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Guest column: Heed the call to public service

It is often described as a clarion call, but it is rarely answered. It may be a cry in the wilderness befalling deaf ears. Or it may be equated to the massive live oak falling in the forest thicket; can it be heard? In today's jargon, its silence may be deafening.

July 12, 2009 | By Emily Dunlap Lawson Guest columnist | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Perdue’s term in office a mixed bag

There is a saying in politics that "perception is reality" and my perception of Gov. Sonny Perdue is that he hasn't exactly shot the lights out in his two terms as Georgia's chief executive.

July 11, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Guest column: ‘Democracy lives’ in the US and worldwide

Do you know the story about the day Thomas Jefferson died? It was just a few hours before John Adams also died, July 4, 1826. Jefferson and Adams were lifelong friends and, at times, bitter philosophical rivals. Jefferson and Adams are also the putative fathers of the modern Democratic and Republican parties, respectively. It's such a great story but it needs an introduction.

July 11, 2009 | By Arturo Corso Guest columnist | Community columnists


Glazer: If sticks fetch cash, what else will?

One of my favorite procrastination strategies is to fire up my trusty laptop and click around through newspapers from all over the world. I tell myself, "I'll clean out the refrigerator right after I see who Sandy Banks has been taking to task in the Los Angeles Times." Or, "the laundry can wait. I want to read all the columns that earned Regina Britt a shot at a Pulitzer."

July 10, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Charter schools are not the magic formula for success

Everybody loves charter schools. Republicans and Democrats alike say that charter schools are a great idea that can solve all the problems of our public education system.

July 07, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Oglesby: Open your mind to the other side

Many times I've lamented in this space about readers being critically incredulous that this conservative columnist would listen and read non-conservative newscasts and talk shows or take publications with a liberal bias. I always felt I wasn't getting it across. Some kept seriously questioning my conservative bona fides.

July 07, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Yarbrough: First Amendment of Constitution belongs to us all

Looking around for something appropriate to say as our nation celebrates its 223rd birthday, I happened to run across an old clipping in my files from Eugene Methvin, one of the finest journalists ever from the state of Georgia.

July 04, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: Is America a Christian nation?

Given that we are on the doorstep of Independence Day, I thought this the appropriate time again to deal with the true heritage of this great nation. This is especially true in light of President Barack Obama again declaring that America is not a Christian nation.

July 02, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Crawford: State budget crunch pinches local governments

Georgia's recession has put state government in the same position as a penny-pinching old geezer, the kind who searches under the sofa cushions for lost dimes and quarters or cashes in that jar of pennies he's been hoarding.

July 01, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Iranians don’t need US to interfere

The bumper sticker read, "Not Fooled By The Media." I lacked the nerve to track down the owner of the car and ask exactly what he meant by it.

June 30, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Seeds of socialism sown by industrial revolution

A question being discussed in classrooms and living rooms across the nation is this: Is America on a path to socialism?

June 29, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Thoughts on bad guys, good water

I want you Tech people to giggle and guffaw and get it out of your system, and then we aren't going to talk about it anymore.

June 27, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Kids playing in cars isn’t something to chuckle at

You've seen the commercial, I'm sure. A father spent four weekends building a treehouse for his children only to find them playing cards and watching DVDs in the family's Toyota minivan. They're oblivious to his excitement, telling him, "We're good here" and return to their card game as the father closes the van door and walks dejectedly away.

June 26, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: State DOT is seeking the right turn

The State Transportation Board has elected yet another commissioner for that troubled agency: state Rep. Vance Smith, R-Pine Mountain, a person who has some expertise in highway construction because his family-owned business did a lot of road grading back in Harris County.

June 24, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Oglesby: Ideas on local discord, high court pick

First an update on next month's car show in the Days Inn parking lot. More local cars have entered. More importantly for our community is the sponsors have decided to donate all net proceeds to the Hall County Humane Society. The number to call to enter your classic or antique vehicle is 678-316-6108.

June 23, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


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Crawford: Transportation fixes hit a dead end in Ga.

The overall disrepair of Georgia's roads and bridges has reached the point where the state's political and business leaders agree "something must be done."

December 17, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Pilgrims seek spiritual fire

The Public Service Commission meets today for a semiannual review. I'll be there. I'm anxious to see what the commissioners have to say about cost overruns at Plant Vogtle, Georgia Power's nuclear facility near Waynesboro.

December 16, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Charters school progressing in Georgia

You may recall I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012, creating the State Charter School Commission to allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.

December 14, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Maybe I was wrong about charter school changes

You may recall I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012, creating the State Charter School Commission to allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.

December 13, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Goldberg: Torture forces hard thinking

For a long time I resisted the word "torture" when discussing the "enhanced interrogation techniques" used against high-value captives in the war on terror. I don't think I can do that anymore.

December 12, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg | Community columnists


Parker: Feminism sees the right

WASHINGTON - It is probably too soon to declare a feminist reformation, but a few signs here and there give one hope.

December 11, 2014 | Kathleen Parker | Community columnists


Crawford: State keeps lawyers working

Each year, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, about 55,000 people pass the bar exam in the United States, which admits them to the practice of law.

December 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: On a postgame exile in Bora Bora

This was written in a cave somewhere in Greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper. (I have no idea how the editors got it from bottle to print. I assumed that if editors can figure out where commas go, they ought to be able to figure out how to print a column in a bottle.)

December 06, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Change is coming in Georgia, but slowly

Last month's election results were a reminder that, for all its demographic changes, Georgia is still a conservative state.

December 03, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Missouri ruling reveals our own biases

I spent a good bit of last week trying to pull together a column on the riots in Ferguson, Mo.

December 02, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Carl Sanders — A great man, a Georgia giant

On my "To Do" list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for the University of Georgia's former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. I knew he would like the idea and perhaps could jerk a few chains I seem to have been unable to rattle thus far.

November 29, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Sanders is a man for his time

The death of former Gov. Carl Sanders is a reminder of how much the times and the state he ran during the 1960s have changed.

November 26, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Wingnuts and weenies; Junior’s early peek at 2016

I was on St. Simons Island last week scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed Junior up when I told him that.

November 22, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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