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Special legislative session looms

The regular session of the 2011 Georgia General Assembly was a mixed bag – some good, some bad, some rancor over both. But the heated partisan debates over things like immigration and tree-cutting end up looking like garden parties compared to what lies ahead in August.

May 25, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


A market approach to health options

Georgians don't just need access to affordable health care; Georgians need greater access to meaningful health care. The free-market principles of competition can help drive down costs, provide for greater accessibility and provide Georgians with more health care options.

May 24, 2011 | By Sen. Chip Rogers and Rep. Matt Ramsey Special to the News | Opinion


Thoughts on human software

I was watching this television program on the human brain the other night where the brain was described as a computer that processes lots of information. There is a theory that everything one has ever experienced resides in the human software and can be recalled with the right stimulus.

May 24, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


General Assembly recordings invaluable

Attention, political junkies, policy geeks and pajama-clad denizens of the blogosphere: Georgia Secretary of State might just have become your new best friend.

May 24, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Friends make to-do list easier

It happened just as I feared. Our lease - along with the one-month extension my husband managed to negotiate - is up before we've closed on the house we're buying.

May 23, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Who benefits from state tax policy?

Tax reform - and in politics, that's at best a benefit-of-the-doubt term - apparently is dead for this year in Georgia. Before lawmakers take it up again, and they will, they would do well to pay attention to a new report recently disseminated by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (www.gbpi.org), a nonprofit, nonpartisan economic analysis think tank.

May 23, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


A reminder of what's really important

I got a good lesson in wealth management this week. Not from a high-powered financial advisor, but from the retrospective of a 103-year-old life lived well.

May 18, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Stand proud as 'unhyphenated American'

What's with the use of hyphens to describe us? Are you a Mexican-American, African-American, Arab-American, Asian-American, European-American or some other hyphen, or are you just an American?

May 18, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Unite to find energy solutions

There is a lot of nay and yea talk about whether the nation should explore the oceans for energy resources. It is believed that a robust supply of oil and natural gas can be found off the coasts of Atlantic Seaboard states.

May 18, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


Sticker: Osama has left the building

I don't know about you, but I believe Osama bin Laden was killed. I don't believe that they slipped him off the side of the boat alive where he was picked up by a mini-sub and was taken to where they keep Elvis and Jimmy Hoffa.

May 16, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Six ways to Sunday drives in Georgia

Transportation policy may not have been the priority during the legislative session, but in the long shadow of the Gold Dome, proposals, plans, ideas and reports were moving right along. And now that the regular legislative session is over, expect greater focus on the good, the bad and the ugly of future transportation decisions for Georgia.

May 16, 2011 | By Benita M. Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Reform finally on front burner

The time, 2008, and candidate Barack Obama told a Spanish TV audience on Univision, "What I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support and that I'm promoting." When 2010 rolled around, Hispanics were wondering why the now President Obama hadn't kept his word. They are still wondering.

May 16, 2011 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion


We're all in this fight together

One of the most amusing things I've witnessed as a military spouse is the continuous competition between branches of the military. My very proud Army infantry soldier of a husband certainly is no different than the rest when it comes to taking little jabs at other branches. His best friend just happens to have served in the Air Force, along with many members of his family, so he's always picking fun at airmen.

May 16, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Review fire safety and prevention

With the months-long onslaught of structure, brush and wild fires in Southeast Georgia, there's no better time to brush up on fire prevention and safety guidelines.

May 16, 2011 | | Opinion


Give credit where it is due

As a Vietnam veteran and a resident of Liberty County, where so many trees have been planted in recent years in memory of fallen warriors from Fort Stewart, I took a special interest and satisfaction in the recent success of our U.S. military taking down enemy No. 1 in the war on terrorism, Osama bin Laden.

May 16, 2011 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the News | Opinion


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Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal-justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds, and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.

September 18, 2014 | By Mike Klein Guest columnist | Opinion


Minimum wage doesn't buy what it did in '60s

I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today.

September 18, 2014 | By Roger Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


GOP to rally Saturday

Editor: I was raised in a very loving family where family and Christian values were our way of life. We openly respected the American Flag, parents, teachers, elders, and government. I am proud to be an American and respect the foundation that our fore fathers used as a blueprint to form our government. They were Americans that established laws to protect the citizens and insure that our country was governed to the highest standards possible.

September 18, 2014 | | Opinion


Trying to find positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


You can't put a price tag on loyalty

When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.

September 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Many days to make one happy

I happen to love the song "Happy" from the movie soundtrack, "Despicable Me 2."

September 16, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Confidence can trump conformity

Most mornings, I spend about five minutes pulling my freshly washed hair into a ponytail. It's easy, it's efficient, and, I like to tell myself, it's even chic. When I know I'll be meeting important people or attending special events, however (like, say, the United Way annual campaign kick-off party or a chamber of commerce breakfast), I break out the products and utensils and spend an extra 20 minutes or so coaxing my locks into what I hope is a more professional-looking style.

September 16, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Regrouping on a particular philosophy

I've always been one of those persons who won't hire someone to do something for me if I can do it myself, such as painting my house, building a deck, building a utility barn, caring for my own lawn, installing new flooring, etc. It was just the way I was raised. And it stuck.

September 15, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Not all critics are racists

Editor, This is an open letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


YMCA appreciates support

Editor, It seems like we just cut the ribbon to our new location at 154 Thunderbird Drive. Our brand new 10,000 square foot facility seemed so BIG next to our little white building on 10055 Ford Ave. Site 3B, where the YMCA had resided in for the previous 10 years. We moved with excitement, added more equipment, larger classes, and exciting new family programs.

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


Behold, fat men in the woods

I'm not sure how many wilderness survival shows there are on television right now, but it appears there is some kind of obsession going on with this type of programming. And they are running the gamut from being naked in the wild to being fat in the wild. That's right, there's a show now titled "Fat Guys in The Woods." Fortunately, they keep their britches on.

September 11, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Decisions loom on Export-Import Bank

• President Ronald Reagan, Jan. 30, 1984: "Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Import Bank contributes in a significant way to our nation's export sales."

September 11, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


How we respond determines who wins

Win at life! Isn't that what we all want to do? That is the headline gracing one of the magazines sitting on our coffee table. I guess the real question is, "what defines winning at life?" After all, life has a pretty broad playing field. Maybe what best defines winning in life is society's dire need to be in control. Everyone values their independence and sense of control, right?

September 11, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


What were they thinking?

Editor, Recently, I've spotted some news headlines - around the region, state and country - that I never thought I'd see. It really makes me wonder, "Whatever were they thinking?"

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


AUSA leader wants sequestration ended

Editor, The following is an open letter on sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, from retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, head of the Association of the United States Army:

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


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