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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: 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


Yarbrough: College helps fuel Dalton’s rebound

Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could?" That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of Northwest Georgia not far from the Tennessee line.

September 13, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: In politics, the camera never blinks

When George Orwell first coined the phrase "Big Brother is watching you," he knew what he was talking about.

September 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Our money goes for a boondoggle

It has been just over two months since I wrote a column about Georgia Power, the Public Service Commission and the construction of two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. I can hear President Ronald Reagan's voice now: "There you go again."

September 09, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: September’s song describes the fall ahead

Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday." The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia - "For it's a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September."

September 06, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Water — We don’t miss it till it’s gone

First-world problems. You know what they are. We all have them. They're the issues confronting and irritating those of us living in wealthy, industrialized countries that would leave people in the third world either scratching their heads in bewilderment or shaking them in disgust.

September 05, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Campaigns to get serious now

There was a time when general election campaigns didn't "officially" get underway until after the Labor Day weekend.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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