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Army helps soldiers see

A few weeks ago, my husband underwent corrective eye surgery through Fort Stewart's Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program. WRESP is a free program that provides eye surgery and aftercare to qualifying soldiers.

August 01, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Midway puts law before people, common sense

It's about time that the citizens of Midway replace the city council. It is one thing to pass laws, but another to use common sense.

August 01, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


National debt has to be bridled

As hard as I try, I just can't fathom $14.3 trillion. In fact, the only thing harder to try and fathom is probably that $14.3 trillion is not enough to cover our national debt.

July 27, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Being politically correct is harder than it looks

There is a fallacious, salacious and slightly audacious rumor afloat that I can be a tad politically incorrect at times. Moi? Knock me over with a (organically-grown) goose feather.

July 27, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Bus driver welcomes kids back

Dear editor: Hello, kids! I've been having such a great summer that I almost let the time slip up on me. I hope you have had a wonderful summer, but all good things must come to an end.

July 27, 2011 | | Opinion


Weather too hot to handle

The ongoing heat wave likely has many Coastal Georgia residents longing for the frigid winter months we couldn't wait to be rid of just a short time ago. But since we're not likely to receive a light dusting of snow any time soon, taking refuge in comfortable, air-conditioned spaces will have to do for now. Taking a dip in a nearby lake or swimming pool also is a great way to cool down and relieve the discomfort associated with heat indexes that reach 100 degrees or more.

July 25, 2011 | | Opinion


Lowest earners falling further behind

Two years ago this week, 4.5 million of America's workers enjoyed a modest pay increase, as the federal minimum wage rose from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. The increase was the final of a three-step boost enacted in 2007.

July 25, 2011 | By Christine Owens Guest columnist | Opinion


So the moon is slipping away

Did you know that the moon is moving away from the earth at the rate of 3.5 centimeters each year?

July 25, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Ignore rumors of deployment

We all hear them - the whispers exchanged between soldiers of all ranks, the anxious questioning from spouses too afraid to really consider the possibility.

July 25, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Case of lemonade stand was over the top

In a nation rampant with worry about Casey Anthony's next move and the prospect of up to 20,000 NASA workers losing their jobs in Florida after the shuttle program ends, who would have thought that three little girls from the tiny city of Midway having their lemonade stand shut down would cause such a firestorm of anger? The girls, sisters Kasity Dixon and Skylar Roberts and their cousin, Tiffany Cassin, were ordered June 29 to pack up the stand, which they'd set up in front of their Midway home.

July 25, 2011 | By Lewis Levine Columnist | Opinion


Test cheating scandal embarrasses state

Legislation recently was introduced that would require educators guilty of CRCT cheating to return any bonuses or incentive pay that they received to their local school system. Not surprising, the proposed bill already has received support from educators. Students, parents, taxpayers and any Georgia resident concerned about the state of public education should back it as well.

July 25, 2011 | | Opinion


It is time to bring the troops home

Reversing long-standing policy, President Barack Obama now will send condolence letters to the families of U.S. military personnel who commit suicide in combat zones.

July 23, 2011 | By Sheldon Richman Guest columnist | Opinion


'Revote' is best solution

OK, everybody, are we clear now?

July 21, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Social Security threats mere scare tactic

"I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on Aug. 3 if we haven't resolved this issue (raising the debt ceiling). Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it," President Barack Obama said during a recent CBS interview.

July 20, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


CSU teaching grant is timely, welcome news

Georgians have needed some good news on the education front lately. After weeks of almost nonstop scandal, controversy and bleak statistics, nobody could be blamed for thinking the state of teaching and learning was spiraling toward rock bottom.

July 20, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


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News of deaths is good Southern gossip

Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a longtime friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times, I know the person, but sometimes I don't have a clue the person ever existed.

October 21, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Protect your family -- get flu shots

Go get a flu shot. Also, make sure you're children get flu shots. It's a plain and simple set of instructions, but following them could save a life. Please, go do it.

October 21, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Polls shouldn't open on Sunday

Editor, Watch out, Bryan County, in case the Sunday-voting issue rears its head in your neck of the woods, just as it has in Liberty County. This is something I think everyone in our region needs to be aware of, because it involves something greater than just run-of-the-mill politics.

October 17, 2014 | | Opinion


Gubernatorial candidate talks education

I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public-school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week, the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's turn.

October 15, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Nation doesn't need more 'boots on ground'

The talking heads and politicians love to use the term, "boots on the ground." It sounds macho.

October 15, 2014 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Situations are as dramatic as you make them

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to let things roll right off her back.

October 14, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Even 'educational' TV is questionable

Letting a child watch too much TV may be as bad for parents as it is for little ones. In fact, depending on which shows a child is allowed to watch, it may be worse for parents.

October 14, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Port should get money it deserves

Last week, the Georgia Ports Authority approved allocating up to $3 million for maintenance of the shipping channel to the Port of Brunswick, marking the second-straight year the GPA has had to supplement federal funds for this project.

October 10, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Columnist | Opinion


Discuss caretaking, health decline

I talk to a wide variety of people throughout the week. The topics of our discussions vary greatly, but it is safe to say that many of my conversations deal with aging parents and aging issues in general.

October 09, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Help soldiers from war room to board room

Over the next three years, as many as 60,000 military members are expected to return to Georgia. Already, 770,000 veterans call Georgia home. In fact, the Peach State is home to the fourth-largest population of veterans nationwide. In addition to those returning to Georgia, more than 10,000 service members will be transitioning from the state's Army installations - 4,000 from Fort Stewart alone.

October 09, 2014 | By James Wilburn Guest columnist | Opinion


UGA is home of top college mascot

If I die anytime soon - and I have no plans to do so at the moment - please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, "He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association." You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad Pitt and my uncanny ability to put commas where they don't belong.

October 08, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Cool house with breezes, memories

"It's a funny thing." That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.

October 07, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Pacing for Polio fights the disease

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Jonas Salk.

October 02, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Lift offshore-drilling moratorium

President Barack Obama's recent move to allow seismic exploration of oil and gas reserves off the shores of Georgia and the Atlantic Coast has left many hopeful that the offshore drilling moratorium currently in place may soon be lifted. A new study by University of Wyoming energy economist Dr. Tim Considine indicates the degree to which such a move would benefit Georgians and our Mid-Atlantic counterparts.

October 01, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Special to the News | Opinion


Stadium should carry Dooley legacy

Last Saturday, while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley's first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more - much more - needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.

October 01, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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