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Make yourself at home on Mars

I have some good news and some bad news. I read in the paper recently about a proposed venture to send people to Mars. The good news is that it will be a one-way trip. The bad news is that the launch isn't scheduled until 2022, meaning anybody dumb enough to consider the idea of going to Mars and staying there will be hanging around for another nine years on our planet and lowering the collective IQ for the rest of us. Bummer.

November 06, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Water-projects bill is good news

Finally, just when we thought it would never happen again, it does - we get some good news out of Washington, D.C.

October 31, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion

Immortalizing our great leaders

"Hello, Gov. Deal's office. May I help you? One moment, please. Governor, you have a call on line one."

October 30, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Trick-or-treaters should earn candy

Halloween is a fun holiday, short and sweet. It doesn't require a lot of prep and is over in a few hours.

October 30, 2013 | By Betsy DeBry Guest columnist | Opinion

Never trivialize any mother

There's a topic I've always shied away from in this column - the working mom vs. stay-at-home mom debate. I never felt the need to broach this subject before because, honestly, I didn't really feel it was an issue anymore. I thought we, as parents, had moved past all that trivial nonsense and decided all mothers play important roles. Period.

October 29, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion

How to improve future sessions

One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown. Yes, the capital is focused on next year's elections, but honestly! There was only one real loser, and that was the American people.

October 29, 2013 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion

Don't wait for retirement, serve now

I was talking to Siri the other day - you know, that voice on your Apple smartphone that helps you with directions, tells you who's winning the football game and will also take memos for you and then store them on your iPhone.

October 29, 2013 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion

Car show cancellation disappointing

Editor, This is to the committee of the Richmond Hill seafood festival. The Saturday morning of the festival, my 5-year-old grandson and son-in-law, both natives of Black Creek, arrived for the annual car show that had been advertised on the website only to find out it had been canceled.

October 28, 2013 | | Opinion

Garden Club thankful for support

The Richmond Hill Garden Club's 14th annual Pumpkin Patch held in early October was a great success thanks to the generous support of local citizens. The garden club is truly grateful to those who attended and those who helped us publicize and arrange the occasion.

October 24, 2013 | By Gloria Sharin Guest columnist | Opinion

Junior analyzes reaction to shutdown

I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in greater Garfield to see what kind of reactions he was getting from the public to the recent shutdown of the federal government.

October 24, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Chamber, committee does it again with festival

If you were at J.F. Gregory Park on Saturday, it will be no great surprise to hear that attendance numbers for this year's Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival were up this year compared to last. Droves of people poured through entrance gate all day Saturday, letting up only for what amounted to less than an hour of rain showers.

October 23, 2013 | | Opinion

Answering the junk-mail call

I went to my mailbox the other day and was surprised to find absolutely nothing inside.

October 22, 2013 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion

Midway offers spooky adventure

On Saturday, plenty of area residents will enter the graveyard across the street from the Historic Midway Church. Yes, it is again time for the Midway Museum-sponsored cemetery tour.

October 22, 2013 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

Old bowl symbolizes famly history

Just as my husband, Tink, started up the stairs, stepping slowly and carefully to keep the contents of his bowl and coffee cup from sloshing, I appeared around the corner. I paused, watched and debated silently whether to speak.

October 22, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Debt 'deal' fails to address spending

While much of the media attention over the past two weeks has been focused on the government shutdown, the real story is why it was shutdown: We have a spending problem in this country.

October 21, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the News | Opinion

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Lawmakers want guns in more places

In the Georgia Legislature, even a relatively simple bill can turn into one of the most important pieces of legislation that is considered.

April 09, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion

Swarm of gnat nation has arrived

The swarm of gnat nation has arrived

April 09, 2014 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion

Beards are making a comeback

I have something I haven't had since I was in my early 20s. In fact, one of my favorite pictures taken in 1980 with my sister exposes it very well.

April 08, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion

No point fighting desire to help others

They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment, but still, Rodney keeps trying.

April 08, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Don't be at kid's beck and call

Call me an old-timer, but moms and dads just did things differently when I was a child. The overall approach to parenting seems to have changed so much. My parents fostered independence in my siblings and me. They wanted us to learn early on that we needed to be able to speak and do things for ourselves, and the sooner we understood that, the better off we'd be.

April 08, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion

Time to fix government is overdue

In 1965, Wilbur Mills, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House.

April 07, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion

Women can be great community leaders

March was International Women's Month, and while we are moving into April, it is still worth mentioning that women have been trailblazers in their communities, right alongside their men.

April 04, 2014 | By Craig and Sharon Butts Columnists | Opinion

Washington needs new blood

Editor, I cannot be the only one who is tired of the status quo in Washington, D.C. Primary election time is coming up and we have a tough decision to make. We can either elect somebody who is a career politician like Buddy Carter, or vote for Dr. Bob Johnson, an Army veteran who has never run for public office.

April 03, 2014 | | Opinion

Irritating, you got to love it

Even by my impossibly high standards, this has been a good week. It began with a whack upside the head from a reader in South Georgia after I opined that those who want to change the way we teach our children in public schools ought to have their kids in public schools. I was referring to the efforts led by Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, to overturn the Common Core curriculum in the recent legislative session.

April 02, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

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