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It's a dirty but necessary job

The next big milestone on my parenting horizon isn't really something that's fun to talk about, let alone figure out how to handle. It's not a dinner-table conversation topic, but it certainly is a necessity - potty training.

February 04, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Your actions can inspire others

Awhile back, I wrote an article that included the poem "The Bridge Builder," by Will Allen Dromgoole. I discovered this poem in my father's briefcase after he passed away. I sent it to him in 1985 for his birthday, and he always kept it with him.

February 03, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


This could your year to shine

As spouses and mothers, we far too easily let the needs of our family come first. As members of the military community, we give and give, tirelessly supporting those alongside us. While the challenges often faced by our community aren't dwindling anytime soon, instead of letting our lives and goals and intentions pass us by, let's go out and make big things happen.

January 30, 2014 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


Legislature aims to pass 'guns for God'

American humorist Will Rogers once said, "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." Ol' Will would have loved the Georgia Legislature. They are the gift that keeps on giving.

January 29, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Coastal educators visit Capitol

After taking a day off to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we continued our session Jan. 21. Traditionally, the shortened week is set aside for budget hearings, so only members of the Appropriations Committee would need to be in attendance. However, with the fast pace that we have started out with this year, budget hearings were held the week of Jan. 13 in order to save time.

January 29, 2014 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


A little independence never hurts

Back years ago, when Mama was widowed, it became suddenly and shockingly clear that she wasn't completely capable of being on her own. This was news to us because she had always stepped up and did whatever it took to look after our family. She was quite ingenious and hard-working.

January 28, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Want kids? Pass a screening

Awhile back, I worked with a woman who was vocal about her belief that potential parents should have to pass a strict screening before welcoming children into the world. Although, from a purely scientific standpoint, there was no way to enforce my coworker's slightly far-fetched proposal, she maintained all human beings should be stripped of their fertility at birth and should have their ability to procreate returned to them in their mid-to-late 20s only if they meet certain criteria.

January 28, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Kudos to Coastal EMC

Editor, I was very pleased to read that Coastal Electric Cooperative recently has been named the best electric co-op in Georgia and also received the 2013 Georgia Electric Membership Corporation "Community Service and Volunteerism Award."

January 28, 2014 | | Opinion


Don't congratulate Congress just yet

Now that Congress has its immense, $1.1 trillion bipartisan funding bill in hand, Capitol Hill is breathing easier.

January 27, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


First step is often the hardest

My best friend's grandfather passed away last week from a fall he had in the front yard of his home. He was walking across the lawn to visit with a neighbor and tripped over a landscape brick that was sticking out just far enough to catch his foot. The fall was serious enough that he died within moments of the incident.

January 27, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


'Playing the field' sure isn't easy

I'm not sure how it is with soldiers in non-combat roles.

January 23, 2014 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


Celebrating King's call for unity, opportunity

In 1963, when King gave his "I have a dream" speech, the United States was in civil unrest due to the inequality of treatment of a segment of our society. The following Civil Rights Act legalized the equality our Founding Fathers spoke of, but maybe didn't mean or practice (since they were mostly slave owners).

January 23, 2014 | By Craig and Sharon Butts Columnists | Opinion


Budget recommendations show improvements

Last week under the Gold Dome, the Georgia General Assembly concluded on Friday to complete its first official week of the 2014 legislative session. As this new session begins, please know that, as always, it is an honor and privilege to represent you and your families at our state Capitol.

January 22, 2014 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


Who wants long life without banana pudding?

I read a news report this week that said while we are living a lot longer in the U.S., people in other countries are living even longer. Bummer.

January 22, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers hit the ground running

Carter, R- Pooler, will report each week during the Legislative Session, which began Jan. 13 and is expected to last until March 1.

January 22, 2014 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


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Supports Kingston, Carter

Editor: Every decision by voters should be taken very seriously. It's our role as active citizens in this republic. This year, we have rare open seats for the U.S. Senate seat and our coastal Congressional seat. Our home front faces incredible challenges from a weak economy and illegal immigration to a lack of an energy policy and a broken healthcare system. Add to this a volatile world from the middle east to China and Russia and enemies circling America and Israel.

July 15, 2014 | | Opinion


Supports Carter

Editor; As a small business owner, a longtime resident of the area, and the former campaign manager for third-place finisher John McCallum, I am very interested in the current campaign to replace Jack Kingston. I believe that Buddy Carter is the right choice for my fellow voters in the First Congressional District.

July 14, 2014 | | Opinion


Water rule leaves Ga. farmers in limbo

As a matter of course and of principle, we generally support laws enacted to make our world, particularly our water and air, cleaner and safer for human needs.

July 14, 2014 | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Polarized and not working well

We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don't much like the way it's performing.

July 14, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Guest Columnist | Opinion


Supports Kingston, Johnson

Editor; Since 1993 Jack Kingston has been our voice in Washington from Georgia's First Congressional District.

July 14, 2014 | | Opinion


Shaking one's head in mild amazement

MOULTRIE - I have often used the written expression "go figure." It's kind of like shaking your head in mild amazement.

July 14, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Guest Columnist | Opinion


Don't you get beat by the summer heat

Summer definitely has arrived, as the temperature continues to rise.

July 14, 2014 | By Rich DeLong | Opinion


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