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Glazer: There’s no good reason not to buckle up

I bought my first truck about a year ago. Up until then, I'd owned just about every kind of vehicle except a truck. And a Hummer.

February 20, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Behold these victims of the free market

Shirley Almer, an elderly Minnesota woman, had managed to live through lung cancer and a brain tumor before she died on Dec. 21. Cause of death: salmonella poisoning linked to food products from a Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely.

February 19, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: Georgia peanuts get a roasting in DC

Georgia's 9th District U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal usually doesn't make ripples in Washington. So when he came out of his shell the other day to defend the peanut before Congress, he made news. He told a House committee hearing on the recent Georgia peanut scandal that he often ate raw peanuts and suffered no ill effects.

February 18, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: A framing champ at home; a pile of pork in Capitol

Were a Hall County Olympic athlete to bring home two national gold medals and an international silver in three years, we'd be hoarse from bragging about it. Nonathletic accomplishments get less attention.

February 17, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Guest column: SPLOST is vital for local public health

Hall County will soon vote on SPLOST VI in a referendum that directly impacts an often unseen but vital component of community well-being: public health services.

February 17, 2009 | By David Westfall Guest columnist | Community columnists


Thomas: Obama’s plan only stimulates more debt

It's time for a little perspective on President Barack Obama's stimulus bill. Do you have any idea just how much a billion dollars is?

February 16, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Guest column: Recession is all the more reason to approve SPLOST

Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart, once was asked what he thought about the recession. He responded, "I've thought about it and decided I don't want to take part in it."

February 15, 2009 | By Emily Bagwell and Cooper Emery Guest columnists | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Good news hard to find these days

As I was writing this column, the Woman Who Shares My Name wanted to ask two questions. First, would I please talk about positive things this week? "Surely," she mused, "there has to be some good news you can share with readers instead of your usual gloom and doom."

February 14, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Guest Column: Parents, studies agree that school vouchers work

Georgia's General Assembly has begun debating a bill that would make public education funding portable. Rather than having no choice but to accept whatever school the state assigns them, parents could use a tuition voucher to have their child educated at the school of their choice, including private schools.

February 13, 2009 | By Greg Forster For The Times | Community columnists


Crawford: Power bill due years before first spark

It won't be a huge surprise to our readers when I note that state legislators are more concerned about the interests of corporate CEOs than the problems of ordinary Georgia citizens. That's the way the world works, whether we like it or not.

February 12, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: Some ideas to spend state’s stimulus money

Gov. Sonny Perdue may turn out to be the luckiest governor in Georgia history.

February 11, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Less ‘stuff’ isn’t such a bad thing

"Worldwide trade is grinding to a standstill," reports The Elliott Wave Theorist, a market-forecasting publication (Jan. 22). Atmospheric CO2 is already "... into a dangerous zone," states James Hansen, lead scientist on NASA's latest climate study. A quarter of our land animals and plants will become extinct in the near future unless we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says Nature, an international science journal.

February 10, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Inaugural images show our unity to the world

When I was 13 years old, I visited Washington, D.C., with my grandparents as guests in my great-aunt's home in Arlington, Va.

February 09, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Infantry museum is a shining star for Georgia

Sometimes I don't understand my beloved state of Georgia. How in good conscience can we spend $19 million on something like Go Fish Georgia, which Gov. Sonny Perdue thinks is the greatest thing to hit the state since James Oglethorpe's two feet?

February 07, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: If 8 is enough, then 14 is way over the top

For seven years I was a single parent. I had one sweet, healthy, bright child. I had a job and a home and some savings. It was still the most difficult things I've ever done.

February 06, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


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Dick Yarbrough: Ga. teachers frustrated, angry at politicians' meddling

My recent open letter to Georgia's public school teachers produced as much response as I have received in a long time. Teachers from one end of the state to the other have weighed in, and the comments are still coming.

May 30, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: It pays really well to be a university president in Georgia

The state Board of Regents, which makes the decisions on how the University System is operated, voted on April 14 to raise tuition rates at Georgia's public colleges by as much as 9 percent.

May 27, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Guest column: ‘Pro-choice’ shouldn’t apply to just one issue

The defining feature of a free society is every individual enjoying the freedom to make choices, good and bad, within the law. Enjoying the liberty to make your own choices is highly valued. So political groups market themselves as supporting Americans' autonomy of choice.

May 25, 2015 | By Douglas Young Guest columnist | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: A not-so-noble Nobel spat in Atlanta

I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for president of the United States (or what's left of it).

May 23, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: GOP chooses a practical path with party leader

Georgia Republicans chose electoral pragmatism over ideological purity when they elected their state chairman last weekend, but it was a close call.

May 20, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: When humanity requires it, it's our duty to speak out

Knowing when to speak out and when to hold your peace is a fine art, one that I struggle with every day.

May 19, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: A sincere ‘thank you’ to Georgia’s public school teachers

Dear public school teachers in Georgia:

May 16, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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