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King: Culture of greed widens capital gap

To paraphrase Annie Dillard who paraphrased Oscar Hammerstein: Fish gotta swim. Birds gotta fly, but men do all sorts of nasty things to one another.

April 07, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Guest Column: Scoutmaster taught ways of the mountains

If you have lived in North Georgia for any amount of time, you probably have a picture in your mind of James and Francis Mathis. Most likely, you would picture them as they tirelessly pulled in harness toward some civic goal to benefit our community.

April 06, 2009 | By James C. "Bimbo" Brewer Guest Columnist | Community columnists


Nichols: Art, politics go hand in hand through history

The main symbols of the two political parties in the U.S. are the donkey for the Democratic Party and the elephant for the Republican Party. Both appear to have been made popular by political cartoonist Thomas Nast in the 1870s.

April 06, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Guest Column: If electing a chairman, what exactly are we voting for?

I have read with surprise and interest the articles in The Times regarding Rep. Carl Rogers' bill to hold a nonbinding referendum on the question as to whether the chairman of the Gainesville Board of Education should be elected citywide. I currently serve as chairman of the Gainesville Board of Education, and as you would expect, this issue is very much of interest to me.

April 05, 2009 | By R. David Syfan Gainesville School Board chairman | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Is my favorite trio plotting against me?

We are four months into the new year, and I have heard nary a public peep from President-for-Life Jimmy Carter, our Ambassador to Outer Space Cynthia McKinney or noted land baron Ted "Buffalo Boy" Turner.

April 04, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Don’t get suckered in by the latest e-hoax

A couple of weeks ago, a good friend received a phone call. When she hung up, it was obvious something was wrong. She said her stepdaughter had called to tell her that there had been a warning on "the news" announcing there was going to be a gang initiation at Wal-Mart that night and three women were going to be shot.

April 03, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: State lawmakers have a shot at redemption

The General Assembly is taking some heat in the media this year for having one of its least productive sessions ever, in terms of addressing issues that really affect the lives of Georgians. Legislators still have one last shot at redeeming themselves in the closing days, however.

April 02, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: Governor's race of 2010 will mark return of the Rat

Remember "The Rat," a giant Godzilla-like creature that stalked the Georgia TV-scape nearly 10 years ago? The monster - - a guy in a rat suit - starred in the darnedest political commercial Georgia had ever seen. The rat gobbled up everything in sight. He even ate the Capitol. The year was 2002.

April 01, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Thoughts on a mayor, golf star, speed trap

State Rep. Carl Rogers is taking a lot of local heat he may not deserve. That's not to say that some points made by local elected officials aren't perfectly valid. The opposite sides could be enlightening if personal sensibilities which must have been offended would permit. Let's elaborate.

March 31, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Thomas: Faith sets our worldview for political debate

First and foremost, I am a Christian. Everything else that I am or believe is derived from my faith, or at least it is supposed to be.

March 30, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Let teachers be and go after tax cheats

I have a way to cut the state's $2 billion deficit significantly while keeping members of the General Assembly, the state's constitutional officers and assorted bureaucrats busy doing something meaningful for a change. Impossible, you say? Hear me out.

March 28, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: We gave tax cuts; where are the jobs?

Georgia's lawmakers have always been willing to approve tax breaks for the state's business leaders and special interests, but they have really stepped on the gas since Republicans took control of the House and Senate four years ago.

March 26, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: To truly recover, we need new thinking

When you are over 75, you've been through recessions before. The economic experts say the market hasn't been this low since 1982. The problem is, I remember 1982, but I don't recall things being as bad or people being as apprehensive as they are today.

March 24, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Breakup of business giants could help economy

Without doubt, we are at one of the most critical points in our nation's history. How we deal with our current economic crisis will define our identity both now and in the future.

March 23, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Send tax evaders a message at polls

I think I have just figured out a way to get the 22 legislative tax evaders out of the General Assembly and onto the streets where they might have to find real work and quit swilling from the public trough.

March 21, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Yarbrough: Put down the phone; no text is worth our lives

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa, this is one with a quick cure.

August 30, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia voters can get the job done

For the past 20 years, an idea frequently floated for reforming the political system has been to set term limits for elected officials.

August 27, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Why not an end of our own choosing?

Two weeks ago, The Times reported Robin Williams' suicide. I'm sad for a number of reasons, maybe not the same as other people's reasons but just as intense. I am sad because the world lost a gifted comedian. To quote Ella Wheeler Wilcox, who wrote "Laugh and the world laughs with you:"

August 26, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Letter not enough to polish my liberal bona fides

Rap! Rap! Rap!

August 23, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: A life is changed, or lost, at drop of a rock

If I met Sharon Budd, I know I'd like her. She's from Uniontown, Ohio. She's raised four kids and worked as a seventh-grade language arts teacher. She's a breast cancer survivor.

August 22, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. election candidates stuck in the past

There are many lessons about elections I've learned through years of reporting on politics.

August 20, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Givens: A humanist's view on school prayer

Many Christians feel that removing teacher led prayer from school is persecution. This debate has come to Hall County with the letter sent by the American Humanists Association to Hall County School officials demanding that coach led prayer be stopped.

August 18, 2014 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Be proud of Southern drawl, y’all

I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent." Gosh dang. What is wrong with a Southern accent?

August 16, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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