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Tax reform head calls legislative efforts 'obscene'

A.D. Frazier is not a happy camper. My friend and former Atlanta Olympic colleague spent last summer chairing the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians, a 10-member council appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston.

March 09, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Thanks for helping maintain library

Dear Editor: Thanks to the voluntary assistance of folks from Bryan County, the library at 9607 Ford Ave. in Richmond Hill has received a new coat of paint on the interior along with several other tasks being completed.

March 09, 2011 | | Opinion


Carter: Personal best for bill presentation

Day 20 (Feb. 28): For the second session day in a row I had a bill on the floor as I presented SB 95, legislation that I am sponsoring on behalf of the Police Chiefs Association of Georgia.

March 09, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


House tackles HOPE, illegal immigration

The General Assembly completed a full five days of session this week, which concluded on Friday with its 24th legislative session day. Several key pieces of legislation were debated and discussed on the House floor. The highlight this week was the passage of a solution to continue the HOPE Scholarship program and also legislation to address illegal immigration within our state.

March 09, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


Potential to help the arts

In the midst of declining funding, it's tempting to see almost any state legislative attention to the Georgia Council for the Arts as a good thing.

March 09, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Let Richmond Hill teens work as umpires

Dear Editor: I was greatly dismayed to recently find out that the Baseball Committee of the Richmond Hill Recreation Association had decided to hire all of its umpires from Hinesville. In essence, they are outsourcing jobs previously held by local teenagers.

March 09, 2011 | | Opinion


Bill sends wrong message on illegal workers

I recently came across the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association's Daily Legislative Watch and learned something quite disturbing. This legislative update contained a reference to SB 7, a bill proposed by the Insurance and Labor Committee that would essentially prevent illegal immigrants the ability to collect workers' compensation if injured or sick on the job. My question to the committee members is, "Are you trying to attract more illegal immigrants to Georgia?" Because with this bill, that is exactly the effect it will have.

March 09, 2011 | By Jeremiah K. Jarmin Guest columnist | Opinion


Jekyll doesnt need gambling

State Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, touched off public outcry this month when announcing an intent to introduce legislation that would allow a form of video gambling in certain state facilities. Jekyll Island would be one of them.

March 09, 2011 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


Who knew Wildcats soccer was such fun?

On Feb. 25, I had the opportunity to attend a soccer game played by two middle schools. The game was a match between the Richmond Hill Middle School Wildcats and the team representing the Burke Middle School of Waynesboro.

March 09, 2011 | By Francis Bond Columnist | Opinion


Commissioner gave himself parting gift

John Oxendine apparently spent his last day in office as Georgia's insurance commissioner bestowing licenses on himself to sell insurance and adjust claims.

March 07, 2011 | Augusta Chronicle | Opinion


Finally some good news to offset uprisings

It is not easy being a househusband cum columnist. Trying to figure out where the paper towels are located at the same time I am trying to figure out where the commas go makes my brain hurt.

March 02, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Changes needed for state HOPE

Sometimes a good idea is so good it's hard to sustain over the long haul. That's often true with ideas that come from government that depend on revenues that blow with the economic winds.

March 02, 2011 | Gainesville Times | Opinion


Senate busy with bills, teasing newbies

• Day 17 (Tuesday, Feb. 22): While much of this session has been dedicated to talks about the HOPE scholarship program and the changes that will have to be made, Gov. Nathan Deal announced his proposals at a news conference today. The successful program that has provided numerous Georgia students with opportunities to continue their education has fallen on difficult times recently due to rising costs and declining revenues. The program is projected to show a deficit of around $240 million in the current fiscal year and more than $300 million in the next fiscal year. To give the program the ...

March 02, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Obama game plan is more of the same

President Barack Obama is stirring up the forces of reaction. Or at least he wants to. He is their inspiration and their leader, the nation's most eloquent and powerful advocate of a government of the past.

March 02, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Jail crisis has been building for years

Does Georgia have a higher percentage of criminals in its population than any other state? Let's hope not.

March 02, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | 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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