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Crawford: State has a plan for a plan on water

The rains finally came this year, even if not on a biblical scale, and environmental officials in state government now proclaim that Georgia's historic drought has officially "ended."

June 17, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Faith gone wrong can lead to war

Our granddaughter's school requires all eighth-grade students to study the Old Testament. The course is called World Religions, but the text comes from the Bible. In high school, students study the New Testament.

June 16, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: US-Cuba relations always tense over Gitmo

The United States' oldest overseas military post, Guantanamo Naval Base (or "Gitmo") on the southeastern coast of Cuba, does not rest on property belonging to the United States. The actual owner of that territory legally is Cuba. We rent it from Cuba at a cost of $2,000 per year, according to the Lease Agreement signed in 1903.

June 15, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Guest column: Keep focus on education

Some recent articles in the press have addressed a proposal for merging the University System of Georgia's two-year colleges with the state's technical colleges. There have been many opinions expressed but no in-depth study or explanation of the potential results of such an action. It is a shame that such an important public policy issue is being politicized, when the focus should be on education and students.

June 14, 2009 | By Martha T. Nesbitt Guest Columnist | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Let’s not crown King Roy just yet

Whoa! Whoa! Hold on a second. Yes, I know former Gov. Roy Barnes has announced that he is running again in 2010, but before all the political pundits, pollsters and press folk give him the job, there is the little matter of getting elected first. It is called democracy, and that is where the people - you and I - come in.

June 13, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: In times of strife, cling to hope

Two weeks ago, our first budgie left the nest.

June 11, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Are voters ready for action?

In Roy Barnes' announcement that he had decided to run for governor again, he tried to say all the right things he thought voters would want to hear.

June 10, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Oglesby: Merchants get creative in tough times

The deal we last wrote about now is reality. General Motors and Chrysler are in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Many dealers have been told they're toast, from this month into next year.

June 09, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Teachers earn a rest, and our thanks

To teachers: Congratulations on completing - no, make that "surviving" - another year in Georgia's public schools. As some of you know, I have a son and a son-in-law who are high school science teachers. I don't know why they - and you - do it.

June 06, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Lott: Many who are judging the judge are guided by fear

As a judge, Sonia Sotomayor's record has been exemplary. When you look at the facts in this case, only those with personal or political agendas would conclude that race and activism are factors in her decision making.

June 05, 2009 | By Harold Lott hlott16@yahoo.com | Community columnists


Thomas: Politics drive views on diversity

The retirement of Supreme Court Justice David Souter, and the appointment by President Barack Obama of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as Souter's replacement, again brings to the forefront one of the most powerful roles that a U.S. president plays.

June 04, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia's senators must walk a fine line with Supreme Court nominee

The nomination of the first Hispanic to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor, has spawned an ugly political brawl among some Republicans.

June 03, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: It's time to defuse ‘The Bomb’ for good

There is an elephant in the room, something large and looming. Something we all know is there but don't want to talk about. It's called nuclear Armageddon or sometimes just "The Bomb," and unless you are over 65, you have lived in its shadow all your life.

June 01, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Home, sweet home in Gainesville

On May 30, 2000, my younger sister, her husband, and I drove into Gainesville. My moving van coming down from Pennsylvania had not arrived. So the three of us spent our first night in Gainesville sleeping on air mattresses in an otherwise empty home that I had bought the year before when I saw a house with two good features.

June 01, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Where should we send the Gitmo gang?

For once, I am going to have to (shudder) agree with the American Civil Liberties Union. They are busting their britches to have pictures released of some of the 240 detainees at Guantanamo being waterboarded by the CIA.

May 30, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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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


Crawford: Is electing a school chief really necessary?

Early in January, Richard Woods will be sworn in as the duly elected superintendent of state schools. He could very well be the last person ever elected to this statewide constitutional office.

November 19, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Election results won't solve our problems

"How do you spell relief?" Clue: It's not Alka Seltzer. It's the elections. They're over! Even the losers are breathing easier.

November 18, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: One terrorist we should thank for his service

This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago, but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he's proud of it.

November 15, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: This year's election had a familiar look

This was an election for people who enjoy watching reruns on TV.

November 12, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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