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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

Nichols: We all carry our turtle shells with us

During congressional hearings concerning Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to be a justice on the Supreme Court, we had an interesting exchange of ideas over lunch. Two of my friends were very concerned that Sotomayor might rule in future cases based upon her personal values and not the law itself. That is a valid concern. After all, justice is supposed to be blind.

August 10, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Yarbrough: Bad health habits drive up costs, Marshall says

I called Democratic Congressman Jim Marshall who represents Georgia's 8th Congressional District in Middle Georgia to check the status of health care reform currently lurching its way through Congress.

August 08, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Glazer: Driving 55 in the slow lane, but happy for the trip

If you research the date Aug. 7, 1954, you won't come up with much. It certainly wasn't a red-letter day in history. A little exploration reveals nothing but a couple of UFO sightings on that date, one in Canada and one in Germany. I'm pretty sure there's no correlation, but that's also the day I was born.

August 07, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Crawford: Low jobless rate hurts both parties

Will there ever be a light at the end of tunnel for all of the unemployed workers in Georgia? If the latest numbers are an indication, it won't be anytime soon.

August 04, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Oglesby: Still a lot to shake out in 2010 race

So many people keep asking me to handicap next year's governor's race, I feel a need to write something. They've kept insisting the past few weeks, even when I tell them handicapping is nigh impossible until the likely field is far more settled. This is going to be more of a survey and speculation of what's now going on, most behind the scenes.

August 04, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists

Lott: Gates incident shows why racial debate is hard

The intense media blitz and debates about Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. Joseph Crowley over the recent weeks shows how much we are all being challenged to recreate our lives to meet 21st century demands.

August 03, 2009 | By Harold Lott | Community columnists

Yarbrough: A chance to 'calibrate' views on ‘Go Fish’

If comments made in this space have in any way angered, dismayed or caused dry heaves to anyone who has read them, it may be that I should have calibrated my words differently. I'll guarantee Barack Obama knows what I'm talking about.

August 01, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Thomas: Less government, not more, best for health fix

"Why be afraid of government?" a Princeton professor writing for CNN recently asked. Touting the need for Obama's health care plan, the disappointed professor added that, "Democrats are still scared about defending the value of government."

July 31, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists

Lt. Gov. Cagle: Georgia must act decisively to protect its water

For over 40 years, Georgia has been the economic engine of the South. Our state's and region's growth and prosperity have been made possible through proper use of our abundant natural resources. Since the development of Buford Dam and Lake Lanier, our state and the metro Atlanta region have flourished.

July 30, 2009 | By Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Guest columnist | Community columnists

King: Lack of trust leads to wild speculation

People are fascinated by conspiracy theories. Conspiracies are the basis of blockbuster movies like "Angels and Demons," the fuel that feeds the anti-global warming folks, and the force that prompts people to deny the Holocaust. Some conspiracy buffs even believe 9/11 was an inside job engineered by our own government.

July 28, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists

Nichols: Let’s hope Korean conflict doesn’t flare up again

Recently on our way back to Gainesville from the gymnastics camp in Athens, my granddaughter asked me, "why did the U.S. get involved in the Korean War?" In her history class, she had studied other recent wars fought by our military, but that study did not include Korea.

July 27, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

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Dick Yarbrough: Remembering a special band of Georgia heroes

What a difference a decade makes.

October 10, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Tom Crawford: Not all regulations are necessarily bad

History was made last month at the C. B. King Federal Courthouse in downtown Albany. Federal Judge Louis Sands had before him a defendant named ...

October 07, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Essay: Nation’s military used as toy soldiers by civilian leaders

Monday will mark the 50th anniversary of that muggy October morning I scrambled off a bus and stepped onto a set of yellow footprints at ...

October 04, 2015 | By Ron Martz | Community columnists

Dick Yarbrough: Aliens take a pass on invading Earth

Knock! Knock! "Open the door, please!"

October 03, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Tom Crawford: Legislator passes on HOPE of education to others

If you tried to find a state legislator who opposed the HOPE Scholarship, you couldn't do it.

September 30, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Dick Yarbrough: High school anglers get hooked, join the clubs

Mark Gintert might just have the best job in America. An avid outdoorsman and a successful businessman, Gintert is the national youth director of The ...

September 26, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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