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Guest column: Celebrating China

The pimple of the Beijing Olympics was the endless China-bashing of some Western reporters. Despite the wonderful Chinese hospitality, modern facilities and superb job running the games, many journalists never missed a chance to editorialize about some political gripe.

September 07, 2008 | By Douglas Young Gainesville State College professor | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Taking in the view from Scotland

I have just returned from taking grandson Nicholas Wansley to Scotland with his grandma to visit the land of her ancestors. I would have taken him to visit my ancestors except I don't have any idea where they are.

September 06, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Crawford: Court ruling could impact state school funding

In a small courtroom tucked high inside the Fulton County courthouse, a trial will be held in October before a retired judge who will hear the arguments, sift through the evidence, and eventually issue a verdict (no jury is involved in this case).

September 05, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Glazer: Bigfoot, my foot: I’m hunting Little People

Like Fox Mulder, I want to believe.

September 05, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Chambliss gambles with energy move

By all indications, Saxby Chambliss should have an easy time winning another term as Georgia's senior senator.

September 04, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: One-term pledge is usually broken

If an aging presidential candidate loses his car keys once in a while or absent-mindedly puts his shoes in the Frigidaire, it's OK by me. I know how it is. If you keep playing this game, you begin to slip.

September 03, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Nichols: Georgian history, culture threatened

My two visits to Georgia with students during the Cold War days do not make me an expert on that country. But I do have very fond memories of what I learned from the Georgian people I met.

August 31, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Skeeter’s right; Georgia critics are just jealous

It never fails. Just let me say one nice thing about the great state of Georgia and I get letters from people who, (a) live in the state but, (b) are originally from a state north of the Mason-Dixon Line that, (c) they think is better than the state in which they now reside.

August 30, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: Saving the planet at the expense of mankind

"I'm trying to save the planet; I'm trying to save the planet." The summer heat, caused of course by man-made global warming, must be causing Nancy Pelosi to repeat herself. I wonder if she was wearing a pair of red slippers and kicking her heals together during her plea.

August 29, 2008 | | Community columnists


Shipp: Don’t have a lobbyist? Better grab your wallet

It's time to keep one eye on your bank account and another on our friends at the state Capitol.

August 27, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: More anger won’t fix our problems

Friday was not a good day. I was stuck in the house waiting for a repairman who was scheduled to arrive "between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m," if a missing part could be found.

August 26, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Glazer: Being crafty just a work in progress

This morning I put a newspaper clipping about my daughter in the family scrapbook. Actually, scrapbook is a pretty glorified title for what we have. It's really just a binder that contains any piece of newsprint with the name of one of the Glazers on it. It has always been my intention to someday organize it into volumes dedicated to each family member.

August 25, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Corso: Virtual reality hits home with daughter’s request

The other day, my 8-year-old asked me if she could have her own cell phone. Hardly a moral crisis, to be sure, but it did knock me back a step since our typical conversations center around the identification of characters in Disney TV shows that should not be imitated when speaking to adults.

August 24, 2008 | By Arturo Corso Guest columnist | Community columnists


Oglesby: The history of building a local Republican Party

Questions from several friends relatively new to Hall County about my dual role as journalist and political activist prompted the first part of this column. I seldom respond in this space to letters to the editor. But in keeping with my philosophy of full disclosure so readers will know where I'm coming from, I felt this was necessary.

August 23, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Georgian is leading Ford’s rebound

Bennie Fowler represents everything that is good about this country, so it is not surprising that American-headquartered Ford Motor Co. has him in a key position to help the company in its turnaround efforts.

August 23, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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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


Crawford: The end of a long runoff campaign is in sight

For those who have endured Georgia's longest runoff election ever, the July 22 finish line is finally coming into view.

July 16, 2014 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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