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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


Glazer: Remembering two souls who inspired life, laughs

The other morning I woke up early, splashed awake by a wave of sadness. At first I couldn't identify where the feeling originated.

August 22, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Don’t bury Edwards’ career just yet

It would be difficult to have missed the story last week about the sensational confession from John Edwards that he had an extramarital affair a couple of years ago.

August 21, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia headed for a fiscal fiasco

When Gov. Sonny Perdue called in reporters a few weeks ago to discuss the revenue numbers at the end of the state's fiscal year, he tried to be as calm and reassuring as possible.

August 21, 2008 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Shipp: State’s disdain for schools revives sad tradition

Of all the political phenomena in Georgia over the last several years, perhaps nothing has been more surprising than the return of our politicians' open disregard for public education and our electorate's acceptance of their attitude and actions.

August 20, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Oglesby: Thoughts on runoffs, BULLI and Obama

Potpourri: Today is primary runoff day. Tonight, we'll know Hall County's next clerk of the court and which Democrat will take on U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

August 19, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Ten years of making folks laugh, cry and rant

It was 10 years ago this month that the Atlanta Business Chronicle asked me to write a column giving my view of Atlanta two years after the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. I had been the managing director of communications and government relations for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and the paper wanted to know how I thought the city had changed after hosting the world. Or had it changed at all? The offer was too good to resist.

August 16, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Nichols: Offering thanks for a life full of blessings

The sudden death of Tim Russert has caused many people to think about the reality of death. Recently, I have been to several funerals and the one common thread in all of them was that everyone is terminal. It is ultimate equality that everybody dies, rich or poor, black or white. After death, there is no chance to listen to a person for any comment that should have been expressed before the person left us behind.

August 15, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


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Tom Crawford: Woods now a school chief in name only

If you want to meet the person who's the real state school superintendent, it's easy to find his office.

April 01, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


'Conversations on race’ often result in guilt, hurt feelings

A few weeks ago, a former colleague I have known for more than 20 years called me a racist in a Facebook post because I did not agree with all of President Barack Obama's policies, especially his foreign policy that consists primarily of strategic dithering.

March 29, 2015 | By Ron Martz For The Times | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Governor's panel targets real school fixes

I suspect my recent silence on the subject of public education in Georgia has been deafening to some of you. I will explain.

March 28, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: One Georgia lawmaker fights the power of GOP majority

Rep. David Stover is a brave man. He may well be one of the gutsiest people serving in the General Assembly.

March 25, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: ‘Cinderella’ poses a key question

Robots, artificial intelligence, the future ... what's not to like for a sci-fi buff like me?

March 24, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Methodists produce new committed ministers

I spent last week helping to assess a group of people for a job I couldn't do if my life depended on it. Actually, what they were seeking is not a job; it is a calling. And my life here and in the hereafter depends on how well they do it.

March 21, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: State is stepping all over local control

When I first started writing about politics, my conservative friends would preach the gospel of "local control." They believed local governments did a better job of running things because local officeholders were closer to the people who elected them.

March 18, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


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