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Yarbrough: Libertarian is full of ideas and humor

Hard to believe, but some people actually get their knickers in a wad over observations that emanate from this space. After a careful analysis of critical comments (insert joke here), I have decided that the vast number of complainants suffer from a serious case of humor deficiency.

June 20, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Lott: Roots of hatred are deep, pervasive

The evil of fear and hatred are not the sole province of extremists like Muslim militants, violent anti-abortionists and white supremacists. Understanding this fact in no way excuses or justifies the horrific acts committed by such criminals. The problem is, most of us fail to see through the camouflage of such poisonous and high-profile acts, and understand the subtleties of hatred occurring daily among ordinary folks.

June 19, 2009 | By Harold Lott hlott16@yahoo.com | Community columnists


Thomas: What if Sotomayor is pro-life after all?

Oh, the irony. What if, after all the "empathetic" editorializing by liberals in Washington and the media, Sonia Sotomayor turns out to be on the "right" side of the abortion issue?

June 18, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


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


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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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