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King: We need an honest debate

Have you voted yet? If not, you have a few hours left. Do it!

May 20, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Answer Man has the lowdown on state races

It is the Merry Month of May and you know what that means, boys and girls. It is time for Answer Man! You ask it, we answer it.

May 17, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: A mother’s scent, sense live on

Last Sunday was Mother's Day. For me it was a solitary one, the first I've spent alone since becoming a mother in 1986.

May 16, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: GOP Senate primary could yield surprises

In just one more week, Georgia will hold its earliest primary election ever and finally give a definitive answer on the race everybody is watching, the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.

May 14, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Robbins: Sleepwalking, the way to get things done

I have sleepwalked twice in my life.

May 12, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Talking politics with media pros

I like to surround myself with those smarter than me. In my case, that's not hard to do. I could make a sack of rocks look like a Mensa meeting. So I was flattered to be asked to lunch recently with a group of reporters, editors and long-time political observers in Atlanta and listen to them talk politics.

May 10, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: A well-aimed veto from Deal deserves applause

It is easy to become disgusted with the activities of the politicians who inhabit the Gold Dome.

May 07, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Sticking to dangerous beliefs beyond fact

What do you know about opinion polls? We're confronted with them every day. The polls say this, the polls say that, but unless you have taken a course in statistics, you probably don't understand the finer points of opinion polling.

May 06, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Robbins: Uniform habit leads to a longer life

Before her breakthrough, star-making performance in 1978's "Smokey and the Bandit," Sally Field was featured in a television program in the late 1960s called "The Flying Nun."

May 05, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: GPB ‘dream job’ goes ‘poof’

The scene: The office of Teya Ryan, president of Georgia Public Broadcasting.

May 03, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Kids still need a chance to act the part

It all started when the Harley Avenue Primary School staff decided to cancel the yearly kindergarten musical. It's long been a tradition at this Elmwood, N.Y., school and many parents were understandably unhappy. So much so that one parent even started an online petition to restore the performance.

May 02, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Beware gun law’s dangerous effects

It's official: Gov. Nathan Deal last week signed the "Guns everywhere" bill that expands the public areas where persons with a carry license can legally take firearms. The governor's action, which had been long expected, prompted differing reactions from different groups.

April 30, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Robbins: Milk Dud inflation at the movies

There are two reasons why the 2013 "film" "Grown Ups 2" made $133 million at the box office while actual movies like "Pulp Fiction" and "Clear and Present Danger" made millions less.

April 28, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Marking a decade of success with pride in print

Ten years ago when I made the trip across the lake from Cumming to Gainesville to become publisher of The Times, I had no idea of the sort of reception to expect from the people of Hall County.

April 27, 2014 | Dennis Stockton | Community columnists


Sea Island awash over development dispute

The Sea Island Co. wants to build a group of condominiums on what many people believe to be environmentally unsound ground. Why should you care?

April 26, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Crawford: Lessons learned from state's primary runoff

There were some important political lessons that should have been learned from last week's runoff election.

July 30, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Is US a failed state in decline?

The criteria for a failed state are pretty specific: Loss of authority over the use of force, loss of the authority to make collective decisions, inability to provide public services, and the inability to interact with the international community.

July 29, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Taxpayers on the hook for mishandled ethics probe

In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experience and I am proud of the good things we accomplished at the commission.

July 26, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Plenty of shade in years to come

In less than two weeks I'll celebrate my 60th birthday. Just for giggles, I perused some 60th birthday cards and, well, the outlook suddenly seems sort of grim. The creepiest of all pictured an empty deck chair on an emptier beach and contained these heartwarming words: "A sunrise is beautiful but so is a sunset. /For turning 60 today don't harbor any regret. / The autumn of your life will be so serene./ You will be the happiest that you have ever been."

July 25, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Why Johnny can’t go to college

In less than a month, students will be reporting for fall semester classes at the public colleges that make up the state's University System.

July 22, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Waxing poetic despite laureate snub

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

July 19, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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