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Guest column: Approving SPLOST can deliver community’s vision

Vision 2030: The Future is Ours to See.

February 22, 2009 | | Community columnists


Yarbrough: State’s certified teachers get the shaft

How would you like to work in a business with 236 CEOs telling you what to do, but with only a few having the foggiest notion what your job entails and no responsibility for what happens?

February 21, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: There’s no good reason not to buckle up

I bought my first truck about a year ago. Up until then, I'd owned just about every kind of vehicle except a truck. And a Hummer.

February 20, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Behold these victims of the free market

Shirley Almer, an elderly Minnesota woman, had managed to live through lung cancer and a brain tumor before she died on Dec. 21. Cause of death: salmonella poisoning linked to food products from a Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely.

February 19, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: Georgia peanuts get a roasting in DC

Georgia's 9th District U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal usually doesn't make ripples in Washington. So when he came out of his shell the other day to defend the peanut before Congress, he made news. He told a House committee hearing on the recent Georgia peanut scandal that he often ate raw peanuts and suffered no ill effects.

February 18, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: A framing champ at home; a pile of pork in Capitol

Were a Hall County Olympic athlete to bring home two national gold medals and an international silver in three years, we'd be hoarse from bragging about it. Nonathletic accomplishments get less attention.

February 17, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Guest column: SPLOST is vital for local public health

Hall County will soon vote on SPLOST VI in a referendum that directly impacts an often unseen but vital component of community well-being: public health services.

February 17, 2009 | By David Westfall Guest columnist | Community columnists


Thomas: Obama’s plan only stimulates more debt

It's time for a little perspective on President Barack Obama's stimulus bill. Do you have any idea just how much a billion dollars is?

February 16, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Guest column: Recession is all the more reason to approve SPLOST

Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart, once was asked what he thought about the recession. He responded, "I've thought about it and decided I don't want to take part in it."

February 15, 2009 | By Emily Bagwell and Cooper Emery Guest columnists | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Good news hard to find these days

As I was writing this column, the Woman Who Shares My Name wanted to ask two questions. First, would I please talk about positive things this week? "Surely," she mused, "there has to be some good news you can share with readers instead of your usual gloom and doom."

February 14, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Guest Column: Parents, studies agree that school vouchers work

Georgia's General Assembly has begun debating a bill that would make public education funding portable. Rather than having no choice but to accept whatever school the state assigns them, parents could use a tuition voucher to have their child educated at the school of their choice, including private schools.

February 13, 2009 | By Greg Forster For The Times | Community columnists


Crawford: Power bill due years before first spark

It won't be a huge surprise to our readers when I note that state legislators are more concerned about the interests of corporate CEOs than the problems of ordinary Georgia citizens. That's the way the world works, whether we like it or not.

February 12, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: Some ideas to spend state’s stimulus money

Gov. Sonny Perdue may turn out to be the luckiest governor in Georgia history.

February 11, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Less ‘stuff’ isn’t such a bad thing

"Worldwide trade is grinding to a standstill," reports The Elliott Wave Theorist, a market-forecasting publication (Jan. 22). Atmospheric CO2 is already "... into a dangerous zone," states James Hansen, lead scientist on NASA's latest climate study. A quarter of our land animals and plants will become extinct in the near future unless we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says Nature, an international science journal.

February 10, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Inaugural images show our unity to the world

When I was 13 years old, I visited Washington, D.C., with my grandparents as guests in my great-aunt's home in Arlington, Va.

February 09, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


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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


Yarbrough: Taking hits from the left and right

Even by my impossibly high standards, this has been a good week.

April 05, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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