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Georgia needs unity

Our economy is at best stubbornly stuck in neutral, and too many elected leaders seem to agree only that the best way forward involves little more than pointing fingers and shouting accusations. That backdrop made it especially heartening to observe the more than 200 Georgians who traveled to Pine Mountain recently to discuss the future.

August 31, 2011 | By Atlanta Journal Constitution | Opinion


Mayor puts wife's needs first

Dear editor: It is odd that that Mr. Ellis Phillips' appears to favor a public attack on my character and patriotism rather than to make a simple telephone call or drop by my office to make an inquiry regarding my absence at two patriotic community gatherings.

August 31, 2011 | | Opinion


Man of the cloth wants piece of the action

A man of the cloth by the name of Markel Hutchins is suing the estate of the late Kathryn Johnston for a half-million dollars.

August 31, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Firth Rixson's growth is welcome sign

The economy certainly has seen better days. As the prices of goods and services rise and families struggle to make ends meet, it's no secret that budgets are tight these days. Which is why, when we are accustomed to more bad news, it was good to hear that Firth Rixson plans to create 75-100 jobs by expanding its metal forging operation in Midway.

August 30, 2011 | | Opinion


Redrawing districts not easy for lawmakers

Recently, the Georgia Legislature convened for a special session as a result of an official call issued by Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 30, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Tech education fills need for skilled workers

The conclusion of the Southern Governors Association meeting in Asheville, N.C., coincided - well, almost - with the debut of Columbus Technical College's new semester curriculum. One has nothing to do with the other, except that the solution to a problem under discussion in Asheville is most likely to be found at institutions like this one in Columbus.

August 29, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Finding the value of family in politics

Have you ever taken a trip as part of your job and taken a family member with you? You go to meetings or do your work and they meet with friends or family and go sight-seeing or shopping. That's usually how it works, and it happens all the time, right? Not so fast if you are a public official though.

August 29, 2011 | By PSC Commissioner Tim Echols Guest columnist | Opinion


Back-to-school spending is big

Americans may be worrying about layoffs and a second recession, but it's made them only moderately less openhanded in back-to-school spending, which has quietly assumed the status of a major economic barometer and event.

August 29, 2011 | By Marrietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Be heard about Croy development

Dear editor: I attended the meeting of the Richmond Hill Planning Commission on Aug. 22. I was concerned about the Steve Croy development on 112 acres along Hwy. 144. The commission voted 3-2 to approve this development, a tie broken by the chairman. As approved, this development will include 240,000 square feet of commercial/retail, 286 apartment units and 80 patio homes, to start.

August 29, 2011 | | Opinion


Mayor misses chance to honor military

Dear editor: When the opportunity presents itself for one to recognize and honor the military in the great city of Richmond Hill, it seems that Mayor Harold Fowler wants no part of it.

August 29, 2011 | | Opinion


Getting ready for baby and boards

After a month of helping my husband study for his upcoming promotion board, I'm confident I'm ready to be a non-commissioned officer.

August 29, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Here's to a great season

Thursday night marked the beginning of an annual rite of fall, one every bit as ingrained into our collective consciousness in the South as pumpkin patches before Halloween and the story of the Mayflower at Thanksgiving.

August 29, 2011 | | Opinion


Tough times or not, parents pay for school

Americans may be worrying about layoffs and a second recession, but it's made them only moderately less openhanded in back-to-school spending, which has quietly assumed the status of a major economic barometer and event.

August 26, 2011 | By Marrietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Dependence on government must stop

Our forefathers were strong, independent entrepreneurs, who made their own way and depended on no one to survive. These pioneers raised their own food, hunted or trapped the meat that they put on the tables and delivered their own babies. If they had extra vegetables or meat, they would trade for weapons, tools or cloth to make their clothing. Yes, life was tough, but these were proud, self-determined people.

August 25, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


A stalled recovery

If you've paid any attention to the financial news in the last few weeks, you're probably wondering what happened to the recovery we were told was under way.

August 25, 2011 | By Gainesville Times | Opinion


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Keep donations local to help animal shelters

Editor, There are a multitude of ads on TV these days from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals concerning homeless, injured, abused animals.

