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Tom Crawford: Don’t expect a fix soon for Georgia's traffic gridlock

Georgia's elected leaders agree the most pressing issue right now is the state's transportation system.

January 28, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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


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


Dick Yarbrough: Tips from old to young — stick with faith, integrity

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

January 10, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Hospitals, roads are top challenges for Georgia leaders

In a few days, Georgia legislators will convene a new session for 2015 and Gov. Nathan Deal will follow shortly after by taking the oath of office for his second term as the state's chief executive.

January 07, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Potato Bowl looks appealing in 2015

I had just returned from the local toxic waste site earlier last week where I had disposed of my holiday fruitcakes and was busy cramming my Christmas tree down the garbage disposal (don't ask), when I heard a knock at the door. I figured it was the Environmental Protection Agency coming to talk to me about polluting the toxic waste site with fruitcakes.

January 03, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: There are some leaders still do it right

It's clear that politicians and political institutions are not very popular with the general public.

December 31, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: New year offers fresh start to fix what’s broken

A few more hours and 2014 comes to an end. Then we start all over again.

December 30, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: I wish I had been there in Bethlehem

These words are dedicated to the memory of my friend, the late Otis Brumby Jr., publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal, who encouraged me to run this column each Christmas season. It is also dedicated to those who believe.

December 25, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: State Capitol has a new face

Visitors who come to Atlanta next month to see Gov. Nathan Deal take the oath of office for his second term will encounter a Capitol complex that looks different from four years ago when Deal was first sworn in as the state's chief executive.

December 24, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: The lasting gift of friendship

Maybe it's the fact I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships.

December 20, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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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


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


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