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Yarbrough: Bad health habits drive up costs, Marshall says

I called Democratic Congressman Jim Marshall who represents Georgia's 8th Congressional District in Middle Georgia to check the status of health care reform currently lurching its way through Congress.

August 08, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Driving 55 in the slow lane, but happy for the trip

If you research the date Aug. 7, 1954, you won't come up with much. It certainly wasn't a red-letter day in history. A little exploration reveals nothing but a couple of UFO sightings on that date, one in Canada and one in Germany. I'm pretty sure there's no correlation, but that's also the day I was born.

August 07, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Low jobless rate hurts both parties

Will there ever be a light at the end of tunnel for all of the unemployed workers in Georgia? If the latest numbers are an indication, it won't be anytime soon.

August 04, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Oglesby: Still a lot to shake out in 2010 race

So many people keep asking me to handicap next year's governor's race, I feel a need to write something. They've kept insisting the past few weeks, even when I tell them handicapping is nigh impossible until the likely field is far more settled. This is going to be more of a survey and speculation of what's now going on, most behind the scenes.

August 04, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Lott: Gates incident shows why racial debate is hard

The intense media blitz and debates about Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. Joseph Crowley over the recent weeks shows how much we are all being challenged to recreate our lives to meet 21st century demands.

August 03, 2009 | By Harold Lott hlott16@yahoo.com | Community columnists


Yarbrough: A chance to 'calibrate' views on ‘Go Fish’

If comments made in this space have in any way angered, dismayed or caused dry heaves to anyone who has read them, it may be that I should have calibrated my words differently. I'll guarantee Barack Obama knows what I'm talking about.

August 01, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: Less government, not more, best for health fix

"Why be afraid of government?" a Princeton professor writing for CNN recently asked. Touting the need for Obama's health care plan, the disappointed professor added that, "Democrats are still scared about defending the value of government."

July 31, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Lt. Gov. Cagle: Georgia must act decisively to protect its water

For over 40 years, Georgia has been the economic engine of the South. Our state's and region's growth and prosperity have been made possible through proper use of our abundant natural resources. Since the development of Buford Dam and Lake Lanier, our state and the metro Atlanta region have flourished.

July 30, 2009 | By Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Guest columnist | Community columnists


King: Lack of trust leads to wild speculation

People are fascinated by conspiracy theories. Conspiracies are the basis of blockbuster movies like "Angels and Demons," the fuel that feeds the anti-global warming folks, and the force that prompts people to deny the Holocaust. Some conspiracy buffs even believe 9/11 was an inside job engineered by our own government.

July 28, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Let’s hope Korean conflict doesn’t flare up again

Recently on our way back to Gainesville from the gymnastics camp in Athens, my granddaughter asked me, "why did the U.S. get involved in the Korean War?" In her history class, she had studied other recent wars fought by our military, but that study did not include Korea.

July 27, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Guest column: Georgia needs a game plan for water solution

After 22 years of legal and political posturing by successive governors, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and various state agencies, Georgia up and lost the last round of the "water war."

July 26, 2009 | By Frank K. Norton Jr. Guest columnist | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Zell is pure Georgia, pure honesty

This is my first column since my rotator cuff surgery and it hasn't been easy getting the words to come out the way I intended them to. My left hand is slower than a Georgia Income Tax return and my right hand is totally unsympathetic and flies across the keyboard like a bunny rabbit.

July 25, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: We love our pets, but they're still animals

When I was in the sixth grade, I wrote an essay titled "When I Grow Up." In it, I said, "I want to live in a house full of dogs, cats, babies and books." Happily, that wish came true in spades.

July 24, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Lanier ruling could swamp state's progress

That gurgling sound you hear is the sound of metro Atlanta's economic prospects going slowly down the drain.

July 22, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Oglesby: Mathis was a true visionary giant

He touched so many lives in so many ways it seems everyone had some type of positive relationship with the late James Mathis. I'm no exception.

July 21, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Don’t expect a fix soon for Georgia's traffic gridlock

Georgia's elected leaders agree the most pressing issue right now is the state's transportation system.

January 28, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: We need a single voice of reason to speak for nation

When I came to Georgia in 1955, it was a one-party state. The Democrats were the only game in town. After 1964, when Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Right Act, he told Bill Moyers he'd just delivered the South to the Republicans for the next 50 years. He was right.

January 27, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: State of the column — Never better (Applause!)

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)

January 24, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Jonah Goldberg: Obama just repeats the same old script

It's hard to believe that was only President Barack Obama's sixth State of the Union address. It feels like he's given so many more. Maybe that's because the man seems to be constantly talking. And talking. The talking is the background noise of much of the last decade, auditory wallpaper that seems to line the corridors of everyday life.

January 23, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: State budget shines light on what really matters

Gov. Nathan Deal's office released his state budget for fiscal year 2016 late last week, and if you work your way through the numbers in the document you will see a significant turning point in recent state history.

January 21, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: State lawmaker on a mission to heal

Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia.

January 17, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Lawmakers, better keep those election promises

When Jody Hice and Barry Loudermilk went to Washington last week, they left Georgia with the adulation of tea party activists who had voted to elect them as the new representatives for the 10th and 11th House districts. Hice and Loudermilk discovered quickly that those good feelings aren't guaranteed to last long.

January 14, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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