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Candidates' antics likely scared voters

Thankfully, the name calling and mudslinging that presented itself as a runoff is over and done with. After a race that sank state politics to some pretty low places, Republican Nathan Deal narrowly edged out fellow GOP member Karen Handel to win the right to face Democrat Roy Barnes in November.

August 16, 2010 | | Opinion


Even squirrels know it's too hot

I love the state of Georgia better than apple butter, but sometimes the place can try my patience. Like right now. It is just too hot.

August 12, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


As entertaining as a dead opossum

MOULTRIE - So how does modern man define entertainment? This question came to me the other night as I watched "Billy the Exterminator." There I was in my recliner watching some man dressed up like a rock star crawling under a house to retrieve a dead possum. He's a TV star because he can retrieve a dead possum?

August 12, 2010 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Let's keep Social Security around

The nation's Social Security program turns 75 years old this week.

August 11, 2010 | | Opinion


Cut capital gains tax to boost state economy

The looming possibility of a federal tax increase if Congress allows the Bush administration's tax cuts to expire offers the states an opportunity to protect investment. By lowering the capital gains tax rate, Georgia could earn a much-needed economic boost, inspiring confidence that it is fertile ground for capital investment and is dedicated to economic growth.

August 11, 2010 | By Mark King Guest columnist | Opinion


Where have all the adults gone?

If you could boil down the public's lament with Washington, it might be: "What happened to the adults?"

August 11, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


County needs stormwater controls

Could a countywide stormwater ordinance help Bryan County better protect its natural resources from development and all that comes with it?

August 09, 2010 | | Opinion


Administration should listen to health-care consumers

The great frustration for many Americans during the debate on ObamaCare was tone-deaf politicians. No one seemed willing to listen to their concerns. Federal deficits, pork-barrel spending and cost got lost in the push to pass partisan legislation. Moving into the regulatory phase of writing the critical implementation rules, the concern is that bureaucrats will also ignore the people.

August 09, 2010 | By Ronald E. Bachman Guest columnist | Opinion


Nursing: Low pay, high turnover

Beth Heath's biggest frustration as Madison County nurse manager is when she can't help someone, when she has to turn someone away.

August 04, 2010 | By Sonya Collins Guest columnist | Opinion


Shut down the pill 'mills'

Last week, the FBI and DEA raided and shut down two rogue pain management clinics in Jacksonville.

August 04, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


The 'no-matter-what tax increase' no good

White House economic adviser Christina Romer is off-message. Her offense is nearly as grave as that of White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, who let slip that Democrats are in danger of losing the House. Romer's indiscretion is an academic paper arguing that tax increases kill growth ... just as the White House prepares to increase taxes.

August 04, 2010 | | Opinion


Science should learn from oil spill

The Gulf of Mexico has been inundated with the equivalent of more than an Exxon Valdez-size spill each week -- threatening the health of the marine environment, the public and the livelihoods of gulf residents.

August 02, 2010 | By Robert Gagosian and Christopher D'Elia Guest columnists | Opinion


Dispose of medicines safely

If you are like most people, you have accumulated a collection of prescription drugs and other pharmaceuticals that are no longer needed. Once it was common practice to flush these medications down the toilet or just throw them in the trash. This is no longer true. Studies have shown that septic systems, water treatment facilities, and trash disposal methods do not destroy the components of the prescription drug. This can lead to contamination of soil, surface water, and ground water. Keeping the environment clean is much easier than cleaning it up after it is polluted.

August 02, 2010 | Special to the News | Opinion


Democratic revolution new in pitiful stage

The great Democratic revolution of 2008 is entering its pitiful stage.

August 02, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Many thanks to Mrs. Henrietta

MOULTRIE - Just a few days ago, my fifth grade teacher turned 99. And it's time I paid public tribute to someone who helped keep a redheaded country boy in line as he began to learn how to connect words into somewhat meaningful communication, to appreciate history and to not succumb to math.

July 28, 2010 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


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Thoughts inspired while working out

I made my first visit to the workout gym in over a year the other day. As most of my readers know I like to perform my fitness regimen in my garage where it is private, easily accessible…and most important - free! I happened to be out of town and could not fit my garage in my suitcase, so I decided to make a visit to the local gym for some climate-controlled exercise. Who knew exercising in an air-conditioned room could be so nice.

July 08, 2014 | By Rich DeLong | Opinion


More transparency needed, still

As lawmakers continue debating ethics and transparency in Georgia government, with the hourglass emptying fast on the 2013 session, yet another independent nonprofit think tank has given the state a less than encouraging grade.

July 08, 2014 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Improving FOIA will make it easier for everyone to access gov't

Earlier this year, the Veterans Affairs Administration denied the Tampa Tribune's Freedom of Information Act request for the names of VA hospitals where veterans died because of delays in medical screenings. To hide this information, the VA used the "pre-decisional" exemption, simply stating that the requested documents were "preliminary" communications and could thus be withheld. This misapplication was not an isolated incident. Agency use of this b(5) catch-all exemption has skyrocketed to more than 12 percent of all FOIA requests, often to prevent embarrassment or hide errors and failures–ignoring President Obama's clear instructions to the contrary ...

July 03, 2014 | By Nate Jones Special to the News | Opinion


His plate is home grown

I can and have assailed you with facts and figures on the economic importance of agriculture to this state, and I probably will again.

July 03, 2014 | By Don Gardner | Opinion


Georgia's role in fighting terrorism

On Sept. 11, 2001, our way of life in the United States changed forever.

July 03, 2014 | By Buddy Carter State Senator | Opinion


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