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Put-up or shut-up time

OK, teachers. It is put-up or shut-up time.

June 16, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Guns and crime in Georgia

States with weak gun laws supply guns to criminals in other states at a rate five times higher than dealers in states with stronger gun laws, according to a Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence analysis of newly released crime gun trace data.

June 16, 2010 | Special to the News | Opinion


Closing the 'doughnut hole' in Medicaid

Next week, Georgia's seniors will receive a $250 rebate check from the federal government to pay for some lifesaving medications if they fall within the Medicare Part D coverage gap known as the "donut hole." That $250 check is the beginning of the end for the donut hole – and was made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

June 14, 2010 | By Jane Kidd Guest columnist | Opinion


Let's end expansion of nuclear power

According to current nuclear industry proposals, over two dozen new nuclear reactors would be constructed in the United States, the vast majority in the Southeast and Texas. President Obama recently offered $8.3 billion worth of taxpayer-backed loan guarantees to two of them in Georgia, which could be the first to be built in the U.S. in nearly four decades.

June 14, 2010 | By John DeCock Guest columnist | Opinion


Tommy the swami defines...

OK, class. Our word this week is Kakistocracy.

June 09, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


It was a productive session

During the six years that I have served in the Georgia state legislature, this past session may have been the most productive yet.

June 09, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


BP disaster teaching Obama lessons in power

President Barack Obama said at his BP press conference that when he was shaving the other day, his daughter Malia asked him, "Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?"

June 09, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Yapping dogs 2: What a Paine

What a Paine!

June 07, 2010 | By Alford Hardy Guest columnist | Opinion


A blown call

It was the mistake heard round the world.

June 07, 2010 | | Opinion


Race to the Top is opportunity for Georgia schools

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce was heartened to see our state's significant achievements in education reform recognized earlier this year with a strong finish in the initial round of Race to the Top (RT3) grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education. We believe RT3 represents an excellent opportunity to build on Georgia's success, and we commend the state on its submission of a second-round application.

June 07, 2010 | By George Israel Guest columnist | Opinion


Hey, Mexico, we didn't ask you about our laws

Would somebody tell that guy that runs Mexico to buy a map?

June 07, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Health-care reform will get old for retirees

There are 78 million baby boomers and a very large number of them have retirement on their minds. If the past is a guide, more than 80 percent of them will retire before they become eligible for Medicare (at age 65). Although about one-third of U.S. workers have a promise of post-retirement health care from an employer, almost none of these promises are funded and, as is the case of the automobile companies, are likely to be broken in whole or in part.

June 02, 2010 | By Dr. John C. Goodman Guest columnist | Opinion


Report: Most Georgia children miss summer learning programs

When schools close for the summer, safe and enriching learning environments are out of reach and replaced by boredom, lost opportunities and risk for too many children. New analysis of data from the America After 3PM study measures the extent of this problem, concluding that just 21 percent of Georgia's schoolchildren (an estimated 350,878 kids) participate in summer learning programs – safe, structured programs that provide a variety of activities designed to encourage learning and development in the summer months.

June 01, 2010 | Special to the News | Opinion


Arts get last-second reprieve

Up until the final days of the 2010 legislative session, Georgia was about to become the only state in the union without an arts council. The Georgia House had dropped all funding for the arts and it wasn't until the State Senate under the leadership of Senate Appropriations Chair Jack Hill (R-Reidsville) stepped in and restored $860,000 for the Georgia Council for the Arts. That money will allow the state agency to qualify for federal and state matching arts grants.

May 26, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


New way to be heard

At town hall meetings, events in my district and even trips to the grocery store, it's clear that main street America is frustrated with an out of touch Washington. The people who come up to me aren't angry as much as they are worried about the future of our country.

May 26, 2010 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the News | Opinion


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Parents, use every second wisely

Right after my daughter's birth, I thought I never had enough time to get things done. I had a new baby, I'd just returned to work and I was adjusting to a lot of "firsts." While I enjoyed my precious, new little one and devoted as much time as I possibly could to my career, laundry stacked up, dishes went unwashed, tumbleweeds of dog hair and dust rolled lazily across the kitchen floor and a thin layer of dust coated nearly every surface in my house.

July 29, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


In diversity lies our true power

True power, our power, is in our diversity and difference. It is not in the illusive power we chase in money and things. It is not in what we call unity. We are already unified through breath.

July 29, 2014 | By Craig and Sharon Butts | Opinion


East Tennessee and a cow, in a car

MOULTRIE - Having been in the news business for many years, I have occasionally been asked what was the funniest or strangest story I've ever covered. Well, there have been a number of instances along the way that brought some chuckles, otherwise making my day.

July 29, 2014 | By Dwain Walden | Opinion


Raise your hand if you like moving

Raise your hand if you like moving.

July 29, 2014 | By Rich DeLong | Opinion


Why incumbents keep winning

It's no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members' standing with the American people at a historic low for a midterm-election year. Which might have been notable except, as The Washington Post pointed out, that "Congress's approval rating has reached historic lows at least 12...times since 2010."

July 29, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton | Opinion


Thoughts on our dream

I suppose everyone has their take on the American Dream. For me, it's like standing outside and looking in. I don't know exactly how to frame my concept of the phrase. I would say that most of us natural born citizens would not know. Rightly so; we were born into it. The immigrant, of course, can compare. Further, I would wager, that most of us have never seen The Stature of Liberty standing out in New York Harbor, only once did I see it.

July 28, 2014 | By Francis Bond | Opinion


EPA rules good for business, economy

Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?

July 25, 2014 | By Richard Eidlin Guest columnist | Opinion


Small businesses want higher wages

If Congress actually listened to small-business owners, the minimum wage would be going up.

July 24, 2014 | By Holly Sklar Guest columnist | Opinion


Taxpayers on hook for botched ethics probe of governor

In 1997, then-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, in which I served until 2002.

July 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Yet another Georgia river in peril

As far back as 2010, the Ogeechee River has been called one of the most threatened rivers in the country by environmental groups such as the Southeast Environmental Law Center.

July 23, 2014 | | Opinion


Childhood choices affect whole lives

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages of 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom - a driver's license - and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

July 22, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Be flexible with child' milestones

My 2-year-old is a chatterbox. I have no idea where she gets it from. (I'm being sarcastic, of course; it's obviously a trait passed down directly from me.)

July 22, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Once upon a blood moon in Georgia

Not a single person in my breakfast club has mentioned the "blood moon." And that includes me, until now. I wasn't really sure what it was even though my emails from some preacher have hammered me recently with a "better beware" kind of verbiage.

July 22, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Guest columnist | Opinion


The three scariest words in English

What are the three scariest words of the English language? On a serious note, it could be, "You have…(fill in the blank)." The "blank" could most likely be the scariest word of all. For my sister it was "cancer." I was in her doctor's office on the day we were told that she had a very slim chance of survival. She died a couple months later on my father's birthday.

July 21, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Something's turning voters off

In case you managed to miss it, the runoff election for a couple of important seats is Tuesday.

July 21, 2014 | | Opinion


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