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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


Crawford: Transportation fixes hit a dead end in Ga.

The overall disrepair of Georgia's roads and bridges has reached the point where the state's political and business leaders agree "something must be done."

December 17, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Pilgrims seek spiritual fire

The Public Service Commission meets today for a semiannual review. I'll be there. I'm anxious to see what the commissioners have to say about cost overruns at Plant Vogtle, Georgia Power's nuclear facility near Waynesboro.

December 16, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Charters school progressing in Georgia

You may recall I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012, creating the State Charter School Commission to allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.

December 14, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Maybe I was wrong about charter school changes

You may recall I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012, creating the State Charter School Commission to allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.

December 13, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Goldberg: Torture forces hard thinking

For a long time I resisted the word "torture" when discussing the "enhanced interrogation techniques" used against high-value captives in the war on terror. I don't think I can do that anymore.

December 12, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg | Community columnists


Parker: Feminism sees the right

WASHINGTON - It is probably too soon to declare a feminist reformation, but a few signs here and there give one hope.

December 11, 2014 | Kathleen Parker | Community columnists


Crawford: State keeps lawyers working

Each year, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, about 55,000 people pass the bar exam in the United States, which admits them to the practice of law.

December 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: On a postgame exile in Bora Bora

This was written in a cave somewhere in Greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper. (I have no idea how the editors got it from bottle to print. I assumed that if editors can figure out where commas go, they ought to be able to figure out how to print a column in a bottle.)

December 06, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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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


Essay: What matters more, freedom or security?

I live in one of those semi-upscale, semi-planned Northeast Georgia neighborhoods where large houses sit hip-to-hip on relatively small lots and where all the lawns are semi-perfectly manicured and all the children are, well, absolutely perfect (just ask their parents).

May 10, 2015 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Centennial celebrations provide a trip down memory lane

You are going to have to give me a little room to reminisce today. I am having an attack of the nostalgias. Going down someone else's memory lane can be as boring as a lecture on the life cycle of guppies, but this has been a reflective few weeks for me.

May 09, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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