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Crawford: Can Richardson hang on as speaker?

"So why did he REALLY do it?" I've been asked that question many times since the news broke that House Speaker Glenn Richardson had tried to commit suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

November 25, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Oglesby: On well-wishers, a late friend, lottery

The response to my thyroid cancer treatment column has been overwhelming and unexpected. The biggest surprise was so few people knew we had such a nuclear medicine facility in Hall County. Several had family members that had been through it, one several years ago in Columbus. I told executive editor Mitch Clarke I would keep tabs on response numbers, a promise I can't fully keep.

November 24, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists

Guest column: The season to feed hope

As we face the realities of the world in which we live today and heading into the season of giving thanks, we find that for many this season is one of hopelessness and despair. To that end, the Georgia Mountain Food Bank exists to provide food and hope to food insecure individuals in Northeast Georgia.

November 22, 2009 | By Kay Blackstock Guest columnist | Community columnists

Yarbrough: Lawmaker vows to treat teachers right

Attention, National Board Certified teachers in Georgia who got hosed by the state in the last legislative session: I think I have found the guy in the white hat that plans to ride to the rescue. And he is a good one to have on the horse.

November 21, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Corn: GOP’s split follows a familiar path from history

During our latest elections, a militant group of Republicans has shown that they are willing to oust a member of their own party, midway through a campaign if necessary, for deviating from party dogma.

November 20, 2009 | Community columnist | Community columnists

Crawford: Endorsement was risky for Barnes

In the months since he announced he would try for another term as governor, Roy Barnes has been flying under the radar of Georgia politics.

November 18, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

King: Common humanity lost amid tragedy

"He wanted to be part of something bigger than himself."

November 17, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists

Nichols: Is war in Afghanistan a repeat of Vietnam?

Perhaps the most important decision in the first year of Barack Obama's presidency is his answer to the request of his main commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, for some 30,000 to 40,000 more troops to be added to the 68,000 troops already approved.

November 16, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Yarbrough: US Muslims can’t always have it both ways

There are just a few things you can count on in this world: The sun will rise in the east; nobody will ever sing better than Ray Charles and somebody will try to make a martyr out of that piece of camel dung that killed 13 innocent men and women at Fort Hood, Texas.

November 14, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Glazer: Trip to DC memorial an apt tribute to our heroes

On the eve of Veterans Day, the speaker at our Optimist Club meeting was a most appropriate one. Bill Fletcher is a Gainesville man who, as a 21-year-old fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

November 13, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Cornelius: Religious voices vital to our public life

Religious believers have long been wrongly attacked for "unconstitutional" meddling in politics and government when in reality their politicking and opining were nothing of the sort.

November 12, 2009 | By Tack Cornelius Guest columnist | Community columnists

Crawford: Health care debate won’t end soon

If you're sick and tired of all the shouting and bickering about health care reform, I've got some bad news for you. The issue will continue dominating the news for the next several weeks as Congress tries to decide which version of a health care reform bill it finally will adopt.

November 11, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Oglesby: Radiation, isolation team up to conquer cancer

After I had a spell earlier this year that my fantastic primary physician team, Dr. Sumner and nurse Robin, suspected was a stroke. A brain scan confirmed I'd had two light ones.

November 10, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists

Yarbrough: Letter is an apt tribute to our armed forces

My friend, Sam Griffin, the retired publisher of the Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, recently shared a letter written to him in 1942 by his father, Capt. Marvin Griffin, later to be governor of Georgia, as he and his men, members of the Georgia National Guard's 101st Coast Artillery/Anti-Aircraft Battalion, were preparing to embark for Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.

November 07, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Corn: Celebrating a true maestro of music and joy

This Saturday, we will celebrate the life of Jimmy Cutrell, who died Oct. 28, and I feel that he deserves more than a passing mention in the town to which he dedicated many of his most productive years.

November 06, 2009 | By Jesse Corn Community columnist | Community columnists

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