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Yarbrough: Be wary of proposed airline merger

According to news reports, one of the biggest issues in the current merger talks between Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Northwest is who would run the new company: the Delta guy or the nabob from Northwest.

March 29, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: My 15 minutes on ‘Montel’ with a ghost dog

An era is coming to an end. After 17 years, "The Montel Williams show" is not going to be renewed.

March 28, 2008 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Shipp: Where is Zell now on taxing food?

Can this be true? A movement is afoot in the Capitol to change the title of House Speaker Glenn Richardson's sweeping tax reform measure. Overnight, Romeo's GREAT Tax Plan would become known as the DEAD Tax Plan.

March 26, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Shipp: Hillary done in by the ‘H-Factor’

An anonymous reader writes: "In your column (Feb. 17) you state, 'The total Republican (presidential primary) vote was down nearly 25 percent from Gov. Sonny Perdue's 2006 high-water mark.' You seem to hold that as a hopeful sign that the Democrat Party is somehow making a comeback in Georgia.

March 26, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


King: Emotions drive our political choices

Is change really in the air? Perhaps, but people are fickle. The public may call for change, but individually people keep electing the same candidates, supporting the same party and reciting the same political rhetoric they did before.

March 25, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Mystery of life not answered by laws

It appears that some Georgia legislators want to tell us when life begins.

March 25, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Hospice eases trip on life’s final journey

In the Middle Ages, the words "hospice," "hospital" and "hostel" often were given the same meaning. As a person neared the end of a journey, food and shelter were provided to the tired traveler, some of whom were sick and needed care in their last days.

March 24, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Thomas: Nation's greatest asset is healthy respect for marriage

As we approach "Super Tuesday," which involves primaries or caucuses in 24 states including Georgia, the political rhetoric is going to reach a level that is almost unbearable.

March 24, 2008 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


King: Irresponsible act leads to a sickening thud

The week began badly. I had picked up my granddaughter from school and was heading home in the dark when a dog appeared in my headlights. I braked and veered as best I could. Then there was that awful thud.

March 24, 2008 | Joan King | Community columnists


Shipp: Do gender, race trump ability?

By this time next week, Super-Duper Tuesday will be over. Twenty-four states and American Samoa will have staged presidential primaries or caucuses on the same day. We will be able to measure statistically just how dumb Democratic voters are in Georgia and across the country.

March 19, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Community columnists


Nichols: Election overload, for a bizarre primary system

The current election process for our next president has almost overwhelmed me with too many debates, too much mail, phone calls, relentless newspaper and television coverage.

March 19, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Oglesby: In this election, experience counts

This is my last column before the day of actual voting in the presidential preferential primaries. To meet deadlines, it's written before the South Carolina and some other important primaries. By the time you're reading this, many may already have voted. I'd promised the results of my pre-vote winnowing of candidates for both parties.

March 18, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Oglesby: Two types of winning tickets

I've written it many times, and even though I occasionally stray, I still maintain the lottery is a voluntary tax on stupidity.

March 18, 2008 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Nichols case goes three years, with no trial yet

Excuse me for bringing up a sore subject again, but it has been almost three years since someone who looked an awful lot like Brian Nichols overpowered a deputy at the Fulton County courthouse in March 2005, took her gun and the lives of four innocent people -- a superior court judge, a court reporter, a deputy sheriff and, later, a federal agent -- before surrendering.

March 15, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Shipp: Here’s the real trouble with Obama

Can Sen. Barack Obama be elected president? Are you talking to me?

March 12, 2008 | Bill Shipp | 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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