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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


Tom Crawford: Georgia legislators go for a ‘tax grab’ with transportation plan

The stage has been set for the issue that will draw most of the attention in this legislative session: revising Georgia's transportation taxes.

February 04, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Transportation bill marks a turning point in Georgia

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the bill that dominated most of the discussion and media coverage in this year's legislative session: HB 170, the transportation funding bill.

May 06, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: Societal, species survival fits no clear pattern

The human animal is such a strange creature: Generous and compassionate one moment and vicious and depraved the next.

May 05, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Answer Man digs deep into his mailbag

What time is it, boys and girls? It's time for Answer Man!

May 02, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Georgia's billion-dollar pipeline is coming

The Palmetto Pipeline will be one of the largest and most expensive infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Georgia. The underground pipeline will have the capacity to transport about 150,000 barrels of gasoline, diesel fuel and ethanol each day along a 360-mile route that starts in Belton, S.C., moves southward and crosses the Savannah River near Augusta, and then proceeds to city of Savannah.

April 29, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: They'll have to run the 2016 race without me

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016.

April 25, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Georgia’s big political changes stir emotions

It was a joyous and emotional day when Gov. Nathan Deal signed historic legislation that legalized the possession and use of medical marijuana in Georgia.

April 22, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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