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Column: Why I won’t be running for president
My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart I announce to you today I will not be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016.   I know there are those among you who believe our country ...
April 23, 2015 06:55 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Readers share worst advice
Subscribers to my e-newsletter were invited to share the worst advice they’d ever received. Here are some of the highlights. “When my grandmother found out that my husband and I, who both work full...
April 23, 2015 06:47 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: ‘SEC Primary’ would put Georgia on presidential map
Georgia has been more or less “off the map” when it comes to influencing the presidential nomination process in recent decades. That is, its presidential primaries have tended to take place after t...
April 23, 2015 06:43 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: A tribute to good people doing good things
Sometimes we forget there are a lot of good people on this earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to car...
April 16, 2015 08:58 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Reading is a vital component in anyone’s life
Q: I’ve heard you speak about the importance of reading. For those of us who are not writers, do you think it makes any real difference in our lives if we read? A: Yes and more yes. Let me share a ...
April 16, 2015 08:50 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Georgia Republicans join tax-hike parade of states
Gov. Nathan Deal and fellow Republicans in the General Assembly joined a virtual parade of states across the country in raising gasoline taxes for transportation infrastructure. Eight other states ...
April 16, 2015 08:36 AM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: What in the world does it take to be a great leader?
Fortune magazine has announced its list of the World’s Greatest Leaders for 2015 and would you believe  I got snubbed again this year?   This makes two years in a row I have been overlooked which, ...
April 09, 2015 03:49 PM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: How your rock can roll when your use is up
Q: I truly don’t understand a phenomenon I’ve experienced several times. You meet a person during a very dark time in their lives. They ask for friendship and mentorship. You make sacrifices to sta...
April 09, 2015 03:41 PM | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: What’s that noise?
Pick a comedy, any comedy. The situational ones on TV, that is. Virtually all of them use a laugh track, pre-recorded sounds of an audience guffawing hysterically at the lamest of jokes uttered by ...
April 09, 2015 03:31 PM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: UGA class of '19 will include some of state’s brightest
If you are a high school senior hoping to attend the University of Georgia, the oldest-state chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, you have probably ...
April 02, 2015 04:48 PM | 1 1 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Can there be too much of a good thing?
Q: Do you think there is such a thing as having an overly open mind? A: Absolutely. In fact, an excessively open mind will collect much garbage. While curiosity is an attribute that will enrich you...
April 02, 2015 04:40 PM | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Education Reform Commission can make difference
I suspect my recent silence on the subject of public education in Georgia has been deafening to some of you. I will explain. In January, I was named to the Education Reform Commission by Gov. Natha...
March 26, 2015 09:01 AM | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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  • Column: Finding purpose through service
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    02.26.15 - 05:16 pm
  • Column: The life and times of Pete Dickens
    by Loran Smith
    Columnist
    02.26.15 - 05:05 pm
  • Column: Do sticks and stones really break bones?
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    02.19.15 - 11:21 am
  • Column: Mama and the chain gang
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    02.12.15 - 11:00 am
  • Column: Relishing an old country relic, ER eavesdropping
    Q: I’ve heard you poke fun about how country folks talk about their health problems. I live in a small town far away from Atlanta, and I cringe every time I hear such talk. How should I respond the...
    March 26, 2015 08:53 AM | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Congress should approve American Energy Renaissance Act
    Editor’s note: The following letter is about U.S. Senate Bill 791 , also known as the American Energy Renaissance Act, which was read twice and referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natura...
    March 26, 2015 08:32 AM | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Thankful for new generation of Methodist 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 ...
    March 19, 2015 01:04 PM | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: A love story for the ages
    A mention in this space of Eiderdown, the heavy-duty comforter which the British have used to ameliorate the dark cold of winter for centuries, brought about an introduction to Sylvia and Gene Fall...
    March 19, 2015 12:57 PM | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Guest column: Censored, fast-forwarded James Bond
    I might be the only father in America who hasn’t seen the movie “Frozen.” And I can state quite honestly I haven’t even heard the song “Let It Go.” I’ve heard the movie and song referenced, but thr...
    March 19, 2015 12:48 PM | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thanks for pointing out Dorsey’s role in saving Fox
    Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to Dick Yarbrough’s March 4 column, titled “Without Jasper Dorsey, there might be no Fox Theatre.” EDITOR: Too much good can’t be said about the r...
    March 19, 2015 12:44 PM | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Lee analyzes Legislature’s refusal to lower age limits
    It is with regret I tell you our intrepid public servants in the Georgia Legislature have scuttled a bill that would have lowered the age of eligibility to serve as a member of the House of Represe...
    March 12, 2015 02:36 PM | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Real beauty queens
    Q: I’ve been reading your column for several years now, and I really like your take on beauty, especially as it pertains to women and our society. Can you please talk about this? A: Probably the be...
    March 12, 2015 02:29 PM | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Guest column: Why metro moms want more school choice
    Like every other parent, we have three primary concerns: that our children are safe, that they are healthy and that they are well-educated. Most of our time and energy every day is directed to thos...
    March 12, 2015 02:01 PM | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Without Jasper Dorsey, Fox Theatre may not exist
    I read with interest in last week’s Northside Neighbor about the upcoming gala March 14 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Save the Fox campaign. Hard to believe it has been that long. Time...
    March 05, 2015 03:08 PM | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Case of mistaken identity
    Q: In your last column you stated, “In order to realize your purpose, you must operate in the right realm.” What exactly did you mean by that? A: I was saying purpose is found in one’s true self, n...
    March 05, 2015 03:01 PM | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Yarbrough’s ‘Don’t shoot’ T-shirt column misses mark
    EDITOR: Dick Yarbrough’s [Feb. 4] column on “Don’t shoot” T-shirts displays a glaring lack of contextual understanding, not to mention the unsettling level of comfort he seems to have with using “a...
    March 05, 2015 02:59 PM | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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  • Column: Remembering Iwo Jima
    by Loran Smith
    Columnist
    02.12.15 - 10:50 am
  • Column: Three components worthy of attention
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    02.05.15 - 01:57 pm
  • Column: Tough love is sometimes the best medicine
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    01.29.15 - 10:44 am
  • Guest column: A healthy economy for all
    by Tom Price
    Guest Columnist
    01.29.15 - 10:27 am
  • Column: Finding light in the midst of darkness
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    01.22.15 - 06:35 pm
  • Column: Is Georgia about to go to pot?
    by Bill Lewis
    Guest Columnist
    01.22.15 - 06:27 pm