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Dependence on government must stop

Our forefathers were strong, independent entrepreneurs, who made their own way and depended on no one to survive. These pioneers raised their own food, hunted or trapped the meat that they put on the tables and delivered their own babies. If they had extra vegetables or meat, they would trade for weapons, tools or cloth to make their clothing. Yes, life was tough, but these were proud, self-determined people.

August 25, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


A stalled recovery

If you've paid any attention to the financial news in the last few weeks, you're probably wondering what happened to the recovery we were told was under way.

August 25, 2011 | By Gainesville Times | Opinion


Remembering a short; well-lived life

Long-time readers will remember several years ago when I talked about a beautiful little lady I had met when she was just 2 years old and who possessed the most crystal blue eyes I had ever seen. Her name was Abby Smith and she was a knockout.

August 24, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Drawing maps, gnashing teeth

Last week, the Georgia Legislature convened into special session as a result of an official call issued by Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 24, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Spending more wasn't answer after all

A few months ago, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner predicted with unshakable confidence that there was "no risk" of a downgrade of U.S. debt. In fact, he argued, "things are better than they've been if you want to think about the prospects for improving our long-term fiscal position."

August 23, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Wrong route to transportation solutions

An annual survey of the nation's roads by the Reason Foundation reveals a lot about congestion in Georgia. The state is ranked 10th in the nation for spending on maintenance but 39th for capital spending. It was No. 1 for the condition of its interstates, but at 31 in the nation for the percent of urban congestion.

August 23, 2011 | By Benita M. Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Reasonable representation standards

First, let's get the "well, they did it, too" argument out of the way.

August 23, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Lawmakers return for political mapping

"Georgia lawmakers return to the Gold Dome in Atlanta for a special legislative session primarily to deal with redistricting." This redistricting session comes up each decade following the completion of the census count.

August 22, 2011 | By Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Soldiers deserve to keep benefits

Military retirement as we know it may be facing an uncertain future.

August 22, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Pondering obesity, power of suggestion

I would imagine that somewhere in the bowels of federally-funded research someone has examined the "power of suggestion" relative to over-eating and obesity. If not, then let me throw out some thoughts on the subject.

August 22, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


No winners in this justice

Justice may have been served Wednesday when Joseph Bozicevich was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the September 2008 shooting deaths of Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson and Sgt. Wesley Durbin in Iraq. But even though the sentencing decision likely was what the families of the deceased had been hoping for, there clearly are no winners in this situation.

August 19, 2011 | | Opinion


What a fine mess country is in

For the first time in history, the United States lost its highly rated position in the financial markets. Even China is scolding the United States for this mess because what we do financially affects the entire world, and they are suggesting that the world move away from the dollar as the world standard.

August 18, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


News flash: Sharks will eat you

Last week was "Shark Week" on the Discovery Channel. They do this about twice a year. And when a varied assortment of seals had been killed and the one-armed surfers had told their stories and when all of the research had been discussed, the findings were about the same as they have been for many years.

August 18, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Ethics questions valid; not priority

There are serious problems with Georgia's ethics commission - or rather (excuse us), the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. The eligibility of its chairman is not among them.

August 18, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Specialty tiers deny fair health care

The perception of arthritis is often that it typically affects the elderly or injured. However, it is worth noting that in Georgia alone, there are about 9,200 children younger than 16 suffering from the painful joint swelling and stiffness that plagues those with juvenile arthritis. According to The Arthritis Foundation, more than 300,000 children have been diagnosed nationwide.

August 17, 2011 | By Dorothy Leone-Glasser Guest columnist | Opinion


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Keep donations local to help animal shelters

Editor, There are a multitude of ads on TV these days from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals concerning homeless, injured, abused animals.

January 29, 2015 | | Opinion


Man cherished by many belongs to all

It happened a few months back. My father-in-law celebrated, to our great joy, his 88th birthday. There was no pomp or circumstance involved. He abhors that. Because he is among the most beautifully well-mannered people I have ever encountered, he politely took all the calls though he really wished we would just treat it as another day and leave him alone to watch the news channel.

January 28, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Juvenile-justice system going to dogs, thankfully

The state of Georgia's Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing.

January 28, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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


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