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State parks great, easy on the pizzazz

As far as state parks are concerned, being boring shouldn't always necessarily be seen as a bad thing.

July 07, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


We pay on time, why can't speaker?

I own a vacation home in Dawson County – Big Canoe to be exact. Every year, we get a bill for property taxes and it is paid promptly.

July 06, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


A fundamental, ethical disconnet

I was speaking to a member of the General Assembly last year in the wake of a series of ethics scandals that led to the former speaker of the House resigning, and he said, "We've passed an ethics bill that greatly expands the disclosure of campaign finance and lobbyist spending."

July 06, 2011 | By Todd Rehm Guest columnist | Opinion


Deal gets gas tax right this time

Gov. Nathan Deal has had a welcome change of heart about another hike in the state tax on gasoline after reaping a windfall from a formula-induced jump of nearly 28 percent less than two months ago.

July 06, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Immigration law worth headaches, hoopla

After hearing arguments last week from a coalition of immigration attorneys and civil-rights organizations seeking to block implementation of Georgia's new immigration law (HB 87), which went into effect July 1, U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash issued his ruling Monday afternoon.

July 05, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion


Headed home together for Fourth

Oh, I love it when I have happy news! It looks like after a wait that seemed to go on forever Josh and I will finally close on our house this week.

July 05, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Follow CRC's alternative-fuel lead

The Coastal Regional Commission recently unveiled a tentative plan to retrofit 13 of its coaches to run on compressed natural gas or propane. The change, of course, was designed as a cost-saving measure as alternative fuels cost between $1.75 and $2 per gallon compared with gas prices of around $3.50 per gallon. But let's not forget the strategy's added benefit of being environmentally friendly. The CRC should be commended for using energy conservation to help save money and the planet, and more mass transit systems should follow the commission's lead - it may not be all ...

July 05, 2011 | | Opinion


Road work to preserve state's assets

Each year, more than three trillion miles are traveled on America's roads, with a considerable amount of those - more than 113 billion -- occurring right here in Georgia. Our location and excellent road network means Georgia serves as a prime connecting route for vacationers and for freight movement. Georgia is the main route by which tourists from all over the USA and Canada reach popular year-round southern vacation destinations. And when we add the increasing numbers of tractor trailers traveling throughout the state, our roads are usually crowded.

July 05, 2011 | By Vance C. Smith Jr. Guest columnist | Opinion


A strange thing happened at breakfast

This morning I was staring at my biscuit, wondering if it was a Christian biscuit or not.

July 05, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


One new law will save lives

Sixty-five new laws took effect in our state on Friday. New laws like immigration and Sunday alcohol sales have gotten much media attention since they were approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

July 05, 2011 | By Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Fourth is more than hot dogs, fireworks

July 4, 1776. On this date, we became "We the People." Thirteen colonies declared their independence from England, becoming the United States of America; and it is the only country to be organized where the people are in charge, not the government. The people of this country do not answer to a king, emperor or emir.

June 30, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


'Biased' professional opposes landfill

While making a project presentation some years ago, a person in the audience commented that I was biased. Initially, I interpreted the comment as being negative or that my professional ethics needed to be reexamined.

June 29, 2011 | By Kirk Nivens Guest columnist | Opinion


Help children prepare for future

Family is such an important part of my life. As a mother of four and a grandmother of six, much of my life's focus has been spent working to create a bright future for them.

June 29, 2011 | By Sandra Deal Special to the News | Opinion


Judge was legislating from bench

After hearing arguments last week from a coalition of immigration attorneys and civil rights organizations seeking to block implementation of Georgia's new immigration law, HB 87, set to go into effect Friday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash issued his ruling Monday afternoon.

June 29, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


An earful from public school teachers

I don't think it is an understatement to say that when it comes to public education in Georgia, school teachers don't have much faith in the Legislature.

June 29, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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State questions on Nov. 4 ballots

While most voters are familiar with the candidates on the Nov. 4 general-election ballot, many are unaware of the ballot's three referendum questions.

October 23, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Voter apathy should be illegal

Editor, Our country is in a precarious position. Our government is intruding in our personal lives, and our religions are under attack. The government is ignoring the invasion from south of the border, as well as the dangers imposed by ISIS and other terrorist groups.

October 22, 2014 | | Opinion


Governor shares view on education

Last week, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.

October 22, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Long Co. school bonds would attract state money for new school

Editor, Those of you familiar with the Long County School System are aware of the student growth and financial struggles faced by our system for many years. We are a low-wealth system, ranked 171st out of 180 school systems. Our students and teachers presently occupy many classrooms built in 1951 or earlier. The hardships we have faced have been many, but with the dedication of previous and present boards, superintendents, administrators, teachers and staff, we have survived.

October 22, 2014 | | Opinion


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


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