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Parting thoughts on 10th anniversary

Before we leave the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93 over Shanksville, Pa., allow me a couple of parting thoughts.

September 14, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


The challenge: Oysters, no saltines

The History Channel recently had a feature titled "You Don't Know Dixie." It was a great production that explored our language, food, music, inventions, humor, vices, etc. I've been a lot of places in the South, and I've learned that we have broad experiences that may be very similar in some respects but will vary greatly in others.

September 13, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Clergy had place at Sept. 11 ceremony

Let's think back to 10 years ago. Let's remember how we, as a country, felt immediately after the 9/11 attacks on America.

September 12, 2011 | By Mike Riddle Columnist | Opinion


A new man in charge

David Petraeus is a career military man who exchanged the uniform of the U.S. Army he has served long and honorably for civilian attire appropriate to the head of the Central Intelligence Agency.

September 12, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Going back to a 'new' New York

I love New York. I love the sights, the sounds, even the smell of New York. As a 19-year-old girl from the Midwest, moving to New York City in 1986 wasn't merely an adventure, it was the equivalent of moving to a different planet.

September 12, 2011 | By Kathryn Fox Guest columnist | Opinion


Don't let coastline become a dump

All that glitters is not gold.

September 12, 2011 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Expectation of war now almost normal

I was just 11 years old on Sept. 11, 2001 - just a homeschooled girl on her way to an Iowa livestock sale to help her church provide the hot meal, beef and noodles (with a side of corn, of course). As a natural-born people watcher, I mostly just sat back and observed other's reactions. I had no reaction of my own.

September 12, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


U.S. Middle East policy is a disaster

The 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history reminds us that we still have enemies who wish all Americans dead. America's actions on the world stage affect us. Now more than ever, we must determine how America should interact with Middle Eastern countries.

September 08, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


A good idea on ethics

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens last week attended a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee, where he urged further strengthening and refining of the state's open meetings and open records laws. The General Assembly, in the last regular legislative session, took some steps in that direction.

September 08, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Who was the real victor?

At 4:31 p.m. on Aug. 31, the special session of the Georgia state legislature that began three weeks earlier came to an end.

September 07, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Artist tells story of our history

It is my belief artists were the first true historians. Arrows were drawn, lines scratched into the sand and symbols painted, all universally understood no matter where your tribe came from. The old adage, a picture is worth a thousand words, reinforces the impact artists have had on our history. From recording the life and times of man and animals with mud and burnt wood drawings on cave walls to current renditions of "Aunt Essie" at the last family reunion all are ways in which artists illustrate the world and its happenings. Whether they create their work for their own ...

September 07, 2011 | By Sarah Volker Special to the News | Opinion


Restless? Then re-elect nobody

Bill White, the Big Canoe Tree Czar - he is the guy you had better talk to before you pluck a pine cone in the place - told me about a bumper sticker he saw recently that sums up the frustration many of us are feeling these days.

September 07, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Figure things out along the way

Apparently there are things that confuse some people that are quite clear to me. And I'm not bragging that I have such superior intelligence, I just think that some other folks are having trouble with the square-pegs-and-square-holes concept. Tinker toys and Lincoln Logs are pretty self-explanatory.

September 07, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Here's to a great season

Area high schools recently marked the beginning of an annual rite of fall, one every bit as ingrained into our collective consciousness in the South as pumpkin patches before Halloween and the story of the Mayflower at Thanksgiving.

September 07, 2011 | | Opinion


Redistricting moves quickly

Well, that was quick.

September 06, 2011 | By Albany Herald | Opinion


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Dealing with freezes, smoke in the air and planting

Farmers are looking at what to plant this year. The outlook for traditional agriculture is mixed.

February 27, 2015 | By Don Gardner | Opinion


Don’t know much about history? This test is for you

As you may have heard, some of our intrepid public servants under the Gold Dome are unhappy with the Advanced Placement U.S. History test and the College Board which administers the tests.

February 26, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Conservationists taking on three issues to protect coast

On Feb. 18, a group of citizens headed to the State Capital for "Conservation Day," hoping to inform legislators about protecting our precious coast and its wildlife. The Dolphin Project was represented by Gerry Sattele and me, from Richmond Hill, and Chris Hines of Savannah.

February 26, 2015 | By Peach Hubbard | Opinion


Some tax returns are just welfare

Well, it's that time of the year again - tax time. April 15 will be here before we know it and for many, it is a time of dread as they start gearing up to pay annual tax bills.

February 23, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Opinion


Hang on to things—times could get tough

A friend, an only child, was talking about cleaning out her parents' house after the death of her father.

February 23, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Opinion


Lawmaker glad more troops coming to Stewart

I recently was proud to announce that the 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion will be restationed at Fort Stewart, bringing 492 soldiers and their families to the post. The 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion's mission focuses on rapidly deploying worldwide to engineer, install, operate, maintain and defend in support of full-spectrum operations. The 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion is the U.S. Army's contribution to the Global Information Grid.

February 18, 2015 | By U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Jekyll authority holds fire on deer

If you are a supercilious liberal you-know-what or a sanctimonious Bible thumper, I have some good news for you. I am giving you both the week off. Enjoy it while you can. I will be back.

February 18, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Wounded Warrior Project targets vets

Editor, The Wounded Warrior Project has sued a combat veteran - again.

February 18, 2015 | | Opinion


Help yourself before asking for help

One of my friends called me - one of my best friends. There was both urgency and distress in her voice.

February 17, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Make decisions with family in mind

Twelve years ago, I made a decision to follow my head, not my heart, and put my career first. I'd just completed my first post-college internship at the Abilene Reporter-News in Texas and, having impressed my supervisor, was offered full-time employment at the end of my three-month stint.

February 17, 2015 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Eventually we'll sign over wages to government

Editor, On Dec. 16, 1773, demonstrators destroyed an entire shipment of tea in the Boston Harbor in protest of taxation without representation. Today, we have ultra-taxation with representation. At the rate that we are going, we will just sign over our employment checks and accept the spending money that our government gives us.

February 11, 2015 | | Opinion


Shady antics on the field, halls of power

If you watched the Super Bowl a couple of weeks ago - and reports say that 114 million of us did - perhaps you saw a portion of the reprehensible behavior of Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin who, after scoring a touchdown, proceeded to mime pulling down his pants and squatting as if on a commode, before dropping the ball to the ground as if using the restroom. The NFL fined Baldwin $11,000, which has to be chump change to this boor. Astonishingly, the incident has gotten very little mention in the media. You can bet this kind of obscene showboating ...

February 11, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers hear State of Courts Address

The Georgia Senate had a busy week. We held numerous committee meetings to review legislation and listen to testimony either opposing or supporting bills being considered. The committee process is where the bills are vetted before being considered by the Senate, and it is a crucial part of the legislative process.

February 11, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the News | Opinion


Don't bother remaking an established image

A few years back, someone I knew ever so slightly died. Though I didn't know him well, I knew him to be mean, egoistical and quite a bully.

February 10, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


In the end, parents are usually right

A conversation I had with a co-worker a week ago left me feeling glad I don't have to make the tough decisions and unpopular calls that will be necessary when my daughter becomes a teenager.

February 10, 2015 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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