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Tom Crawford: Writing new chapters in America's tale

You won't often see so many history-making events crammed into such a small period of time, but that was the case last week with three huge stories breaking in a little less than 30 hours - a bonanza for those of us who work in the news industry.

July 01, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: One man who defined a successful life

Five young men, ages 18 to 23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

June 27, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: SC flag debate has familiar ring to Georgians

It's as if we stepped into a time machine and went 15 years back into the past.

June 24, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Remembering a special man and all he taught me

It has been 31 years since he passed away and not a day goes by that I don't miss him, especially on Father's Day.

June 20, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Will Isakson now face a challenger in 2016 race?

Until the morning of June 10, next year's U.S. Senate race appeared to be already settled.

June 17, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


‘Of the dead, nothing unless good’

Speaking ill of the dead and their grieving relatives is something that those of us with any social graces tend to avoid. We take the higher road out of respect for those who have passed, no matter how much we may have disliked them or how vile they may have been, primarily because they no longer are able to defend themselves, at least in public.

June 14, 2015 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com | Community columnists


Book tells of strange moment in Georgia's history

We live in a state where strange things can happen in politics, but you won't see anything stranger than the time Georgia had three people who all claimed to be the state's chief executive.

June 10, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Random notions on On slowpokes, ALEC, Ted and shrimp

I have the greatest respect for the Georgia State Patrol. Theirs is a tough job with roughly 900 troopers available to cover a state of 59,500 square miles and deal with the kind of carnage they see almost daily on Georgia's highways. If all of this isn't difficult enough, now they are being required to enforce the so-called "Slow Poke" law.

June 06, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Flat Creek pollution: Poultry plants continue to foul a vital tributary

In 1964, the federal government considered placing buoys in Lake Lanier to warn recreational users to avoid a contaminated area where Flat Creek flows into the lake.

June 04, 2015 | By Jason Ulseth Guest columnist | Community columnists


Flat Creek pollution: Industry doing its part to protect waterways

The health of Hall County's Flat Creek, one of several important streams flowing into Lake Lanier, has recently received considerable media attention. Some of that focus has centered on poultry facilities within this watershed and their impact on water quality.

June 04, 2015 | By Mike Giles Guest columnist | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Court’s health ruling could hit Georgians hard

At some point between now and June 30, the Supreme Court will hand down a decision that could be disastrous for nearly half a million Georgia residents.

June 03, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: We learn there are hard truths behind the badge

The spotlight has been on the police lately. Are they really shooting innocent people? Is police brutality something we should worry about?

June 02, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Ga. teachers frustrated, angry at politicians' meddling

My recent open letter to Georgia's public school teachers produced as much response as I have received in a long time. Teachers from one end of the state to the other have weighed in, and the comments are still coming.

May 30, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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


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Tom Crawford: Carter shows a special kind of courage

When he sat down in a room full of journalists at the Carter Center to talk about the cancer that has spread to several parts ...

August 26, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: A look back at a member of ‘Lost Dodd Boys’

To say Betty Wallace loves Georgia Tech is to say Romeo loved Juliet or hogs love slop. It is a simple fact.

August 22, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Trump’s right about cronyism, political patronage

Donald Trump's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination seems to defy gravity and all the other laws of nature.

August 19, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Essay: Does traditional media lean left?

During the 2012 presidential election campaign I taught an upper-level journalism seminar at the University of North Georgia titled "Media Bias in the Political Process ...

August 16, 2015 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com. | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Random notions on shrimp, vets, carvings and bands

Random thoughts on random subjects:

August 15, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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