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Regents face increasing skepticism

The State Board of Regents voted recently to tighten their policies governing illegal immigrant applicants to Georgia colleges and universities, and they did it with little discussion.

October 21, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Amendment 2 is a vote to save lives

From now through the Nov. 2 election day, you will see and hear a lot about ballot Amendment 2. This is a $10 car tag fee to help fund the formation of a statewide trauma network and stabilize Georgia's trauma care system. Specifically, Georgia voters will be asked to vote "yes" or "no" on the following:

October 20, 2010 | By Phillip S. Schaengold Guest columnist | Opinion


Revenge of the Hillary Clinton voters

Two-thirds of West Virginians approve of the job performance of Gov. Joe Manchin. In ordinary circumstances, that would be enough to get him any promotion he wants. Not in 2010.

October 20, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Coast will be in hands of new governor

If most Georgians hope to ensure a future quality of life at least equal to that of the past, it is clear that government accountability must improve.

October 18, 2010 | By David Kyler Columnist | Opinion


An education in spending

Of all the things the Newark, N.J., school system needs, the last of them is more money. Newark spends more per pupil than any other city in the country, and gets dismayingly little for it. For $22,000 per pupil - more than twice the national average - it graduates half its students.

October 13, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Seminary president should find better focus than yoga

By Dick Yarbrough

October 13, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Don't discount judgeships

In less than three weeks, we will elect people to fill some of the most important positions in our state and nation. And while they are obviously all important, some will argue that judgeships and those who appoint or confirm judges are the most important.

October 13, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Columnist | Opinion


Forces are under stress

In a speech at Duke University last week, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that most Americans have grown too detached from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and view military service as something for "other people to do."

October 11, 2010 | | Opinion


Let GOP pay for power rate hike

The legislation (SB-31) that allows Georgia Power to charge small businesses and residential customers for electricity in advance provides exhibits A to Z of Republican core economic and political values; family values are exhibited in the speaker suite on the right wing at Motel 6.

October 11, 2010 | By Sen. Robert Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


An environmental lesson for Georgia

It's been two months since the day of a massive fire at J&J Chemical Co. in Athens and a large spill of dangerous chemicals into a stream feeding the Oconee River. A sickly sweet odor still hangs in the air along Trail Creek, and an unnatural turquoise tint still colors the water.

October 11, 2010 | By Ben Emanuel and Deborah Sheppard Guest columnists | Opinion


Buiding a healthier Georgia

Sept. 23 marked the six-month anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, the new federal health care law. The bulk of the changes go into effect in 2014, giving state and local governments, insurers, providers and other key stakeholders time to translate and implement the new policies.

October 06, 2010 | By Cindy Zeldin Guest columnist | Opinion


Simple slogans won't cut it anymore

When John Kerry calls you out of touch, you must be so far out of touch that you need to call Mazlan Othman, the U.N.'s designated liaison to space aliens, to re-establish contact with Planet Earth.

October 06, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Don't battle over Civil War tourism

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War begins in 2011, and already there has been criticism by some that Georgia is "a day late and a dollar short" when it comes to promoting it. The fact is, in the midst of a fiscal crisis, the state is making wise and timely use of limited funding to develop a unique CW150 program that will draw visitors from around the world to Georgia.

October 06, 2010 | By Dr. W. Todd Groce Guest columnist | Opinion


Just don't go there

MOULTRIE - Quite often I read advice on what to do when you encounter a dangerous critter. For instance, if you meet up with a grizzly bear you are advised to make yourself look bigger than you really are.

October 04, 2010 | By Dwain Walden Guest columnist | Opinion


Learn government-speak to understand health care reform

In most families, moms are the caregivers, and most moms have a medicine "box" or tray with all kinds of cures for middle-of-the-night pains and fevers. If it's not in the "box," a quick trip to a local 24-hour pharmacy usually secures the needed treatment. When that doesn't work, a doctor's visit secures a prescription to be filled at the local pharmacy. But for most situations a caring mom, Mother Nature and over-the-counter medications get children well and avoid unnecessary physician visits and expenses.

September 29, 2010 | By Ronald E. Bachman Guest columnist | Opinion


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What were they thinking?

Editor, Recently, I've spotted some news headlines - around the region, state and country - that I never thought I'd see. It really makes me wonder, "Whatever were they thinking?"

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


AUSA leader wants sequestration ended

Editor, The following is an open letter on sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, from retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, head of the Association of the United States Army:

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


Dalton State key to economic rebound

Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could"? That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of northwest Georgia, not far from the Tennessee line.

September 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Turn your life into art

Lately, I've been thinking about the treasure trove that can be found in life's challenging times - the wisdom, the victories, the emotional muscle built and, of course, the stories. As those who know me well often say with a smile, "It's always about the story with her."

September 09, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's different when I want to know

I realize, perhaps better than anyone, that it's not polite to ask others about their reproductive plans. I've long ranted about how much it annoyed me when friends, family members and even perfect strangers would inquire about a possible plunge into parenthood. Even now, as most of my readers know, I get aggravated when people ask whether my 2-year-old daughter, Reese, will ever be a sister.

September 09, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


The humanity of Herbert Hoover

History is fickle with heroic humans, even when they loom over their generation in service to humanity. Even presidents suffer the fickle hand of history, especially when events in their administrations overshadow them. It happened to Herbert Hoover.

September 05, 2014 | By Harold Brown Guest Columnist | Opinion


Political pumpkins growing a bit early

Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday." The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia: "For it's a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September."

September 04, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Riots focus need to understand emotion

By now, most of you have heard about the Ferguson, Missouri, riots, where a young unarmed male was shot by a police officer and died on the spot.

September 03, 2014 | By Craig and Sharon Butts Columnists | Opinion


Proof of Southern identity is the food

When business called my husband, Tink, back to Los Angeles, he decided to take the opportunity to have his annual check-up. When it ended, he called home.

September 02, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Happy birthday, mom, from Rich

It was Aug. 30, 1928, when mom was born in Kanawha County, West Virginia, just a year prior to the start of the great depression. Finney Holler is the more exact location of her birth, although it is a little hard to determine exactly where Finney Holler is or was. Not too long after she was born her family moved down the road to Big Chimney; which does happen to be on the map.

September 02, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


We all wake up eventually

Last week, seemingly all the national news agencies reported on the American Academy of Pediatrics' new recommendation that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to help ensure older children get more sleep.

September 02, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Nostalgia sells; he's not buying

Have you noticed how "nostalgia" sells? This hit me like an antique butter churn the other day as I was watching television, and so many of the commercials have incorporated "old rock" music into their marketing spiels. And we can say, "Yes I remember that one!" We might even say, "Hey, that was our song!"

September 02, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


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