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Column: Taxpayers on hook for mishandled Deal 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 experien...
July 24, 2014 10:12 AM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Two billion heartbeats
Q: I’m confused. Normally you are a proponent of hope and optimism, but you recently said the “Happy” song made you want to do violent things. That doesn’t exactly sound like what you usually promo...
July 24, 2014 10:02 AM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest column: Cruz wants billionaires to pave paradise
When I visit Montana, I always try to spend at least a day or two in Yellowstone National Park. I had the privilege of touring Yellowstone on a snowmobile in March and then again, a week ago, at th...
July 24, 2014 09:54 AM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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I am the 10 percent: Casting a ballot in Fulton County
Running late to work this morning, I thought about skipping the polls and going right to the office. But then I remembered the story we published last week saying voter turnout was expected to be 1...
July 22, 2014 12:16 PM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: The job of waxing poetic can be quite frenetic
“I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it. “I’ve just found out I’m not the nation’s poet laureate. “I made a great effort. I put up a good fight. “But instead the job went to a guy name...
July 18, 2014 03:06 PM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Gold dust woman: On the passing of a friend
I just returned from the funeral of my friend Mila Cantrell Begley. We gathered in the usual fashion, in a typical small-town funeral home. The chapel was at capacity, as Mila was loved by multitud...
July 18, 2014 02:59 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest column: But it said so in the papers
There’s another scandal brewing that stems from, shockingly, Washington. It seems a White House occupant had a 15-year affair with one of his neighbors. At least, that’s the tale historical documen...
July 18, 2014 02:50 PM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Spending time at Tiger Mountain Vineyards
Editor’s note: This is the first of two columns on Tiger Mountain Vineyards. TIGER – Just seven tenths of a mile, north of this town of 316 residents and no traffic light, you blissfully arrive at ...
July 17, 2014 02:44 PM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: In polls and pests, Junior E. Lee knows his business
With the July 22 runoff election fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Co., located in Greater Garfield, to get his thoughts on...
July 10, 2014 10:59 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Living on purpose
Q: I just read your memoir and enjoyed it very much. You write about the importance of purpose in one’s life. Can you share some of your thoughts on this topic? A: Here’s what I know: Everyone is m...
July 10, 2014 10:51 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest column: What sort of man picks on hungry children?
District 1 U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston calls himself a “fiscal hawk” who would slash federal budgets with a machete. He especially wants to chop federal assistance programs for the elderly, the disable...
July 10, 2014 10:39 AM | 3 3 comments | 139 139 recommendations | email to a friend
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Column: Help is on way for dealing with humor-impaired
The things you learn while surfing the Internet in desperation for column material. Did you know there is a National Association for the Humor-Impaired? May Jimmy Carter (speaking of the humor-impa...
July 03, 2014 12:04 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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  • Column: Sea Island defends proposed development
    by Dick Yarbrough
    Columnist
    06.05.14 - 02:55 pm
  • Column: Technology overkill
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    06.05.14 - 02:46 pm
  • Column: Feeling lucky?
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    05.29.14 - 11:05 am
  • Guest column: The bigger the govt., the harder to manage
    by Melvyn L. Fein
    Guest Columnist
    05.29.14 - 10:36 am
  • Column: Emergency room 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...
    July 03, 2014 12:03 AM | 3 3 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: What’s on your summer bucket list?
    Since January, we’d been waiting for summer. It arrived on Memorial Day weekend. And the rituals, along with a dose of pandemonium, are under way. The scent of charcoal smoke is on the breeze. Shor...
    July 03, 2014 12:02 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Georgian big part of Texas state history
    There is a native Georgian buried among statesman, soldiers, judges — prominent men and women — along with Stephen F. Austin, the father of Texas, and author James Michener, at the Texas State Ceme...
    July 03, 2014 12:01 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Retired general sees hope in future Iraqi generations
    In my home hangs a photograph of a rather large and deep hole on the side of an asphalt road. It is the aftermath of an IED (improvised explosive device) — or in more simple terms, a homemade bomb ...
    June 26, 2014 04:21 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Dealing with crazy exes
    Q: I recently started dating someone I think I have a future with. He evidently has a trail of exes — all seemingly insane and utterly obsessed with him. Two are trying to wage a social media war w...
    June 26, 2014 04:12 PM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Guest column: Obama, Dems failing to learn from mistakes
    My father was from the old school. He insisted whatever I did, I had to get it right from the outset. If I made a mistake, however minor, he would land on me like a ton of bricks. This was evidence...
    June 26, 2014 03:53 PM | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: If heaven is out of question, any day in Athens will do
    I have said it before but it bears repeating: If I don’t qualify for heaven (a distinct possibility), my preferred alternates are: (a.) Athens on a crisp fall Saturday afternoon; (b.) Athens on a w...
    June 19, 2014 10:21 AM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Listen to what Mister Rogers said
    Q: I consider myself a Christian person, but I find myself being resentful, critical and judgmental of others and always ruminating about circumstances that went wrong. Quite honestly I think the d...
    June 19, 2014 10:14 AM | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Last trout fishing outing for the summer
    HELEN – Last week was the last week for fishing the Chattahoochee River in these parts. If you just have to try your luck, you can fish year-round in this refreshing hamlet of the state, but trout ...
    June 19, 2014 09:58 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: A salute to a man who achieved his dream
    Before the start of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Billy Payne, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games’ CEO, reminded everyone while much of the attention during the Games would be focused...
    June 12, 2014 12:28 PM | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Column: Givers and takers
    Q: I work in a small office. I don’t like the toilet paper. I’m serious. It’s a quilted kind, and it leaves lint balls which are not attractive to my husband. When I wear black undergarments it loo...
    June 12, 2014 12:21 PM | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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    Guest column: Panel explores ways to help move up ladder
    Some panel discussions are worthwhile; others are a good chance to catch up on your email. A recent discussion in Atlanta, called Climbing the Ladder: Obstacles to Achieving the American Dream, was...
    June 12, 2014 12:14 PM | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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  • Column: Bad days at work
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    05.22.14 - 12:57 pm
  • Column: Mama power and Cooter Brown
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    05.15.14 - 01:23 pm
  • Guest column: Times have changed since Reagan’s day
    by Kevin Foley
    Guest Columnist
    05.15.14 - 01:15 pm
  • Column: Nuggets of advice for day-to-day life
    by Lauretta Hannon
    Columnist
    05.08.14 - 12:03 am