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Congress still isn't being responsible

Congress is winding down its historically unproductive session with a small flurry of activity. It's a welcome change, but so long overdue that it can't possibly make up for what should have been accomplished on Capitol Hill this year.

December 26, 2013 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Here's hoping the flood waters recede

On Sept. 25, more than 200 concerned citizens pack the Tybee Island City Hall in a standing-room-only meeting moderated by Mayor Jason Buelterman.

December 26, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Volunteers needed to protect Fort Stewart

At the annual Defense Policy Forum on Nov. 12, one of the major topics was Base Realignment and Closure and alternatives to BRAC.

December 26, 2013 | By Anita Hughes Columnist | Opinion


It's time for some serious soothsaying

Good grief. I just took a peek at next week's calendar. It says 2014.

December 25, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Little ears do hear everything

My house just became a much more positive place. My husband and I usually do watch what we say when my daughter is around, but now I have iron-clad proof that she is always listening, watching and, more importantly, mimicking. Now that we know this, exclaiming, "Oh, fiddlesticks!" is about the only thing that is still permissible in our family.

December 25, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Support military families during hard times

Military life is surrounded by the grey clouds of deployment, the sunny days of returns and little is mentioned of the rest.

December 24, 2013 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


Don't get lost during Christmastime rush

The other day, I was driving my car and suddenly realized I did not know what road I was on.

December 24, 2013 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Cold journey to grave was worth it

It was during mid-flight, perhaps somewhere over Virginia, that a thought hit me and I suddenly turned in excitement toward my husband, Tink.

December 24, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Parade turnout shows support for 4-H

What's not to love about a parade? The floats, the candy, the music, the excitement. Everyone loves a parade - at least as long as it's not raining and cold outside.

December 18, 2013 | | Opinion


There's much to believe in at Christmas

I believe in Christmas.

December 18, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Remember the little things on holidays

A friend was talking about a hail and farewell she recently attended. She laughed about the farewell of a junior officer, about whom it was widely known (even to him) that he was somewhat worthless to his unit, never knew which way was up and always was two steps behind.

December 17, 2013 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


Be brave enough to accept diversity

Welcome to the first column of Unity in the Community. We will try, at least once a month, to give some insight, ideas and more focused on unity.

December 17, 2013 | By Craig and Sharon Butts Columnists | Opinion


Please thank a farmer

There's nothing glamorous about being a farmer, nothing charming, little endearing and certainly few things easy about it. It is either a calling or a curse, depending on how one looks at it. Some are born into it and some just can't find a way to escape it, because it's all they've ever known.

December 17, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Not quite ready for a night apart

I often think about how nice it would be to have a break from all my familial responsibilities for just one night. I dream of a quiet evening alone - no dinner to cook, no lunches to pack, no dishes to wash, no whiny pets to walk and feed, no toddler to bathe and put to bed, and no intermittent wakeups throughout the night to soothe said toddler, supply milk and coax her back to bed.

December 17, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Military communities need certainty

'Outlook unclear, ask again later'

December 16, 2013 | By Anita Hughes Columnist | Opinion


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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


Be committed, achieve something

My husband and I sat watching a documentary celebrating the anniversary of the Freedom Riders. They were student advocates who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States in 1961 and we could not help but notice the struggle of separatism still continues in many places in this country. On the one hand, the belief was that the fight was for equality, a right to have that which was given through the wording of the Constitution. But if we were to really take a close look, what was really being sought was respect.

July 02, 2014 | By Craig and Sharon Butts | Opinion


Dream big, America. Happy July 4

One of the great newspaper columnists of any era was Erma Bombeck, the humorist who enchanted readers for decades with her witty take on life in suburbia in a column that ran from the 1960s until her death in 1996.

July 02, 2014 | | Opinion


Help on the way for dealing with the humor-impaired

The things you learn while surfing the Internet in desperation for column material.

July 02, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


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