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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


Lott: Many appeal to emotion, not reason, in health debate

Most Americans want reform in health care that will reduce cost without sacrificing quality of care. This is long overdue and just about everyone agrees that the status quo is unsustainable.

August 27, 2009 | By Harold Lott hlott16@yahoo.com | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgians able to share health ideas

The push to revise America's health care system is one of those rare events that can dramatically change how our society works. The approval of Social Security in the 1930s was one such turning point, as was the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1960s.

August 26, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Health arguments paint a false picture

U.S. democracy may be imploding, eating itself up from within. Constitutionally guaranteed free speech has become the right to say absolutely anything, no matter how untrue or inflammatory. The right of assembly approaches mob rule, and hostility toward a legally elected president drifts toward insurrection. How did this happen?

August 25, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Reunions connect families in love

I believe that family structures are the building blocks for all societies, here and in other countries as well. We live in a fast-changing world with so many things in our lives that seem to be just happening beyond our ability to control or avoid. Families give us an anchor that can tie the present with our personal history in the past.

August 24, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Americans are fed up for a reason

I was discussing with my son, Ken, the free-for-alls taking place in town hall meetings around the country as angry people confront members of Congress over the Obama Administration's current health care reform proposals. It isn't all that surprising, he said, and it's not just about health care.

August 22, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Planning for the end is difficult, but sensible

Lately there's been a lot of talk about H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.

August 21, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Is it time to start feeling optimistic?

Georgia's labor commissioner, Michael Thurmond, has seen the effects of the recession up close and personal.

August 19, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Oglesby: Lineup keeps shifting for 2010 races

As predicted in the last column, new developments for the 2010 elections continue to change the political landscape on a near daily basis. This column is written early because I will have been hospitalized during its deadline period.

August 18, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Fish and water dominate Sweet Tea Summit

I have just attended the Sweet Tea Summit. It was like President Barack Obama's recent Beer Summit except we didn't have to endure Joe Biden and his motor mouth.

August 15, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: Feds should heed lessons of failed automakers

Forget Obamacare. Forget stimulus plans, government bailouts, cap-and-tax or any other recent or imminent spending legislation. The current level of government involvement in pensions (Social Security) and health care (Medicare, Medicaid) alone could soon bankrupt this country. General Motors and Chrysler provide the lesson here.

August 13, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia's senators show skewed priorities

If you are trying to figure out what your congressmen really believe in, don't focus on what they say - look closely at what they do when it comes time to vote.

August 12, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Big money influence thwarts health reform

Who owns America? Not you and me, that's for sure, and that's why Americans don't have universal health coverage.

August 11, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


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Dick Yarbrough: Adams’ return to Malibu was best for all

Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, in the wilds of Malibu, Calif., to become chancellor Aug. 1. He had once been that institution's vice president of university affairs.

July 04, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Writing new chapters in America's tale

You won't often see so many history-making events crammed into such a small period of time, but that was the case last week with three huge stories breaking in a little less than 30 hours - a bonanza for those of us who work in the news industry.

July 01, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: One man who defined a successful life

Five young men, ages 18 to 23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

June 27, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: SC flag debate has familiar ring to Georgians

It's as if we stepped into a time machine and went 15 years back into the past.

June 24, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


‘Of the dead, nothing unless good’

Speaking ill of the dead and their grieving relatives is something that those of us with any social graces tend to avoid. We take the higher road out of respect for those who have passed, no matter how much we may have disliked them or how vile they may have been, primarily because they no longer are able to defend themselves, at least in public.

June 14, 2015 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com | Community columnists


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