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Givens: Dysfunctional government needs to be repaired

In a perfect world our elected representatives would sit down with each other, craft laws that help society and, when they don't work, fix what is wrong with them.

December 18, 2013 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists


Crawford: Thurmond takes on his biggest job yet

As Michael Thurmond tells the story, he got a phone call one day from an attorney for the DeKalb County school board asking if he would be interested in the job of school superintendent.

December 18, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Choosing the good or evil paths

Morphine and heroin are basically the same substance. Both are derived from the opium poppy.

December 17, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Like Mandela, Andy Young’s journey one of forgiveness

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has received much-deserved praise following his death on Dec. 5 at the age of 95, and rightly so. South Africa could have sunk into chaos and a bloody civil war with Mandela's rise to power following 27 years of imprisonment and the end of apartheid.

December 14, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Finally, a home for Vashti ... uh, Betty

I heard about the abandoned kitten last week. My friend Lisa lives in a trailer community with five or six other families. She told the story with the breathless terror that most folks reserve for relating their encounter with a bear ... or a zombie.

December 13, 2013 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Gov. Deal looks nervous — should he be?

Gov. Nathan Deal was the picture of confidence last week as he presided over the traditional lighting of the state Christmas tree.

December 11, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: It’s time we saluted all of UGA’s winners

It was as ugly as a wart hog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38th of the past 50 and 65th out of 108, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South has bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the State Football Championship, 41-34.

December 07, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Public money goes to the rich

There's an old joke that goes, "a bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it."

December 04, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Big Boys Club stays exclusive

As of this writing, six world powers have reached an agreement with Iran that would prevent that country from developing nuclear weapons.

December 03, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Tweaking the humor-impaired

Knock! Knock! Knock!

November 30, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Pilgrims showed how we should work together

When it comes to holidays, I've always preferred Thanksgiving to Christmas.

November 27, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Celebrating a full horn of thankfulness

Last week, family and friends gathered in the small town of Chattahoochee Hills, south of Atlanta, to celebrate a life well-lived. Our late grandson, Zack Wansley, was honored at the dedication of "Zack's Glade," a pristine and picturesque piece of Cochran Mill Park near where he died while training for the Atlanta Marathon in 2008.

November 23, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Celebrating faith and blended holidays

Ruth Parsons is not a lady one can easily say no to. She called out of the blue one day to ask if I would speak at the ecumenical Thanksgiving Day program she was organizing at Lanier Village Estates, a retirement community in North Hall County.

November 22, 2013 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Another set of suckers fall for stadium scheme

David Hannum, a competitor of the showman P. T. Barnum, is generally credited with being the one who coined the phrase, "There's a sucker born every minute."

November 20, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: In the presence of mine enemies

I love the 23rd Psalm. It resonates with believers and doubters alike. Hardly a day goes by that I don't meditate on its words, for surely I have been led beside the still waters and made to lie down in green pastures.

November 19, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


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Crawford: Legislators should be allowed to do their jobs

Gov. Nathan Deal currently is reviewing the hundreds of bills passed during this year's General Assembly session. He presumably will have everything signed or vetoed by April 30.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Robbins: Hope is eternal for this Braves fan

Baseball was my first love.

April 14, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Child abuse, neglect need to be Georgia's priority

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about and you would probably just as soon not hear about. But it is there and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.

April 12, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Deal’s wounds self-inflicted

Within minutes after a Fulton County jury returned a devastating verdict against the state ethics commission last week, Gov. Nathan Deal's aides were already trying to put their own spin on the story.

April 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: How random — and friendly — is our universe?

I have a note taped up over my computer that reads: "Be prepared for synchronicity in your life. It grew out of some unnamed force somewhere in the universe. Acknowledge it when it appears. Be grateful and give thanks, for if you think deeply, you will find it is not random at all."

April 08, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Robbins: On my plate — Coins, buttons, used gum

I was on the couch, chewing on a straw, watching the zillionth commercial where a middle-aged man takes a pill and he's suddenly happy as all get-out, when my 11-year-old son approached my throne.

April 07, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Taking hits from the left and right

Even by my impossibly high standards, this has been a good week.

April 05, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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