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News flash: Sharks will eat you

Last week was "Shark Week" on the Discovery Channel. They do this about twice a year. And when a varied assortment of seals had been killed and the one-armed surfers had told their stories and when all of the research had been discussed, the findings were about the same as they have been for many years.

August 18, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Ethics questions valid; not priority

There are serious problems with Georgia's ethics commission - or rather (excuse us), the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. The eligibility of its chairman is not among them.

August 18, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Specialty tiers deny fair health care

The perception of arthritis is often that it typically affects the elderly or injured. However, it is worth noting that in Georgia alone, there are about 9,200 children younger than 16 suffering from the painful joint swelling and stiffness that plagues those with juvenile arthritis. According to The Arthritis Foundation, more than 300,000 children have been diagnosed nationwide.

August 17, 2011 | By Dorothy Leone-Glasser Guest columnist | Opinion


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


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Cartoon symbolic of those who let Obama ruin our country

Editor, An editorial cartoon by R. McKee serves as a modern take on the old Hans Christian Anderson tale about the emperor who was swindled by to weavers who promise to make him a suit of clothes that is invisible to people who are stupid and incompetent. When the emperor and his cabinet members cannot see the clothes, they pretend to be able to see them for fear of being deemed unfit for their positions. In reality, the swindlers only pretended to make the suit and clothe the emperor. He isn't wearing anything.

November 27, 2014 | | Opinion


Carl Sanders: A great man did great things

On my "to-do" list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for UGA's former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. I knew he would like the idea and perhaps could jerk a few chains I seem to have been unable to rattle thus far.

November 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Outlaw policing for profit in Georgia

Back in 1966, Bobby Fuller sang about, "Robbin' people with a six-gun, I fought the law and the law won." And rightfully so - robbery is a crime. But what happens when it's the law doing the robbing and the law wins?

November 26, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Holiday is for catching up

It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren't planned. They're born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.

November 25, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Moms may be afraid to take breaks

Moms want everything and nothing at all. We want to be everywhere at once and also nowhere to be found. We want to impress everyone, handle every chore imaginable and spend every waking second bonding with our children. We also want to totally escape from life. Failure to accomplish this leads to immense guilt and, occasionally, foul moods.

November 25, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Let the orientation begin

Editor's note: U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Georgia, and other area elected officials will contribute periodic columns during the upcoming legislative sessions. This is a report about orientation that he went through last week.

November 20, 2014 | By U.S. Rep.-elect Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Analyzing elections, predicting next president

I was on St. Simons Island last week, scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill, when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed up Junior when I told him.

November 19, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Joy of pinto beans, cornbread

One afternoon, I had a hankering, a primal-like craving, for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.

November 18, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Good parents often need siblings

Typically, I use this weekly column to address parenting issues, reflect on challenges faced by (fairly) new moms and provide what I hope are amusing anecdotes that stem from daily life encounters with a toddler. This Sunday, though, I'm going to explore a topic that's more indirectly related to - but still very much a part of - child-rearing.

November 18, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Show support for 3rd ID at listening session

Residents of Bryan County have the opportunity Monday to show our support for a continued strong presence of the Marne Division in Bryan and surrounding counties.

November 17, 2014 | | Opinion


This terrorist deserves our gratitude

This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago, but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he's proud of it.

November 12, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


VA working to improve services

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, we have one of the most noble and inspiring missions in government. I accepted this job and joined this mission to better serve you - our veterans - and improve the delivery of the care and benefits you have earned. It is our privilege to serve you, and I have made clear that as we move forward as a department, we will judge the success of all our efforts against a single metric - the outcomes we provide for veterans.

November 12, 2014 | By Robert A. McDonald Special to the News | Opinion


Support leads to success

Over the years, I've crossed paths with many who were extremely successful as well as some who were such miserable failures that, as Mama liked to say, they "ain't worth the breath they draw."

November 11, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Parents don't have to always be late

I recently saw a meme posted to a social-media site that said something along the lines of "Having children: Your way of showing the world you no longer intend to be on time - ever."

November 11, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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