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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


King: Don’t buy the case for keeping the status quo

Two weeks ago Congress raised automotive fuel efficiency standards from 25 mph to 35 mph. Big whoop de do!

February 25, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Morris: Challenging faith is part of our journey

There has been much talk lately of the strong influence of atheism in the book and movie "The Golden Compass." My youngest son, William, received that book from his devoutly Christian aunt several Christmases ago. An avid reader, he set it aside until recently and worked his way through several series books, including "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "Lord of the Rings" series. Just as he read his way to "The Golden Compass," concerns about its message surfaced.

February 22, 2008 | Renee Hand Morris | Community columnists


Mary Perdue: Foster children need our love at holiday time and beyond

We are winding down the holiday season, the time of year when we each celebrate our faith with family and friends. We pause in the busyness of preparations to remember the blessings of togetherness, belonging and traditions.

February 22, 2008 | By Mary Perdue Guest Columnist | Community columnists


Oglesby: On pension plans, DOT vote

Several readers have asked me why I haven't commented on the controversy over county administrator Jim Shuler's compensation arrangement. The simple reason is I don't have sufficient information on the specifics or time to get that information. I do have some basic principles that would apply to my analysis of the information. For however it helps, I'll share that.

School systems are recruiting retired educators to fill vacancies. They're drawing their retirement checks plus getting paid for their work. Retirees are more experienced and possibly more effective than recent graduates. Many seek supplemental income and ...

February 21, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Glazer: Celebrity mom’s how-to book is a how not-to

Stop the presses! Here's a scoop for you. Lynne Spears, that paragon of parenting, mother of Britney and Jamie Lynn, has lost her book deal. This following the announcement that 16-year-old Jamie Lynne, the star of one of those interminable Nickelodeon teen TV series, is 12 weeks pregnant.

February 21, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Yarbrough: The customer always comes first

It was not the way I wanted to end the year, but I have only myself to blame. One of my cardinal rules is to exercise care when doing business with friends. That is how friends can become ex-friends.

February 16, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Morris: Listen to the children, and all will be OK

Recently, I was in a local grocery store at a very busy time. I decided to help bag groceries. It had always seemed like fun to me. I suppose I was in one of my ubiquitous philosophical moods, for it occurred to me that any job seems fun, for 10 minutes or so.

February 15, 2008 | Renee Hand Morris | Community columnists


Nichols: Why is one dictator better than another?

I do not know what yardstick can distinguish between a good and a bad foreign military dictator. I do know that we have treated two Muslim military dictators very differently.

February 11, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Guest column: DOT vote not as portrayed

As I read The Times editorial entitled, "Bullying the DOT," I was reminded that there are indeed two sides to every story. While The Times feels that Department of Transportation Board Chairman Mike Evans put good government over politics, I respectfully disagree.

February 10, 2008 | | 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


Givens: A humanist's view on school prayer

Many Christians feel that removing teacher led prayer from school is persecution. This debate has come to Hall County with the letter sent by the American Humanists Association to Hall County School officials demanding that coach led prayer be stopped.

August 18, 2014 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists


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