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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


Driving '99 Civic around state is no junket

Editor's note: this op-ed column is a response to a guest editorial from the Athens Banner-Herald that ran July 30.

August 09, 2011 | By Tim Echols Public Service Commissioner | Opinion


Redistricting demands scrutiny

The Georgia General Assembly will reconvene less than two weeks from now in a special session to take on the constitutionally mandated legislative task of redistricting. Like the U.S. Census, and as a result of it, this process occurs every 10 years when states redraw their congressional and legislative maps to reflect population and other demographic changes.

August 08, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | 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


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