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Easing restrictions on sex offenders a bad joke

The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District House seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes … watch out. You have been warned!"

February 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Highway 144 widening would be welcome

It's a good time to think about how we get from point A to point B in the wake of last week's public hearing on the proposed $18 million widening of Highway 144, which one state Department of Transportation engineer said is now closer to happening than ever. It's obvious the widening of 144 from two to four lanes, along with a soon-to-be installed light where the highway meets Timber Trail and the dedicated right turn lane at 144 and 17, should help make rush-hour commutes safer and less time-consuming for tens of thousands of South Bryan ...

February 26, 2014 | | Opinion


Make a career decision

Mama had great stories. My favorite was the only one I asked often for her to repeat. It has become something of an anthem in my life.

February 25, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Discipline is easier said that done

My daughter takes after her father in nearly every respect, especially when it comes to the traits and characteristics my husband exhibited as a child. From her sandy blonde hair to her blue eyes and left-handedness, Reese and Noell are two peas in a pod. I'd even go so far as to say she gets her fiery temperament from her dad, although I'm sure he'd say it's from me.

February 25, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Oh, how world will miss Shirley Temple Black

Did you feel what I felt last week?

February 25, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


An alternative to the imperial presidency

In his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, President Obama drew widespread attention for pledging to use his executive authority to advance his priorities.

February 24, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Kids more important than guns in church

Let me run some numbers by you:

February 19, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Second ice storm slows activity

State business was halted again last week due to winter storm Pax that barreled its way through the South and eventually the Northeast.

February 19, 2014 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


Bad weather shortens legislator's` week

Monday, Feb. 10 marked the halfway point of our 40-day legislative session, and we are flying through it faster than any other session I have been involved with in the past 10 years.

February 19, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


What you see isn't always what you think you're getting

About once a week I go food shopping for my mom. Without a doubt, ice cream is the No. 1 item she requests. Bread, milk and chocolate syrup are also high on her list.

February 18, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


A little culture never hurt anyone

My daughter got her first dose of culture last week when my family took advantage of Super Museum Sunday to expand our horizons and learn a bit about regional history.

February 18, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Solar-energy proposal is worrisome

Editor, I received an email today that inspired me to get more involved in political issues here in Georgia.

February 13, 2014 | | Opinion


Senate bill protects coastal treasure

Day 15 (Feb. 3) - After a short weekend, we were back in session with three bills on the calendar, including Senate Bill 296, a bill that sets the acreage limit of developable land on Jekyll Island. This bill is the result of many hours of work by the Jekyll Island Authority members and other interested parties and is a great compromise that ensures this coastal gem will continue to be a treasure for many years to come.

February 13, 2014 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Balanced-budget bill advances

It was good to get back to work at the state Capitol after the temporary closure due to recent inclement weather. With St. Patrick's Day about a month away, the House overwhelmingly passed House Bill 784, which I authored, allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday during St. Patrick's Day weekend.

February 12, 2014 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


Random thoughts on random subjects

Many of you have written to say you oppose House Bill 875, which would allow weapons in houses of worship and currently is making its way through the Legislature faster than a speeding bullet. I suggest you let the bill's author, Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, know, too. Call him at 404-656-0188 or email him at rick.jasperse@house.ga.gov.

February 12, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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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


Impact fees may cut burden on property taxes

Bryan County has one of the most generous homestead exemptions for senior citizens in the state, knocking $50,000 off the value of a home for both county and school taxes for residents over age 65.

August 28, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Georgia icon still giving 'em 'zell'

Nostalgia is popular these days: Retro fashions, disco and '80s pop, "Throwback Thursdays" on social media. What's old is new again, what used to be hip turned square and then back to cool.

August 28, 2014 | Gainesville (Ga.) Times | Opinion


EPD marsh ruling creates a 'fine mess'

For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.

August 28, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


Teens, this is serious -- text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

August 27, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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