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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 hlott16@yahoo.com | 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


Guest column: Georgia needs a game plan for water solution

After 22 years of legal and political posturing by successive governors, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and various state agencies, Georgia up and lost the last round of the "water war."

July 26, 2009 | By Frank K. Norton Jr. Guest columnist | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Zell is pure Georgia, pure honesty

This is my first column since my rotator cuff surgery and it hasn't been easy getting the words to come out the way I intended them to. My left hand is slower than a Georgia Income Tax return and my right hand is totally unsympathetic and flies across the keyboard like a bunny rabbit.

July 25, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: We love our pets, but they're still animals

When I was in the sixth grade, I wrote an essay titled "When I Grow Up." In it, I said, "I want to live in a house full of dogs, cats, babies and books." Happily, that wish came true in spades.

July 24, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Lanier ruling could swamp state's progress

That gurgling sound you hear is the sound of metro Atlanta's economic prospects going slowly down the drain.

July 22, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Oglesby: Mathis was a true visionary giant

He touched so many lives in so many ways it seems everyone had some type of positive relationship with the late James Mathis. I'm no exception.

July 21, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: It pays really well to be a university president in Georgia

The state Board of Regents, which makes the decisions on how the University System is operated, voted on April 14 to raise tuition rates at Georgia's public colleges by as much as 9 percent.

May 27, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Guest column: ‘Pro-choice’ shouldn’t apply to just one issue

The defining feature of a free society is every individual enjoying the freedom to make choices, good and bad, within the law. Enjoying the liberty to make your own choices is highly valued. So political groups market themselves as supporting Americans' autonomy of choice.

May 25, 2015 | By Douglas Young Guest columnist | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: A not-so-noble Nobel spat in Atlanta

I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for president of the United States (or what's left of it).

May 23, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: GOP chooses a practical path with party leader

Georgia Republicans chose electoral pragmatism over ideological purity when they elected their state chairman last weekend, but it was a close call.

May 20, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: When humanity requires it, it's our duty to speak out

Knowing when to speak out and when to hold your peace is a fine art, one that I struggle with every day.

May 19, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: A sincere ‘thank you’ to Georgia’s public school teachers

Dear public school teachers in Georgia:

May 16, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Many lessons learned from legislature session

Now that the General Assembly has adjourned for the year and all of the bills have either been signed or vetoed, what lessons can we take away from this latest legislative session? I can think of a few.

May 13, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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