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Crawford: Governor's race puts school funding in focus

State school Superintendent John Barge is on a political suicide mission.

January 22, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Robbins: Texting cramps my style, and thumbs

For my daughter's 15th birthday last week, her present from her mother and I was a new phone.

January 20, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Don’t let friendships fade away

If this sounds like name-dropping, I apologize but I am trying to make a point here.

January 18, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: State legislators are back, but not for long

When House Speaker David Ralston sat down with reporters last week to discuss the new legislative session, he addressed the question that's been on the mind of every Capitol denizen.

January 15, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Peace is the only sane option

It started with a quote my brother found in a book he was reading, "The Sense of an Ending" by Julian Barnes: "History, that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation."

January 14, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Robbins: Black shoes with watermelon − Why not?

My wife is out of town for a couple of days, which means a couple of things.

January 13, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: To my grandson — always aim high

Dear Cameron:

January 11, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: If you’re cold now, trying living under a bridge

I'm writing this on one of the coldest nights I've ever experienced. I'm sitting at the kitchen table encased in flannel pajamas, a fleece robe, earmuffs, a Chenille infinity scarf and two pairs of socks. Across my lap is a heated throw and a space heater buzzes industriously at my feet.

January 10, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: It’s showtime for Ga. politicians

It is far too early to predict who will replace Saxby Chambliss as Georgia's next senator, but it's going to be the most entertaining Senate race voters have seen in a long time.

January 08, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Robbins:Convenience store change tray etiquette

Two of my favorite things in this world are convenience stores and spare change.

January 06, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Keep an eye on Ga. lawmakers

This could be a very important piece of information I am about to share with you. Whether it is or not is up to you. It depends on how much you care about the money being spent on our state's politicians. If you don't care and want to cop the "it doesn't make any difference" attitude, then I suggest you blow the dust off the ol' Funk & Wagnall and look up the word "apathy." Or go kiss a goat. Your choice.

January 04, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: It’s better to be lucky than good

In the world of politics, it's often better to be lucky than good.

January 01, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Learning to accept our doubts

The idea of God is endlessly fascinating, but I am not a "believer." In fact, I do not believe "believers." We all doubt, but doubt scares many individuals to a point where they willingly surrender their critical faculties and accept whatever they're taught.

December 31, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


Robbins: Hunting that Guinness-worthy shrub

When I was about 6 years old, I told my parents of my lifelong ambition.

December 30, 2013 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Some serious soothsaying for 2104

Good grief. I just took a peek at next week's calendar. It says 2014. That can't be correct. I'm still waiting for Y2K and for all our computers to crash. I must have overslept.

December 28, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Crawford: State's races are closer than expected

If you had told me a year ago that Gov. Nathan Deal would essentially be tied at this point in his re-election campaign with an inexperienced Democratic legislator, I would have asked if you were smoking some of that stuff that is now legally on sale in Colorado.

October 01, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Lessons of history echo with 2 wartime leaders

Anyone with a sense of history who has watched the fascinating new Ken Burns documentary on PBS, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," may have experienced a sense of déjà vu during episode six, which chronicles the tumultuous events of 1939-44.

September 28, 2014 | By Ron Martz Guest commentary | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Thinning out alternatives on Jekyll Island

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. One day I am advising world leaders on the nuances of international monetary policy. The next day I am consoling a distraught reader who thinks I need to "look within myself spiritually."

September 27, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia's economic experiment didn't work

Over the past 10 years, Georgia has served as the location for a wide-ranging experiment in economic theory.

September 24, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Putting on our best face is the natural human default

Until I heard her speak at a benefit luncheon, I thought Ronda Rich was a bit of an empty-headed lightweight. I was wrong, wrong, wrong, and she has become one of my must-read columnists.

September 23, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: How I learned to accentuate the positive

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way.

September 20, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Yes, spare the rod; don't hurt the child

I don't pay a lot of attention to football. Even though I was a proud Red Elephant during the heyday of Bobby Gruhn and Tommy West, I just never caught the fever. Four years at the University of Alabama during the reign of Bear Bryant did nothing to pique my interest. Since I married a man whose football apathy mirrored my own, there was never an incentive to learn or follow the game.

September 19, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Parties fight battle of the ballot

In our system of government where citizens elect those who will make the decisions for them, voter registration and the casting of ballots are the fundamental elements of democracy - the blocking and tackling, to use a football analogy.

September 17, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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