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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


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


King: How random — and friendly — is our universe?

I have a note taped up over my computer that reads: "Be prepared for synchronicity in your life. It grew out of some unnamed force somewhere in the universe. Acknowledge it when it appears. Be grateful and give thanks, for if you think deeply, you will find it is not random at all."

April 08, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Robbins: On my plate — Coins, buttons, used gum

I was on the couch, chewing on a straw, watching the zillionth commercial where a middle-aged man takes a pill and he's suddenly happy as all get-out, when my 11-year-old son approached my throne.

April 07, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


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King: Politics keeps us short-sighted

Human nature has changed little over time, but human behavior has. We no longer burn heretics at the stake or torture animals for sport ... well, not the way we did in the past. At least today we pay lip service to social justice and the rule of law.

October 21, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Candidate Carter shares plan for Ga. schools

I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public school teachers about their respective education platforms.

October 18, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Will Georgia's top races head to runoffs?

It's looking more and more possible that voters will have to return to the ballot box after the general election.

October 15, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Random notions on obits, UGA and okra

If I die anytime soon - and I have no plans to do so at the moment - please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, "He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association." You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad Pitt and my uncanny ability to put commas where they don't belong.

October 11, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: A feast to welcome autumn

It's been said that fall is the Southerner's reward for surviving summer. I believe that with all my heart. Autumn is my favorite season, the one I look toward with almost giddy anticipation.

October 10, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Other statewide races bear watching

With all of the focus on campaigns for governor and senator, it's easy to overlook the fact there are other statewide races on the ballot for November.

October 08, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: There's more to citizen activism than just money

I just hung up on another perfectly nice volunteer asking me to send money to a political cause I wholly support. I also dumped a half dozen unopened letters from worthwhile organizations into the recycle bin. I've contributed to some of these groups for over 40 years.

October 07, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


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