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State obligated to keep rivers clean

An article posted on the Ogeechee Riverkeeper website and repeated below is more proof that the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is regularly failing to do its job.

August 04, 2011 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Create jobs, ditch ridiculous taxes

It is very obvious that the job market is stagnant to the point that many people are giving up their searches for employment. Why are we in this predicament? Just look to Washington.

August 04, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Feds can save tax revenues

Members of the U.S. Congress insist that the government get a handle on costs. They say billions must be trimmed from the federal budget, else the nation will go belly up.

August 03, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


Looking back, Atlanta blew Olympics

The 15th anniversary of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games has come and gone with barely a whimper. Looking back, the Olympic Games were not Atlanta's finest hours - or days. The city was given a unique gift and didn't know what to do with it.

August 03, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


A tribute to Miss Shirley

Dear editor: Flowers just don't seem appropriate. How do I honor someone like her? A tribute in writing seems more fitting because writing was Shirley Hiers' gift and she shared it with all of us.

August 03, 2011 | | Opinion


Catfish impersonating pricier catch

Let's just suppose that someone took a buffalo calf from Montana and relocated it to Texas. Would that give us the right to sell it as a cow? What a stupid question, you may say. Well that's what's happening in the fishing industry.

August 03, 2011 | By Vic Waters Humor columnist | Opinion


Government spending is to blame for crisis

Editor, The current battle over the budget and deficits has left many people confused. It is not complicated if it is broken down to the bare essentials.

August 01, 2011 | | Opinion


Climate change science questions God

Editor, Is there really a problem with climate change? Some scientists, who think they know more then God, believe there is.

August 01, 2011 | | Opinion


Loss of space program a shame

Dear editor: Hearing about NASA shutting the door on outer-space travel really made me angry. It's such a shame to shut down.

August 01, 2011 | | Opinion


Mosquito control is health issue

Dear editor: Authorities are calling 2011 "the most severe threat year ever" for the West Nile virus with rapidly increasing numbers of positive samples coming in so far this year.

August 01, 2011 | | Opinion


PSC member should watch expenses

Let's be careful out there, Tim.

August 01, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


A very wrong mix of movie genres

There's a movie out now titled "Cowboys and Aliens." And that's just wrong. Harrison Ford must have been hurting for work.

August 01, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Army helps soldiers see

A few weeks ago, my husband underwent corrective eye surgery through Fort Stewart's Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program. WRESP is a free program that provides eye surgery and aftercare to qualifying soldiers.

August 01, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Midway puts law before people, common sense

It's about time that the citizens of Midway replace the city council. It is one thing to pass laws, but another to use common sense.

August 01, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


National debt has to be bridled

As hard as I try, I just can't fathom $14.3 trillion. In fact, the only thing harder to try and fathom is probably that $14.3 trillion is not enough to cover our national debt.

July 27, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


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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


Elder passes advice to great-grandson

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: For the past 15 years, I have taken the opportunity at the beginning of the New Year to share some advice - first with your dad and his cousins and now with you, my great-grandson. I hope you don't mind and will bear with me. You probably would rather be playing with your Legos and I understand that but maybe something in this letter might make a difference in your life in years to come. I pray that will be so.

January 08, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Wounded Warrior Project is like a scam

Editor, I've been seeing a lot more commercials for the Wounded Warrior Project on television recently, requesting that I send in my $19 per month.

January 07, 2015 | | Opinion


Southerners welcome newcomers from start

A few years ago, the magazine I have long loved - Southern Living - changed. Like most Southerners, I have an aversion to change, which is why our traditions have such stranglehold. We never let go.

January 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Rules hard to enforce on the road

There's nothing like a good, old-fashioned road trip to ensure that good parenting habits and ground rules are not only broken, but stomped to smithereens and tossed out of a (moving car) window.

January 06, 2015 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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