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Changes needed for state HOPE

Sometimes a good idea is so good it's hard to sustain over the long haul. That's often true with ideas that come from government that depend on revenues that blow with the economic winds.

March 02, 2011 | Gainesville Times | Opinion


Senate busy with bills, teasing newbies

• Day 17 (Tuesday, Feb. 22): While much of this session has been dedicated to talks about the HOPE scholarship program and the changes that will have to be made, Gov. Nathan Deal announced his proposals at a news conference today. The successful program that has provided numerous Georgia students with opportunities to continue their education has fallen on difficult times recently due to rising costs and declining revenues. The program is projected to show a deficit of around $240 million in the current fiscal year and more than $300 million in the next fiscal year. To give the program the ...

March 02, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Obama game plan is more of the same

President Barack Obama is stirring up the forces of reaction. Or at least he wants to. He is their inspiration and their leader, the nation's most eloquent and powerful advocate of a government of the past.

March 02, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Jail crisis has been building for years

Does Georgia have a higher percentage of criminals in its population than any other state? Let's hope not.

March 02, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Children see the world differently

"You will be president of a small country."

February 28, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Let citizens decide if county 'needs' money

Dear Editor: I read with interest the front page article in your countywide edition "Drop in Values could mean tax increases." In that article, chief tax appraiser Dan Rollf repeatedly warned of seeing "no way around tax millage increases." He stated that current property assessments were higher than current home values. What a surprise.

February 28, 2011 | | Opinion


Athletes no match for real heroes

Professional athletes are not heroes. Some, depending on the way they live their lives, could perhaps be considered role models, but idolatry should go no further than that.

February 28, 2011 | | Opinion


UGA coach shows winning is not just scoring

Over my long life, I have come to realize that college football is not life-or-death. Life and death are life and death. Football is a game. Only a game. Yet, there are those rare times when the sport can tell us a lot about life – and death – and remind us that there is more to winning than the final score.

February 28, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


State House approves numerous bills

In session for three days this week, the General Assembly finished its sixteenth legislative day on Thursday. The legislation heard on the House floor continues to increase and much of our time is consumed with committee meetings and preparing for the bills awaiting our vote in the House. Things are moving along as we are already more than a third through with the 2011 legislative session.

February 23, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


Senate talks alcohol, Widespread Panic, more

Day 14 (Feb. 15): The Capitol was abuzz today with the disappointing news that the president's budget did not include funding for the deepening of the Savannah Harbor.

February 23, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Daniels won't pander to conservative base

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels did not get the memo about CPAC, the annual gathering of conservatives in Washington. The etiquette is that presidential wannabes should hew to a narrow band of harsh and harsher denunciations of liberalism, or anything suspected of having a liberal taint.

February 23, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


South will mourn loss of radio show host

Radio has an abundance - an overabundance, some say - of big mouths, fire-breathers, ego-trippers and chest-pounders.

February 23, 2011 | Augusta Chronicle | Opinion


Revaluation will bring tough choices

With results from the pending countywide revaluation expected to trim about 10-15 percent off the county tax digest, county and school officials will be faced with some tough budget choices in the coming months.

February 23, 2011 | | Opinion


Thank our riverkeeper for hard work

Dear Editor: We read the article regarding Chandra Brown, the Ogeechee riverkeeper, with great interest and appreciation. This article recognized an individual who deserves our thanks and highlighted a few of the many contributions that Ms. Brown has made to this county, nearby coastal counties and the state of Georgia. She will indeed be difficult to replace.

February 23, 2011 | | Opinion


Anti-religious policies reinforce moral relativism

Remarkably, 90 percent of Americans identify themselves as either Christians or Jews, according to a City University of New York study. The conclusions of the study, if they are true, beg the question of why our country is in a moral dilemma.

