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Yarbrough: A salute to two good Georgia men

This is a story of two good men. Separated in age by several decades and in geography by several thousand miles, but with much in common: Successful careers, devoted family men, veterans, athletes, men of high character. Both with a love for the University of Georgia. Both are my friends.

July 26, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Cards for the incarcerated send tough love messages

Half a lifetime ago I worked as a parole officer. One of my duties was to interview the families of prospective parolees. I'd get information for a narrative about the inmate's personal life, their background, education, community support and postrelease plans.

July 25, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Shipp: Gun lobby should focus on jailing bad guys

Before the booing and counter-booing begin, let's remember what the gun symbolizes in American culture: More than the bald eagle or the don't-tread-on-me serpent, the firearm to the American male and increasing numbers of females has come to stand for our ideals of independence.

July 23, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Thoughts on economy, school board

Moving up the street roughly a half-mile as we just did is little different from moving across the country what with packing, unpacking, etc. The current economy and real estate market make selling the vacated home far more difficult than any of our previous moves.

July 22, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Orr: Views from the experts among us are welcomed

"An expert is anyone from out of town with a brief case."

July 20, 2008 | By Wyc Orr Guest columnist | Community columnists


Corso: Celebrate America’s greatness, work to make it better

Independence Day is the only holiday that celebrates the United States of America. While it technically commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the truth is that today, families and friends across America will charcoal-grill, sunbathe and set aflame powder in honor of our democratic republic.

July 18, 2008 | By Arturo Corso Guest columnist | Community columnists


Cornelius: Lighting out for the territory, and for a new birth of freedom

At the end of his adventures, Huckleberry Finn, the boy hero of the quintessentially American novel, did a quintessentially American thing: He decided to "light out for the territory." It was natural. Aunt Sally's ways were suffocating, stifling for a boy like Huck.

July 18, 2008 | Guest columnist | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Some questions even I can’t answer

You'd better sit down for this one. I must confess that I, your modest and much-beloved columnist, don't have all the answers. (I can hear the gasps from Adel to Zebulon.)

July 18, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Bush: Schools must serve all students

Nearly 40 years ago, we began working to make sure black students were not tracked to fail, discouraged to excel, put out of school, attacked while in school or subjected to the kind of verbal violence that made staying in school hard to do.

July 17, 2008 | By Faye Bush Guest columnist | Community columnists


Waldrip: Higher taxes hurt everyone

Over the past few weeks, the big news story has been about the city school system. From the first day when it was reported that the school system was facing a major budget deficit, to the ultimate dismissal of the superintendent, every Gainesville citizen has an opinion. The school deficit issue has opened everyone's eyes.

July 17, 2008 | By Jack Waldrip Guest columnist | Community columnists


Shipp: Could fall vote yield another big upset like 1980?

Could Vernon Jones be the next Mack Mattingly?

July 16, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Is nuclear power a solution? Not so fast

Sen. Johnny Isakson's recent call for a compromise on energy policy is getting a lot of coverage. The Georgia senator wants Republicans to embrace conservation initiatives and alternatives such as solar and wind in turn for Democratic acceptance of nuclear power and a more aggressive exploitation of our own oil resources (Alaska and off the Atlantic Coast).

July 15, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Thomas: Handgun ruling shows why Supreme Court appointees matter

Five-to-four. Amazing. By one vote our U.S. Supreme Court decided that the Second Amendment to our Constitution is still in effect. It should not have been this close.

July 15, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Nichols: Politics again could hamper Olympics

The original Olympic Games were held in Greece from 776 BC to 393 AD. Modern Olympic Games resumed in 1859 and were international in scope.

July 14, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Join the Senate debate on energy

I was deep in thought on my back porch at Big Canoe in the North Georgia mountains when the phone rang. It was Sen. Saxby Chambliss calling from Washington. He sounded as if he had been rode hard and put away wet. Given his druthers, I suspect he would have preferred sitting on the porch staring at the mountains than stuck in Washington with a group of people sporting a 13 percent approval rating. I'm talking about Congress, of course.

July 12, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Crawford: Georgia voters can get the job done

For the past 20 years, an idea frequently floated for reforming the political system has been to set term limits for elected officials.

August 27, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Why not an end of our own choosing?

Two weeks ago, The Times reported Robin Williams' suicide. I'm sad for a number of reasons, maybe not the same as other people's reasons but just as intense. I am sad because the world lost a gifted comedian. To quote Ella Wheeler Wilcox, who wrote "Laugh and the world laughs with you:"

August 26, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Letter not enough to polish my liberal bona fides

Rap! Rap! Rap!

August 23, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: A life is changed, or lost, at drop of a rock

If I met Sharon Budd, I know I'd like her. She's from Uniontown, Ohio. She's raised four kids and worked as a seventh-grade language arts teacher. She's a breast cancer survivor.

August 22, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


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


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