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King: Next president needs to unite nation

I know from experience that all I have to do to get a response from readers is to mention the word, "abortion." My last column, headlined, "Woman chosen for wrong reason," was no exception.

What I said in the column was this: "Palin was chosen ... because she is anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, and anti-evolution." But as far as the McCain campaign goes, she was chosen for the right reasons. She has energized Christian fundamentalists and through them, the rest of the party.

October 07, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Guest Commentary: Don’t let vandalism detract from schools’ positive message

The Gainesville and Hall County school districts have much to be proud of. Day in and day out, their 31,000 students and 6,000 staff members win awards, bandage scraped knees, complete assignments, ease the pain of others and accomplish incredible tasks that prepare the next generation for the 21st century.

The vast majority of these everyday routines go unnoticed. With this in mind, it seems prudent to put a handful of poor decisions this past week into perspective.

October 05, 2008 | By Will Schofield For The Times | Community columnists


Glazer: Live theater is worth your time and money

There's something so special about experiencing live theater, sitting in a darkened auditorium as living, breathing actors perform at their very best. Tickets to performances at venues like Atlanta's Fox Theatre can often rival prices on Broadway.

Sometimes it's worth every penny, like this October when "Wicked" comes to town. But as a regular activity for my family of four, the Fox is way above our pay grade. That's OK, though. There's wonderful theater to be experienced right in our hometown, at local high schools and universities.

October 03, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Oglesby: Change, yes, but let’s make sure it’s for the better

Don't forget this Saturday morning from 7-11 at the Civic Center Gainesville Kiwanians, Key Club members and others will be cooking and serving a pancake breakfast with all the trimmings, entertainment, door prizes and loads of fellowship and fun.

It has become a decades-old community tradition and annual family affair. All proceeds go to the many Kiwanis youth service projects. I'll see you there.

October 03, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Crawford: Long march to 2010 governor’s race begins

While looking through some articles I wrote during a past campaign for governor, I found an account of the news conference where a legislator named Sonny Perdue officially announced he would run against incumbent Gov. Roy Barnes.

That article was dated Nov. 8, 2001, almost one year, to the day, before voters selected Perdue to be Georgia's 81st governor in the 2002 general election.

October 02, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Perdue finally catches a break over budget

The past few months cannot have been much fun for Gov. Sonny Perdue.

He's had to watch his good friend, President Bush, sink to record low levels in polls that show Bush is the most unpopular president of the modern American era.

October 02, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Nichols: Nomination process offers a unique show

Perhaps the most confusing part of the presidential nomination and election process is the way the actual conventions are run.

The process starts in Iowa and New Hampshire. In Iowa, party members meet in homes or offices to cast their vote for their choice by moving to join like-minded members in one corner of the room. This vote is not secret, and other people in the room might try to argue that a member should change and join them to support their candidate.

September 29, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Shipp: Change may come to Georgia as minority residents swell voter rolls

Why do you look so worried, Bubba? Barack Obama is not going to win Georgia. He might come close, but he can't win. Maverick McCain and his little moose-hunting buddy should keep Georgia safe for Republicans for at least two more years.

September 28, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Guest column: A family’s sudden loss is felt hard

My name is Ken Yarbrough. I'm writing this week because my father, the wordsmith whom you've come to expect in this space, is taking a sabbatical.

You see, his oldest grandson died recently, and as you might expect, he's taking it hard. Please forgive me for presuming that I can capably fill in for him, which I can't. What I can do, though, is attempt to offer a eulogy to Zack, which my father may never be able to do.

September 27, 2008 | By Ken Yarbrough For The Times | Community columnists


Guest commentary: Celebrate Constitution by taking time to vote

Wednesday, Sept. 17 marked the 221st anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States, the world's oldest written constitution.

September 27, 2008 | By Melinda J. Wade For The Times | Community columnists


Yarbrough: So Cox can pass 5th grade; big deal

Even though she won $1 million for charity, I was not pleased with state School Superintendent Kathy Cox's decision to appear on Fox Network's "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?"

September 27, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: McCain’s brilliant choice reflects our values

See, I told you that John McCain could be trusted to make good decisions for the country. If Sarah Palin is any kind of indication as to the kind of people with whom he would surround himself as president, I can't wait to see his first Supreme Court nominee.

September 26, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Crawford: Winning Georgia is a tall order for Obama

David Letterman has often joked that this presidential campaign has been going on for so long it feels like it started back in 1997.

September 24, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: Are you smarter than a Georgia voter?

Let's hear it for Kathy Cox. The Georgia schools superintendent won $1 million in Hollywood on the TV quiz show, "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?"

September 24, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Shipp: State airplanes fueled by red ink

Our governor should consider taking a page from Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's playbook: sell a state airplane or two and try to hold down flying. With aviation fuel selling at nearly $6 a gallon, state officials might be surprised at the savings a grounding order would bring.

Instead, in Georgia officialdom, it's fly, fly, fly. And nothing's too good for the upkeep of the state's fleet of planes and helicopters. The state is spending $600,000 on a state-of-the-art hangar at Charlie Brown Airport.

September 24, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


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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


Crawford: The end of a long runoff campaign is in sight

For those who have endured Georgia's longest runoff election ever, the July 22 finish line is finally coming into view.

July 16, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Doctors are losing the personal touch

As child, the doctor came to our house if I was ill. Things change. I remember the day I got sick, and my parents bundled me into their car and drove to the doctor's office to see him., Today no one expects a doctor to make house calls.

July 15, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Junior Lee weighs in on pests of all kinds

With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga., to get his thoughts on the various races and to see who he thinks will make it to the finals of the November general election and who will be eliminated this round.

July 12, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: This carrier keeps his appointed rounds

The cellphone video told the story. A U.S. Postal Service van was parked beside a ravine. The driver was systematically taking packages from the back of the vehicle and tossing them down the hill. All in a day's work.

July 11, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Do endorsements matter?

In the days after the May 20 primary elections, candidates who advanced to the runoffs made the usual scramble to secure endorsements from opponents who didn't make it out of the primary.

June 04, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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