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Glazer: Celebrating faith and blended holidays

Ruth Parsons is not a lady one can easily say no to. She called out of the blue one day to ask if I would speak at the ecumenical Thanksgiving Day program she was organizing at Lanier Village Estates, a retirement community in North Hall County.

November 22, 2013 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Another set of suckers fall for stadium scheme

David Hannum, a competitor of the showman P. T. Barnum, is generally credited with being the one who coined the phrase, "There's a sucker born every minute."

November 20, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: In the presence of mine enemies

I love the 23rd Psalm. It resonates with believers and doubters alike. Hardly a day goes by that I don't meditate on its words, for surely I have been led beside the still waters and made to lie down in green pastures.

November 19, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: A big ‘woof’ to the new top Dog

Dear Dr. Morehead:

November 16, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: True South is one of many different tongues

Few things irritate me more than hearing a non-Southerner try to imitate a Southern accent. No man has gotten it right since Gregory Peck in "To Kill a Mockingbird." No woman has ever gotten it right. Need an example? Kyra Sedgwick in "The Closer." Case closed.

November 15, 2013 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgians face a generational choice in 2014

Whether he wins or whether he loses - and he's a huge underdog at this point - state Sen. Jason Carter brings something worthwhile to next year's race for governor: He will give voters a real choice in which direction they want the state to take.

November 13, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Wackos to find a new home on Mars

I have some good news and some bad news.

November 09, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Vanity candidates crowd 2014 Senate ballots

You will see them in every election cycle: People who have never been elected to political office before, who have little money and who are unknown to most voters, get the idea in their heads that they can run for governor or the U.S. Senate.

November 06, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Pain from a few hard-liners

You've heard of the "pain factor." It's a political term, the pressure a relatively small but impassioned group of individuals can inflict on a politician, especially around election time.

November 05, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: So why not a statue for Sonny?

Ring! Ring! Ring!

November 02, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Populists often change their tunes

The 12-foot-high statue of Tom Watson that has dominated the western front of Georgia's capitol for more than eight decades will be gone in just a few weeks.

October 30, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Junior Lee holds court on pests and polls

I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company located in Greater Garfield, Ga., to see what kind of reactions he was getting from the public to the recent shutdown of the federal government.

October 26, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. senators are the grown-ups in the room

The great shutdown of 2013 finally ended last week, with Congress voting to raise the debt ceiling and prevent the federal government from defaulting on obligations to pay bills it had already incurred.

October 23, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: What if mankind is done for?

When National Public Radio does a series on life after death, you know the question of what happens to us after we die is more than just a religious matter.

October 22, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


Robbins: Congress' approval ratings worth scrutiny

The news story was indeed shocking: A recent poll showed the U.S. Congress has an all-time low job approval rating.

October 21, 2013 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


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Crawford: Look for Obamacare to impact Georgia election

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is one of those political issues that divides Georgians more sharply than almost anything else.

April 23, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: When the lights come on, what will our earth look like?

When the lights went out, I was in the bathroom sorting through the various medications I take each day - little round pills that can roll under the claw-footed bathtub if they spill, small ovals that bounce goodness-knows-where if they're dropped. One false move and I would knock the whole kit-and-boodle all over the floor and spend the next hour trying to finding them ... when the power came back on.

April 22, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Robbins: Give me ketchup or give me death

It is a little known fact that Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" edict was not a spontaneous outburst verbalizing his desire for independence but rather his demanding calling card.

April 21, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Remembering the true meaning of Easter

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

April 19, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Is it better to confront hatred or ignore it?

It was around 1989 when some permutation of the Ku Klux Klan and a motley group of affiliated miscreants applied for and was - as is their right - given permission to demonstrate in Gainesville. At the time my business was located in the Jackson Building on downtown's Washington Street.

April 18, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Legislators should be allowed to do their jobs

Gov. Nathan Deal currently is reviewing the hundreds of bills passed during this year's General Assembly session. He presumably will have everything signed or vetoed by April 30.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Robbins: Hope is eternal for this Braves fan

Baseball was my first love.

April 14, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Child abuse, neglect need to be Georgia's priority

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about and you would probably just as soon not hear about. But it is there and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.

April 12, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Deal’s wounds self-inflicted

Within minutes after a Fulton County jury returned a devastating verdict against the state ethics commission last week, Gov. Nathan Deal's aides were already trying to put their own spin on the story.

April 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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