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Guest column: Lake Lanier is a glass half full

Today, Lake Lanier rests at 1,053 feet above sea level, roughly 18 feet below full pool. This time last year, Lake Lanier was only 10 feet below full pool.

November 02, 2008 | By State Sen. Lee Hawkins Guest columnist | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Skeeter offers sound, sage advice

Leave it to my friend and counselor, Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater Metropolitan Pooler, to shake me out of my doldrums.

November 01, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Vive la France! My new best friends

I haven't cared much for the French since some weenie named Jean-Paul Monchau came to Atlanta a few years ago as France's consul general. He'd barely unpacked his bags before he announced that he intended to have the state of Georgia declare a moratorium on capital punishment and that he intended to see that the moratorium became permanent.

November 01, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Warning: Hamsters won’t enable you to fly

I think I was about 9 when I got my first hamster.

October 31, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Early voting changes face of elections

I went to the local election office in DeKalb County last week to cast an early ballot for the Nov. 4 election, thinking it would be a good idea to vote ahead of time and beat the crowds on election day.

October 30, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: We’ve got a thriller brewing in Senate race

All through the spring and summer months, whenever he would discuss his upcoming Senate race with reporters, Saxby Chambliss would always remind them: "We know that this is going to be a very tough race."

October 30, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: Amendment gives tax power to developers

Look out. Our friends in the General Assembly have quietly plugged a few words into the Nov. 4 ballot to test voters. They want to know if we are still chumps.

October 29, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Shipp: Karen, don’t foul up our election

Nov. 4 could be a game-changing day in the life and career of Karen Handel, and she is not even standing for re-election.

October 29, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Each candidate hit debate goals

Some people contend there can't be two winners in a debate. In political debates, to maintain proper context, one must weigh judging on what each participant was trying to accomplish. It is possible, and happened in the two debates since I last wrote.

October 28, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Guest column: Bailout leads to loss of faith in political system

A wise man once said "the difference in a pessimist and an optimist is the pessimist is better informed." If this is true, than I must be better informed than the dynamic duo of Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke. I don't have a degree in economics like them, but I am definitely a pessimist.

October 27, 2008 | By Kerry Cook For The Times | Community columnists


Nichols: New president needs to communicate directly

The current economic crisis has demonstrated that we have a major disconnect between the people and our president, senators and representatives. We desperately need some leader to break out of the sound bites and spin control of statements that makes them mostly empty.

October 27, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


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


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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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