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Tom Crawford: State is stepping all over local control

When I first started writing about politics, my conservative friends would preach the gospel of "local control." They believed local governments did a better job of running things because local officeholders were closer to the people who elected them.

March 18, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Junior Lee says 'LOL' to electing younger Ga. lawmakers

It is with regret I tell you our intrepid public servants in the legislature have scuttled a bill that would have lowered the age of eligibility to serve as a member of the House of Representatives to 18 years of age and to 21 in the state Senate.

March 14, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Thanks to Georgia Democrats, highway bill is rolling forward

Democrats don't have a lot of influence in the General Assembly these days. They hold roughly one-third of the seats in both the House and Senate, which means the Republican majority can safely ignore them 99 percent of the time.

March 11, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: There comes a time to accept our limitations

Decisions, choices ... choices, decisions. There is no escaping from them no matter what your age. And when you reach your 80s, it becomes harder. For instance, my children are beginning to press me to make some decisions I'd much rather ignore.

March 10, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Can we make the world better?

Will this be a better world because you and I spent some time here? Can we really make a difference?

March 07, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Prognosis is grim for Georgia's rural hospitals

If you operate or work for a hospital located in one of Georgia's rural communities, you should be very afraid. There's a strong possibility your hospital will be closing down soon because of financial problems.

March 04, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: An AP history quiz sure to please all

As you may have heard, some of our intrepid public servants under the Gold Dome are unhappy with the Advanced Placement U.S. History test and the College Board, which administers the tests.

February 28, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Legislators halfway done with little to show for it

Georgia's lawmakers have reached the halfway point of the General Assembly session, raising the question we ask every year: What have they done for you?

February 25, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: Whatever we may see, there’s always more to story

I am fascinated by the Brian Williams brouhaha. I don't have television and have probably never seen NBC's "Nightly News." I don't follow war stories. Until the recent flap over "misremembering" his experiences in Iraq, the name Brian Williams met nothing to me.

February 24, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Jekyll Islland holds its fire on thinning deer herd

If you are a supercilious liberal you-know-what or a sanctimonious Bible thumper, I have some good news for you. I am giving you both the week off. Enjoy it while you can. I will be back.

February 21, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Georgia has yet to find a magic formula for schools

Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled his plan last week to fix our low-performing public schools.

February 18, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Random notions on Ideas on boors, Bennett, bullies, bands

If you watched the Super Bowl a couple of weeks ago - and reports say 114 million of us did - perhaps you saw a portion of the reprehensible behavior of Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who after scoring a touchdown proceeded to mime pulling down his pants, squatting as if on a commode before dropping the ball to the ground as if he was doing his business.

February 14, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Schoolworkers shouldn't be denied health coverage

When it comes to handing out taxpayers' money, the governor and the General Assembly sometimes seem more willing to direct those funds to people who don't really need them instead of those who really do.

February 11, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: How we insure each other against risk in an orderly society

Every culture faces risk, and every culture has some form of insurance to cover that risk.

February 10, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: ‘Don’t Shoot me’ T-shirts are aim at wrong target

Let's get off the backs of law enforcement, shall we? Most of us couldn't do their job or wouldn't do it if we had the chance.

February 07, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Woods now a school chief in name only

If you want to meet the person who's the real state school superintendent, it's easy to find his office.

April 01, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


'Conversations on race’ often result in guilt, hurt feelings

A few weeks ago, a former colleague I have known for more than 20 years called me a racist in a Facebook post because I did not agree with all of President Barack Obama's policies, especially his foreign policy that consists primarily of strategic dithering.

March 29, 2015 | By Ron Martz For The Times | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Governor's panel targets real school fixes

I suspect my recent silence on the subject of public education in Georgia has been deafening to some of you. I will explain.

March 28, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: One Georgia lawmaker fights the power of GOP majority

Rep. David Stover is a brave man. He may well be one of the gutsiest people serving in the General Assembly.

March 25, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: ‘Cinderella’ poses a key question

Robots, artificial intelligence, the future ... what's not to like for a sci-fi buff like me?

March 24, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Methodists produce new committed ministers

I spent last week helping to assess a group of people for a job I couldn't do if my life depended on it. Actually, what they were seeking is not a job; it is a calling. And my life here and in the hereafter depends on how well they do it.

March 21, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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