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Lets push for better ethics in state

In the same sense that good fences make for good neighbors, solid, comprehensive ethics and transparency rules help ensure good governance by our elected officials.

March 23, 2011 | By Atlanta Journal Constitution | Opinion


What's with Southern weather

With the beginning of daylight-saving time earlier this month and the temperature warming up, I begin to get very excited about the coming of summer.

March 23, 2011 | By Lesley Francis Columnist | Opinion


Walking the avenue of honor

There is a parade field not far from here where military units pass and review. There is a walkway, about 4 feet wide, around this field. There are trees, at intervals of about 8 feet, on each side of this walkway. One can get chocked up as he walks along looking at the base of each of these trees where there is the name of a warrior who paid the ultimate price.

March 23, 2011 | By Francis Bond Columnist | Opinion


Haircut rules are needed

The military haircut just may be my arch nemesis. While there are things that bother me more about being an Army wife - let's not forget deployments and three-hour waits in a primary-care manager's office - the topic you'll find me grumbling about most often is my husband's hair.

March 21, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


High-speed rail is pie-in-the-sky plan

One of the more fiscally irresponsible components of President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 is the plan to increase surface "transportation" spending by more than 84 percent - from $58 billion to $107 billion - over FY 2010 spending levels.

March 21, 2011 | By Ronald Utt Guest columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers refill Sunday sales bill

In a remarkable resurrection, the bill that would allow alcohol sales on Sunday, passed the very body – the state Senate – that had vowed to let it languish in committee. And languish it did for a month before its recovery last week.

March 21, 2011 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion


Landfill is concern for all residents

Dear Editor: The residents of Bryan County should be concerned about the behind-closed-door policies reminiscent of the city of Savannah policies. We all should be concerned about a landfill proposal on acreage which contains wetlands, streams and backs up to a major contributor "Black Creek" to the Ogeechee River.

March 21, 2011 | | Opinion


Help save Georgia Market Bulletin

Dear Editor: I received the following e-mail from our new Commissioner of Agriculture, Gary Black. If you have ever seen the Georgia Market Bulletin, you know there is no hyperbole in Commissioner Black's praise. This is a very useful resource for Georgia farmers. I do not see a viable substitute to replace the bulletin on the horizon. So I wanted to share the message he sent March 8 to University of Georgia Extension personnel:

March 21, 2011 | | Opinion


U.S. needs conservative women in spotlight

There are many stereotypes associated with the Republican Party, one being that all Republicans are old men who wear suits and glasses. Also, women and minorities tend to be looped in the same category as Democrats, just because they appear to be more sympathetic.

March 21, 2011 | By Hannah Sheffield Guest columnist | Opinion


Expect huge shift in taxes if bill passes

There is a 127-page bill, House Bill 385, moving through the Georgia Legislature that would, if passed, shift the tax burden drastically on to the backs of consumers. In its opening paragraphs it states that the purpose of the bill is to "implement the recommendations of the 2010 Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians." ... At least one member of the committee said the bill doesn't look anything like what they recommended. ...

March 16, 2011 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion


Numbers in from 'Round or Square Polls'

I called Junior E. Lee, vice president and general manager of Round or Square Polls Inc., a subsidiary of The Yarbrough Multinational Media and Pest Control Co., located over a pool hall in Greater Garfield, Ga., to see who he thinks might be running for president in 2012.

March 16, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


House passes budget, talks health care

After four full days of session, the Georgia General Assembly finished its 28th legislative day Friday. With only 12 days of session left, the Capitol is full of activity as members of the legislature continue with our responsibility of completing the people's work.

March 16, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


Senate honors 10th Amendment Day

Day 25 (March 7): Today was 10th Amendment Day in the Senate as we took up three bills aimed at strengthening the rights of the state of Georgia under federal law. The 10th Amendment says the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution or prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states.

March 16, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Hello, Ray, are you still out there?

I've noticed that the older we get, the more we wonder about what happened to some of those people we grew up with. I think we are curious to know how many of them are still with us ... if we won the race, so to speak, or if we should have a reunion do we need to reserve more than one table.

March 14, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Secrecy is unnecessary

Isn't there enough secrecy in government? Apparently not, according to Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, who earlier in the current legislative session introduced a bill that would curtail transparency in government by allowing governmental and quasi-governmental agencies to keep certain information from the public.

March 14, 2011 | | 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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