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Shipp: Change may come to Georgia as minority residents swell voter rolls

Why do you look so worried, Bubba? Barack Obama is not going to win Georgia. He might come close, but he can't win. Maverick McCain and his little moose-hunting buddy should keep Georgia safe for Republicans for at least two more years.

September 28, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Guest column: A family’s sudden loss is felt hard

My name is Ken Yarbrough. I'm writing this week because my father, the wordsmith whom you've come to expect in this space, is taking a sabbatical.

You see, his oldest grandson died recently, and as you might expect, he's taking it hard. Please forgive me for presuming that I can capably fill in for him, which I can't. What I can do, though, is attempt to offer a eulogy to Zack, which my father may never be able to do.

September 27, 2008 | By Ken Yarbrough For The Times | Community columnists


Guest commentary: Celebrate Constitution by taking time to vote

Wednesday, Sept. 17 marked the 221st anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States, the world's oldest written constitution.

September 27, 2008 | By Melinda J. Wade For The Times | Community columnists


Yarbrough: So Cox can pass 5th grade; big deal

Even though she won $1 million for charity, I was not pleased with state School Superintendent Kathy Cox's decision to appear on Fox Network's "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?"

September 27, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: McCain’s brilliant choice reflects our values

See, I told you that John McCain could be trusted to make good decisions for the country. If Sarah Palin is any kind of indication as to the kind of people with whom he would surround himself as president, I can't wait to see his first Supreme Court nominee.

September 26, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Crawford: Winning Georgia is a tall order for Obama

David Letterman has often joked that this presidential campaign has been going on for so long it feels like it started back in 1997.

September 24, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: Are you smarter than a Georgia voter?

Let's hear it for Kathy Cox. The Georgia schools superintendent won $1 million in Hollywood on the TV quiz show, "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?"

September 24, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Shipp: State airplanes fueled by red ink

Our governor should consider taking a page from Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's playbook: sell a state airplane or two and try to hold down flying. With aviation fuel selling at nearly $6 a gallon, state officials might be surprised at the savings a grounding order would bring.

Instead, in Georgia officialdom, it's fly, fly, fly. And nothing's too good for the upkeep of the state's fleet of planes and helicopters. The state is spending $600,000 on a state-of-the-art hangar at Charlie Brown Airport.

September 24, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: McCain chose a woman for the wrong reason

The United States may get its first female president after all.

September 23, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Listen in as pro pols ponder Palin

Want to know how Democratic strategists reacted to John McCain's selection of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate? Let's listen in and hear for ourselves:

September 20, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Who sacrifices when state budget is cut?

There's no question that state government is facing a real financial crisis, primarily because our legislators and governor adopted a budget that commits Georgia to spending about $2 billion more than the state will collect in tax revenues this year because of the economic slowdown.

September 19, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: McCain’s Palin pick is GOP slick

You will never see me write again that the Republican Party is the dumb party. Corrupt maybe, or hypocritical or tobacco roadish, but never dumb.

September 17, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: A look at GOP decisions, here and nationwide

We need to end the controversy over the Hall County GOP executive committee's action against candidate Bob Vass. Nonetheless, a member of that committee asked that I let people know that while the vote was correctly reported as unanimous, the full committee membership was not unanimous.

September 16, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Nichols: Some major problems await next president

The problems facing our government are not just leadership, although our political leaders do influence the way we seek answers to our problems. I think the most important sources of current problems are institutional rather than personal.

September 15, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Voice of the ‘new’ AT&T is a clueless robot

When my alma mater, BellSouth, was absorbed by Southwestern Bell, aka the "new" AT&T in 2006, then-BellSouth CEO F. Duane Ackerman said, "Technology changes and convergence are shaping a new competitive dynamic and creating tremendous opportunity."

September 13, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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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


Crawford: Is electing a school chief really necessary?

Early in January, Richard Woods will be sworn in as the duly elected superintendent of state schools. He could very well be the last person ever elected to this statewide constitutional office.

November 19, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Election results won't solve our problems

"How do you spell relief?" Clue: It's not Alka Seltzer. It's the elections. They're over! Even the losers are breathing easier.

November 18, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: One terrorist we should thank for his service

This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago, but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he's proud of it.

November 15, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: This year's election had a familiar look

This was an election for people who enjoy watching reruns on TV.

November 12, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Junior Lee has too many pests on his plate

I called Junior E. Lee and asked when he would have some post-election analysis to share with you.

November 08, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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