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King: Who created this economic deception?

"What did he know, and when did he know it?"

April 21, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Piracy still is hard to control on open seas

A country has sovereign powers to govern by law the land of its territory, the airspace above that land, and the seas along its coasts out to a limit of 12 nautical miles. Earlier the sea limits were set at three nautical miles because that was the distance a cannon on the beach could fire.

April 20, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Thomas: Sweet TEA parties were taxpayers’ way of saying ‘enough!’

"The sum of good government," said Thomas Jefferson in his first inaugural address, is "A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned (emphasis mine)."

April 20, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Thoughts on furloughs, tax cheats and Tommy the Barber

Kudos to Joe Mulholland, district attorney for the South Georgia Circuit, which includes Bainbridge, Camilla, and Cairo. After reading my suggestion that state government rather than schoolteachers take a furlough, the DA told me, "Some of us in government have already taken your argument to heart."

April 18, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: E-mailers, beware — Web scams are clever, common

This is getting out of hand. When I opened this morning's e-mail and sipped my first cup of coffee, here's what I found:

April 17, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Shipp: Georgia's docs in DC should stick to healing

The last time I visited a doctor, about a month ago, I fell off the scale in his office and broke a rib. It was 9 o'clock in the morning, and I had consumed only one cup of coffee.

April 15, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Celebrating half-century of columns

Grant and join me, if you will, in a little personal celebration. It means a lot to me to realize that during the two weeks since my last column, I completed 50 consecutive years of writing a personal column in Gainesville newspapers. This came during my 53rd year as a working journalist here. I complete this 53rd year Sept. 10.

April 14, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Barco: Why barbecue? Do you really have to ask?

On May 30, Brenau University and an array of community volunteers will present a cultural feast - a professional barbecue-cooking competition for teams from around the South. For side dishes, there will be local cookers in it only for bragging rights, bluegrass bands and a host of other attractions that will contribute to a spring festival atmosphere.

Since Brenau University probably is better known for its genteel, tradition-laden Women's College where white-frocks young ladies still frolic around a May pole, the cutting-edge liberal arts institution that could be the home of a future medical school, the home of an opera ...

April 12, 2009 | By Jim Barco jbarco@brenau.edu | Community columnists


Yarbrough: If women ruled the world, would I notice any difference?

I heard that former Clinton White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers was coming to Atlanta to keynote a conference with an eye-glazing title: "Possible Woman Conference: Power, Promise and Possibilities," to take place April 21 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The proposed subject of her talk intrigued me: "Why Women Should Rule the World." Dumb me. I thought women already did.

April 11, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


King: Culture of greed widens capital gap

To paraphrase Annie Dillard who paraphrased Oscar Hammerstein: Fish gotta swim. Birds gotta fly, but men do all sorts of nasty things to one another.

April 07, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Guest Column: Scoutmaster taught ways of the mountains

If you have lived in North Georgia for any amount of time, you probably have a picture in your mind of James and Francis Mathis. Most likely, you would picture them as they tirelessly pulled in harness toward some civic goal to benefit our community.

April 06, 2009 | By James C. "Bimbo" Brewer Guest Columnist | Community columnists


Nichols: Art, politics go hand in hand through history

The main symbols of the two political parties in the U.S. are the donkey for the Democratic Party and the elephant for the Republican Party. Both appear to have been made popular by political cartoonist Thomas Nast in the 1870s.

April 06, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Guest Column: If electing a chairman, what exactly are we voting for?

I have read with surprise and interest the articles in The Times regarding Rep. Carl Rogers' bill to hold a nonbinding referendum on the question as to whether the chairman of the Gainesville Board of Education should be elected citywide. I currently serve as chairman of the Gainesville Board of Education, and as you would expect, this issue is very much of interest to me.

April 05, 2009 | By R. David Syfan Gainesville School Board chairman | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Is my favorite trio plotting against me?

We are four months into the new year, and I have heard nary a public peep from President-for-Life Jimmy Carter, our Ambassador to Outer Space Cynthia McKinney or noted land baron Ted "Buffalo Boy" Turner.

April 04, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Don’t get suckered in by the latest e-hoax

A couple of weeks ago, a good friend received a phone call. When she hung up, it was obvious something was wrong. She said her stepdaughter had called to tell her that there had been a warning on "the news" announcing there was going to be a gang initiation at Wal-Mart that night and three women were going to be shot.

April 03, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Carter shows a special kind of courage

When he sat down in a room full of journalists at the Carter Center to talk about the cancer that has spread to several parts ...

August 26, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: A look back at a member of ‘Lost Dodd Boys’

To say Betty Wallace loves Georgia Tech is to say Romeo loved Juliet or hogs love slop. It is a simple fact.

August 22, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Trump’s right about cronyism, political patronage

Donald Trump's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination seems to defy gravity and all the other laws of nature.

August 19, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Essay: Does traditional media lean left?

During the 2012 presidential election campaign I taught an upper-level journalism seminar at the University of North Georgia titled "Media Bias in the Political Process ...

August 16, 2015 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com. | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Random notions on shrimp, vets, carvings and bands

Random thoughts on random subjects:

August 15, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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