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Crawford: Election law tampering backfires again

There is a longstanding tradition in Georgia that the political party controlling state government will try to give itself an advantage over the opposition by fiddling with the election laws.

November 27, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Oglesby: We all should pray for our new president

Many people, knowing my unhidden preference, have asked me for my reaction to Barack Obama's election as the next president of the United States.

November 25, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Nichols: Race, politics no longer at odds in US

The election of Barack Obama has changed race relations in our country and maybe for other countries as well.

November 24, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Thomas: Obama unwittingly helps pass Proposition 8

Oh, the irony. With Barack Obama on the ballot, liberals thought they couldn't lose. However, in California things did not go as planned.

November 24, 2008 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Kudzu-eating goats offer potential

First, an explanation as to why I am not talking about the elections this week. It is called a deadline. This column runs in a number of major markets around the state, from Rocky Face to Rincon to Sugar Hill. To ensure that all my loyal readers are treated equally, there have to be deadlines.

November 22, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Time for lawmakers to get back to work

The elections have finally been held and it feels like the end of a party that has been going on for a long, long time.

November 21, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Glazer: Finding caregivers can come at a price

My mother-in-law, Claire, is determined to spend the rest of her days on Long Island. While most of the family migrated south to Georgia and Florida, she remained in her house on Peconic Bay.

November 18, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


King: Day after vote is time to unite as Americans

What are you going to do tonight: Stay up and watch the returns, or go to bed and pray for the best? I'm going to bed; too old to stay up much past 10 o'clock no matter what's going on.

November 18, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia voters buck national trend

You can say this about Georgia voters: they aren't about to be swayed by any of those newfangled ideas and trends you might see having an influence on other states.

November 17, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: No bull; acting gov. isn’t an easy job

Where in the world is George? I'm not talking about George W. I know where that George is. He has donned his flight suit and is preparing to jet to Wall Street where he will land in front of the empty Merrill Lynch building festooned with a "Mission Accomplished" banner.

November 16, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Shipp: When cheering for Obama ends, what then?

The moment the TV networks declared Barack Obama the president-elect, something wonderful happened. The perception of the United States changed around the world. America was the international good guy again. There was dancing in the streets of the great cities of Europe, Asia and Africa.

November 16, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Cornelius: Mystic chords touch hearts, election

"The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

November 16, 2008 | Tack Cornelius | Community columnists


Lott: Election proves Americans want vision, purpose in leadership

When Sen. Barack Obama made his decision to run for president, I predicted that he would win despite the belief of many that America is not ready to elect a black man.

November 16, 2008 | By Harold Lott hlott16@yahoo.com | Community columnists


Shipp: Georgia chief justice turns her back on supporters

An important Georgia political story was lost in the hoopla surrounding this year's presidential campaign and the closer-than-expected contest between Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Democratic challenger Jim Martin.

November 12, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Is Obama ready? It’s hard to see how

Before I write again, the election will be over. Some predictions: Barack Obama will win the popular vote and very possibly the electoral college. Riding those popular vote coattails, Democrats will increase their hold on Congress. As of now with his long history of comebacks, John McCain still cannot be ruled out of a razor-thin win.

November 11, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


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Crawford: Georgia voters can get the job done

For the past 20 years, an idea frequently floated for reforming the political system has been to set term limits for elected officials.

August 27, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Why not an end of our own choosing?

Two weeks ago, The Times reported Robin Williams' suicide. I'm sad for a number of reasons, maybe not the same as other people's reasons but just as intense. I am sad because the world lost a gifted comedian. To quote Ella Wheeler Wilcox, who wrote "Laugh and the world laughs with you:"

August 26, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Letter not enough to polish my liberal bona fides

Rap! Rap! Rap!

August 23, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: A life is changed, or lost, at drop of a rock

If I met Sharon Budd, I know I'd like her. She's from Uniontown, Ohio. She's raised four kids and worked as a seventh-grade language arts teacher. She's a breast cancer survivor.

August 22, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. election candidates stuck in the past

There are many lessons about elections I've learned through years of reporting on politics.

August 20, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Givens: A humanist's view on school prayer

Many Christians feel that removing teacher led prayer from school is persecution. This debate has come to Hall County with the letter sent by the American Humanists Association to Hall County School officials demanding that coach led prayer be stopped.

August 18, 2014 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Be proud of Southern drawl, y’all

I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent." Gosh dang. What is wrong with a Southern accent?

August 16, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: If we want it, we have to pay for it

Ray LaHood, who once was the federal transportation secretary for President Barack Obama, had some blunt advice for a legislative study committee trying to figure out how the state can pay for repairing its highways and bridges.

August 13, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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