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Ethics questions valid; not priority

There are serious problems with Georgia's ethics commission - or rather (excuse us), the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. The eligibility of its chairman is not among them.

August 18, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Specialty tiers deny fair health care

The perception of arthritis is often that it typically affects the elderly or injured. However, it is worth noting that in Georgia alone, there are about 9,200 children younger than 16 suffering from the painful joint swelling and stiffness that plagues those with juvenile arthritis. According to The Arthritis Foundation, more than 300,000 children have been diagnosed nationwide.

August 17, 2011 | By Dorothy Leone-Glasser Guest columnist | Opinion


New role is supposed to speed projects

When trying to finish a job faster, adding more tasks to it wouldn't seem the best approach. Yet, that's exactly what the Georgia Department of Transportation is doing – and early results are promising.

August 17, 2011 | By Gerald Ross and Jeff Baker Guest columnists | Opinion


Honest data needed on school testing

Take a look at the Georgia Department of Education's assessment of student performance on this year's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, and you'll read statements like the following:

August 17, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Open letter to public school teachers

Dear public school teachers in Georgia,

August 17, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Politicians should improve Medicare

Frightening seniors about Medicare changes is often referred to as Medi-scare. All Americans should be scared: In the coming years, 78 million baby boomers will place unprecedented demands on Medicare. Meanwhile, Medicare's Hospital Insurance Fund will run out of money in 2024, according to the 2011 Medicare Trustees Report.

August 16, 2011 | By Ronald S. Bachman Guest columnist | Opinion


Some behavior is 'just a guy thing'

Men - especially military men - just function differently than women. It's possible that's the most obvious conclusion I've ever made, but I recently found myself needing the reminder.

August 16, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Education scandals often inflated

This is America. All of our kids are smart as a whip. So, why do Atlanta teachers and administrators even have to think about erasing wrong answers on standardized tests in order to make them look good? Aren't they good already? The history of their grades over the years would seem to prove that, after all.

August 16, 2011 | By Marrietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Better screening could prevent tragedy

Justice may have been served Wednesday when Joseph Bozicevich was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the September 2008 shooting deaths of Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson and Sgt. Wesley Durbin in Iraq. But even though the sentencing decision likely was what the families of the deceased had been hoping for, there clearly are no winners in this situation.

August 16, 2011 | | Opinion


Driver ed money wasn't to be slush fund

In the context of a state budget, even a depressed and depleted one like Georgia's, $30-$40 million isn't really all that much. In contexts that involve real people and real money (as opposed to the Monopoly money politicians sometimes act as though they're tossing around), it's huge.

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


Jobs belong in U.S., not China

In the 18th century, Great Britain, with trade domination, was the world's powerhouse. Starting in the 19th century, the United States surpassed Great Britain as the industrial leader, and we never looked back. America was every country's desired trading partner.

August 11, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Special session on gas tax, redistricting

Next week, the Georgia State Legislature will convene into special session to redraw House, Senate and Congressional districts to conform to the 2010 U.S. Census. The special session is expected to last two to three weeks.

August 11, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Uneasy mix didn't solve budget woes

If "compromise" means an agreement that doesn't satisfy anybody, then last week's Washington budget deal should be part of the dictionary definition.

August 10, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Send August to Uranus where it belongs

I usually try to run the big decisions by you before I take action, but I know you have been distracted over the past weeks watching our selfless public servants in Washington put our interests and those of our nation above petty, partisan political sniping in the debt ceiling debate and marveling at how our crackerjack president, Mr. Swivelhead, makes Jimmy Carter's woebegone administration look like a cross between the Garden of Eden (pre-apple tasting) and Brigadoon.

August 10, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Preparation is key to recover from disasters

Severe storms, extreme heat, a crippling freeze, deadly tornadoes, terrible wildfires - Mother Nature has managed to throw almost everything in the book at us within six short months. With just half a year under our belt, the state of Georgia and metro Atlanta already have experienced their share of severe weather, and we obviously don't know what's in store for the second half of 2011.

August 09, 2011 | By Charley English Guest columnist | Opinion


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Friendships are gifts that do keep on giving

Maybe it's the fact that I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships. Friendships are always the correct size, the right color and don't require a set of instructions on how to operate them. They are truly the gift that keeps on giving.

December 18, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Keep cronyism out of state school choice

Georgia has one of the more popular K-12 tuition tax-credit programs in America, which is funded by the private contributions of approximately 18,000 individual taxpayers and 200 corporate taxpayers, who receive a state income-tax credit for their contributions.

December 17, 2014 | By Jim Kelly and Ben Scafidi | Opinion


History can be better than fiction

Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock-car champion, Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute over sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey.

December 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Government plans to control kids' destiny

Editor, Common Core has curriculum mandates plus tests. The reason that this educational system is designed this way is so that special-interest groups can mine data from Common Core. Common Core is, in reality, a system of data classification. The tests enable our children's data be turned over to private organizations. No one oversees these companies nor does anyone - especially the government - know how this information will be used. Actually, this information will be accessible to the federal government. Now, Big Brother will be watching our children's progress throughout his or her school years.

December 11, 2014 | | Opinion


Commissioners: State pushing charter schools

You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia. You may recall, also, that the amendment passed handily. So much for my vigor.

December 11, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Ferguson, Long Island decisions affect us all

We at Unity in the Community have been paying attention to the current news about the young black men being killed by police.

December 11, 2014 | By Craig Butts Special to the News | Opinion


School choice crucial to middle class

In a recent speech at the National Press Club, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY, explained that improving economic opportunities for middle-class Americans is the key issue on which Democrats and Republicans should be focusing leading up to the 2016 presidential election and beyond.

December 10, 2014 | By Jim Kelly Guest columnist | Opinion


Whatever it takes get vets their benefits

Editor, Stop the presses and call Walter Cronkite - these stats just in:

December 10, 2014 | | Opinion


Parents' wisdom valuable

There are few who cannot say truthfully that they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

December 09, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Santa helps ensure good behavior

This "Santa Claus is coming soon, so you better be good" thing is working out great for me so far.

December 09, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Bora Bora doesn't care about the game

This was written in a cave somewhere in greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper.

December 03, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lawmaker's orientation is over

Orientation for freshman-elect members of the 114th Congress took place in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 12-19. This is the second of two reports detailing events of that orientation.

December 03, 2014 | By U.S. Rep.-elect Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


SPLOST projects should have been done as money came in

Editor, I read the article "Concerns arise at millage hearing" in the Nov. 30 Coastal Courier, and I also have concerns.

December 03, 2014 | | Opinion


Food tastes are in the genes

One afternoon, I had a hankering - a primal-like craving - for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.

December 02, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Cutting cooking simplifies holidays

I didn't cook Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. My husband, daughter and I went to a restaurant in Richmond Hill that offered all the traditional holiday fare at a reasonable price. It was the first time in my life I did not eat a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving.

December 02, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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