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Nichols: Seeds of socialism sown by industrial revolution

A question being discussed in classrooms and living rooms across the nation is this: Is America on a path to socialism?

June 29, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Thoughts on bad guys, good water

I want you Tech people to giggle and guffaw and get it out of your system, and then we aren't going to talk about it anymore.

June 27, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Kids playing in cars isn’t something to chuckle at

You've seen the commercial, I'm sure. A father spent four weekends building a treehouse for his children only to find them playing cards and watching DVDs in the family's Toyota minivan. They're oblivious to his excitement, telling him, "We're good here" and return to their card game as the father closes the van door and walks dejectedly away.

June 26, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: State DOT is seeking the right turn

The State Transportation Board has elected yet another commissioner for that troubled agency: state Rep. Vance Smith, R-Pine Mountain, a person who has some expertise in highway construction because his family-owned business did a lot of road grading back in Harris County.

June 24, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Oglesby: Ideas on local discord, high court pick

First an update on next month's car show in the Days Inn parking lot. More local cars have entered. More importantly for our community is the sponsors have decided to donate all net proceeds to the Hall County Humane Society. The number to call to enter your classic or antique vehicle is 678-316-6108.

June 23, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Glazer: Being a true dad is about a lot more than biology

It's just a fact of life that not all biological fathers are dads and not all dads are biological fathers.

June 21, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Libertarian is full of ideas and humor

Hard to believe, but some people actually get their knickers in a wad over observations that emanate from this space. After a careful analysis of critical comments (insert joke here), I have decided that the vast number of complainants suffer from a serious case of humor deficiency.

June 20, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Lott: Roots of hatred are deep, pervasive

The evil of fear and hatred are not the sole province of extremists like Muslim militants, violent anti-abortionists and white supremacists. Understanding this fact in no way excuses or justifies the horrific acts committed by such criminals. The problem is, most of us fail to see through the camouflage of such poisonous and high-profile acts, and understand the subtleties of hatred occurring daily among ordinary folks.

June 19, 2009 | By Harold Lott hlott16@yahoo.com | Community columnists


Thomas: What if Sotomayor is pro-life after all?

Oh, the irony. What if, after all the "empathetic" editorializing by liberals in Washington and the media, Sonia Sotomayor turns out to be on the "right" side of the abortion issue?

June 18, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Crawford: State has a plan for a plan on water

The rains finally came this year, even if not on a biblical scale, and environmental officials in state government now proclaim that Georgia's historic drought has officially "ended."

June 17, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Faith gone wrong can lead to war

Our granddaughter's school requires all eighth-grade students to study the Old Testament. The course is called World Religions, but the text comes from the Bible. In high school, students study the New Testament.

June 16, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: US-Cuba relations always tense over Gitmo

The United States' oldest overseas military post, Guantanamo Naval Base (or "Gitmo") on the southeastern coast of Cuba, does not rest on property belonging to the United States. The actual owner of that territory legally is Cuba. We rent it from Cuba at a cost of $2,000 per year, according to the Lease Agreement signed in 1903.

June 15, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Guest column: Keep focus on education

Some recent articles in the press have addressed a proposal for merging the University System of Georgia's two-year colleges with the state's technical colleges. There have been many opinions expressed but no in-depth study or explanation of the potential results of such an action. It is a shame that such an important public policy issue is being politicized, when the focus should be on education and students.

June 14, 2009 | By Martha T. Nesbitt Guest Columnist | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Let’s not crown King Roy just yet

Whoa! Whoa! Hold on a second. Yes, I know former Gov. Roy Barnes has announced that he is running again in 2010, but before all the political pundits, pollsters and press folk give him the job, there is the little matter of getting elected first. It is called democracy, and that is where the people - you and I - come in.

June 13, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: In times of strife, cling to hope

Two weeks ago, our first budgie left the nest.

June 11, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


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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


Essay: What matters more, freedom or security?

I live in one of those semi-upscale, semi-planned Northeast Georgia neighborhoods where large houses sit hip-to-hip on relatively small lots and where all the lawns are semi-perfectly manicured and all the children are, well, absolutely perfect (just ask their parents).

May 10, 2015 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Centennial celebrations provide a trip down memory lane

You are going to have to give me a little room to reminisce today. I am having an attack of the nostalgias. Going down someone else's memory lane can be as boring as a lecture on the life cycle of guppies, but this has been a reflective few weeks for me.

May 09, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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