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Differences in health care systems

Health care is one of the most politically-charged issues today – not only here in the U.S. but in my native England, as well. While not wishing to add gasoline (we call it petrol) to the fires of debate, I do now consider myself an expert user of health care systems on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, I and thought it might be interesting to share my experiences.

February 23, 2011 | By Lesley Francis Columnist | Opinion


Patriots can be found everywhere

On Feb. 11 when we arrived home in Richmond Hill from a vacation, the first thing I did was turn on the water.

February 23, 2011 | By Francis Bond Columnist | Opinion


Federal budget cuts threaten Extension

I had almost finished an entirely different column for this issue Thursday when news dropped from Athens. But first I need to give you some background so you see where all this is going. This is about cutting budgets and knowing where to cut and what to cut.

February 23, 2011 | By Don Gardner Columnist | Opinion


Dreams really do come true

Some believe we're masters of our destiny, makers of our fate. Others say we get out of life what we put into it, we reap what we sow. Then there's always the phrase "life is full of choices."

February 23, 2011 | By Shirley Hiers Columnist | Opinion


You can't cherry-pick the Constitution

Dear Editor: Excluding Rep. Jack Kingston, the Republican who serves the 1st District of Georgia, I am deeply disappointed in the House Republicans.

February 22, 2011 | | Opinion


He's right, we do have too much stuff

There's was this guy on television walking around on stage giving advice to his audience. And since I'm often told that I need advice, I decided to listen.

February 22, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Some military kids are just over it

Gauge Smith is a pretty normal 13-year-old guy, who somehow managed to answer all of my questions without pausing the Xbox game he played with his friends.

February 21, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Speaker could have gone to Powder Springs

Things are in a mess under the Gold Dome, and I may be responsible.

February 16, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Keep girls sports alive

Most people remember the film "A League of Their Own," the fictional account of the Rockford Peaches and the rise of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, as well as star players Dottie Hinson and her sister Kit Keller. A cast including stars Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell and Tom Hanks, tells the story of how women who loved to play what was then considered a men-only sport struggled to be taken seriously while they essentially filled in for their male counterparts.

February 16, 2011 | | Opinion


House gets rolling on 2011, 2012 budgets

On Thursday, the Georgia General Assembly completed its 13th legislative session day. The highlight of the week was the House passage of the FY2011 amended budget. In addition to the amended budget, several bills were debated by lawmakers. Legislation is picking up and more bills are making it through the committee process and onto the House floor for consideration.

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


Senate sees new bills, visit from Liberty group

Day 11 (Feb. 7): As we began last week, we welcomed the Leadership Liberty County group to the Capitol. After pictures with the governor and a tour of the House chambers led by Rep. Al Williams, I had the privilege of leading the group on a tour of the Senate chambers.

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


Get the moss out of the crepe myrtles

Dear Editor: I live in Midway in Liberty County but shop in Richmond Hill every week. Something that has been of grave concern to me for months now needs attention, but I've not been able to generate that attention.

February 16, 2011 | | Opinion


The first $58 billion

There is a complicated mathematical symbol practically unknown to the House Appropriations Committee. It's called the minus sign.

February 16, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


UGA should let Russ be mascot

For the second time in a little more than a year, University of Georgia fans once again are mourning the passing of the latest in the line of the school's bulldog mascots. And, lest we forget, the Seiler family of Savannah, which has provided the Ugas for half a century, has lost family pets.

February 16, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


DOT memorial plan is sensbile

The Georgia Department of Transportation has struck the perfect balance between sensitivity and safety with the introduction earlier this month of a formal plan for memorializing those who die on state and federal roadways.

February 14, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | 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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