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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


A picture of restraint

Here's the difference between us:

May 16, 2011 | By Augusta Chronicle | Opinion


Sheila glad SEALs took a dog and not a cat

Sheila the Family Wonder Dog is one proud pooch today.

May 11, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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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


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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