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Guest column: Bailout leads to loss of faith in political system

A wise man once said "the difference in a pessimist and an optimist is the pessimist is better informed." If this is true, than I must be better informed than the dynamic duo of Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke. I don't have a degree in economics like them, but I am definitely a pessimist.

October 27, 2008 | By Kerry Cook For The Times | Community columnists


Nichols: New president needs to communicate directly

The current economic crisis has demonstrated that we have a major disconnect between the people and our president, senators and representatives. We desperately need some leader to break out of the sound bites and spin control of statements that makes them mostly empty.

October 27, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Back in the saddle, if a little shaky

After the unexpected death of my beloved grandson, Zack Wansley, I wasn't sure I wanted to do this anymore. Twitting inept politicians, know-it-all media, smug entertainers, greedy CEOs and the terminally humorless seemed absurdly irrelevant.

October 25, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: Budgeting, stewardship can help get you out of debt

Speaking in the early 1990s, when the median price of a home was about $108,000, the late Larry Burkett asked, "What do you think the price of a house would be if you couldn't borrow to buy a house? Do you think a $108,000 house would sell for $108,000 if you couldn't sell it to anybody with a loan?"

October 24, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Shipp: Blame leadership for budget mess

Georgia has one of the largest and most violent prison populations in the country, yet the state, in its haste to try to balance an insanely optimistic budget in a recession, has cut prison guards' pay to just four days a week. Some prison guards already are among the lowest-compensated state employees.

In at least one unit of the state university system, Kennesaw State, officials announced that students would be required to pay an additional $400 a semester for meal tickets for a dining hall that has not even been built.

October 22, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Hard to sift through campaign clutter

With no TV reception, I've been spared the recent barrage of campaign ads. But I do have Internet access, and I'm flooded with suggestions to watch this or that on YouTube, and with e-mails that begin, "You've just got to see this."

Sorry. Campaign ads are not designed to inform. They're designed to persuade. If they provide any facts at all, the facts are one-sided and chosen for their emotional impact. They're the result of years of research by the advertising industry and public relation people whose job it is to get others to buy ...

October 21, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Guest column: Young Leaders Society getting many involved in philanthropy

Have you ever heard someone utter the phrase "what is this world coming to"?

October 19, 2008 | By Jackie Wallace United Way of Hall County | Community columnists


Guest column: Fulfilling the promise of charter school systems

Why would a school system seek to become "chartered"? The answer lies in the vision a school system has for the community it serves.

A charter is, in essence, a business plan that describes how schools can use innovation and creativity to motivate and inspire students to apply and demonstrate knowledge. Too often schools become stuck in being "good, average schools." Meeting Adequate Yearly Progress has become a central focus for public schools during the "No Child Left Behind" era.

October 18, 2008 | By Merianne Dyer For The Times | Community columnists


Crawford: Where is Perdue when state needs him?

For many Georgians living in North Georgia and metro Atlanta, last week would qualify as a crisis if not a disaster.

Because of the damage done to Texas refineries by Hurricane Ike, the state basically ran out of gasoline. Frustrated motorists drove for hours trying to find fuel for their cars, only to discover that every service station and convenience store seemed to have run dry.

October 17, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Glazer: Pass along a love for reading at Readathon

I grew up in a family that loved to read. We received the Atlanta Constitution in the morning and the Daily Times in the afternoon. For decades my parents maintained subscriptions to Time, Reader's Digest, National Geographic, Life and Look Magazines.

When I was 6, they dug deep into their pockets to buy a set of World Book encyclopedias. When my daughter started school I dug equally deep to buy a home computer. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

October 17, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia voters may surprise us all in election

On the morning of Sept. 15, John McCain probably felt like he was on top of the world.

The Arizona senator's position in the race for president had improved steadily in the two weeks since he selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice president. On that fateful Monday morning, McCain was leading Barack Obama by a point or two in almost every major poll. Democrats were starting to panic that the election was going down the tubes.

October 16, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: Sonny follows Russell’s flight plan

What would you do?

Georgia's gasoline pumps have all but run dry. Prices have soared at the few stations still in business. The state's unemployment rate is running ahead of the national jobless rate, which is over 6 percent and rising.

October 15, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Both candidates scored points in debate

Two quick references before getting to today's meat:

(1) Hope you had a ball and full tummy at the Kiwanis pancake breakfast. On behalf of the club, thanks. Saw a lot of you. Turnout was fabulous.

October 14, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Nichols: Too much debt fueling our economic crisis

In the period right after World War II ended, I was a student at the University of Virginia. One of my most challenging teachers was a professor of economics, David McCord Wright, before he moved to teach here in Georgia. His basic lectures on the nature of the economic system of our country and the other countries of the world stayed with me.

October 13, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Thomas: Take a look at what you own vs. what you owe

"An absolute principle of economics," the late Larry Burkett wrote in his 1992 No. 1 best seller, "The Coming Economic Earthquake," was that, "... no one, government or otherwise, can spend more than he or she makes indefinitely. At some point the compounding interest will consume all the money in the world."

October 10, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | 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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