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Change isn't easy

On Tuesday, 65.4 million Americans said "Yes, we can" and voted for "Change we can believe in."

November 22, 2008 | By Maurice Carter | OPINION


Trust but verify

I don't have much tolerance for rude behavior myself, so it is humiliating to have to beg your indulgence while I ask this rude question. Why in the world do we Georgians trust that our votes are being counted accurately? Because we are too polite to question authority.

November 22, 2008 | By Chris Jueschke | OPINION


Armistice Day, Veteran’s Day

 I'm thinking today how particularly grateful I am for veterans of the United States armed forces. We'll celebrate Veterans' Day, a legal holiday originally known as Armistice Day, the day after tomorrow. It's my fervent hope that every American will stop what they're doing and, in their own way, honor our veterans. You'd think the reason is blatantly obvious, but it's not. In my experience some folks still just don't get it; they apparently think that all this freedom and justice stuff came about by happenstance.

November 19, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Tickle me voters

Now that the fall elections are over, the time has come to separate real citizens from "tickle me voters." The "tickle me voter" can't wait for "their" candidate to take office so they can remind them of campaign promises - campaign promises that almost always involve some benefit for that voter or a member of which they are a group. And what of other groups and interests? Have you ever heard the phrase "root hog or die?"

November 17, 2008 | Patrick Durusau News columnist | OPINION


The hair up there

We have a new president and I make it a point not to delve into politics in this space.

November 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


The battle of the bulge

I made a major decision recently. I decided to buy myself a pair of blue jeans.

November 16, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


Chief justice ingrate

An important Georgia political story was lost in the hoopla surrounding this year's presidential campaign and the closer-than-expected contest between Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Democratic challenger Jim Martin.

November 16, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Anybody really know the time?

A pleasant good morning to one and all on this first Sunday in November 2008, as we experience the return to Eastern Standard Time. Some of us, undoubtedly, missed the news to turn the clocks back one hour, and even now are considering whether or not a mad rush will accomplish getting to Sunday school and church services on time.

November 12, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


The future begins Nov. 5

I do not pretend to know what will happen on Nov. 4. Here's what I do know: America will never be the same. The good news is that this declaration is not necessarily bad news. America can be better than ever. On Nov. 5 America will begin to define a new normal, the next equilibrium, and reintroduce its democratically certified brand to the world.

November 12, 2008 | Eric Lee Pastor of Springfield Baptist Church | OPINION


Crazy campaign coverage

Wow! If you aren't saturated with news of the presidential campaign, you've been living in a cave. TV coverage (as well as print) really took off after the early contests in Iowa and New Hampshire drew great interest and big ratings. That's not to say TV news nets (broadcast and cable) were not prepared to cover this election, but the amount of air-time devoted to the campaigns is directly related to the viewers' interest. Truth be told, these news organizations are primarily businesses always looking to improve ratings because ad revenues are directly related to ratings. So ...

November 10, 2008 | Bob Furnad Guest columnist | OPINION


A man’s home is his hassle

I've been trying to get my house decorated the way I want it decorated ever since I moved in three years ago.

November 08, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


The elusive landslide

The early voting lines lengthen as Nov. 4 approaches. The finger-pointing becomes angrier. The Republican blame game grows louder. The polls, one by one, highlight double-digit divides between first-place Barack Obama and lagging John McCain.

November 08, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Early voting changes elections

I went to the local election office in DeKalb County last week to cast an early ballot for the Nov. 4 election, thinking it would be a good idea to vote ahead of time and beat the crowds on election day.

November 06, 2008 | By Tom Crawford | OPINION


Suicide prevention

Anyone whose life has been closely touched by suicide knows, all too well, the insidious nature of the associated grief that invades your heart. Sometimes it seems there's no escape from thinking about the event. You replay everything that led up to it, going back through the years, looking for signs that might have portended trouble on the horizon.

November 06, 2008 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


The chump test

Look out. Our friends in the General Assembly have quietly plugged a few words into the Nov. 4 ballot to test voters. They want to know if we are still chumps.

November 02, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


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