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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


Yarbrough: To my grandsons — live life as Zack did

To Nicholas Wansley; Brian and Thomas Yarbrough:

January 17, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: A debate worth having only needs time

Every so often I find myself outside a mall or multiplex near a clutch of teenagers. They're usually just a little too loud, a little too pierced, a little too tattooed. At least half of them are smoking and the language that filters over to me is, well, colorful. There's a shriek that could be hilarity or alarm. It's hard to tell. I keep moving.

January 16, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Will state lawmakers act like adults this year?

One of the advantages of being more than $2 billion in the hole is that it forces you to prioritize and focus on the things that really matter.

January 15, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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Crawford: State's races are closer than expected

If you had told me a year ago that Gov. Nathan Deal would essentially be tied at this point in his re-election campaign with an inexperienced Democratic legislator, I would have asked if you were smoking some of that stuff that is now legally on sale in Colorado.

October 01, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Lessons of history echo with 2 wartime leaders

Anyone with a sense of history who has watched the fascinating new Ken Burns documentary on PBS, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," may have experienced a sense of déjà vu during episode six, which chronicles the tumultuous events of 1939-44.

September 28, 2014 | By Ron Martz Guest commentary | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Thinning out alternatives on Jekyll Island

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. One day I am advising world leaders on the nuances of international monetary policy. The next day I am consoling a distraught reader who thinks I need to "look within myself spiritually."

September 27, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia's economic experiment didn't work

Over the past 10 years, Georgia has served as the location for a wide-ranging experiment in economic theory.

September 24, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Putting on our best face is the natural human default

Until I heard her speak at a benefit luncheon, I thought Ronda Rich was a bit of an empty-headed lightweight. I was wrong, wrong, wrong, and she has become one of my must-read columnists.

September 23, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: How I learned to accentuate the positive

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way.

September 20, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Yes, spare the rod; don't hurt the child

I don't pay a lot of attention to football. Even though I was a proud Red Elephant during the heyday of Bobby Gruhn and Tommy West, I just never caught the fever. Four years at the University of Alabama during the reign of Bear Bryant did nothing to pique my interest. Since I married a man whose football apathy mirrored my own, there was never an incentive to learn or follow the game.

September 19, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Parties fight battle of the ballot

In our system of government where citizens elect those who will make the decisions for them, voter registration and the casting of ballots are the fundamental elements of democracy - the blocking and tackling, to use a football analogy.

September 17, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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