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Gun safety, education paramount

A young life was lost last week and the tragedy could have been avoided. A 14-year-old Hinesville girl and her 16-year-old friend, Ela'na Briona Alisa Poole, who was visiting from the Atlanta area, were tossing around a semiautomatic handgun when the weapon discharged, striking the older girl in the mouth and killing her. The younger teenager said she found the gun in her mother's dresser drawer. She knew enough about firearms to remove the gun's clip, but she did not empty the chamber.

July 11, 2011 | | Opinion


'Victory' is relative to geography

The office of Gov. Nathan Deal called the federal court ruling on Atlanta's access to the waters of Lake Lanier a "total victory" for Georgia.

July 11, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Tell us about it with 'Sound off'

Sometimes you pass something on the road that makes you so mad, you just feel like you have to tell someone about it to get it off of your chest.

July 11, 2011 | Staff report | Opinion


I'd rather shoot than run with the bull

It's incredible what one can learn at a breakfast club. Combine a cross section of the community with Droids, Blackberries, iPhones, etc., and there's quite a plethora of entertainment and information to be had.

July 11, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Cheaters deserve to be punished

In a variety show that aired on NBC in the early 1970s, comedian Flip Wilson would step into a woman's dress and bonnet and into the spirited and cheeky fictional character of Geraldine Jones, who invoked this popular comeback whenever caught in a tall tale or in a compromising situation: "The devil made me do it."

July 11, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


Feds must weigh debt-limit options

This is going to be a long, hot summer - and I don't mean the temperature. The debt, deficit and spending fight on Capitol Hill is intense. If the government does not increase the debt limit in August, the United States will default on its bills. The Republicans want Washington to cut its spending to match the revenue (taxes) coming in, and the Democrats want to increase our taxes. Unless the two sides come together with a compromise, our country goes into default.

July 07, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


State parks great, easy on the pizzazz

As far as state parks are concerned, being boring shouldn't always necessarily be seen as a bad thing.

July 07, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


We pay on time, why can't speaker?

I own a vacation home in Dawson County – Big Canoe to be exact. Every year, we get a bill for property taxes and it is paid promptly.

July 06, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


A fundamental, ethical disconnet

I was speaking to a member of the General Assembly last year in the wake of a series of ethics scandals that led to the former speaker of the House resigning, and he said, "We've passed an ethics bill that greatly expands the disclosure of campaign finance and lobbyist spending."

July 06, 2011 | By Todd Rehm Guest columnist | Opinion


Deal gets gas tax right this time

Gov. Nathan Deal has had a welcome change of heart about another hike in the state tax on gasoline after reaping a windfall from a formula-induced jump of nearly 28 percent less than two months ago.

July 06, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Immigration law worth headaches, hoopla

After hearing arguments last week from a coalition of immigration attorneys and civil-rights organizations seeking to block implementation of Georgia's new immigration law (HB 87), which went into effect July 1, U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash issued his ruling Monday afternoon.

July 05, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion


Headed home together for Fourth

Oh, I love it when I have happy news! It looks like after a wait that seemed to go on forever Josh and I will finally close on our house this week.

July 05, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Follow CRC's alternative-fuel lead

The Coastal Regional Commission recently unveiled a tentative plan to retrofit 13 of its coaches to run on compressed natural gas or propane. The change, of course, was designed as a cost-saving measure as alternative fuels cost between $1.75 and $2 per gallon compared with gas prices of around $3.50 per gallon. But let's not forget the strategy's added benefit of being environmentally friendly. The CRC should be commended for using energy conservation to help save money and the planet, and more mass transit systems should follow the commission's lead - it may not be all ...

July 05, 2011 | | Opinion


Road work to preserve state's assets

Each year, more than three trillion miles are traveled on America's roads, with a considerable amount of those - more than 113 billion -- occurring right here in Georgia. Our location and excellent road network means Georgia serves as a prime connecting route for vacationers and for freight movement. Georgia is the main route by which tourists from all over the USA and Canada reach popular year-round southern vacation destinations. And when we add the increasing numbers of tractor trailers traveling throughout the state, our roads are usually crowded.

July 05, 2011 | By Vance C. Smith Jr. Guest columnist | Opinion


A strange thing happened at breakfast

This morning I was staring at my biscuit, wondering if it was a Christian biscuit or not.

July 05, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


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Let the orientation begin

Editor's note: U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Georgia, and other area elected officials will contribute periodic columns during the upcoming legislative sessions. This is a report about orientation that he went through last week.

November 20, 2014 | By U.S. Rep.-elect Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Analyzing elections, predicting next president

I was on St. Simons Island last week, scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill, when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed up Junior when I told him.

November 19, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Joy of pinto beans, cornbread

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.

November 18, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Good parents often need siblings

Typically, I use this weekly column to address parenting issues, reflect on challenges faced by (fairly) new moms and provide what I hope are amusing anecdotes that stem from daily life encounters with a toddler. This Sunday, though, I'm going to explore a topic that's more indirectly related to - but still very much a part of - child-rearing.

November 18, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Show support for 3rd ID at listening session

Residents of Bryan County have the opportunity Monday to show our support for a continued strong presence of the Marne Division in Bryan and surrounding counties.

November 17, 2014 | | Opinion


This terrorist deserves our gratitude

This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago, but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he's proud of it.

November 12, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


VA working to improve services

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, we have one of the most noble and inspiring missions in government. I accepted this job and joined this mission to better serve you - our veterans - and improve the delivery of the care and benefits you have earned. It is our privilege to serve you, and I have made clear that as we move forward as a department, we will judge the success of all our efforts against a single metric - the outcomes we provide for veterans.

November 12, 2014 | By Robert A. McDonald Special to the News | Opinion


Support leads to success

Over the years, I've crossed paths with many who were extremely successful as well as some who were such miserable failures that, as Mama liked to say, they "ain't worth the breath they draw."

November 11, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Parents don't have to always be late

I recently saw a meme posted to a social-media site that said something along the lines of "Having children: Your way of showing the world you no longer intend to be on time - ever."

November 11, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Americans must work for greater good

Editor, "Greater Good" is a point or ideology that has been defined, perceived and twisted. So what does this mean? I wonder if it's even fair to apply this concept because, at the end of the day, the definition is construed. Man is still making that determination.

November 06, 2014 | | Opinion


Junior E. Lee bullish on election analysis

I called Junior E. Lee and asked when he would have some post-election analysis to share with you. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, in Greater Garfield, Georgia, home of Round-or-Square Polls, whose motto is "You supply the dough and we will cook the results."

November 05, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Georgia on lookout for ebola

In 1976 in the rainforest, a virus was transmitted to people from wild animals, and it spread through the population via human-to-human contact.

November 05, 2014 | By U.S. Rep.-elect Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Choose your way to make a difference

This month, more than 500 local volunteers have made a positive difference for our local waterways by participating in the Statewide Rivers Alive waterway cleanups in Georgia. Over 50 locations in Liberty County have been cleaned up so far by these amazing helpers, who ranged in ages from 2 (yes, they had a little help from their parents) to 80. Several more groups have cleanups scheduled in the next three weeks. Rivers Alive is a statewide effort to preserve and protect our waterways in Georgia. Rivers Alive events also are part of the international efforts of The Ocean Conservancy.

November 04, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Just plant the tree already

That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn't turn out well.

November 04, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Parents are too busy for phone calls

I dislike talking on the phone. For a number of reasons, I've never really been fond of telephone calls or conversations.

November 04, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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