February 23, 2011 | By Shawn Balcomb Guest columnist | Opinion


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State may get transportation funding right

In politics, you must take advantage of windows of opportunity. Sometimes good ideas are sidetracked by unfortunate events, a bad economy or even personality conflicts among political leaders. Given the risk of delaying decisions, Georgia needs to address its transportation shortfall quickly and practically.

January 22, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Column has never been stronger

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!) I do that gladly today. For one thing, this will be a lot shorter and less boring than the State of the Union address (Boooo!) and, also, we don't have to endure a bunch of fawning politicians trying to be seen on national television. (Yay! Ha! Ha! Ha!)

January 22, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


At least one lawmaker supports pre-9/11 veterans, caregivers

Editor, Since Georgia's own Sen. Johnny Isakson voted for discriminating against pre-9/11 veterans and later against ending this discrimination, I've penned and sent the following to then-Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-VT, who introduced the Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act of 2013:

January 21, 2015 | | Opinion


Things to love about the South abound

It happened the other day. It's funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets that are tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.

January 20, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Why rush? Stop and enjoy the day

Two weeks ago, my husband, daughter and I struggled to come up with a fun way to pass a Sunday afternoon. My mother-in-law had just been staying with us, and she left that morning to head back to Florida. Since I'd given our house a good, thorough "pre-mother-in-law-visit" cleaning before she arrived, I was completely caught up on chores and housework.

January 20, 2015 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Georgia needs fiscal prudence, innovation

With major policy decisions on transportation, education, health care and tax reform on the legislative agenda, Georgia should think beyond the traditional approach of spending more money as the solution for every problem. Focusing on ways to enhance economic opportunity and empower individuals beats doubling down on the status quo.

January 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks for support of Children's Fund

Editor, On behalf of Bryan County Children's Fund, I would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere appreciation to everyone who helped to support the program this year. We were able to provide Christmas gifts to over 400 disadvantaged children in our county. This would not have been possible without collaboration and assistance from local churches, businesses, schools, social-service agencies and many others. The communitywide response was overwhelming. We are exceptionally thankful to The Good Ol' Boys, who raised funds through the annual Santa Scramble Golf Tournament and to Pembroke Advanced Communication for use of their space ...

January 15, 2015 | | Opinion


Wounded Warrior Project is too top heavy

Editor, I read Mr. Bruce McCartney's letter to the editor regarding the Wounded Warrior Project. He is totally correct. The project is top-heavy with a greedy group of executives. The top 10 officers have a compensation package from $150,000 to $333,000 a year. The remaining funds are disbursed to over 40 distribution organizations with similar management configurations.

January 14, 2015 | | Opinion


Lawmaker wants to legalize medical marijuana

Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed this year after suffering a setback in 2014 when the House and Senate got into a bit of political brinksmanship at the last minute and failed to pass his bill, which had sailed through the House with only four negative votes.

January 14, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Don't apologize for not being 'cool'

My parents, according to the world's definition of "cool," were not. Neither drank, nor did either ever possess a credit card. Groceries and clothing were paid for in cash, utilities paid by check, and the only monthly payments they ever allowed themselves were a mortgage for a house, a short-term loan for another farm, and a couple of cars bought, over time, and paid for quickly.

January 13, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Congress' spending bill seems anti-conservative

When thinking about the $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last month, one might ask, "What does Congress have against conservation?"

January 08, 2015 | By Traci Bruckner Guest columnist | Opinion


Elder passes advice to great-grandson

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: For the past 15 years, I have taken the opportunity at the beginning of the New Year to share some advice - first with your dad and his cousins and now with you, my great-grandson. I hope you don't mind and will bear with me. You probably would rather be playing with your Legos and I understand that but maybe something in this letter might make a difference in your life in years to come. I pray that will be so.

January 08, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Wounded Warrior Project is like a scam

Editor, I've been seeing a lot more commercials for the Wounded Warrior Project on television recently, requesting that I send in my $19 per month.

January 07, 2015 | | Opinion


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