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Thomas: Three main reasons to vote for McCain

In the light of two recent Supreme Court rulings, one in California and one at the U.S. Supreme Court, there should be little doubt as to the stakes of the elections this November.

June 24, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Bowen: RFK would smile at Obama-Clinton race

June 8, 1968, is a day I will never forget. On that day I made a spur-of-the moment decision to go to a gravesite service 600 miles from home.

June 22, 2008 | By Alma Bowen Guest column | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Beware the Killer B’s of state politics

When roaming the political jungles of Georgia, beware of the Killer B's: Barr (Bob) is running for president; Bubba (aka, Lauren McDonald) is running for the Georgia Public Service Commission; Barnes (former Democratic Gov. Roy) is being encouraged to run for anything, as is Bowers (former State Attorney General Michael).

June 21, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Time to cool the rhetoric on Jekyll Island project

Since I had talked recently to David Egan -- whose group, the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island, has great concerns about the island's proposed revitalization -- I thought it only fair to see what the Jekyll Island Authority has to say. (Besides, it affords me the opportunity to stop by the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill on St. Simons Island and stuff my face with corn-fried shrimp. Being a modest and much-beloved columnist does have its rewards.)

June 21, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: California dreamin’ may lead to nationwide chaos

In the 1965 song by The Mamas & the Papas, there is a line that goes: "Stopped into a church I passed along the way ..."

June 20, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Shipp: School debate is déjà vu, with no help in sight

"Why would we ever go back?"

June 18, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Even if US knows where it wants to go, getting there can be a problem

When I think about the problems facing our country today, I recall a story of the man who lost his way and stopped to ask directions from an old farmer.

June 17, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: US should have school to train bureaucrats

One of the first tasks facing our new president in 2009 will be to nominate persons to serve as cabinet officials and other top bureaucratic posts.

June 16, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Baseball trip with grandson is priceless

There are no two ways about it: Being a grandfather is better than a plateful of hot buttered biscuits. Nothing compares to it. Nothing comes close.

June 14, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: The TV show you don’t want to watch at dinner

When I first read the press release, I thought it was a late April Fool's Day hoax.

June 13, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Shipp: State schools earn a failing grade

Georgians either don't care or they're too thick to understand what has happened. In seven years, Georgia has gone from a symbol of the New South to the nose-dive state. We can't get anything right.

June 11, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Democrats should follow their rules when picking presidential nominee

Far be it from this pragmatic conservative to tell Democrats how to select their nominee or who it should be. Their very public, intraparty controversy makes the process itself fair game. Should one of the two left actually become president, he or she will be president of all of us.

June 09, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Yarbrough: ‘Real’ Forrest Gump, others are genuine heroes

I have met the real Forrest Gump. Not the ninny sitting on a Savannah park bench, prattling about a box of chocolates. His name is Sammy L. Davis and he is a recipient of the Medal of Honor, this nation's highest award for military heroism.

June 07, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Shipp: Is a heavyweight duel looming in 2010 governor's race?

In 1998, two Georgia lawyers dove into frontline political contests that could have made them national figures. Ten years later ...

June 04, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: US family needs more discipline

One of our politicians, a member of Congress I believe, defended his support for a gas tax suspension by saying that his job was to "... listen to the public and make them happy."

Perhaps it's just as well I can't find that particular clipping right now. No matter which party this man represented, someone would have accused me of bias. However, both John McCain and Hillary Clinton favor the tax suspension.

June 03, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: It pays really well to be a university president in Georgia

The state Board of Regents, which makes the decisions on how the University System is operated, voted on April 14 to raise tuition rates at Georgia's public colleges by as much as 9 percent.

May 27, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Guest column: ‘Pro-choice’ shouldn’t apply to just one issue

The defining feature of a free society is every individual enjoying the freedom to make choices, good and bad, within the law. Enjoying the liberty to make your own choices is highly valued. So political groups market themselves as supporting Americans' autonomy of choice.

May 25, 2015 | By Douglas Young Guest columnist | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: A not-so-noble Nobel spat in Atlanta

I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for president of the United States (or what's left of it).

May 23, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: GOP chooses a practical path with party leader

Georgia Republicans chose electoral pragmatism over ideological purity when they elected their state chairman last weekend, but it was a close call.

May 20, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: When humanity requires it, it's our duty to speak out

Knowing when to speak out and when to hold your peace is a fine art, one that I struggle with every day.

May 19, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: A sincere ‘thank you’ to Georgia’s public school teachers

Dear public school teachers in Georgia:

May 16, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Many lessons learned from legislature session

Now that the General Assembly has adjourned for the year and all of the bills have either been signed or vetoed, what lessons can we take away from this latest legislative session? I can think of a few.

May 13, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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