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Yarbrough: ‘Real’ Forrest Gump, others are genuine heroes

I have met the real Forrest Gump. Not the ninny sitting on a Savannah park bench, prattling about a box of chocolates. His name is Sammy L. Davis and he is a recipient of the Medal of Honor, this nation's highest award for military heroism.

June 07, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Shipp: Is a heavyweight duel looming in 2010 governor's race?

In 1998, two Georgia lawyers dove into frontline political contests that could have made them national figures. Ten years later ...

June 04, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: US family needs more discipline

One of our politicians, a member of Congress I believe, defended his support for a gas tax suspension by saying that his job was to "... listen to the public and make them happy."

Perhaps it's just as well I can't find that particular clipping right now. No matter which party this man represented, someone would have accused me of bias. However, both John McCain and Hillary Clinton favor the tax suspension.

June 03, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Summer is full of great programs for children

Rob Andrews, president of the Gainesville Lions Club, reported that the Children's Theater Program recently completed another major success in helping raise money for charities that support benefits for children in need of assistance for glasses, hearing aids and diabetes.

June 02, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Do a good deed for troops overseas

OK, listen up. I have a job for you. Actually, it's not a job. It's a good deed.

May 31, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Once a sweetheart, now a celebrity thief

Poor Lindsay Lohan just can't catch a break.

May 31, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Thomas: T-Rex, chicken link is more evolutionary bunk

Which came first, the T-Rex or the chicken? The answer: they came on the same day, Day 6 of creation.

May 30, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Glazer: Mom’s advice includes home cures, common sense

Most moms are a repository of knowledge, both the book and folklore variety. Lately, it seems every time I open my mouth out comes my mother's voice. After all, she gave me some of the best advice I've ever received and now that I'm a parent, it's time to pass it on.

May 30, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Shipp: If not Isakson, then who?

The directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce should hire professional headhunters right now to interview candidates for governor in 2010.

May 28, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Was bike race worth trouble and expense?

From all reports, the Tour de Georgia bicycle race was a big promotional success for the local community. That doesn't mean, however, the overall total taxpayer cost wasn't huge and no room was left for improvement from the citizens' viewpoint.

May 27, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Shipp: Did no-show Georgia Democrats cut a deal?

For months now we have been subjected to a steady stream of promises of political change. Georgia Democratic leaders painted their party's runaway voter turnout in the Feb. 5 presidential primary as a preview of the general election in November. Donkeys would fill up polling places to cast ballots for a new generation of Democratic candidates.

May 21, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Shipp: Campaign rumors, spin detract from issues

Try this hot scoop for a piece of outright absurdity: Knowing she has no chance of winning the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton continues to run full speed ahead against Barack Obama for president. She hopes to damage Obama so badly that she will have a clear shot for the presidency in 2012. Detailed planning for that faraway campaign is already in the works.

May 21, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Culture of fear or fear of culture?

When I was studying anthropology at Georgia State College eons ago, I had a professor who liked to ask the young women students how they would feel about sharing their husband with one or more other wives. Polygamy, he said, is a worldwide norm. Only modern industrial societies mandate monogamy.

May 20, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Tibet’s future hinges on China-Dalai Lama talks

A couple of decades ago, I was camping in Alaska at the foot of Mount Denali (a.k.a, Mount McKinley), when I discovered a notice that Lowell Thomas Jr. offered to fly tourists in his small plane around the mountain to show it from above.

May 19, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Protecting Jekyll at the grass roots

I learned the hard way in my corporate life never to underestimate the power of grass-roots organizations. They are always the last to blink in a fight. I have the scars to prove it.

May 17, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Yarbrough: Remembering the true meaning of Easter

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

April 19, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Is it better to confront hatred or ignore it?

It was around 1989 when some permutation of the Ku Klux Klan and a motley group of affiliated miscreants applied for and was - as is their right - given permission to demonstrate in Gainesville. At the time my business was located in the Jackson Building on downtown's Washington Street.

April 18, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Legislators should be allowed to do their jobs

Gov. Nathan Deal currently is reviewing the hundreds of bills passed during this year's General Assembly session. He presumably will have everything signed or vetoed by April 30.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Robbins: Hope is eternal for this Braves fan

Baseball was my first love.

April 14, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Child abuse, neglect need to be Georgia's priority

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about and you would probably just as soon not hear about. But it is there and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.

April 12, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Deal’s wounds self-inflicted

Within minutes after a Fulton County jury returned a devastating verdict against the state ethics commission last week, Gov. Nathan Deal's aides were already trying to put their own spin on the story.

April 10, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: How random — and friendly — is our universe?

I have a note taped up over my computer that reads: "Be prepared for synchronicity in your life. It grew out of some unnamed force somewhere in the universe. Acknowledge it when it appears. Be grateful and give thanks, for if you think deeply, you will find it is not random at all."

April 08, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Robbins: On my plate — Coins, buttons, used gum

I was on the couch, chewing on a straw, watching the zillionth commercial where a middle-aged man takes a pill and he's suddenly happy as all get-out, when my 11-year-old son approached my throne.

April 07, 2014 | Len Robbins | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Taking hits from the left and right

Even by my impossibly high standards, this has been a good week.

April 05, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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