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Yarbrough: Saxby, Bubba and Jackets are back

I know you have been awaiting my observations on the recent political runoffs in Georgia. Sorry to be late, but I was afraid anything I said would encourage Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin to start running those abominable ads again. I would just as soon have my fingernails ripped out.

December 27, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: A lucky scribe looks back at 2008

Don't tell me it is almost 2009. Good grief! I haven't finished getting ready for Y2K yet, and here we are already on the brink of a new decade.

December 27, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: Tidings of great joy in hard times

"I guess hard times have flushed the chumps; everybody's lookin' for answers," said Ulysses Everett McGill mockingly, as a congregation sang and filed toward the river for baptism in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou."

December 25, 2008 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Oglesby: Push to torpedo Bush presidency led to 2008 results

Saxby Chambliss' election denied the Democrats a filibuster-proof Senate, at least for now. Before continuing, my friend Wyc Orr was right when he wrote "never is a dangerous word." A better word I should have thought of using would have been "seldom."

December 23, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: Instant runoffs and other political notions

Agreeing that runoff elections are expensive and need to be solved, I can't agree with some of the solutions The Times editorially suggested a couple of weeks ago and seemed (at least to me) to prefer. Good for them for highlighting the problem.

December 23, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Guest Column: Live United this holiday season

With the holiday season upon us, many of us are concerned with how the current economic crisis will impact our own families. Here in Hall County, we are blessed to be a part of a giving and caring community that understands the need to reach out beyond our own families and help others.

December 22, 2008 | | Community columnists


Yarbrough: President Peanut left holding the bag

"Mr. President, I understand you wanted to see me? And why are you holding a garbage bag?"

December 20, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Chambliss had history on his side

There were many explanations being floated for Saxby Chambliss' smashing success in last week's runoff election for the U.S. Senate.

December 19, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: GOP tramples education reform

Not many folks in these parts remember or even care much anymore, but 10 years ago education reform was a top priority on the national and state agendas.

December 18, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


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


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Crawford: Sanders is a man for his time

The death of former Gov. Carl Sanders is a reminder of how much the times and the state he ran during the 1960s have changed.

November 26, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Wingnuts and weenies; Junior’s early peek at 2016

I was on St. Simons Island last week scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed Junior up when I told him that.

November 22, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Is electing a school chief really necessary?

Early in January, Richard Woods will be sworn in as the duly elected superintendent of state schools. He could very well be the last person ever elected to this statewide constitutional office.

November 19, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Election results won't solve our problems

"How do you spell relief?" Clue: It's not Alka Seltzer. It's the elections. They're over! Even the losers are breathing easier.

November 18, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: One terrorist we should thank for his service

This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago, but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he's proud of it.

November 15, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: This year's election had a familiar look

This was an election for people who enjoy watching reruns on TV.

November 12, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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