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Keep prayer in public meetings

We did it for four years while I was a member of the planning and zoning board of the city of Pooler. We did it for 11 years while I was serving as either Pooler mayor pro tem or mayor. And we've done it for the past nine years while I've served in the state Legislature.

November 14, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Thank a military family

Welcome to the first of many military-life columns. Whether it is among civilian friends or military colleagues, military life presents its own unique challenges and opportunities. Your neighbors, children's friends and strangers in the grocery store all have been affected in different ways by the military. In our community especially, we live, work and play next to military families without realizing it.

November 13, 2013 | By Paige Hewlette Columnist | Opinion


We should honor veterans every day

Each Nov. 11, America takes time to honor and remember those who have put their lives on the line in the defense of this great nation.

November 13, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the News | Opinion


Welcome, Jere Morehead as new UGA president

Dear Dr. Morehead:

November 13, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Fortunes can change with no notice

It happened in Memphis. A lot of history and interesting things occur in that magical city that sits grandly on the Mississippi River. Elvis held court there, the blues grew up there, and barbecue is queen. Elvis, of course, is still king.

November 12, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Know when, how to apologize

I'm an apologetic person. Maybe it's Catholic guilt. Maybe it's just in my nature. But I do love to apologize - mostly for things that aren't my fault. My mother has always said I'd apologize for World War II if given the opportunity. She's right; I am sorry for that horrible global conflict, but not because I think I had anything to do with it. In general, I'm just sorry it happened. It's an empathetic type of apology.

November 12, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Correspondent | Opinion


Time to get Mom an iPad

Sydney, our youngest daughter, is a member of the local Cheer Savannah competitive cheerleading team. Last week our family attended our first ever cheerleading exhibition to watch Sydney, along with the several hundred girls that are involved in this wonderful program, demonstrate all the skills and techniques they have learned over this past summer.

November 11, 2013 | By Rich DeLong | Opinion


Fish or cut bait on tax reform

As Congress moves forward on budget negotiations, the word out of Washington is to expect nothing major: no grand bargain, just more stopgap, short-term fixes.

November 11, 2013 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Serve vets as well as they serve us

During the recent government shutdown, many numbers were thrown around. But there is one number that stands out, and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.

November 10, 2013 | By Daniel M. Dellinger Guest columnist | Opinion


Santa Scramble is a worthy cause

Last Friday morning, dozens of local golfers will take to the greens at Sterling Links Golf Course in Richmond Hill ready for a day of friendly competition and, of course, golf. But these golfers aren't playing just for the sport of it - they'll be participating in the Good Ol' Boys' 14th annual John Stevens Santa Scramble and helping raise funds for the Bryan County Children's Fund.

November 08, 2013 | | Opinion


How to be smart senior pet owner

We often hear how pets are wonderful companions for older adults. Pets provide much-needed comfort, friendship and love to our seniors.

November 07, 2013 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Always tell trut, even when it is hard

The waitress set down my cup of coffee, and I poured cream into the hot, black liquid while silently reflecting on and pondering something.

November 07, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Human nature is on newspapers' side

Funny thing happened the other day to our local newspaper on the way to obscurity: My teenage daughter asked for a printed copy.

November 07, 2013 | By Leonard Woolsey Guest columnist | Opinion


It's hard to pick a favorite phase

Every phase of "babyhood" has its merits, and I've loved them all so far. In fact, every time my daughter Reese enters a new stage of development, I swear that it's the best one yet. I honestly can't pick my favorite.

November 07, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Port money shows pigs can fly

Some say the adage about pigs flying originated with Washington politicians who have an uncanny ability to get nothing accomplished. If they did accomplish something - the politicians we mean - then said swine would take to the air. The horror.

November 06, 2013 | By Newman Times-Herald | Opinion


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Fighting child abuse, neglect should be priority

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about, and you probably would just as soon not read about. But it is there, and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.

April 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers want guns in more places

In the Georgia Legislature, even a relatively simple bill can turn into one of the most important pieces of legislation that is considered.

April 09, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Swarm of gnat nation has arrived

The swarm of gnat nation has arrived

April 09, 2014 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


Beards are making a comeback

I have something I haven't had since I was in my early 20s. In fact, one of my favorite pictures taken in 1980 with my sister exposes it very well.

April 08, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


No point fighting desire to help others

They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment, but still, Rodney keeps trying.

April 08, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Don't be at kid's beck and call

Call me an old-timer, but moms and dads just did things differently when I was a child. The overall approach to parenting seems to have changed so much. My parents fostered independence in my siblings and me. They wanted us to learn early on that we needed to be able to speak and do things for ourselves, and the sooner we understood that, the better off we'd be.

April 08, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Time to fix government is overdue

In 1965, Wilbur Mills, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House.

April 07, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Women can be great community leaders

March was International Women's Month, and while we are moving into April, it is still worth mentioning that women have been trailblazers in their communities, right alongside their men.

April 04, 2014 | By Craig and Sharon Butts Columnists | Opinion


Washington needs new blood

Editor, I cannot be the only one who is tired of the status quo in Washington, D.C. Primary election time is coming up and we have a tough decision to make. We can either elect somebody who is a career politician like Buddy Carter, or vote for Dr. Bob Johnson, an Army veteran who has never run for public office.

April 03, 2014 | | Opinion


Irritating, you got to love it

Even by my impossibly high standards, this has been a good week. It began with a whack upside the head from a reader in South Georgia after I opined that those who want to change the way we teach our children in public schools ought to have their kids in public schools. I was referring to the efforts led by Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, to overturn the Common Core curriculum in the recent legislative session.

April 02, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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