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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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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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