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Joan King: Our speech is free, but often minus facts

In his 1941 State of the Union speech, Franklin D. Roosevelt listed four fundamental freedoms basic to the United States, freedoms he believed "... rightfully belonged to everyone in the world: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

April 07, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: UGA’s Class of ’19 will shine as best and brightest

If you are a high school senior hoping to attend The University of Georgia, the oldest-state chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, you have probably heard by now whether or not you have been accepted.

April 04, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Woods now a school chief in name only

If you want to meet the person who's the real state school superintendent, it's easy to find his office.

April 01, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


'Conversations on race’ often result in guilt, hurt feelings

A few weeks ago, a former colleague I have known for more than 20 years called me a racist in a Facebook post because I did not agree with all of President Barack Obama's policies, especially his foreign policy that consists primarily of strategic dithering.

March 29, 2015 | By Ron Martz For The Times | Community columnists


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


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


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Dick Yarbrough: Adams’ return to Malibu was best for all

Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, in the wilds of Malibu, Calif., to become chancellor Aug. 1. He had once been that institution's vice president of university affairs.

July 04, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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


‘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


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