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Yarbrough: Let teachers be and go after tax cheats

I have a way to cut the state's $2 billion deficit significantly while keeping members of the General Assembly, the state's constitutional officers and assorted bureaucrats busy doing something meaningful for a change. Impossible, you say? Hear me out.

March 28, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Crawford: We gave tax cuts; where are the jobs?

Georgia's lawmakers have always been willing to approve tax breaks for the state's business leaders and special interests, but they have really stepped on the gas since Republicans took control of the House and Senate four years ago.

March 26, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

King: To truly recover, we need new thinking

When you are over 75, you've been through recessions before. The economic experts say the market hasn't been this low since 1982. The problem is, I remember 1982, but I don't recall things being as bad or people being as apprehensive as they are today.

March 24, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists

Nichols: Breakup of business giants could help economy

Without doubt, we are at one of the most critical points in our nation's history. How we deal with our current economic crisis will define our identity both now and in the future.

March 23, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Yarbrough: Send tax evaders a message at polls

I think I have just figured out a way to get the 22 legislative tax evaders out of the General Assembly and onto the streets where they might have to find real work and quit swilling from the public trough.

March 21, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Glazer: Spirited Shakespeare ‘Dream’ performance has a sad ending

OK, I'll come right out and admit it. I'm not a big fan of Shakespeare. I'm fine with a sonnet here or a snippet of "all the world's a stage" there, but to sit through two hours of grandiloquent oration? Thanks, but no thanks.

March 20, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Crawford: Barnes is sounding more like a candidate

Over the past year or so, there has been one question about politics that I hear more often than any other: "Is Roy going to run?"

March 19, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Oglesby: Don’t judge tax cases too quickly

I can understand why various personal factors logically and for good reason lead people to oppose daylight saving time.

March 17, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists

Thomas: How do we fix this financial mess?

"Never let a serious crisis go to waste," said President Barack Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, after Obama won the election in November of last year.

March 16, 2009 | | Community columnists

Yarbrough: Some spend tax dollars but don’t pay them

Let me say unequivocally that Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, and I are on the same page regarding the fact that the Georgia Department of Revenue says Williams and about 10 percent of his colleagues in the Georgia General Assembly are delinquent in paying their taxes.

March 14, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Crawford: Georgia is rolling down a bumpy highway

There is less than a month to go before the legislative session adjourns and our lawmakers don't appear to be any closer than they were last year at this time to resolving the state's highway congestion issues.

March 12, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Shipp: Political parsons are a waste of state's time

House Speaker Glenn Richardson has just unveiled a new vision for Georgia that would surpass previous endeavors and might even make a little money.

March 11, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists

King: Senate's nuclear bill is about power, but not yours

Do you understand what transpired down at the Capitol when the Georgia legislature passed Senate Bill 31? If you do, let me know. I've been trying to come up with a clear picture of how it happened, but the whole thing is a can of worms.

March 10, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists

Nichols: How do we end a war against shadowy forces?

It is easy to start a war by invading or dropping bombs, as the Japanese did on Pearl Harbor. Ending a war is more difficult. A country may choose to stop hostilities and retreat, but then the other side can claim victory. Perhaps the best way to end a war is to negotiate a peace treaty, but that can be difficult and have unintended results.

March 09, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Yarbrough: Hello, Congress — Dalton is hurting

With apologies to Cool Hand Luke, what we have here is a failure to communicate.

March 07, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

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