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Oglesby: Find common ground to solve issues

I may have figured out why we as Georgians and Americans can't seem to recognize the source of the myriad problems troubling society today, particularly in governmental levels from courthouse to the top. We simply pass every mirror with nary a glance. The enemy is us.

February 03, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Thomas: SPLOST is just one tax too many

The great philosopher David Hume said, "It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once." It is generally lost about 1 percent at a time - usually through taxes.

February 03, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Yarbrough: New sheriff in town doesn’t need Carter’s help

He may have done some things you like and some you don't like in his first few weeks in office, but President Barack Obama has hit a home run in his appointment of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell as his special envoy for the Middle East, and veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

January 31, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: DOT conflict not an easy fix

Political science professors for years have been teaching their students that Georgia's affairs are managed by the traditional three branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial.

January 29, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Corn: Failing banks due for federal takeover

American banks are again teetering on the edge. Downgrades by ratings agencies and stock analysts on two of Georgia's largest banks, Suntrust and Synovus (which owns Bank of North Georgia), have been reported. Both banks reported massive losses in the final quarter of '08. Bank of America also had to ask for additional funding from the federal government to stay afloat.

January 29, 2009 | By Jesse Corn Guest columnist | Community columnists


Shipp: Georgia needs fresh blood, ideas

Let's face reality. Georgia needs a federal bailout. The Peach State is in worse shape than Chrysler and Bank of America put together. President Barack Obama's stimulus package has earmarked about $5.6 billion to help Georgia.

January 28, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Science competes with misinformation

Nothing defines America better than the First Amendment: Freedom of religion, freedom of the press and freedom of speech. You and I can stand on any street corner or write a letter to any newspaper and say whatever we want.

January 27, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: As national debt mounts, worries follow

In the 1960s, I attended a conference for academics in the State Department building in Washington, D.C. The main address was by Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who outlined a number of expensive foreign aid programs being studied for possible implementation. After his talk, he opened the floor to questions from the audience.

January 26, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Tardy predictions on politics, football

I am a little late delivering my 2009 predictions to you, which must have put you in a dither.

January 24, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: There are worse things to do while driving than blabbing

So the National Safety Council wants state governments to ban cell phone use, even hands-free cell phones, while driving. I think the NSC should have gone after a far more dangerous practice before taking on cell phones: farding while driving.

January 23, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia’s job situation bad, getting worse

One of Labor Commissioner Mike Thurmond's official duties is to compile the number of claims filed each month by laid off workers who are eligible to collect unemployment insurance benefits.

January 22, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: State out of touch as sky is falling

Talk about being out of touch:

January 21, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Young: Real Che Guevara not such a cool guy

Hollywood has dutifully churned out yet another cinematic agitprop paean to a leftist "martyr," this time Ernesto Guevara. So let's recall the real "Che" and try to discern why many supposedly democratic, civil libertarian liberals still swoon over this Stalinist mass murderer.

The meticulous myth of Señor Guevara is of a handsome Argentine heroically helping Fidel Castro's guerrillas liberate Cuba from the fascist Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in 1959. Then he became a global revolutionary icon inspiring the downtrodden to rise up everywhere, even personally leading rebel warriors in the Congo before being executed doing the same in ...

January 20, 2009 | By Douglas Young For The Times | Community columnists


Oglesby: We should want Obama to succeed

I've been privileged to have lived roughly a third of the life of our country and to have seen four of what I consider truly historic - as opposed to merely important - events in our country's history.

January 20, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Guest column: King’s legacy now hands baton to Obama

Weeks before the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. begins, I pull out many of his speeches to reflect on the legacy of an incredible dreamer. This routine is a ritual for me. His passion and pain are powerful as his words penetrate my soul.

January 19, 2009 | By The Rev. Rose Johnson Mackey Guest columnist | Community columnists


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Dick Yarbrough: State of the column — Never better (Applause!)

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)

January 24, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Jonah Goldberg: Obama just repeats the same old script

It's hard to believe that was only President Barack Obama's sixth State of the Union address. It feels like he's given so many more. Maybe that's because the man seems to be constantly talking. And talking. The talking is the background noise of much of the last decade, auditory wallpaper that seems to line the corridors of everyday life.

January 23, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: State budget shines light on what really matters

Gov. Nathan Deal's office released his state budget for fiscal year 2016 late last week, and if you work your way through the numbers in the document you will see a significant turning point in recent state history.

January 21, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: State lawmaker on a mission to heal

Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia.

January 17, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Lawmakers, better keep those election promises

When Jody Hice and Barry Loudermilk went to Washington last week, they left Georgia with the adulation of tea party activists who had voted to elect them as the new representatives for the 10th and 11th House districts. Hice and Loudermilk discovered quickly that those good feelings aren't guaranteed to last long.

January 14, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: Mankind is destined to evolve from destroyers to creators

I saw my brother do it when he was a kid. My husband said he did the same thing: spend hours making a model airplane and then one day, set it on fire and launch it from the highest window in the house. All that work, down in flames. Kaput!

January 13, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


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