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Eleven ways to be a better American

July Fourth certainly is the most patriotic of our national holidays. American Flags, parades on Main Street, and bursting fireworks provide us with a spirit of pride and celebration. It is also a time to reflect on our rights and responsibilities as American Citizens. There is always room for our voice to be heard and perhaps now more than ever we need to join hands in taking the lead.

July 05, 2010 | Special to the News | Opinion


Vote will reveal congressional values

It's not enough that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have topped $1 trillion. Now there is a supplemental appropriations bill awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives that will add $37 billion more, plus some other odd bedfellows.

July 05, 2010 | By Susan Shaer Guest columnist | Opinion


It's about more than fireworks, barbecue

"America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact- the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality."

July 05, 2010 | | Opinion


New driving laws take effect

Beginning Thursday, local and state authorities will begin enforcing a handful of new driving laws.

July 01, 2010 | | Opinion


Career academy makes sense

In July 2007, my family and I relocated to Richmond Hill from South Florida. After five back to back hurricanes that literally nearly took our lives, we were done with Florida and relocated to Richmond Hill, primarily for its excellent educational reputation and small town charm. I am the mother of three children in the school system, a local real estate agent and the advocacy coordinator for the Bryan County arm of Atlantic Area Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA, Inc. My involvement in advocating for our children who find themselves in state care due to experiencing the life-shattering affects of ...

July 01, 2010 | By Amy Tavio Guest columnist | Opinion


Great essay shot dead

In this time of free market bailouts, in this time when "drill baby drill" is mocked because of British Petroleum's oil spill, politicians and pundits often quote from these passages written in the fall of 1778, by Alexander Hamilton.

July 01, 2010 | By Alford Hardy Columnist | Opinion


The ignoramus list

By Dick Yarbrough

July 01, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


We must uphold Declaration at all costs

"Decades later the Declaration of Independence was canonized as American scripture," the vinegary historian Walter McDougall writes of the nation's founding document, "but in 1776 it was generally read once - in army camps, taverns and village greens - cheered, and forgotten."

June 23, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Random thoughts on random subjects

Not only is Vince Dooley a Hall of Fame football coach but he is a Master Gardener, too. I just got a copy of his new book, "Vince Dooley's Garden: The Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach." (Looking Glass Books) How many people do you know who have had a hydrangea named after them (Hydrangea Macrophylla, also known as the "Dooley") and can recognize an over/under 4-3 defense?

I asked him about his son, Derrick, the new head football coach at Tennessee.

June 23, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Twenty-two bills vetoed this year

Every year the Georgia State legislature passes hundreds of bills and sends them to the Governor for his consideration. The Governor can sign the bill into law, veto the bill or do neither and allow the bill to become law without his signature.

June 23, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


Get involved in local government

It's a horse that's been beaten nearly to death in recent years: Americans don't get involved enough in the political process. That's why anything that increases public participation in elections is a positive step, and that includes early voting.

June 23, 2010 | | Opinion


Time to face realities of oil

In spite of overwhelming facts, wishful thinkers still call for more drilling off our coastline.

June 21, 2010 | By David Kyler Guest columnist | Opinion


Have your say

Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the coming July primary. Hopefully, you've already signed up to cast your ballot. If not, you still have time.

June 21, 2010 | | Opinion


A little efficiency...

"If freedom were not so economically efficient it certainly wouldn't stand a chance."

June 21, 2010 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Ethics obviously no priority

When news of former House Speaker Glenn Richardson's alleged affair with a lobbyist broke late last year, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle beat the drum for tougher ethics laws. In fact, you could hardly turn around without hearing a candidate for governor talking about ethics.

June 16, 2010 | | Opinion


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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


Our dependence on the web can come with a high pricetag

Americans are finding their lives more and more virtually wired to the Internet.

August 20, 2014 | By The Albany Herald Editorial Board | Opinion


Not even the liberals want him

Rap! Rap! Rap: "The special called meeting of the Loyal Order of Liberals will come to order. Let's begin the meeting as we always do - with the Liberal Pledge of Allegiance:

August 20, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Grab uncomfortable situations by horns

A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead. I don't like confrontation. If that makes me less than a person then consider me to be itty bitty. Life, I figure, is too short for squabbling. My motto is "whenever possible, step out of the way."

August 19, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Some things are tough to explain

My 2-year-old daughter, Reese, adores the Disney movie, "Frozen." I admit, it's a cute flick with plenty of catchy tunes and even a few good one-liners. There's one part, however, that I'm having trouble explaining to Reese, and I fear I'll have even more difficulty with it as she gets older.

August 19, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


EPA plan supported by ALA, ATS

Few things are more frightening for a parent than racing to the hospital with a child who can't breathe. Few things are more difficult for a physician than telling a family that a loved one will not recover from an asthma attack. We work with people who know those experiences far too well and - because of those experiences - support reducing carbon pollution.

August 19, 2014 | By Harold P. Wimmer | Opinion


Take action on depression, before it’s too late

If I told you I knew of a middle-aged man who was feeling a bit depressed, you might not think too much about the consequences of such a situation.

August 19, 2014 | By Rich DeLong | Opinion


Shots fired in marsh buffer battle

Why is Director Judson Turner of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) blatantly defying the Georgia Court of Appeals and urging others to follow his lead?

August 18, 2014 | By Brian Lucy Special to the News | Opinion


Ruminations on an old wicker chair he really didn’t want

I sat in the chair; it was comfortable and it bent, twisted and stretched to form a very restful place to sit and relax.

August 14, 2014 | By Francis Bond | Opinion


An elegant solution to wildlife that really is a nuisance

A weed is a plant out of place. A dandelion might be a very desirable plant in my garden if I use its leaves for a salad, but it is not a plant I want in my lawn. If I find it in my lawn nobody complains if I try to kill it.

August 14, 2014 | By Don Gardner | Opinion


Partisanship hurting country

This past week, The (Brunswick) News featured an online poll on the U.S. Senate race pitting Democrat Michelle Nunn against Republican David Perdue. Neither is experienced in politics but both hail from families that are. Michelle Nunn's father is former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, a conservative Democrat, and David Perdue is the first cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue, a conservative Democrat turned Republican.

August 13, 2014 | | Opinion


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