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Crawford: Early voting changes face of elections

I went to the local election office in DeKalb County last week to cast an early ballot for the Nov. 4 election, thinking it would be a good idea to vote ahead of time and beat the crowds on election day.

October 30, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: We’ve got a thriller brewing in Senate race

All through the spring and summer months, whenever he would discuss his upcoming Senate race with reporters, Saxby Chambliss would always remind them: "We know that this is going to be a very tough race."

October 30, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: Amendment gives tax power to developers

Look out. Our friends in the General Assembly have quietly plugged a few words into the Nov. 4 ballot to test voters. They want to know if we are still chumps.

October 29, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Shipp: Karen, don’t foul up our election

Nov. 4 could be a game-changing day in the life and career of Karen Handel, and she is not even standing for re-election.

October 29, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Each candidate hit debate goals

Some people contend there can't be two winners in a debate. In political debates, to maintain proper context, one must weigh judging on what each participant was trying to accomplish. It is possible, and happened in the two debates since I last wrote.

October 28, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Guest column: Bailout leads to loss of faith in political system

A wise man once said "the difference in a pessimist and an optimist is the pessimist is better informed." If this is true, than I must be better informed than the dynamic duo of Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke. I don't have a degree in economics like them, but I am definitely a pessimist.

October 27, 2008 | By Kerry Cook For The Times | Community columnists


Nichols: New president needs to communicate directly

The current economic crisis has demonstrated that we have a major disconnect between the people and our president, senators and representatives. We desperately need some leader to break out of the sound bites and spin control of statements that makes them mostly empty.

October 27, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Back in the saddle, if a little shaky

After the unexpected death of my beloved grandson, Zack Wansley, I wasn't sure I wanted to do this anymore. Twitting inept politicians, know-it-all media, smug entertainers, greedy CEOs and the terminally humorless seemed absurdly irrelevant.

October 25, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: Budgeting, stewardship can help get you out of debt

Speaking in the early 1990s, when the median price of a home was about $108,000, the late Larry Burkett asked, "What do you think the price of a house would be if you couldn't borrow to buy a house? Do you think a $108,000 house would sell for $108,000 if you couldn't sell it to anybody with a loan?"

October 24, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Shipp: Blame leadership for budget mess

Georgia has one of the largest and most violent prison populations in the country, yet the state, in its haste to try to balance an insanely optimistic budget in a recession, has cut prison guards' pay to just four days a week. Some prison guards already are among the lowest-compensated state employees.

In at least one unit of the state university system, Kennesaw State, officials announced that students would be required to pay an additional $400 a semester for meal tickets for a dining hall that has not even been built.

October 22, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Hard to sift through campaign clutter

With no TV reception, I've been spared the recent barrage of campaign ads. But I do have Internet access, and I'm flooded with suggestions to watch this or that on YouTube, and with e-mails that begin, "You've just got to see this."

Sorry. Campaign ads are not designed to inform. They're designed to persuade. If they provide any facts at all, the facts are one-sided and chosen for their emotional impact. They're the result of years of research by the advertising industry and public relation people whose job it is to get others to buy ...

October 21, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Guest column: Young Leaders Society getting many involved in philanthropy

Have you ever heard someone utter the phrase "what is this world coming to"?

October 19, 2008 | By Jackie Wallace United Way of Hall County | Community columnists


Guest column: Fulfilling the promise of charter school systems

Why would a school system seek to become "chartered"? The answer lies in the vision a school system has for the community it serves.

A charter is, in essence, a business plan that describes how schools can use innovation and creativity to motivate and inspire students to apply and demonstrate knowledge. Too often schools become stuck in being "good, average schools." Meeting Adequate Yearly Progress has become a central focus for public schools during the "No Child Left Behind" era.

October 18, 2008 | By Merianne Dyer For The Times | Community columnists


Crawford: Where is Perdue when state needs him?

For many Georgians living in North Georgia and metro Atlanta, last week would qualify as a crisis if not a disaster.

Because of the damage done to Texas refineries by Hurricane Ike, the state basically ran out of gasoline. Frustrated motorists drove for hours trying to find fuel for their cars, only to discover that every service station and convenience store seemed to have run dry.

October 17, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Glazer: Pass along a love for reading at Readathon

I grew up in a family that loved to read. We received the Atlanta Constitution in the morning and the Daily Times in the afternoon. For decades my parents maintained subscriptions to Time, Reader's Digest, National Geographic, Life and Look Magazines.

When I was 6, they dug deep into their pockets to buy a set of World Book encyclopedias. When my daughter started school I dug equally deep to buy a home computer. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

October 17, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


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Crawford: Lessons learned from state's primary runoff

There were some important political lessons that should have been learned from last week's runoff election.

July 30, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Is US a failed state in decline?

The criteria for a failed state are pretty specific: Loss of authority over the use of force, loss of the authority to make collective decisions, inability to provide public services, and the inability to interact with the international community.

July 29, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Taxpayers on the hook for mishandled ethics probe

In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experience and I am proud of the good things we accomplished at the commission.

July 26, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Plenty of shade in years to come

In less than two weeks I'll celebrate my 60th birthday. Just for giggles, I perused some 60th birthday cards and, well, the outlook suddenly seems sort of grim. The creepiest of all pictured an empty deck chair on an emptier beach and contained these heartwarming words: "A sunrise is beautiful but so is a sunset. /For turning 60 today don't harbor any regret. / The autumn of your life will be so serene./ You will be the happiest that you have ever been."

July 25, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Why Johnny can’t go to college

In less than a month, students will be reporting for fall semester classes at the public colleges that make up the state's University System.

July 22, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Waxing poetic despite laureate snub

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

July 19, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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