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Shipp: Sonny follows Russell’s flight plan

What would you do?

Georgia's gasoline pumps have all but run dry. Prices have soared at the few stations still in business. The state's unemployment rate is running ahead of the national jobless rate, which is over 6 percent and rising.

October 15, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Both candidates scored points in debate

Two quick references before getting to today's meat:

(1) Hope you had a ball and full tummy at the Kiwanis pancake breakfast. On behalf of the club, thanks. Saw a lot of you. Turnout was fabulous.

October 14, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Nichols: Too much debt fueling our economic crisis

In the period right after World War II ended, I was a student at the University of Virginia. One of my most challenging teachers was a professor of economics, David McCord Wright, before he moved to teach here in Georgia. His basic lectures on the nature of the economic system of our country and the other countries of the world stayed with me.

October 13, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Thomas: Take a look at what you own vs. what you owe

"An absolute principle of economics," the late Larry Burkett wrote in his 1992 No. 1 best seller, "The Coming Economic Earthquake," was that, "... no one, government or otherwise, can spend more than he or she makes indefinitely. At some point the compounding interest will consume all the money in the world."

October 10, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


King: Next president needs to unite nation

I know from experience that all I have to do to get a response from readers is to mention the word, "abortion." My last column, headlined, "Woman chosen for wrong reason," was no exception.

What I said in the column was this: "Palin was chosen ... because she is anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, and anti-evolution." But as far as the McCain campaign goes, she was chosen for the right reasons. She has energized Christian fundamentalists and through them, the rest of the party.

October 07, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Guest Commentary: Don’t let vandalism detract from schools’ positive message

The Gainesville and Hall County school districts have much to be proud of. Day in and day out, their 31,000 students and 6,000 staff members win awards, bandage scraped knees, complete assignments, ease the pain of others and accomplish incredible tasks that prepare the next generation for the 21st century.

The vast majority of these everyday routines go unnoticed. With this in mind, it seems prudent to put a handful of poor decisions this past week into perspective.

October 05, 2008 | By Will Schofield For The Times | Community columnists


Glazer: Live theater is worth your time and money

There's something so special about experiencing live theater, sitting in a darkened auditorium as living, breathing actors perform at their very best. Tickets to performances at venues like Atlanta's Fox Theatre can often rival prices on Broadway.

Sometimes it's worth every penny, like this October when "Wicked" comes to town. But as a regular activity for my family of four, the Fox is way above our pay grade. That's OK, though. There's wonderful theater to be experienced right in our hometown, at local high schools and universities.

October 03, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Oglesby: Change, yes, but let’s make sure it’s for the better

Don't forget this Saturday morning from 7-11 at the Civic Center Gainesville Kiwanians, Key Club members and others will be cooking and serving a pancake breakfast with all the trimmings, entertainment, door prizes and loads of fellowship and fun.

It has become a decades-old community tradition and annual family affair. All proceeds go to the many Kiwanis youth service projects. I'll see you there.

October 03, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Crawford: Long march to 2010 governor’s race begins

While looking through some articles I wrote during a past campaign for governor, I found an account of the news conference where a legislator named Sonny Perdue officially announced he would run against incumbent Gov. Roy Barnes.

That article was dated Nov. 8, 2001, almost one year, to the day, before voters selected Perdue to be Georgia's 81st governor in the 2002 general election.

October 02, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Perdue finally catches a break over budget

The past few months cannot have been much fun for Gov. Sonny Perdue.

He's had to watch his good friend, President Bush, sink to record low levels in polls that show Bush is the most unpopular president of the modern American era.

October 02, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Nichols: Nomination process offers a unique show

Perhaps the most confusing part of the presidential nomination and election process is the way the actual conventions are run.

The process starts in Iowa and New Hampshire. In Iowa, party members meet in homes or offices to cast their vote for their choice by moving to join like-minded members in one corner of the room. This vote is not secret, and other people in the room might try to argue that a member should change and join them to support their candidate.

September 29, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Shipp: Change may come to Georgia as minority residents swell voter rolls

Why do you look so worried, Bubba? Barack Obama is not going to win Georgia. He might come close, but he can't win. Maverick McCain and his little moose-hunting buddy should keep Georgia safe for Republicans for at least two more years.

September 28, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Guest column: A family’s sudden loss is felt hard

My name is Ken Yarbrough. I'm writing this week because my father, the wordsmith whom you've come to expect in this space, is taking a sabbatical.

You see, his oldest grandson died recently, and as you might expect, he's taking it hard. Please forgive me for presuming that I can capably fill in for him, which I can't. What I can do, though, is attempt to offer a eulogy to Zack, which my father may never be able to do.

September 27, 2008 | By Ken Yarbrough For The Times | Community columnists


Guest commentary: Celebrate Constitution by taking time to vote

Wednesday, Sept. 17 marked the 221st anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States, the world's oldest written constitution.

September 27, 2008 | By Melinda J. Wade For The Times | Community columnists


Yarbrough: So Cox can pass 5th grade; big deal

Even though she won $1 million for charity, I was not pleased with state School Superintendent Kathy Cox's decision to appear on Fox Network's "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?"

September 27, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Dick Yarbrough: One man who defined a successful life

Five young men, ages 18 to 23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

June 27, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: SC flag debate has familiar ring to Georgians

It's as if we stepped into a time machine and went 15 years back into the past.

June 24, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Remembering a special man and all he taught me

It has been 31 years since he passed away and not a day goes by that I don't miss him, especially on Father's Day.

June 20, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Will Isakson now face a challenger in 2016 race?

Until the morning of June 10, next year's U.S. Senate race appeared to be already settled.

June 17, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


‘Of the dead, nothing unless good’

Speaking ill of the dead and their grieving relatives is something that those of us with any social graces tend to avoid. We take the higher road out of respect for those who have passed, no matter how much we may have disliked them or how vile they may have been, primarily because they no longer are able to defend themselves, at least in public.

June 14, 2015 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com | Community columnists


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