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Thomas: Three main reasons to vote for McCain

In the light of two recent Supreme Court rulings, one in California and one at the U.S. Supreme Court, there should be little doubt as to the stakes of the elections this November.

June 24, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Bowen: RFK would smile at Obama-Clinton race

June 8, 1968, is a day I will never forget. On that day I made a spur-of-the moment decision to go to a gravesite service 600 miles from home.

June 22, 2008 | By Alma Bowen Guest column | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Beware the Killer B’s of state politics

When roaming the political jungles of Georgia, beware of the Killer B's: Barr (Bob) is running for president; Bubba (aka, Lauren McDonald) is running for the Georgia Public Service Commission; Barnes (former Democratic Gov. Roy) is being encouraged to run for anything, as is Bowers (former State Attorney General Michael).

June 21, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Time to cool the rhetoric on Jekyll Island project

Since I had talked recently to David Egan -- whose group, the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island, has great concerns about the island's proposed revitalization -- I thought it only fair to see what the Jekyll Island Authority has to say. (Besides, it affords me the opportunity to stop by the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill on St. Simons Island and stuff my face with corn-fried shrimp. Being a modest and much-beloved columnist does have its rewards.)

June 21, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: California dreamin’ may lead to nationwide chaos

In the 1965 song by The Mamas & the Papas, there is a line that goes: "Stopped into a church I passed along the way ..."

June 20, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Shipp: School debate is déjà vu, with no help in sight

"Why would we ever go back?"

June 18, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Even if US knows where it wants to go, getting there can be a problem

When I think about the problems facing our country today, I recall a story of the man who lost his way and stopped to ask directions from an old farmer.

June 17, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: US should have school to train bureaucrats

One of the first tasks facing our new president in 2009 will be to nominate persons to serve as cabinet officials and other top bureaucratic posts.

June 16, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Baseball trip with grandson is priceless

There are no two ways about it: Being a grandfather is better than a plateful of hot buttered biscuits. Nothing compares to it. Nothing comes close.

June 14, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: The TV show you don’t want to watch at dinner

When I first read the press release, I thought it was a late April Fool's Day hoax.

June 13, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Shipp: State schools earn a failing grade

Georgians either don't care or they're too thick to understand what has happened. In seven years, Georgia has gone from a symbol of the New South to the nose-dive state. We can't get anything right.

June 11, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Democrats should follow their rules when picking presidential nominee

Far be it from this pragmatic conservative to tell Democrats how to select their nominee or who it should be. Their very public, intraparty controversy makes the process itself fair game. Should one of the two left actually become president, he or she will be president of all of us.

June 09, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


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


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Yarbrough: So who is the real outsider in Senate race?

The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office and both are anxious to portray themselves as the ultimate "outsider."

August 02, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Lessons learned from state's primary runoff

There were some important political lessons that should have been learned from last week's runoff election.

July 30, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Is US a failed state in decline?

The criteria for a failed state are pretty specific: Loss of authority over the use of force, loss of the authority to make collective decisions, inability to provide public services, and the inability to interact with the international community.

July 29, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Taxpayers on the hook for mishandled ethics probe

In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experience and I am proud of the good things we accomplished at the commission.

July 26, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Plenty of shade in years to come

In less than two weeks I'll celebrate my 60th birthday. Just for giggles, I perused some 60th birthday cards and, well, the outlook suddenly seems sort of grim. The creepiest of all pictured an empty deck chair on an emptier beach and contained these heartwarming words: "A sunrise is beautiful but so is a sunset. /For turning 60 today don't harbor any regret. / The autumn of your life will be so serene./ You will be the happiest that you have ever been."

July 25, 2014 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Why Johnny can’t go to college

In less than a month, students will be reporting for fall semester classes at the public colleges that make up the state's University System.

July 22, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Waxing poetic despite laureate snub

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

July 19, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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