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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


Guest column: Breaking cycle of violence means re-thinking nationalism

Did you know that the vast majority of violence that humans inflict on each other does not come from criminals or the mentally ill? Violence in all its destructive forms is mostly the products of so-called normal, respectable, suit-wearing citizens who often have religious ties.

January 18, 2009 | By Harold Lott Guest columnist | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Prognosis is grim for Georgia's rural hospitals

If you operate or work for a hospital located in one of Georgia's rural communities, you should be very afraid. There's a strong possibility your hospital will be closing down soon because of financial problems.

March 04, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: An AP history quiz sure to please all

As you may have heard, some of our intrepid public servants under the Gold Dome are unhappy with the Advanced Placement U.S. History test and the College Board, which administers the tests.

February 28, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Legislators halfway done with little to show for it

Georgia's lawmakers have reached the halfway point of the General Assembly session, raising the question we ask every year: What have they done for you?

February 25, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: Whatever we may see, there’s always more to story

I am fascinated by the Brian Williams brouhaha. I don't have television and have probably never seen NBC's "Nightly News." I don't follow war stories. Until the recent flap over "misremembering" his experiences in Iraq, the name Brian Williams met nothing to me.

February 24, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Jekyll Islland holds its fire on thinning deer herd

If you are a supercilious liberal you-know-what or a sanctimonious Bible thumper, I have some good news for you. I am giving you both the week off. Enjoy it while you can. I will be back.

February 21, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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