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King: Analyze news sources more carefully

My husband was away on business, and I took the opportunity to enjoy a solitary breakfast at the Huddle House. Just me, my coffee and the newspaper.

December 16, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Thomas: Moral justification for war can be made

A holy end, no matter how glorious, can never be vindicated by unholy means. To many Americans the Iraq war was, and is, unnecessary. To some Americans the Iraq war was, and is, unjust. (I happen to believe that it was neither of these, but that is not the point of this column.)

December 16, 2008 | tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Nichols: Taking a firsthand view of Mexico today

In early November, I joined three friends undertaking a week's tour by bus and train to visit the Copper Canyon in Mexico.

December 15, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Glazer: Shopping day signals season for optimists

It's here. Today is Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving and the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season.

December 12, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Shipp: Truth about Boss Jim escaped us

As long as I have covered politics, I never realized until now that one of the most powerful people working the government scam right under my nose was a seemingly meek, bleeding-heart Democrat named Jim Martin.

December 10, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Georgia Senate race is key to Congress

It never has turned out well when the president's party also has a majority in both House and Senate for the Senate majority to be filibuster-proof. If the majority has 60 votes, it can overcome a filibuster and ram whatever it wants into law, regardless of how ill-advised on sober reflection it may be.

December 09, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Across the Rainbow Bridge

Thanksgiving is a time when we express gratitude for the things that are important to us. We don't usually spend that time pondering the nature of existence.

December 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Community columnists


Guest Column: Local enforcement has cut crime by illegal immigrants

In a recent guest editorial, David Kennedy once again took aim at what he doesn't like. Namely anyone who would dare do anything to address the issue of illegal immigration in this country or in this community.

December 07, 2008 | By Steve Cronic Guest columnist | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Welcoming a new great grandson

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Welcome to the world! You are our first great-grandson, and you could not have come at a better time.

December 06, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Guest Column: Medical school at Brenau could boost economy

Let's be both realistic and optimistic as we take a rational look at the social, educational and economic opportunities in Northeast Georgia.

December 05, 2008 | By Ed Schrader For The Times | Community columnists


Crawford: Lesson for state leaders — don’t mess with teachers

If you want to accomplish anything in Georgia politics, you had better remember one thing: don't mess around with public school teachers, particularly with their pensions.

December 04, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Morning after brings hope for peace

This column is my own personal "morning after," written the day after the election of Barack Obama.

December 02, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Guest column: Answers that are simple, neat, wrong solve little

Demagogy refers to a political strategy for gaining political power by appealing to the prejudices and fears of the public typically via impassioned rhetoric and propaganda. Unfortunately, demagogy is an effective strategy for getting elected and many politicians continue to use it.

November 30, 2008 | By David Kennedy Guest columnist | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Musings on Senate race, Sonny, potlikker

Random thoughts ...

November 29, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: 10 things to know about our historic election

On Nov. 4, Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States. Here are 10 things you need to know about the election.

November 29, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Crawford: Georgia voters can get the job done

For the past 20 years, an idea frequently floated for reforming the political system has been to set term limits for elected officials.

August 27, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Why not an end of our own choosing?

Two weeks ago, The Times reported Robin Williams' suicide. I'm sad for a number of reasons, maybe not the same as other people's reasons but just as intense. I am sad because the world lost a gifted comedian. To quote Ella Wheeler Wilcox, who wrote "Laugh and the world laughs with you:"

August 26, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Letter not enough to polish my liberal bona fides

Rap! Rap! Rap!

August 23, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: A life is changed, or lost, at drop of a rock

If I met Sharon Budd, I know I'd like her. She's from Uniontown, Ohio. She's raised four kids and worked as a seventh-grade language arts teacher. She's a breast cancer survivor.

August 22, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Ga. election candidates stuck in the past

There are many lessons about elections I've learned through years of reporting on politics.

August 20, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Givens: A humanist's view on school prayer

Many Christians feel that removing teacher led prayer from school is persecution. This debate has come to Hall County with the letter sent by the American Humanists Association to Hall County School officials demanding that coach led prayer be stopped.

August 18, 2014 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Be proud of Southern drawl, y’all

I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent." Gosh dang. What is wrong with a Southern accent?

August 16, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: If we want it, we have to pay for it

Ray LaHood, who once was the federal transportation secretary for President Barack Obama, had some blunt advice for a legislative study committee trying to figure out how the state can pay for repairing its highways and bridges.

August 13, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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