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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


Glazer: Spirited Shakespeare ‘Dream’ performance has a sad ending

OK, I'll come right out and admit it. I'm not a big fan of Shakespeare. I'm fine with a sonnet here or a snippet of "all the world's a stage" there, but to sit through two hours of grandiloquent oration? Thanks, but no thanks.

March 20, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Barnes is sounding more like a candidate

Over the past year or so, there has been one question about politics that I hear more often than any other: "Is Roy going to run?"

March 19, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Oglesby: Don’t judge tax cases too quickly

I can understand why various personal factors logically and for good reason lead people to oppose daylight saving time.

March 17, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Thomas: How do we fix this financial mess?

"Never let a serious crisis go to waste," said President Barack Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, after Obama won the election in November of last year.

March 16, 2009 | tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Some spend tax dollars but don’t pay them

Let me say unequivocally that Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, and I are on the same page regarding the fact that the Georgia Department of Revenue says Williams and about 10 percent of his colleagues in the Georgia General Assembly are delinquent in paying their taxes.

March 14, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia is rolling down a bumpy highway

There is less than a month to go before the legislative session adjourns and our lawmakers don't appear to be any closer than they were last year at this time to resolving the state's highway congestion issues.

March 12, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: Political parsons are a waste of state's time

House Speaker Glenn Richardson has just unveiled a new vision for Georgia that would surpass previous endeavors and might even make a little money.

March 11, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


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Yarbrough: College helps fuel Dalton’s rebound

Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could?" That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of Northwest Georgia not far from the Tennessee line.

September 13, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: In politics, the camera never blinks

When George Orwell first coined the phrase "Big Brother is watching you," he knew what he was talking about.

September 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Our money goes for a boondoggle

It has been just over two months since I wrote a column about Georgia Power, the Public Service Commission and the construction of two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. I can hear President Ronald Reagan's voice now: "There you go again."

September 09, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: September’s song describes the fall ahead

Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday." The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia - "For it's a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September."

September 06, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Water — We don’t miss it till it’s gone

First-world problems. You know what they are. We all have them. They're the issues confronting and irritating those of us living in wealthy, industrialized countries that would leave people in the third world either scratching their heads in bewilderment or shaking them in disgust.

September 05, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Campaigns to get serious now

There was a time when general election campaigns didn't "officially" get underway until after the Labor Day weekend.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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