January 29, 2015 | | Opinion


Man cherished by many belongs to all

It happened a few months back. My father-in-law celebrated, to our great joy, his 88th birthday. There was no pomp or circumstance involved. He abhors that. Because he is among the most beautifully well-mannered people I have ever encountered, he politely took all the calls though he really wished we would just treat it as another day and leave him alone to watch the news channel.

January 28, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Juvenile-justice system going to dogs, thankfully

The state of Georgia's Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing.

January 28, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Budgeting must be open, fair

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, chairman of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee, and a member of the House's Ways and Means Committee, last week was a busy one for me. We gathered for four days of hearings at Gov. Nathan Deal's office, where the budget was presented. We also listened as state agencies offered input about budget needs and then asked questions regarding which programs worked well or were under- or over-funded.

January 28, 2015 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


State may get transportation funding right

In politics, you must take advantage of windows of opportunity. Sometimes good ideas are sidetracked by unfortunate events, a bad economy or even personality conflicts among political leaders. Given the risk of delaying decisions, Georgia needs to address its transportation shortfall quickly and practically.

January 22, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Column has never been stronger

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!) I do that gladly today. For one thing, this will be a lot shorter and less boring than the State of the Union address (Boooo!) and, also, we don't have to endure a bunch of fawning politicians trying to be seen on national television. (Yay! Ha! Ha! Ha!)

January 22, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


At least one lawmaker supports pre-9/11 veterans, caregivers

Editor, Since Georgia's own Sen. Johnny Isakson voted for discriminating against pre-9/11 veterans and later against ending this discrimination, I've penned and sent the following to then-Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-VT, who introduced the Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act of 2013:

January 21, 2015 | | Opinion


Things to love about the South abound

It happened the other day. It's funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets that are tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.

January 20, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Why rush? Stop and enjoy the day

Two weeks ago, my husband, daughter and I struggled to come up with a fun way to pass a Sunday afternoon. My mother-in-law had just been staying with us, and she left that morning to head back to Florida. Since I'd given our house a good, thorough "pre-mother-in-law-visit" cleaning before she arrived, I was completely caught up on chores and housework.

January 20, 2015 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Georgia needs fiscal prudence, innovation

With major policy decisions on transportation, education, health care and tax reform on the legislative agenda, Georgia should think beyond the traditional approach of spending more money as the solution for every problem. Focusing on ways to enhance economic opportunity and empower individuals beats doubling down on the status quo.

January 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks for support of Children's Fund

Editor, On behalf of Bryan County Children's Fund, I would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere appreciation to everyone who helped to support the program this year. We were able to provide Christmas gifts to over 400 disadvantaged children in our county. This would not have been possible without collaboration and assistance from local churches, businesses, schools, social-service agencies and many others. The communitywide response was overwhelming. We are exceptionally thankful to The Good Ol' Boys, who raised funds through the annual Santa Scramble Golf Tournament and to Pembroke Advanced Communication for use of their space ...

January 15, 2015 | | Opinion


Wounded Warrior Project is too top heavy

Editor, I read Mr. Bruce McCartney's letter to the editor regarding the Wounded Warrior Project. He is totally correct. The project is top-heavy with a greedy group of executives. The top 10 officers have a compensation package from $150,000 to $333,000 a year. The remaining funds are disbursed to over 40 distribution organizations with similar management configurations.

January 14, 2015 | | Opinion


Lawmaker wants to legalize medical marijuana

Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed this year after suffering a setback in 2014 when the House and Senate got into a bit of political brinksmanship at the last minute and failed to pass his bill, which had sailed through the House with only four negative votes.

January 14, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Don't apologize for not being 'cool'

My parents, according to the world's definition of "cool," were not. Neither drank, nor did either ever possess a credit card. Groceries and clothing were paid for in cash, utilities paid by check, and the only monthly payments they ever allowed themselves were a mortgage for a house, a short-term loan for another farm, and a couple of cars bought, over time, and paid for quickly.

January 13, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Congress' spending bill seems anti-conservative

When thinking about the $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last month, one might ask, "What does Congress have against conservation?"

January 08, 2015 | By Traci Bruckner Guest columnist | Opinion


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