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Crawford: Watch out for that next state tax bill

It is always a good idea to pay close attention to what Georgia's legislators do during a General Assembly session, because at some point you're going to end up paying for it.

February 05, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Shipp: What Bulldogs need is more discipline

Let's forget the economy and Barack Obama for a moment. Let's turn to a really serious question that should have been addressed months or even years ago:

February 04, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists

Oglesby: Find common ground to solve issues

I may have figured out why we as Georgians and Americans can't seem to recognize the source of the myriad problems troubling society today, particularly in governmental levels from courthouse to the top. We simply pass every mirror with nary a glance. The enemy is us.

February 03, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists

Thomas: SPLOST is just one tax too many

The great philosopher David Hume said, "It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once." It is generally lost about 1 percent at a time - usually through taxes.

February 03, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists

Yarbrough: New sheriff in town doesn’t need Carter’s help

He may have done some things you like and some you don't like in his first few weeks in office, but President Barack Obama has hit a home run in his appointment of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell as his special envoy for the Middle East, and veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

January 31, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Crawford: DOT conflict not an easy fix

Political science professors for years have been teaching their students that Georgia's affairs are managed by the traditional three branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial.

January 29, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Corn: Failing banks due for federal takeover

American banks are again teetering on the edge. Downgrades by ratings agencies and stock analysts on two of Georgia's largest banks, Suntrust and Synovus (which owns Bank of North Georgia), have been reported. Both banks reported massive losses in the final quarter of '08. Bank of America also had to ask for additional funding from the federal government to stay afloat.

January 29, 2009 | By Jesse Corn Guest columnist | Community columnists

Shipp: Georgia needs fresh blood, ideas

Let's face reality. Georgia needs a federal bailout. The Peach State is in worse shape than Chrysler and Bank of America put together. President Barack Obama's stimulus package has earmarked about $5.6 billion to help Georgia.

January 28, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists

King: Science competes with misinformation

Nothing defines America better than the First Amendment: Freedom of religion, freedom of the press and freedom of speech. You and I can stand on any street corner or write a letter to any newspaper and say whatever we want.

January 27, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists

Nichols: As national debt mounts, worries follow

In the 1960s, I attended a conference for academics in the State Department building in Washington, D.C. The main address was by Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who outlined a number of expensive foreign aid programs being studied for possible implementation. After his talk, he opened the floor to questions from the audience.

January 26, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Yarbrough: Tardy predictions on politics, football

I am a little late delivering my 2009 predictions to you, which must have put you in a dither.

January 24, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Thomas: There are worse things to do while driving than blabbing

So the National Safety Council wants state governments to ban cell phone use, even hands-free cell phones, while driving. I think the NSC should have gone after a far more dangerous practice before taking on cell phones: farding while driving.

January 23, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists

Crawford: Georgia’s job situation bad, getting worse

One of Labor Commissioner Mike Thurmond's official duties is to compile the number of claims filed each month by laid off workers who are eligible to collect unemployment insurance benefits.

January 22, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Shipp: State out of touch as sky is falling

Talk about being out of touch:

January 21, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists

Young: Real Che Guevara not such a cool guy

Hollywood has dutifully churned out yet another cinematic agitprop paean to a leftist "martyr," this time Ernesto Guevara. So let's recall the real "Che" and try to discern why many supposedly democratic, civil libertarian liberals still swoon over this Stalinist mass murderer.

The meticulous myth of Señor Guevara is of a handsome Argentine heroically helping Fidel Castro's guerrillas liberate Cuba from the fascist Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in 1959. Then he became a global revolutionary icon inspiring the downtrodden to rise up everywhere, even personally leading rebel warriors in the Congo before being executed doing the same in ...

January 20, 2009 | By Douglas Young For The Times | Community columnists

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