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Ten days remain in legislative session

Tuesday of this week marked the 30th day of our 40 day legislative session. This is a crucial day because it is the day that a bill must have passed at least one body in order to have a chance of becoming law. This is always a busy day as we rush to get key legislation passed in time to be considered by the Senate before the session ends. The biggest surprise was the return of the tax cut legislation that last week I told you did not pass. I am happy to report that the measure did pass and ...

March 30, 2008 | | Opinion


Moving into the final quarter

Your Georgia General Assembly is moving into the final quarter of the 2008 Assembly session as we have completed 31 days of the no-more-than 40 legislative day session. The final quarter is when the tough legislation is worked out and debated. In addition, the budgetary issues really storm to the front as the Appropriations Committee members move to submit a balanced budget that fulfills needs of federally mandated programs like education and Medicaid, as well as, universities, roads and other needed projects and programs.

March 30, 2008 | | Opinion


Charter schools misunderstood

Georgia's 71 charter schools are outperforming traditional public schools and are serving a more diverse and economically disadvantaged population, according to the Georgia Department of Education's most recent Annual Report on Charter Schools.

March 30, 2008 | | Opinion


Her 5K training is looking up

Things are seemingly looking up for my 5K training. I'm super motivated and have been getting some really supportive feedback from the community, so thanks to everyone for that!

March 30, 2008 | Jessica Holthaus | Opinion


Transportation shortfall

Georgians outside Atlanta who have paid attention to the state's priorities in water allocation would not likely mourn Thursday's legislative demise of a statewide sales tax for transportation improvements.

March 30, 2008 | | Opinion


The terrorists in our backyard

Nothing hurts parents as deeply as news of the violent death of a child. Over time, the grief subsides slightly but it never goes away - not after a year or a decade or even a quarter of a century.

March 27, 2008 | | Opinion


Be wary of these claims

For years, Republican legislators and small business owners have wanted to scale back the benefits that group health insurance plans are required to offer in Georgia. They contend that employers should be free to choose plans that are more affordable even if it means workers have to pay for preventive care and basic medical services out of their own pockets.

March 27, 2008 | | Opinion


Make some butterflies happy

My grandmother was a simple, practical woman who did not escape passion. She was crazy about flowers.

March 27, 2008 | | Opinion


House kills tax reform measure

The Georgia General Assembly has completed twenty-nine days of the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session and "Day 30" which is "Crossover Day" will be Tuesday, March 11. As I discussed last week, crossover day is the last day that the House or Senate will consider their own legislation and pass it over to the other body for consideration. If a bill that originates in the House of Representatives hasn't been passed by the House by this Day 30, then the bill effectively is considered "dead."

March 26, 2008 | | Opinion


Death of tax reform

The remnants of House Speaker Glenn Richardson's much debated GREAT plan to do away with property taxes officially bit the dust last week, when legislators voted it down.

March 26, 2008 | | Opinion


Her 5k training continues

Welcome to week three of my 5K training for the upcoming Energy Oasis 5K Race and Fitness Walk.

March 20, 2008 | Jessica Holthaus | Opinion


On holding an indigo snake

An indigo snake is the most beautiful thing you'd ever want to see. It is deep purple and midnight blue, iridescent. It is long and graceful.

March 20, 2008 | by Janisse Ray | Opinion


Zell, is it modesty or ....?

Can this be true? A movement is afoot in the Capitol to change the title of House Speaker Glenn Richardson's sweeping tax reform measure. Overnight, Romeo's GREAT Tax Plan would become known as the DEAD Tax Plan.

March 20, 2008 | by Bill Shipp | Opinion


Grading on a curve?

Politicians are nothing if not quick to toot their own horns.

March 20, 2008 | | Opinion


Legislative update: ‘Tax reform and spending go hand in hand’

The 2008 legislative session is now more than half way complete but much important work remains. Key issues that we still must address are tax reform, a budget that is fiscally responsible and meets the needs of our citizens, and transportation. Last week the House Ways & Means Committee approved several tax reform measures. With tax reform must come spending reform and last week we also laid out our spending priorities for the Fiscal Year 2009 budget.

March 16, 2008 | by Rep. Bob Lane for the Bryan County News | Opinion


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Friendships are gifts that do keep on giving

Maybe it's the fact that I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships. Friendships are always the correct size, the right color and don't require a set of instructions on how to operate them. They are truly the gift that keeps on giving.

December 18, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Keep cronyism out of state school choice

Georgia has one of the more popular K-12 tuition tax-credit programs in America, which is funded by the private contributions of approximately 18,000 individual taxpayers and 200 corporate taxpayers, who receive a state income-tax credit for their contributions.

December 17, 2014 | By Jim Kelly and Ben Scafidi | Opinion


History can be better than fiction

Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock-car champion, Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute over sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey.

December 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Government plans to control kids' destiny

Editor, Common Core has curriculum mandates plus tests. The reason that this educational system is designed this way is so that special-interest groups can mine data from Common Core. Common Core is, in reality, a system of data classification. The tests enable our children's data be turned over to private organizations. No one oversees these companies nor does anyone - especially the government - know how this information will be used. Actually, this information will be accessible to the federal government. Now, Big Brother will be watching our children's progress throughout his or her school years.

December 11, 2014 | | Opinion


Commissioners: State pushing charter schools

You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia. You may recall, also, that the amendment passed handily. So much for my vigor.

December 11, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Ferguson, Long Island decisions affect us all

We at Unity in the Community have been paying attention to the current news about the young black men being killed by police.

December 11, 2014 | By Craig Butts Special to the News | Opinion


School choice crucial to middle class

In a recent speech at the National Press Club, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY, explained that improving economic opportunities for middle-class Americans is the key issue on which Democrats and Republicans should be focusing leading up to the 2016 presidential election and beyond.

December 10, 2014 | By Jim Kelly Guest columnist | Opinion


Whatever it takes get vets their benefits

Editor, Stop the presses and call Walter Cronkite - these stats just in:

December 10, 2014 | | Opinion


Parents' wisdom valuable

There are few who cannot say truthfully that they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

December 09, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Santa helps ensure good behavior

This "Santa Claus is coming soon, so you better be good" thing is working out great for me so far.

December 09, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Bora Bora doesn't care about the game

This was written in a cave somewhere in greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper.

December 03, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lawmaker's orientation is over

Orientation for freshman-elect members of the 114th Congress took place in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 12-19. This is the second of two reports detailing events of that orientation.

December 03, 2014 | By U.S. Rep.-elect Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


SPLOST projects should have been done as money came in

Editor, I read the article "Concerns arise at millage hearing" in the Nov. 30 Coastal Courier, and I also have concerns.

December 03, 2014 | | Opinion


Food tastes are in the genes

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.

December 02, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Cutting cooking simplifies holidays

I didn't cook Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. My husband, daughter and I went to a restaurant in Richmond Hill that offered all the traditional holiday fare at a reasonable price. It was the first time in my life I did not eat a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving.

December 02, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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