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Guest column: Finding justice for victims is justice for all

"There was nobody there to tell", said an elderly victim of the abuse she received from her caregiver.

"I really thought he was going to change this time", comments a victim of domestic violence.

April 24, 2008 | By Bethany Foley Director of the Victim Witness Assistance Program | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Session like a dysfunctional family

When Republicans first took control of the Georgia House and Senate and the governor's office, I was concerned. Too buttoned-down and serious, I said. They will go to the Capitol, cut taxes, make government smaller and more responsive, jerk their Democrat colleagues around a little and then go home, get re-elected and start the whole thing over again. Not an ideal scenario for someone who makes a living poking fun at politics and those who practice the world's second-oldest profession.

I underestimated them. Turns out Republicans are more cantankerous than a junkyard dog. They haven't done anything ...

April 23, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Shipp: Back to the backroom we go

Bring back the guys in the smoke-filled rooms. They knew how to pick candidates who could win the White House.

April 23, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Groupthink shows our ugly side

Overheard shortly after Barack Obama's speech in Philadelphia: "He says he's a Christian, but he was born a Muslim. Once a Muslim, always a Muslim. There's only one thing you can do with a Muslim. Kill him."

April 22, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Thomas: Critics of global warming on increase

On "60 Minutes" recently, Al Gore stated that those who doubt the reality of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming, "are in such a tiny, tiny minority now with their point of view. They're almost like the ones who still believe that the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona and those who believe the earth is flat."

In 1992 he said, "Only an insignificant fraction of scientists deny the global warming crisis. The time for debate is over. The science is settled." So for about 15 years the former vice president has essentially been calling for people ...

April 22, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas Guest Column | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Storks won’t hamper China Games

If there are any wood storks in China, they are in a heap of trouble. The XXIX Olympiad, as the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing are so grandly known, are just months away and I am willing to bet all the tea in -- well, you know -- that not one person there gives a flying honk about the wood stork.

April 19, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: We lose when pols, press get cozy

Isn't it strange that disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer got away with his trysts as long as he did? Spitzer, a mean-spirited bully, resigned following revelations he had been saying one thing and doing another.

April 19, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: Resurrection has touched world like no other event

At this time of year, Christians celebrate Easter, or as I prefer, Resurrection Sunday. As one scans history, no other date put such a mark in time as when Jesus Christ shed His grave-clothes and departed the tomb.

April 19, 2008 | By Trevor Thomas tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com | Community columnists


Glazer: Freedom should come with a dose of caution

Like a lot of kids, when I chose a college, I picked one far from home. In my case, it was the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

April 18, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Glazer: Venerable Jackson Building will bounce back

When I was in my late 20s, I thought I had my whole life figured out. I'd earned degrees in social work, counseling and criminal justice. I was working as counselor for the Department of Corrections. I'd be chief counselor by 35, assistant warden by 40, warden by 45, retire and then spend the rest of my working life teaching and writing.

April 18, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Nichols: Arts Council fills our town with culture

Gainesville is a very special place, a town with many traditions, a town rich in diverse cultural, artistic musical organizations. I have visited many cities here and overseas, and I do not know of any similar-sized town with such broad cultural activities.

April 17, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Shipp: Foxes guard state’s ethics henhouse

An ethics class for lobbyists? Why didn't I think of that? Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson, R-Savannah, and several of his colleagues have dreamed up a swell idea during this election year. They would teach a formal ethics course to lobbyists. No, they didn't say anything about delivering ethics lectures to legislators, too.

April 16, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Nichols: Program brings foster children, parents together

One January after the Christmas break I asked one of my students how the break went. "I hated it" he replied.

April 16, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Oglesby: Who’s going to be second on the presidential tickets?

Earlier, I listed the top three presidential candidates in each major party I thought best qualified overall for the presidency under the philosophical banner of that party and the major issues. Now that the list has been narrowed to one Republican and two Democrats, let's beat the major media in doing the same for the running mates.

April 15, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: What kind of change do we want?

A majority of Americans of all parties and persuasions want change this election year. Only problem is most of those who objectively think issues thoroughly through aren't sure exactly what kind of change is possible, meaningful and really needed.

April 15, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | 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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