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Vets, don't overlook aid, attendance benefits

If you are a veteran or the widow(er) of a veteran, you may be entitled to collect $1,000 to $2,000 tax-free per month that you earned through service to our country. Many Bryan County residents, like most veterans nationwide, are still unaware of the aid and attendance benefit available through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Designed to help pay for health-care, this benefit can be a lifesaver if you are facing the challenge of paying spiraling costs while maintaining your quality of life.

January 19, 2011 | By Richard Barid and Michael Smith Special to the News | Opinion


Weather gets session off to slow start

Editor's note: State Sen. Buddy Carter, R- Pooler, will periodically provide written updates during the legislative session, which began Jan. 10 and is expected to last until the latter days of March.

January 19, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Tucson tragedy no excuse for abuse

Almost instantaneously the horrific shooting in Tucson, Ariz., became the occasion for partisan hatred.

January 19, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Suit is opportunity to reclaim nuclear site

We remain skeptical that the courts will step in to save Yucca Mountain - and, by extension, the Central Savannah River Area.

January 19, 2011 | Augusta Chronicle | Opinion


Cold, snow -- it's all about perspectives

Among the great things about the deep South is that we have grits, the best college football in the land and very little snow.

January 17, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Teaching tolerance in our schools

Sometimes the most important lessons learned at school don't come from a classroom.

January 17, 2011 | By Maureen Costello Guest columnist | Opinion


If you can't be where you love...

It sneaks up on you, your love for this place. You're assigned this duty station, so you pack up all your bags, hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. You arrive in the heart of the summer, and your lungs feel like the humidity just might kill you. You have no friends, no family, no job and no school. Then it happens.

January 17, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Americans should be free to die, and to speak

When the state of Georgia arrested four Final Exit Network volunteers, it accused them and our group, which advocates for the right to die with dignity, of assisting in suicides. In doing so, it drew attention to a Georgia law that violates the First Amendment right to free speech - and now FEN has brought an action in U.S. District Court to defend its rights.

January 17, 2011 | By Jerry Dincin Guest columnist | Opinion


Richt must step up if he wants his job

Year 2010 was not the year of the Georgia Bulldogs football team. Coach Mark Richt's team just could not seem to get anything right in 2010.

January 17, 2011 | Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Grandsons: Faster is not always better

To Nicholas Wansley and Brian and Thomas Yarbrough:

January 12, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Eight affordable ideas for Georgia

The General Assembly gathers in Atlanta this week facing a deficit of more than $1 billion. Across-the-board budget cuts are no longer sufficient to bridge the budget gap. Georgia needs more innovative, transformative ideas.

January 12, 2011 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Our thoughts are with Tucson victims

The sun was shining Saturday on Coastal Georgia - just at it was on Tucson, Ariz. But instead of going down in history as just another unremarkable day, Jan. 8, 2011, will live forever in this country as a day of terrible tragedy.

January 12, 2011 | | Opinion


Good luck, Gov. Deal, you've got a handful

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal was inaugurated to lead a state mired in hard times. The hopes of almost 10 million Georgians for better things are now his burden, his responsibility and his opportunity. There could hardly be a better way to begin a new era, or to dispel the ethics cloud that hung over his head as a candidate, than for this governor to take the lead in real ethics and accountability reform in state government. The token gestures to come from the Capitol of late have been feeble and suggest that Republican rule has so far been no improvement ...

January 12, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Time to deal with aftermath of binge

President Barack Obama's first two years in office were for the ages: Rarely has so much been spent so wantonly with so little discernible public benefit.

January 12, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Resolutions seem a bit thin this year

We're ankle deep in January and for some reason I haven't heard much about New Year's resolutions. Usually by this time, I've heard about diets, exercise, yoga, guitar lessons and improved church attendance just to name a few. But this year, it's almost like everything is being kept secret.

January 11, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


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Impact fees may cut burden on property taxes

Bryan County has one of the most generous homestead exemptions for senior citizens in the state, knocking $50,000 off the value of a home for both county and school taxes for residents over age 65.

August 28, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Georgia icon still giving 'em 'zell'

Nostalgia is popular these days: Retro fashions, disco and '80s pop, "Throwback Thursdays" on social media. What's old is new again, what used to be hip turned square and then back to cool.

August 28, 2014 | Gainesville (Ga.) Times | Opinion


EPD marsh ruling creates a 'fine mess'

For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.

August 28, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


Teens, this is serious -- text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

August 27, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Learn from those who've gone before us

As an unusually mild, rainy summer was melting away - or rather, frosting its way into autumn - I took to noticing signs that our mountain people always have used to judge the forthcoming severity of winter.

August 26, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Let children choose own interests

Football season is upon us. I'm sure some of you are thrilled about its arrival. I am not.

August 26, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


What matters is doing your best

People don't remember what you say. And they won't always remember exactly what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Feelings are real for people, even when the facts might not support their emotions.

August 26, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Shooting reminds no place is totally safe

I've heard it said a couple of times. You might get run over by someone on 144, but things like Wednesday's shooting just don't happen in Richmond Hill.

August 25, 2014 | | Opinion


Journalist also face dangerous world

We are constantly reminded that the world is a very deadly place - not just for our military personnel - but also for members of the Fourth Estate. Some journalists working in dangerous regions in a globe full of conflict will not return home. The latest: 40-year-old James Foley. His gruesome death at the hands of ISIS has been available for all to see.

August 25, 2014 | Macon Telegraph | Opinion


Survey could determine post's future

Editor, I would like to preface my comments with the statement that Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield is a vital and virtually irreplaceable national strategic asset. If it is significantly reduced or closed, the loss would be a loss to the nation as a whole. There are very few places in the country like Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, where the transportation and training assets readily are available for immediate deployment to virtually anywhere in the world.

August 25, 2014 | | Opinion


State must get transportation in order

The regional transportation sales-tax referendum failed two years ago across most of Georgia. So it's encouraging to see movement again, in the form of a joint study committee on transportation funding that met Aug. 5 for the first of seven meetings around the state before the legislative session.

August 21, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


The ‘Scottish question’ is important in homeland

Many people in the United States might not be aware that a hot political topic in the land of my birth (other than whether Princess Catherine is pregnant again, of course) is that of Scottish independence.

August 21, 2014 | By Lesley Francis | Opinion


Gold standard for babies and moms

August is National Breastfeeding Month and it's a good time to remember that breast milk is "the gold standard" for babies and their moms. In fact, there's nothing like breastfeeding to put babies on the path to good health. And research shows that moms benefit as well.

August 20, 2014 | By Holly McSpadden Special to the News | Opinion


Clock strikes midnight on more than a bill

As the clock approached midnight on March 20, the final night of the 2014 Georgia legislative session, it became apparent that a final vote to send a medical cannabis oil bill to the Governor's desk for his signature was not going to happen this year.

August 20, 2014 | | Opinion


Yarbrough is, gasp, a loyal liberal?

Rap! Rap! Rap!

August 20, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


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