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Crawford: Questions loom on political landscape

Now that we are turning the corner on summer and moving into the fall season, let's try to answer some of the questions hanging over Georgia's political landscape.

September 09, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Movies may reflect society’s psyche

I love movies. I've loved them since my parents took me to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. I was 5 years old and hid under the seat during the scary parts. In my teens, when others went to Saturday football games, I could be found at the local cinema.

September 08, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Congress’ current health plan won’t cut costs

As I recovered from a knee replacement surgery in the beautiful north tower of our Northeast Georgia Medical Center, and later in a week in a rehabilitation facility and then my home, I had lots of time to think about the health care insurance proposal from President Barack Obama now being considered by the House of Representatives. I realize we also need to see the version to be considered by the Senate that should appear soon.

September 07, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Be safe, America, and never forget

It has been eight years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington killed some 3,000 innocent people. How soon we forget.

September 05, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Look beyond SATs to find local school successes

Cognitive dissonance is the uncomfortable feeling caused when an individual holds two contradictory ideas at the same time. That's the feeling I get when I think about education in Hall County.

September 04, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: State school leadership ‘needs improvement’

As the election for governor drew closer in 2002, the Republican challenger Sonny Perdue was beating up on Democratic incumbent Roy Barnes with anything he could find.

September 02, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Oglesby: Pancakes, mentors and planning for the end

The annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast is just over two weeks away, from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. This is THE informal social event of the season.

September 01, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Pondering grinches, values, sweet tea

Sometimes you just can't help but feel sorry for Malfunction Junction, aka, the city of Atlanta. Admittedly, it is hard to do because it is such a blowhard town and not half as hip as it thinks it is.

August 29, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: Global warming as religion draws unlikely foes

Anthropogenic (man-made) global warming skeptics have an unusual ally from the land Down Under. Recently, by a vote of 42 to 30, the Australian Senate rejected their version of cap-and-trade.

August 28, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Lott: Many appeal to emotion, not reason, in health debate

Most Americans want reform in health care that will reduce cost without sacrificing quality of care. This is long overdue and just about everyone agrees that the status quo is unsustainable.

August 27, 2009 | By Harold Lott hlott16@yahoo.com | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgians able to share health ideas

The push to revise America's health care system is one of those rare events that can dramatically change how our society works. The approval of Social Security in the 1930s was one such turning point, as was the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1960s.

August 26, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Health arguments paint a false picture

U.S. democracy may be imploding, eating itself up from within. Constitutionally guaranteed free speech has become the right to say absolutely anything, no matter how untrue or inflammatory. The right of assembly approaches mob rule, and hostility toward a legally elected president drifts toward insurrection. How did this happen?

August 25, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Reunions connect families in love

I believe that family structures are the building blocks for all societies, here and in other countries as well. We live in a fast-changing world with so many things in our lives that seem to be just happening beyond our ability to control or avoid. Families give us an anchor that can tie the present with our personal history in the past.

August 24, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Americans are fed up for a reason

I was discussing with my son, Ken, the free-for-alls taking place in town hall meetings around the country as angry people confront members of Congress over the Obama Administration's current health care reform proposals. It isn't all that surprising, he said, and it's not just about health care.

August 22, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Planning for the end is difficult, but sensible

Lately there's been a lot of talk about H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.

August 21, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Woods now a school chief in name only

If you want to meet the person who's the real state school superintendent, it's easy to find his office.

April 01, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


'Conversations on race’ often result in guilt, hurt feelings

A few weeks ago, a former colleague I have known for more than 20 years called me a racist in a Facebook post because I did not agree with all of President Barack Obama's policies, especially his foreign policy that consists primarily of strategic dithering.

March 29, 2015 | By Ron Martz For The Times | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Governor's panel targets real school fixes

I suspect my recent silence on the subject of public education in Georgia has been deafening to some of you. I will explain.

March 28, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: One Georgia lawmaker fights the power of GOP majority

Rep. David Stover is a brave man. He may well be one of the gutsiest people serving in the General Assembly.

March 25, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: ‘Cinderella’ poses a key question

Robots, artificial intelligence, the future ... what's not to like for a sci-fi buff like me?

March 24, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Methodists produce new committed ministers

I spent last week helping to assess a group of people for a job I couldn't do if my life depended on it. Actually, what they were seeking is not a job; it is a calling. And my life here and in the hereafter depends on how well they do it.

March 21, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: State is stepping all over local control

When I first started writing about politics, my conservative friends would preach the gospel of "local control." They believed local governments did a better job of running things because local officeholders were closer to the people who elected them.

March 18, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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