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Nursing: Low pay, high turnover

Beth Heath's biggest frustration as Madison County nurse manager is when she can't help someone, when she has to turn someone away.

August 04, 2010 | By Sonya Collins Guest columnist | Opinion


Shut down the pill 'mills'

Last week, the FBI and DEA raided and shut down two rogue pain management clinics in Jacksonville.

August 04, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


The 'no-matter-what tax increase' no good

White House economic adviser Christina Romer is off-message. Her offense is nearly as grave as that of White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, who let slip that Democrats are in danger of losing the House. Romer's indiscretion is an academic paper arguing that tax increases kill growth ... just as the White House prepares to increase taxes.

August 04, 2010 | | Opinion


Science should learn from oil spill

The Gulf of Mexico has been inundated with the equivalent of more than an Exxon Valdez-size spill each week -- threatening the health of the marine environment, the public and the livelihoods of gulf residents.

August 02, 2010 | By Robert Gagosian and Christopher D'Elia Guest columnists | Opinion


Dispose of medicines safely

If you are like most people, you have accumulated a collection of prescription drugs and other pharmaceuticals that are no longer needed. Once it was common practice to flush these medications down the toilet or just throw them in the trash. This is no longer true. Studies have shown that septic systems, water treatment facilities, and trash disposal methods do not destroy the components of the prescription drug. This can lead to contamination of soil, surface water, and ground water. Keeping the environment clean is much easier than cleaning it up after it is polluted.

August 02, 2010 | Special to the News | Opinion


Democratic revolution new in pitiful stage

The great Democratic revolution of 2008 is entering its pitiful stage.

August 02, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Many thanks to Mrs. Henrietta

MOULTRIE - Just a few days ago, my fifth grade teacher turned 99. And it's time I paid public tribute to someone who helped keep a redheaded country boy in line as he began to learn how to connect words into somewhat meaningful communication, to appreciate history and to not succumb to math.

July 28, 2010 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Junior E. Lee analyzes primaries

As promised, I have the latest analysis of the recent primary results, courtesy of Junior E. Lee, general manager of the C. Richard Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located over a pool room in Greater Garfield.

July 28, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Here's to a new school year

Next week school bells will ring and the 2010-11 school year will begin. Some kids will welcome it, others won't. Parents also will likely have mixed feelings about the start of another academic year.

July 28, 2010 | | Opinion


Oh, the agony of the Democatic revolution

The great Democratic revolution of 2008 is entering its pitiful stage.

July 28, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Georgia should log onto online learning

Georgia education headlines are too often made for wrong reasons. National test scores that disappoint, high schools that underperform and the recent Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal do nothing to recommend Georgia as forward-thinking and a place to create a business and raise a family. Embracing an aggressive plan to fast forward choices in education would seem like a no-brainer.

July 26, 2010 | By Mike Klein Guest columnist | Opinion


We need Bryan County television

I don't think my opinion in this column will sway a position from any one side to another. In fact, I don't even think my view on the subject will be countered - it's that universal.

July 26, 2010 | By Victor Pisano Columnist | Opinion


Voting affirmed belief in democracy

While working at the polls on July 20 for the Democratic and the Republican Primaries I experienced something special.

July 26, 2010 | By Sarah Volker Guest columnist | Opinion


New Mexico is model for tax reform here

When it comes to the tax climate, Georgia ranks middle of the road or worse in several categories, according to the Tax Foundation. The state ranks 29th (50 being the worst) in the State Business Tax Climate Index, a judge of the state tax structure's promotion of economic growth, and has the 23rd highest top income tax rate at 6 percent. The middle of the road is better than the ditch, but why not strive for the fast lane?

July 21, 2010 | By Mark King Special to the News | Opinion


No punditry on election; response to vouchers

What, you may ask, am I going to say this week about the primary elections? The answer: Nothing.

July 21, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Political pumpkins growing a bit early

Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday." The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia: "For it's a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September."

September 04, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Riots focus need to understand emotion

By now, most of you have heard about the Ferguson, Missouri, riots, where a young unarmed male was shot by a police officer and died on the spot.

September 03, 2014 | By Craig and Sharon Butts Columnists | Opinion


Proof of Southern identity is the food

When business called my husband, Tink, back to Los Angeles, he decided to take the opportunity to have his annual check-up. When it ended, he called home.

September 02, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Happy birthday, mom, from Rich

It was Aug. 30, 1928, when mom was born in Kanawha County, West Virginia, just a year prior to the start of the great depression. Finney Holler is the more exact location of her birth, although it is a little hard to determine exactly where Finney Holler is or was. Not too long after she was born her family moved down the road to Big Chimney; which does happen to be on the map.

September 02, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


We all wake up eventually

Last week, seemingly all the national news agencies reported on the American Academy of Pediatrics' new recommendation that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to help ensure older children get more sleep.

September 02, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Nostalgia sells; he's not buying

Have you noticed how "nostalgia" sells? This hit me like an antique butter churn the other day as I was watching television, and so many of the commercials have incorporated "old rock" music into their marketing spiels. And we can say, "Yes I remember that one!" We might even say, "Hey, that was our song!"

September 02, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Impact fees may cut burden on property taxes

Bryan County has one of the most generous homestead exemptions for senior citizens in the state, knocking $50,000 off the value of a home for both county and school taxes for residents over age 65.

August 28, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Georgia icon still giving 'em 'zell'

Nostalgia is popular these days: Retro fashions, disco and '80s pop, "Throwback Thursdays" on social media. What's old is new again, what used to be hip turned square and then back to cool.

August 28, 2014 | Gainesville (Ga.) Times | Opinion


EPD marsh ruling creates a 'fine mess'

For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.

August 28, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


Teens, this is serious -- text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

August 27, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Learn from those who've gone before us

As an unusually mild, rainy summer was melting away - or rather, frosting its way into autumn - I took to noticing signs that our mountain people always have used to judge the forthcoming severity of winter.

August 26, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Let children choose own interests

Football season is upon us. I'm sure some of you are thrilled about its arrival. I am not.

August 26, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


What matters is doing your best

People don't remember what you say. And they won't always remember exactly what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Feelings are real for people, even when the facts might not support their emotions.

August 26, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


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