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Unsolicited advice for senatorial candidates

To David Perdue, Jack Kingston and Michelle Nunn: Congratulations on making it this far in your quests to become our newest U.S. senator. As you prepare for the next phases of your campaigns, I thought I would pass along to you some unsolicited advice for your consideration.

May 29, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Life free of money worries is luxurious

I recall a visit I once had with Mama. It was a couple of years before she just up and died without warning and when we least expected it.

May 28, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Moms just get things done

No matter how old I get, I still need my mom - and my mother-in-law. That's especially true now that I have my own family, house, career and other obligations. This precarious juggling act necessitates a need for motherly help like never before.

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


They always have something to say

I had lunch earlier this week with an old friend of mine. He lives in a nearby assisted-living community in Savannah and we get together about once a month to just talk, laugh and eat a good meal.

May 27, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Remember MIAs, POWs on Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, as we honor those who gave all, my thoughts are with the MIA/POWs who gave so much of their lives living - no, not living in the regular sense of the word - just existing under deplorable, torturous conditions.

May 27, 2014 | By B.J. Clark Guest columnist | Opinion


Primaries different across country

On Tuesday, Georgia held the earliest primary election in the state's history.

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


Random thoughts on random subjects

How's this for a conflict? Recently, I had to choose between going to New York and attending the prestigious Peabody Award ceremonies, sponsored by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia, or an opportunity to participate in the 14th annual Washpot Festival in Garfield.

May 22, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Ceremony to honor all fallen veterans

Editor, The Pembroke American Legion Auxiliary Unit 164 will hold a ceremony to honor all fallen veterans at 11 a.m. Saturday. The ceremony will be held at the caboose on Highway 280 in Pembroke.

May 22, 2014 | | Opinion


Parenthood isn't for everyone

I love being a mother. There are good times and bad, yes, but I'll take the messes, temper tantrums, sleepless nights, extra bills, doctor's visits, endless laundry and daycare hassles any day of the week in exchange for adorable baby smiles, fun days in the park, hugs and kisses, family outings, tea parties, shared meals and hearing my daughter say, "I love you, Mommy," in her perfectly sweet little voice.

May 21, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Assisted living deserves more than its bad rap

OK, let's get serious for a moment and talk about something that many older adults would rather not discuss - assisted living.

May 20, 2014 | Rich DeLong columnist | Opinion


Time to get ready for more of the same

I felt a brief surge of hope about Congress a few weeks ago. It was returning from Easter recess, and Capitol Hill was filled with talk about immigration reform, a minimum-wage bill, a spending bill to keep the government operating, and maybe even funding for transportation infrastructure.

May 20, 2014 | Lee Hamilton columnist | Opinion


We've forgotten the American Dream

Somewhere along the line, it seems, people stopped talking about the American Dream. I can't recall the last time I heard anyone, in person or through the media, remind folks that we live in the greatest country on earth and that here in this land of profound freedom, opportunities abound and no one, regardless of race or socioeconomic background, is held back from grand and lofty aspirations.

May 20, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Let's schedule less sports on Sunday

Editor, We appreciate the commitment and leadership in providing quality sports programs for the youth of our community. Thank you for the many hours invested in the lives of our children. We are proud to have such organizations in our community and wish to see their continued success.

May 20, 2014 | | Opinion


Retired general supports candidate

Editor, Our military is in trouble. Budget cuts and anticipated reductions are having a serious impact on the maintenance and modernization of land systems, ships and aircraft. Another Base Realignment and Closure threatens bases, National Guard facilities and local businesses. Troop strength is being slashed. Compensation for those serving now and benefits for our veterans are being reduced. Yet, in a dangerous world, America needs a strong military.

May 16, 2014 | | Opinion


Show you care about unity

In the midst of planning the second annual Unity in the Park Festival, set for 1-9 p.m. May 31 in JF Gregory Park, we have to ask the question: Do people really care about unity, or do they just allude to it in public, while behind closed doors they don't care at all?

May 15, 2014 | By Craig and Sharon Butts Columnists | 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


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