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Yarbrough: Back in the saddle, if a little shaky

After the unexpected death of my beloved grandson, Zack Wansley, I wasn't sure I wanted to do this anymore. Twitting inept politicians, know-it-all media, smug entertainers, greedy CEOs and the terminally humorless seemed absurdly irrelevant.

October 25, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: Budgeting, stewardship can help get you out of debt

Speaking in the early 1990s, when the median price of a home was about $108,000, the late Larry Burkett asked, "What do you think the price of a house would be if you couldn't borrow to buy a house? Do you think a $108,000 house would sell for $108,000 if you couldn't sell it to anybody with a loan?"

October 24, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Shipp: Blame leadership for budget mess

Georgia has one of the largest and most violent prison populations in the country, yet the state, in its haste to try to balance an insanely optimistic budget in a recession, has cut prison guards' pay to just four days a week. Some prison guards already are among the lowest-compensated state employees.

In at least one unit of the state university system, Kennesaw State, officials announced that students would be required to pay an additional $400 a semester for meal tickets for a dining hall that has not even been built.

October 22, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Hard to sift through campaign clutter

With no TV reception, I've been spared the recent barrage of campaign ads. But I do have Internet access, and I'm flooded with suggestions to watch this or that on YouTube, and with e-mails that begin, "You've just got to see this."

Sorry. Campaign ads are not designed to inform. They're designed to persuade. If they provide any facts at all, the facts are one-sided and chosen for their emotional impact. They're the result of years of research by the advertising industry and public relation people whose job it is to get others to buy ...

October 21, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Guest column: Young Leaders Society getting many involved in philanthropy

Have you ever heard someone utter the phrase "what is this world coming to"?

October 19, 2008 | By Jackie Wallace United Way of Hall County | Community columnists


Guest column: Fulfilling the promise of charter school systems

Why would a school system seek to become "chartered"? The answer lies in the vision a school system has for the community it serves.

A charter is, in essence, a business plan that describes how schools can use innovation and creativity to motivate and inspire students to apply and demonstrate knowledge. Too often schools become stuck in being "good, average schools." Meeting Adequate Yearly Progress has become a central focus for public schools during the "No Child Left Behind" era.

October 18, 2008 | By Merianne Dyer For The Times | Community columnists


Crawford: Where is Perdue when state needs him?

For many Georgians living in North Georgia and metro Atlanta, last week would qualify as a crisis if not a disaster.

Because of the damage done to Texas refineries by Hurricane Ike, the state basically ran out of gasoline. Frustrated motorists drove for hours trying to find fuel for their cars, only to discover that every service station and convenience store seemed to have run dry.

October 17, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Glazer: Pass along a love for reading at Readathon

I grew up in a family that loved to read. We received the Atlanta Constitution in the morning and the Daily Times in the afternoon. For decades my parents maintained subscriptions to Time, Reader's Digest, National Geographic, Life and Look Magazines.

When I was 6, they dug deep into their pockets to buy a set of World Book encyclopedias. When my daughter started school I dug equally deep to buy a home computer. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

October 17, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia voters may surprise us all in election

On the morning of Sept. 15, John McCain probably felt like he was on top of the world.

The Arizona senator's position in the race for president had improved steadily in the two weeks since he selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice president. On that fateful Monday morning, McCain was leading Barack Obama by a point or two in almost every major poll. Democrats were starting to panic that the election was going down the tubes.

October 16, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: Sonny follows Russell’s flight plan

What would you do?

Georgia's gasoline pumps have all but run dry. Prices have soared at the few stations still in business. The state's unemployment rate is running ahead of the national jobless rate, which is over 6 percent and rising.

October 15, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Both candidates scored points in debate

Two quick references before getting to today's meat:

(1) Hope you had a ball and full tummy at the Kiwanis pancake breakfast. On behalf of the club, thanks. Saw a lot of you. Turnout was fabulous.

October 14, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Nichols: Too much debt fueling our economic crisis

In the period right after World War II ended, I was a student at the University of Virginia. One of my most challenging teachers was a professor of economics, David McCord Wright, before he moved to teach here in Georgia. His basic lectures on the nature of the economic system of our country and the other countries of the world stayed with me.

October 13, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Thomas: Take a look at what you own vs. what you owe

"An absolute principle of economics," the late Larry Burkett wrote in his 1992 No. 1 best seller, "The Coming Economic Earthquake," was that, "... no one, government or otherwise, can spend more than he or she makes indefinitely. At some point the compounding interest will consume all the money in the world."

October 10, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


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


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Crawford: Ga. election candidates stuck in the past

There are many lessons about elections I've learned through years of reporting on politics.

August 20, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Givens: A humanist's view on school prayer

Many Christians feel that removing teacher led prayer from school is persecution. This debate has come to Hall County with the letter sent by the American Humanists Association to Hall County School officials demanding that coach led prayer be stopped.

August 18, 2014 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Be proud of Southern drawl, y’all

I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent." Gosh dang. What is wrong with a Southern accent?

August 16, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: If we want it, we have to pay for it

Ray LaHood, who once was the federal transportation secretary for President Barack Obama, had some blunt advice for a legislative study committee trying to figure out how the state can pay for repairing its highways and bridges.

August 13, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Vehicle’s warning ‘ding’ is more irritant than safety aid

When it came time to buy a new car (a new used car, in this family), I had very few stipulations: good fuel economy and enough clearance to get up our long mountain driveway. I didn't care about the color, and the fewer bells and whistles the better.

August 12, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: A reminder why teaching is a noble calling

Dear Georgia Public School Teachers:

August 09, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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