who thinks I need to "look within myself spiritually."

September 27, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia's economic experiment didn't work

Over the past 10 years, Georgia has served as the location for a wide-ranging experiment in economic theory.

September 24, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Putting on our best face is the natural human default

Until I heard her speak at a benefit luncheon, I thought Ronda Rich was a bit of an empty-headed lightweight. I was wrong, wrong, wrong, and she has become one of my must-read columnists.

September 23, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: How I learned to accentuate the positive

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way.

September 20, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Yes, spare the rod; don't hurt the child

I don't pay a lot of attention to football. Even though I was a proud Red Elephant during the heyday of Bobby Gruhn and Tommy West, I just never caught the fever. Four years at the University of Alabama during the reign of Bear Bryant did nothing to pique my interest. Since I married a man whose football apathy mirrored my own, there was never an incentive to learn or follow the game.

September 19, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


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


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