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Shipp: Georgia peanuts get a roasting in DC

Georgia's 9th District U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal usually doesn't make ripples in Washington. So when he came out of his shell the other day to defend the peanut before Congress, he made news. He told a House committee hearing on the recent Georgia peanut scandal that he often ate raw peanuts and suffered no ill effects.

February 18, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: A framing champ at home; a pile of pork in Capitol

Were a Hall County Olympic athlete to bring home two national gold medals and an international silver in three years, we'd be hoarse from bragging about it. Nonathletic accomplishments get less attention.

February 17, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Guest column: SPLOST is vital for local public health

Hall County will soon vote on SPLOST VI in a referendum that directly impacts an often unseen but vital component of community well-being: public health services.

February 17, 2009 | By David Westfall Guest columnist | Community columnists


Thomas: Obama’s plan only stimulates more debt

It's time for a little perspective on President Barack Obama's stimulus bill. Do you have any idea just how much a billion dollars is?

February 16, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Guest column: Recession is all the more reason to approve SPLOST

Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart, once was asked what he thought about the recession. He responded, "I've thought about it and decided I don't want to take part in it."

February 15, 2009 | By Emily Bagwell and Cooper Emery Guest columnists | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Good news hard to find these days

As I was writing this column, the Woman Who Shares My Name wanted to ask two questions. First, would I please talk about positive things this week? "Surely," she mused, "there has to be some good news you can share with readers instead of your usual gloom and doom."

February 14, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Guest Column: Parents, studies agree that school vouchers work

Georgia's General Assembly has begun debating a bill that would make public education funding portable. Rather than having no choice but to accept whatever school the state assigns them, parents could use a tuition voucher to have their child educated at the school of their choice, including private schools.

February 13, 2009 | By Greg Forster For The Times | Community columnists


Crawford: Power bill due years before first spark

It won't be a huge surprise to our readers when I note that state legislators are more concerned about the interests of corporate CEOs than the problems of ordinary Georgia citizens. That's the way the world works, whether we like it or not.

February 12, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: Some ideas to spend state’s stimulus money

Gov. Sonny Perdue may turn out to be the luckiest governor in Georgia history.

February 11, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Less ‘stuff’ isn’t such a bad thing

"Worldwide trade is grinding to a standstill," reports The Elliott Wave Theorist, a market-forecasting publication (Jan. 22). Atmospheric CO2 is already "... into a dangerous zone," states James Hansen, lead scientist on NASA's latest climate study. A quarter of our land animals and plants will become extinct in the near future unless we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says Nature, an international science journal.

February 10, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Inaugural images show our unity to the world

When I was 13 years old, I visited Washington, D.C., with my grandparents as guests in my great-aunt's home in Arlington, Va.

February 09, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Infantry museum is a shining star for Georgia

Sometimes I don't understand my beloved state of Georgia. How in good conscience can we spend $19 million on something like Go Fish Georgia, which Gov. Sonny Perdue thinks is the greatest thing to hit the state since James Oglethorpe's two feet?

February 07, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: If 8 is enough, then 14 is way over the top

For seven years I was a single parent. I had one sweet, healthy, bright child. I had a job and a home and some savings. It was still the most difficult things I've ever done.

February 06, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Watch out for that next state tax bill

It is always a good idea to pay close attention to what Georgia's legislators do during a General Assembly session, because at some point you're going to end up paying for it.

February 05, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: What Bulldogs need is more discipline

Let's forget the economy and Barack Obama for a moment. Let's turn to a really serious question that should have been addressed months or even years ago:

February 04, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


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Dick Yarbrough: A not-so-noble Nobel spat in Atlanta

I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for president of the United States (or what's left of it).

May 23, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: GOP chooses a practical path with party leader

Georgia Republicans chose electoral pragmatism over ideological purity when they elected their state chairman last weekend, but it was a close call.

May 20, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: When humanity requires it, it's our duty to speak out

Knowing when to speak out and when to hold your peace is a fine art, one that I struggle with every day.

May 19, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: A sincere ‘thank you’ to Georgia’s public school teachers

Dear public school teachers in Georgia:

May 16, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Many lessons learned from legislature session

Now that the General Assembly has adjourned for the year and all of the bills have either been signed or vetoed, what lessons can we take away from this latest legislative session? I can think of a few.

May 13, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Essay: What matters more, freedom or security?

I live in one of those semi-upscale, semi-planned Northeast Georgia neighborhoods where large houses sit hip-to-hip on relatively small lots and where all the lawns are semi-perfectly manicured and all the children are, well, absolutely perfect (just ask their parents).

May 10, 2015 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com | Community columnists


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