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Funding HOPE still legislative priority

The Georgia General Assembly is sprinting to complete the work that is essential to our state within the 40-day legislative session, as required by our Constitution.

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


Gifts to lawmakers are not OK

In 2011, after years of debate and after the resignation of a Georgia House speaker, members of the state General Assembly still don't know how to say "no" to gifts from the companies and special interest groups they regulate on behalf of all Georgians. They are still accepting gifts, and they're accepting them by the bucketful.

February 09, 2011 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


Egypt's revolution is ambiguous

Every revolution against autocracy is initially stirring. Who wouldn't have cheered when Louis XVI was forced to convene the Estates General, or when a liberal provisional government took over from Czar Nicholas, or when the rank and file of the Shah's army refused to fire on protesters in the streets?

February 09, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Water rate hikes were necessary

People seldom approve of increases. Increases in the cost of gas, increases in the number of passengers squeezed into a plane, increases in pant size – all of these things are typically frowned upon.

February 07, 2011 | | Opinion


Happy birthday, President Reagan

Sunday is what would have been President Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday. This milestone will be observed by many, especially the Young Republicans of Richmond Hill High School. But why do millions see Reagan as such a great president? What made him so successful, and why is this occasion worth celebrating?

February 07, 2011 | RHHS Young Republicans | Opinion


State DOT's efforts are paying off

One thousand, seven hundred and forty-four. That's roughly the population of the lovely town of Darien on Georgia's coast; or of Richland in Stewart County – home of the annual Pig Fest Barbecue Festival.

February 07, 2011 | By Keith Golden Guest columnist | Opinion


Civil War cook's book packed with stories

Robert E. Lee, general of all the Confederate forces during the Civil War, was born Jan. 19, 1807. I have been researching Lee's history and have found many fascinating bits of information about him. I shared some of my findings in my column last week and I will do the same now. I have read many articles, books and some letters that Lee and his family wrote to each other. One tiny book - perhaps it should be called a pamphlet - was written by the Rev. William Mack Lee, who served as Gen. Lee's slave, bodyguard and cook during ...

February 07, 2011 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion


Special tax council nearly hits a homer

The Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness took a swing at fixing Georgia's outdated tax system and hit a triple.

February 02, 2011 | By Sara Beth Gehl Guest columnist | Opinion


Where have we heard this before?

It detains almost 200 people at Guantanamo Bay, the facility that Amnesty International calls "a global symbol for injustice and abuse."

February 02, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Working American are most important

Dear Editor: This letter is in response to the op-ed column written by Jennifer Jeffers in the Saturday, Jan. 29, issue.

February 02, 2011 | | Opinion


House leaders seek teacher input

House Majority Whip Ed Lindsey, R-Atlanta, and I decided to quit lobbing mortars at each other and do what we should have done earlier – talk about his proposed legislation to evaluate teachers.

February 02, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


State House gets 2011 session rolling

The 2011 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly has officially begun. Although we were forced to take a couple of days off for the snow and ice storm that many across the state experienced, we began session Jan. 10.

February 02, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


Senate gearing up for budget work

Day 3 (Jan. 24): According to our state's constitution, we start our legislative session on the second Monday of every January. The governor gives his State of the State address during the first week and at that time presents his budget proposal to the full legislature.

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


Tax panel report deserve a vote

Be careful what you ask for, because you may get it. That old saying has likely been on the minds, if not the lips, of many members of the Georgia General Assembly since the special tax reform council delivered its recommendations Jan. 7.

February 02, 2011 | Atlanta Journal Constitution | Opinion


Old movies can take you back in time

How many times have we sat down to watch old movies, and what does this do for us?

February 02, 2011 | By Francis Bond Columnist | 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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