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Crawford: GSU's Curry supplies missing ingredient

Georgia State University seems to have everything going for it: the second-largest enrollment of any state college, a campus that is revitalizing downtown Atlanta with all the new buildings going up, and a sterling reputation as one of the University System's four research institutions (a status it shares with UGA, Georgia Tech and the Medical College of Georgia).

September 16, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Oglesby: GOP should follow Kennedy’s lead

This is not a contradiction. Ted Kennedy was one reason I always opposed term limits except in the case of the presidency.

September 15, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Guest column: Let’s show community how we ‘Live United’

Through the years, the United Way Annual Campaign has become synonymous with fall and the changing of the season. And as we have for the past 62 years, we launched that effort last week.

September 13, 2009 | By Jackie Wallace Guest columnist | Community columnists


Guest column: ‘Costa Rica or bust’ for mission work

Today's the day.

September 13, 2009 | By Sarah Beth Little Guest columnist | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Reflecting on the sudden loss of a young life

If you will allow me a moment of personal privilege, it has been one year since our grandson, Zack Wansley, collapsed and died while training for the Thanksgiving Day Marathon in Atlanta. He was 22.

September 12, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: Why not pay-as-you-go state budgets?

In these tough economic times, much has been reported on the difficulties that local, state, and federal governments have had setting their budgets. Even with layoffs, furloughs, pay-cuts, tax increases and so on, politicians at all levels are still facing some very difficult budget decisions.

September 10, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


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


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Tom Crawford: GOP chooses a practical path with party leader

Georgia Republicans chose electoral pragmatism over ideological purity when they elected their state chairman last weekend, but it was a close call.

May 20, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: When humanity requires it, it's our duty to speak out

Knowing when to speak out and when to hold your peace is a fine art, one that I struggle with every day.

May 19, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: A sincere ‘thank you’ to Georgia’s public school teachers

Dear public school teachers in Georgia:

May 16, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Many lessons learned from legislature session

Now that the General Assembly has adjourned for the year and all of the bills have either been signed or vetoed, what lessons can we take away from this latest legislative session? I can think of a few.

May 13, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Essay: What matters more, freedom or security?

I live in one of those semi-upscale, semi-planned Northeast Georgia neighborhoods where large houses sit hip-to-hip on relatively small lots and where all the lawns are semi-perfectly manicured and all the children are, well, absolutely perfect (just ask their parents).

May 10, 2015 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Centennial celebrations provide a trip down memory lane

You are going to have to give me a little room to reminisce today. I am having an attack of the nostalgias. Going down someone else's memory lane can be as boring as a lecture on the life cycle of guppies, but this has been a reflective few weeks for me.

May 09, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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