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Final days of 40 days at the Capitol

Day 39 (Tuesday, April 27): Today, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that the last two days of the session are here. The bad news is that there is still a tremendous amount of work left to be done as is evidenced by the 53 bills we have on the calendar today. And while the sheer number of bills is intimidating, of even more concern is the importance of the bills involved. While the more glamorous bills such as ethics, transportation and property tax reform have been discussed and debated in the media and different ...

May 05, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


General Assembly is done

It is official, the 2010 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly adjourned Sine Die and came to an end midnight on Thursday, April 29. After spending months devoting our time and commitment in Atlanta under the Gold Dome. After being in session for 40 legislative days spread out over four months, continual committee meetings, agreements and disagreements, the members which represent people from all over our state came together and finished the work of the people. The two days of session this week the members worked into the late hours passing legislation. Key pieces of legislation were passed this ...

May 05, 2010 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


New transportation funding will set off scramble

The Georgia Legislature has finally approved a funding mechanism for transportation. Next comes the jockeying for placement on project lists among advocates, agencies and authorities for the various modes. Just because there's finally an opportunity for transportation funding, however, doesn't mean throwing good money after bad. Taxpayers must be vigilant and demand sound solutions and bang for their buck – or their 1 percent sales tax, to be precise.

May 05, 2010 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Timing is a little suspicious?

I don't give a flip whether Jason Carter is elected to the Georgia state senate or not. He won't represent me because I don't live in Georgia's 42nd district. What I do care about is that his grandfather, Jimmy Carter, is at it again.

May 05, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


$17.9B budget passes as session adjourns

The 2010 session of the Georgia General Assembly came to an end late last Thursday night, several hours after lawmakers finalized a $17.9 billion state budget for fiscal year 2011. Having started Jan. 11, this was the longest legislative session on record since the 1880s.

May 05, 2010 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the News | Opinion


Random misses, near hits?

Some recent thoughts, in no particular order. No particular order at all.

May 03, 2010 | By Jeff Whitten Editor | Opinion


Afraid of the truth?

Well, there you go! I spend time and take up valuable space in this paper telling people that offshore oil well drilling has a sterling reputation of success where oil spills are a concern and bingo! We now have the first serious oil rig spill in the history of the industry. I hope and pray the flow is stopped before the slick reaches the fragile eco-systems of the Chaudeleurs Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

May 03, 2010 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Not a good time to drill, baby, drill

Just a few weeks ago, most seemed glad to hear that President Barack Obama planned to open up areas off the Atlantic - and Georgia - coast to offshore drilling for oil. But there should be some second thoughts and careful assessment in the wake of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is getting worse by the day.

May 03, 2010 | | Opinion


Area coastal conservation

In 2001 saltwater fishermen in Richmond Hill formed a chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association or CCA. The objective of the CCA is to conserve, promote and enhance the present and future availability of these coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public. CCA is a national organization with chapters in 17 coastal states. From the very beginning Richmond Hill has had a very strong chapter. Today there are 150 local members. Four of these members represent the state CCA board: Mike Odom, Fraser Bowen, Coley Bryant and Jimmy Roberts. Mike Odom represents Richmond Hill and Georgia ...

April 30, 2010 | By Angus McLeod Guest columnist | Opinion


Get involved in local government

In the unlikely chance that you missed hearing, reading or watching something on TV about it, last week was Georgia Cities Week, a Georgia Municipal Association creation that seeks to promote city government.

April 30, 2010 | | Opinion


No strings attached

By Victor Pisano

April 29, 2010 | Victor Pisano Columnist at large | Opinion


Kudos to qualifying candidates

Last week was Georgia Cities Week - a Georgia Municipal Association creation that is aimed at informing the public on the importance of cities. Nearly 100 municipalities in the state participate in the event in one form or another, including Hinesville, Midway, Flemington and others.

April 29, 2010 | | Opinion


The high cost of putting people in jail

 Each day across Georgia, the state Department of Corrections prepares enough meals to feed the population of the city of Marietta. Breakfast and lunch are served to nearly 60,000 adult prisoners. Paying for 31 state prisons annually costs taxpayers $1 billion, including the cost to manage 150,000 parolees.

April 28, 2010 | By Mike Klein Guest columnist | Opinion


First poll results arein on governor's race

Now that the legislative session is (drum roll, please) history, it is time to turn our sights to the governor's race.

April 28, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Think trees when you turn on faucet

When we think of forests, majestic trees, precious wildlife and clean, fresh air might come to mind. We probably don't think about the water we drink.

April 28, 2010 | By John Rosenow | Opinion


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Remember true meaning of Easter

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

April 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Work on infrastructure now

As anyone who gets behind the wheel knows, driving around the Coastal Empire can be an exercise in frustration, but there's always a bright side. In our case, it's this: Traffic here is still a cakewalk compared to what our fellow motorists in Atlanta have to deal with on a daily basis.

April 17, 2014 | | Opinion


Independent commission's role questionable

Congress appointed an independent commission to travel the United States and hold meetings with active and retired soldiers and their spouses. The commission is designed to see what is important to our military and their families - even though there already is a proposed budget that outlines the cuts that will affect our military families.

April 17, 2014 | By Anita Hughes Special to the News | Opinion


Small talk by way of deep thought

MOULTRIE - Today at the breakfast club, not a mention was made of the Ukrainian crisis, the missing Malaysian airliner or Obamacare - nary a word. It was all about small talk. Small talk, but by way of deep thought.

April 15, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Item's story is important

For years, I blamed it on those royal-blue suede high-heel pumps. The ones with the ridiculously tall, spiked heel and absurdly pointed toe. I was 22 when I bought them, 36 when I donated them to the Salvation Army.

April 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Hats off to single parents

I don't believe in illness. OK, perhaps I should rephrase that - I don't believe in a minor illness' ability to keep me down. Unless I'm dragging a limb, hospitalized or totally unable to keep food down at all, I refuse to disrupt my ultra-busy daily routine to do silly things like "rest" or "recuperate."

April 15, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Spring book sale a success

Editor, The annual Spring Book and Yard Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Hill Library on Saturday, April 5, was a resounding success. Although FOL offers books for sale every day in the library, the spring and fall sales are special events that raise the majority of the funds the group contributes to meet the library's needs.

April 14, 2014 | | Opinion


There's a lot to be said for peace and quiet

Some of my favorite memories involve time being quiet.

April 14, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Hats off to rec coach Tyler Gunderson

Editor, I saw small-town family values and teamwork by rec coach Tyler Gunderson and the Richmond Hill Wildcats basketball team that made them come to life in Richmond Hill. This team won the league for the season.

April 10, 2014 | | Opinion


Fighting child abuse, neglect should be priority

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about, and you probably would just as soon not read about. But it is there, and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.

April 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers want guns in more places

In the Georgia Legislature, even a relatively simple bill can turn into one of the most important pieces of legislation that is considered.

April 09, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Swarm of gnat nation has arrived

The swarm of gnat nation has arrived

April 09, 2014 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


Beards are making a comeback

I have something I haven't had since I was in my early 20s. In fact, one of my favorite pictures taken in 1980 with my sister exposes it very well.

April 08, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


No point fighting desire to help others

They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment, but still, Rodney keeps trying.

April 08, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Don't be at kid's beck and call

Call me an old-timer, but moms and dads just did things differently when I was a child. The overall approach to parenting seems to have changed so much. My parents fostered independence in my siblings and me. They wanted us to learn early on that we needed to be able to speak and do things for ourselves, and the sooner we understood that, the better off we'd be.

April 08, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


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