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Guest column: Finding justice for victims is justice for all

"There was nobody there to tell", said an elderly victim of the abuse she received from her caregiver.

"I really thought he was going to change this time", comments a victim of domestic violence.

April 24, 2008 | By Bethany Foley Director of the Victim Witness Assistance Program | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Session like a dysfunctional family

When Republicans first took control of the Georgia House and Senate and the governor's office, I was concerned. Too buttoned-down and serious, I said. They will go to the Capitol, cut taxes, make government smaller and more responsive, jerk their Democrat colleagues around a little and then go home, get re-elected and start the whole thing over again. Not an ideal scenario for someone who makes a living poking fun at politics and those who practice the world's second-oldest profession.

I underestimated them. Turns out Republicans are more cantankerous than a junkyard dog. They haven't done anything ...

April 23, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Shipp: Back to the backroom we go

Bring back the guys in the smoke-filled rooms. They knew how to pick candidates who could win the White House.

April 23, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Groupthink shows our ugly side

Overheard shortly after Barack Obama's speech in Philadelphia: "He says he's a Christian, but he was born a Muslim. Once a Muslim, always a Muslim. There's only one thing you can do with a Muslim. Kill him."

April 22, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Thomas: Critics of global warming on increase

On "60 Minutes" recently, Al Gore stated that those who doubt the reality of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming, "are in such a tiny, tiny minority now with their point of view. They're almost like the ones who still believe that the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona and those who believe the earth is flat."

In 1992 he said, "Only an insignificant fraction of scientists deny the global warming crisis. The time for debate is over. The science is settled." So for about 15 years the former vice president has essentially been calling for people ...

April 22, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas Guest Column | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Storks won’t hamper China Games

If there are any wood storks in China, they are in a heap of trouble. The XXIX Olympiad, as the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing are so grandly known, are just months away and I am willing to bet all the tea in -- well, you know -- that not one person there gives a flying honk about the wood stork.

April 19, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: We lose when pols, press get cozy

Isn't it strange that disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer got away with his trysts as long as he did? Spitzer, a mean-spirited bully, resigned following revelations he had been saying one thing and doing another.

April 19, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: Resurrection has touched world like no other event

At this time of year, Christians celebrate Easter, or as I prefer, Resurrection Sunday. As one scans history, no other date put such a mark in time as when Jesus Christ shed His grave-clothes and departed the tomb.

April 19, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Glazer: Freedom should come with a dose of caution

Like a lot of kids, when I chose a college, I picked one far from home. In my case, it was the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

April 18, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Glazer: Venerable Jackson Building will bounce back

When I was in my late 20s, I thought I had my whole life figured out. I'd earned degrees in social work, counseling and criminal justice. I was working as counselor for the Department of Corrections. I'd be chief counselor by 35, assistant warden by 40, warden by 45, retire and then spend the rest of my working life teaching and writing.

April 18, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Nichols: Arts Council fills our town with culture

Gainesville is a very special place, a town with many traditions, a town rich in diverse cultural, artistic musical organizations. I have visited many cities here and overseas, and I do not know of any similar-sized town with such broad cultural activities.

April 17, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Shipp: Foxes guard state’s ethics henhouse

An ethics class for lobbyists? Why didn't I think of that? Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson, R-Savannah, and several of his colleagues have dreamed up a swell idea during this election year. They would teach a formal ethics course to lobbyists. No, they didn't say anything about delivering ethics lectures to legislators, too.

April 16, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Nichols: Program brings foster children, parents together

One January after the Christmas break I asked one of my students how the break went. "I hated it" he replied.

April 16, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Oglesby: Who’s going to be second on the presidential tickets?

Earlier, I listed the top three presidential candidates in each major party I thought best qualified overall for the presidency under the philosophical banner of that party and the major issues. Now that the list has been narrowed to one Republican and two Democrats, let's beat the major media in doing the same for the running mates.

April 15, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: What kind of change do we want?

A majority of Americans of all parties and persuasions want change this election year. Only problem is most of those who objectively think issues thoroughly through aren't sure exactly what kind of change is possible, meaningful and really needed.

April 15, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


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Joan King: We need a single voice of reason to speak for nation

When I came to Georgia in 1955, it was a one-party state. The Democrats were the only game in town. After 1964, when Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Right Act, he told Bill Moyers he'd just delivered the South to the Republicans for the next 50 years. He was right.

January 27, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: State of the column — Never better (Applause!)

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)

January 24, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Jonah Goldberg: Obama just repeats the same old script

It's hard to believe that was only President Barack Obama's sixth State of the Union address. It feels like he's given so many more. Maybe that's because the man seems to be constantly talking. And talking. The talking is the background noise of much of the last decade, auditory wallpaper that seems to line the corridors of everyday life.

January 23, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: State budget shines light on what really matters

Gov. Nathan Deal's office released his state budget for fiscal year 2016 late last week, and if you work your way through the numbers in the document you will see a significant turning point in recent state history.

January 21, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: State lawmaker on a mission to heal

Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia.

January 17, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Lawmakers, better keep those election promises

When Jody Hice and Barry Loudermilk went to Washington last week, they left Georgia with the adulation of tea party activists who had voted to elect them as the new representatives for the 10th and 11th House districts. Hice and Loudermilk discovered quickly that those good feelings aren't guaranteed to last long.

January 14, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: Mankind is destined to evolve from destroyers to creators

I saw my brother do it when he was a kid. My husband said he did the same thing: spend hours making a model airplane and then one day, set it on fire and launch it from the highest window in the house. All that work, down in flames. Kaput!

January 13, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


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