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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


King: Senate's nuclear bill is about power, but not yours

Do you understand what transpired down at the Capitol when the Georgia legislature passed Senate Bill 31? If you do, let me know. I've been trying to come up with a clear picture of how it happened, but the whole thing is a can of worms.

March 10, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: How do we end a war against shadowy forces?

It is easy to start a war by invading or dropping bombs, as the Japanese did on Pearl Harbor. Ending a war is more difficult. A country may choose to stop hostilities and retreat, but then the other side can claim victory. Perhaps the best way to end a war is to negotiate a peace treaty, but that can be difficult and have unintended results.

March 09, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Hello, Congress — Dalton is hurting

With apologies to Cool Hand Luke, what we have here is a failure to communicate.

March 07, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Hats off to a Georgia city that turned it around

More than three decades ago, I graduated from the University of Alabama with degrees in social work and counseling. I came back home to Georgia and proceeded to job hunt.

March 06, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Corn: State universities should get back to core learning

When my father attended the University of Georgia in the 1960s, Dean Tate still knew every young man on campus by his first name. Alas, my recent visits reveal hallways that have all the warmth of a check-in counter at the airport, and the administrators are known, if at all, for their absence from student life.

March 06, 2009 | By Jesse Corn Guest columnist | Community columnists


Crawford: It was a bad week for Georgians

There are times when it just doesn't pay to get out of bed in the morning. Last week was such a time for Georgia's citizens and the people they elect to make their political decisions.

March 05, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: GOP revives red scare tactics

Want a formula for winning elections in the South?

March 04, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: SPLOST is still best option

I usually early vote during its first week, but as I write this I haven't voted on the controversial Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum. I will have before you read this. My delay has awaited answers to valid questions.

March 03, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Thomas: This ‘change’ is merely motion, not action

"Never confuse motion with action," said Ben Franklin. So far, what we seem to be getting from the Obama administration is a lot of motion, with little real productive action. Or, to put it another way, we're getting much "change" but no real progress.

March 02, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Cagle shows why he’s a force in state politics

I stopped by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle's office the other day to talk about what's going on in the state these days. I found him refreshingly candid.

February 28, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Guest column: We ‘cowards’ must address race more honestly

I was watching the news recently and Pat Buchanan was debating Professor Eric Dyson, an African-American, about comments made by Attorney General Eric Holder who cited that we are "cowards" when it comes to race relations in America.

February 27, 2009 | By Harold Lott Guest columnist | Community columnists


Crawford: Isakson not taking re-election for granted

Sen. Johnny Isakson has many things going for him as he gets his campaign under way for another six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

February 26, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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'Conversations on race’ often result in guilt, hurt feelings

A few weeks ago, a former colleague I have known for more than 20 years called me a racist in a Facebook post because I did not agree with all of President Barack Obama's policies, especially his foreign policy that consists primarily of strategic dithering.

March 29, 2015 | By Ron Martz For The Times | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Governor's panel targets real school fixes

I suspect my recent silence on the subject of public education in Georgia has been deafening to some of you. I will explain.

March 28, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: One Georgia lawmaker fights the power of GOP majority

Rep. David Stover is a brave man. He may well be one of the gutsiest people serving in the General Assembly.

March 25, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: ‘Cinderella’ poses a key question

Robots, artificial intelligence, the future ... what's not to like for a sci-fi buff like me?

March 24, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Methodists produce new committed ministers

I spent last week helping to assess a group of people for a job I couldn't do if my life depended on it. Actually, what they were seeking is not a job; it is a calling. And my life here and in the hereafter depends on how well they do it.

March 21, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: State is stepping all over local control

When I first started writing about politics, my conservative friends would preach the gospel of "local control." They believed local governments did a better job of running things because local officeholders were closer to the people who elected them.

March 18, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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