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Talking politics and watching for spinach

I like to surround myself with those smarter than me. In my case, that's not hard to do. I could make a sack of rocks look like a Mensa meeting.

May 08, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Buddy Carter is the right choice

Editor, When Buddy Carter was the mayor of Pooler, I was the city's financial officer. We worked together closely with the council and the city manager during those years as our small town grew to the bustling city that it is today.

May 08, 2014 | | Opinion


What it takes to be 'all in'

At Easter Sunday worship a few weeks ago, the preacher used the term "all in" while delivering his message to the several hundred people that had gathered on the beach for the early morning service.

May 06, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


The justices and the scramble for cash

Many trends in American politics and government today make me worry about the health of our representative democracy. These include the decline of Congress as a powerful, coequal branch of government; the accumulation of power in the presidency; and the impact of money on the overall political process.

May 06, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Stick to frugal roots when shopping

My husband, Tink, had been in Los Angeles for a week. The morning before his plane left LAX, it occurred to me that a good, wifely thing to do would be to welcome him back to the Rondarosa with a homecooked meal.

May 06, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Is it all or nothing with junk?

I realize there's a fine line between making sure children eat healthy most of the time and being overly strict about every morsel of food they put in their mouths. As it turns out, I may not be doing a great job of walking that line.

May 06, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Thanks for Easter Extravaganza

Editor, I personally want to thank the sponsors who made this year's Easter Extravaganza a success. We thank the Lord for parting the water, giving us the perfect break from the rain we needed.

May 05, 2014 | | Opinion


'Shall make no law' is pretty clear

With debate about your Second Amendment rights in the news recently, it's important to remember the principles behind these discussions.

May 02, 2014 | By Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the News | Opinion


Horses deserve better treatment

Editor, How many injured horses and hospitalized people will it take before cruel and dangerous carriage operations are banned? In cities that still allow these rides, horses have been hurt, people have been airlifted for emergency medical treatment and property has been damaged or destroyed - all in the last few months alone.

May 01, 2014 | | Opinion


Chip Rogers' 'dream job' at GPH goes 'poof'

The scene: The office of Teya Ryan, president of GPB.

May 01, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


EPD director removes protections for marshes

Coastal Georgia's unique scenic quality is dominated by beautiful vistas across vast areas of tidal marsh.

May 01, 2014 | By David Kyler Guest columnist | 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.

April 30, 2014 | | Opinion


Swarm of gnat nation has arrived

Just a wisp of time elapsed, and the almighty sand gnat is back with a vengeance. Like a swallow returning to Capistrano or a martin to a gourd, the little varmints were back just in time for the Blessing of the Fleet. They just refuse to give up.

April 30, 2014 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


Government as innovator? You bet

Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it's down to $134 billion.

April 29, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Candidate gets notable endorsement

Editor, Contrary to popular opinion, I still believe public service is an honorable profession. Every family, wage earner and small business in America can do better - if only we have the right people and policies in Washington, D.C.

April 29, 2014 | | Opinion


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Articles by Section - Opinion


Keep donations local to help animal shelters

Editor, There are a multitude of ads on TV these days from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals concerning homeless, injured, abused animals.

January 29, 2015 | | Opinion


Man cherished by many belongs to all

It happened a few months back. My father-in-law celebrated, to our great joy, his 88th birthday. There was no pomp or circumstance involved. He abhors that. Because he is among the most beautifully well-mannered people I have ever encountered, he politely took all the calls though he really wished we would just treat it as another day and leave him alone to watch the news channel.

January 28, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Juvenile-justice system going to dogs, thankfully

The state of Georgia's Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing.

January 28, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Budgeting must be open, fair

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, chairman of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee, and a member of the House's Ways and Means Committee, last week was a busy one for me. We gathered for four days of hearings at Gov. Nathan Deal's office, where the budget was presented. We also listened as state agencies offered input about budget needs and then asked questions regarding which programs worked well or were under- or over-funded.

January 28, 2015 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


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


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