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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


Across the Rainbow Bridge

Thanksgiving is a time when we express gratitude for the things that are important to us. We don't usually spend that time pondering the nature of existence.

December 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Community columnists


Guest Column: Local enforcement has cut crime by illegal immigrants

In a recent guest editorial, David Kennedy once again took aim at what he doesn't like. Namely anyone who would dare do anything to address the issue of illegal immigration in this country or in this community.

December 07, 2008 | By Steve Cronic Guest columnist | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Welcoming a new great grandson

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Welcome to the world! You are our first great-grandson, and you could not have come at a better time.

December 06, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Guest Column: Medical school at Brenau could boost economy

Let's be both realistic and optimistic as we take a rational look at the social, educational and economic opportunities in Northeast Georgia.

December 05, 2008 | By Ed Schrader For The Times | Community columnists


Crawford: Lesson for state leaders — don’t mess with teachers

If you want to accomplish anything in Georgia politics, you had better remember one thing: don't mess around with public school teachers, particularly with their pensions.

December 04, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Morning after brings hope for peace

This column is my own personal "morning after," written the day after the election of Barack Obama.

December 02, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Guest column: Answers that are simple, neat, wrong solve little

Demagogy refers to a political strategy for gaining political power by appealing to the prejudices and fears of the public typically via impassioned rhetoric and propaganda. Unfortunately, demagogy is an effective strategy for getting elected and many politicians continue to use it.

November 30, 2008 | By David Kennedy Guest columnist | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Musings on Senate race, Sonny, potlikker

Random thoughts ...

November 29, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: 10 things to know about our historic election

On Nov. 4, Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States. Here are 10 things you need to know about the election.

November 29, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Election law tampering backfires again

There is a longstanding tradition in Georgia that the political party controlling state government will try to give itself an advantage over the opposition by fiddling with the election laws.

November 27, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Oglesby: We all should pray for our new president

Many people, knowing my unhidden preference, have asked me for my reaction to Barack Obama's election as the next president of the United States.

November 25, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


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Yarbrough: The lasting gift of friendship

Maybe it's the fact I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships.

December 20, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Transportation fixes hit a dead end in Ga.

The overall disrepair of Georgia's roads and bridges has reached the point where the state's political and business leaders agree "something must be done."

December 17, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Pilgrims seek spiritual fire

The Public Service Commission meets today for a semiannual review. I'll be there. I'm anxious to see what the commissioners have to say about cost overruns at Plant Vogtle, Georgia Power's nuclear facility near Waynesboro.

December 16, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Charters school progressing in Georgia

You may recall I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012, creating the State Charter School Commission to allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.

December 14, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Maybe I was wrong about charter school changes

You may recall I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012, creating the State Charter School Commission to allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.

December 13, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Goldberg: Torture forces hard thinking

For a long time I resisted the word "torture" when discussing the "enhanced interrogation techniques" used against high-value captives in the war on terror. I don't think I can do that anymore.

December 12, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg | Community columnists


Parker: Feminism sees the right

WASHINGTON - It is probably too soon to declare a feminist reformation, but a few signs here and there give one hope.

December 11, 2014 | Kathleen Parker | Community columnists


Crawford: State keeps lawyers working

Each year, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, about 55,000 people pass the bar exam in the United States, which admits them to the practice of law.

December 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: On a postgame exile in Bora Bora

This was written in a cave somewhere in Greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper. (I have no idea how the editors got it from bottle to print. I assumed that if editors can figure out where commas go, they ought to be able to figure out how to print a column in a bottle.)

December 06, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Change is coming in Georgia, but slowly

Last month's election results were a reminder that, for all its demographic changes, Georgia is still a conservative state.

December 03, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Missouri ruling reveals our own biases

I spent a good bit of last week trying to pull together a column on the riots in Ferguson, Mo.

December 02, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Carl Sanders — A great man, a Georgia giant

On my "To Do" list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for the University of Georgia's former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. I knew he would like the idea and perhaps could jerk a few chains I seem to have been unable to rattle thus far.

November 29, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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


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