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Crawford: Nunn shakes up the Senate race

Most Georgia voters don't know a lot about Michelle Nunn, aside from the fact that she has a father, Sam, who was a U.S. senator for 24 years.

July 31, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Marking 15 years of an accidental career

This month, I begin my 16th year as a syndicated newspaper columnist in Georgia. Time flies when you are having fun and I am having a ball. I hope you are, too.

July 27, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Givens: Education reform is incorrectly focused

In an attempt to reform education, we are moving toward more intense scrutiny of teachers. This makes sense, as teachers are the largest factor behind a child's learning while in the classroom. Unfortunately, the way it is being done, with yet more testing, will only work to destroy teachers' morale while further replacing instruction days with testing days.

July 26, 2013 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists


Crawford: Is Georgia Power losing its political spark?

For many decades, Georgia Power has been the 800-pound gorilla in state politics.

July 24, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: We keep enabling our political problems

What do we mean when we say someone is an "enabler?"

July 23, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


Thomas: The erosion of black families will lead to too many Trayvons

One of the most dangerous things to be in America today is a young black male. Contrary to what the race pimps and publicity prostitutes (Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, et al) would have you to believe, this has very little (if anything) to do with racism. Permit me an informative illustration.

July 23, 2013 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Random thoughts pondering Monroe County, metaphors

After much posturing, the General Assembly passed a sleeves-out-of-their-vest piece of legislation on lobbying reform in the last session and wants us to believe they have answered our concerns.

July 20, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Young: We should judge deeds greater than words

Celebrity chef Paula Deen was professionally lynched for having once used a racist epithet at home 30 years ago when referring to the black man who robbed her at gunpoint. This came in a legal deposition prompted by an extortionist $1.25 million discrimination lawsuit filed by a white female former employee who admitted she hadn't heard Ms. Deen use racist language. Shortly before filing suit, the same woman even wrote to thank Deen for the time she had worked for her, praising "Aunt Peggy" for the "opportunities" Deen created for her.

July 18, 2013 | By Douglas Young douglas.young@ung.edu | Community columnists


Crawford: Dalton mayor makes it a race

If you believe that a vigorous discussion of the issues is important to our political system, then you have to give a big thanks to Dalton Mayor David Pennington.

July 17, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Commandos get scoop on GPB gig

There is no way I could produce such pithy and thought-provoking essays each week without the help of my columnist commandos. These folks are my private information-gathering experts. They can go anywhere and find out anything. They are the masters of disguise.

July 13, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: A break to catch up on old stories

Major league baseball players will be taking a midseason break for the All Star game, so we'll take our own midseason break and catch up on developments in some of the stories highlighted in earlier columns.

July 10, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: There's more to being human than gender

Could the first Man be a woman?

July 09, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: A smart man who walked a fine line at UGA

I try to make it a habit to hang around with smart people. Given that my IQ is not much larger than my waist line, this isn't difficult to do.

July 06, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Writing back to your past teen self

The book was on the yard sale table underneath a stack of romance novels and James Patterson mysteries. The title was intriguing: "Dear Me: A Letter to My 16-Year-Old Self." Opening it, I read a touching inscription to a granddaughter on the occasion of her high school graduation.

July 05, 2013 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: America’s promise this Fourth

The timing could not have been better. In the days leading up to the Fourth of July, when we celebrate the founding of this country, we were given reminders of just what it means to be an American

July 03, 2013 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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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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