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Crawford: Chambliss had history on his side

There were many explanations being floated for Saxby Chambliss' smashing success in last week's runoff election for the U.S. Senate.

December 19, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: GOP tramples education reform

Not many folks in these parts remember or even care much anymore, but 10 years ago education reform was a top priority on the national and state agendas.

December 18, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Analyze news sources more carefully

My husband was away on business, and I took the opportunity to enjoy a solitary breakfast at the Huddle House. Just me, my coffee and the newspaper.

December 16, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Thomas: Moral justification for war can be made

A holy end, no matter how glorious, can never be vindicated by unholy means. To many Americans the Iraq war was, and is, unnecessary. To some Americans the Iraq war was, and is, unjust. (I happen to believe that it was neither of these, but that is not the point of this column.)

December 16, 2008 | tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Nichols: Taking a firsthand view of Mexico today

In early November, I joined three friends undertaking a week's tour by bus and train to visit the Copper Canyon in Mexico.

December 15, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Glazer: Shopping day signals season for optimists

It's here. Today is Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving and the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season.

December 12, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Shipp: Truth about Boss Jim escaped us

As long as I have covered politics, I never realized until now that one of the most powerful people working the government scam right under my nose was a seemingly meek, bleeding-heart Democrat named Jim Martin.

December 10, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Georgia Senate race is key to Congress

It never has turned out well when the president's party also has a majority in both House and Senate for the Senate majority to be filibuster-proof. If the majority has 60 votes, it can overcome a filibuster and ram whatever it wants into law, regardless of how ill-advised on sober reflection it may be.

December 09, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Across the Rainbow Bridge

Thanksgiving is a time when we express gratitude for the things that are important to us. We don't usually spend that time pondering the nature of existence.

December 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Community columnists


Guest Column: Local enforcement has cut crime by illegal immigrants

In a recent guest editorial, David Kennedy once again took aim at what he doesn't like. Namely anyone who would dare do anything to address the issue of illegal immigration in this country or in this community.

December 07, 2008 | By Steve Cronic Guest columnist | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Welcoming a new great grandson

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Welcome to the world! You are our first great-grandson, and you could not have come at a better time.

December 06, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Guest Column: Medical school at Brenau could boost economy

Let's be both realistic and optimistic as we take a rational look at the social, educational and economic opportunities in Northeast Georgia.

December 05, 2008 | By Ed Schrader For The Times | Community columnists


Crawford: Lesson for state leaders — don’t mess with teachers

If you want to accomplish anything in Georgia politics, you had better remember one thing: don't mess around with public school teachers, particularly with their pensions.

December 04, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Morning after brings hope for peace

This column is my own personal "morning after," written the day after the election of Barack Obama.

December 02, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Guest column: Answers that are simple, neat, wrong solve little

Demagogy refers to a political strategy for gaining political power by appealing to the prejudices and fears of the public typically via impassioned rhetoric and propaganda. Unfortunately, demagogy is an effective strategy for getting elected and many politicians continue to use it.

November 30, 2008 | By David Kennedy Guest columnist | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Prognosis is grim for Georgia's rural hospitals

If you operate or work for a hospital located in one of Georgia's rural communities, you should be very afraid. There's a strong possibility your hospital will be closing down soon because of financial problems.

March 04, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: An AP history quiz sure to please all

As you may have heard, some of our intrepid public servants under the Gold Dome are unhappy with the Advanced Placement U.S. History test and the College Board, which administers the tests.

February 28, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Legislators halfway done with little to show for it

Georgia's lawmakers have reached the halfway point of the General Assembly session, raising the question we ask every year: What have they done for you?

February 25, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: Whatever we may see, there’s always more to story

I am fascinated by the Brian Williams brouhaha. I don't have television and have probably never seen NBC's "Nightly News." I don't follow war stories. Until the recent flap over "misremembering" his experiences in Iraq, the name Brian Williams met nothing to me.

February 24, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Jekyll Islland holds its fire on thinning deer herd

If you are a supercilious liberal you-know-what or a sanctimonious Bible thumper, I have some good news for you. I am giving you both the week off. Enjoy it while you can. I will be back.

February 21, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Georgia has yet to find a magic formula for schools

Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled his plan last week to fix our low-performing public schools.

February 18, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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