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In need of 'smarter people than me'

With the ever-expanding debt in the federal government, more talk has been generated about bringing home the troops – not being "the police force of the world," etc.

September 06, 2011 | By B.J. Clark Guest columnist | Opinion


Committees won't improve schools

According to media reports, the latest legislatively created state commission tasked with looking at public education funding in Georgia ... appears poised to follow the lead of previous panels in making recommendations that will do little or nothing to change the way state dollars are steered to local public schools.

September 06, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Forecasting hurricanes is exercise in futility

In an affluent country, government can afford to do many unnecessary things, and do them in complex and impressive ways. One example in the United States is the predilection for predicting the number of hurricanes in the upcoming season.

September 06, 2011 | By R. Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Life challenging for everyone, not just military

There's nothing like an inconveniently scheduled field exercise to put a rumple in our plans for the baby's arrival.

September 06, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Americans do have right to own guns

Some paranoia is justified. Are American gun owners paranoid? Yes. Is someone out to get them? Yes. Personal liberty and guns go hand in hand. I know that a lot of people will disagree with this, but look at the world around you. We are the freest country in the world and the most armed.

September 01, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Impacts felt by developmentally disabled

In times like these, we've all learned to do more with less. The truth is, that's nothing new for those of us who provide quality and caring services to the thousands of Georgia citizens who have developmental disabilities.

September 01, 2011 | By Ralph Herndon Guest columnist | Opinion


Infrastructure bank would be another misfire

"President Barack Obama has been shooting mostly blanks when it comes to finding ways to reignite the stalled economy." And his latest proposal - the creation of an "infrastructure bank" to loan money to finance public works projects - not only would be more of the same, but would target taxpayers as well.

September 01, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Georgia needs unity

Our economy is at best stubbornly stuck in neutral, and too many elected leaders seem to agree only that the best way forward involves little more than pointing fingers and shouting accusations. That backdrop made it especially heartening to observe the more than 200 Georgians who traveled to Pine Mountain recently to discuss the future.

August 31, 2011 | By Atlanta Journal Constitution | Opinion


Mayor puts wife's needs first

Dear editor: It is odd that that Mr. Ellis Phillips' appears to favor a public attack on my character and patriotism rather than to make a simple telephone call or drop by my office to make an inquiry regarding my absence at two patriotic community gatherings.

August 31, 2011 | | Opinion


Man of the cloth wants piece of the action

A man of the cloth by the name of Markel Hutchins is suing the estate of the late Kathryn Johnston for a half-million dollars.

August 31, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Firth Rixson's growth is welcome sign

The economy certainly has seen better days. As the prices of goods and services rise and families struggle to make ends meet, it's no secret that budgets are tight these days. Which is why, when we are accustomed to more bad news, it was good to hear that Firth Rixson plans to create 75-100 jobs by expanding its metal forging operation in Midway.

August 30, 2011 | | Opinion


Redrawing districts not easy for lawmakers

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

August 30, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Tech education fills need for skilled workers

The conclusion of the Southern Governors Association meeting in Asheville, N.C., coincided - well, almost - with the debut of Columbus Technical College's new semester curriculum. One has nothing to do with the other, except that the solution to a problem under discussion in Asheville is most likely to be found at institutions like this one in Columbus.

August 29, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Finding the value of family in politics

Have you ever taken a trip as part of your job and taken a family member with you? You go to meetings or do your work and they meet with friends or family and go sight-seeing or shopping. That's usually how it works, and it happens all the time, right? Not so fast if you are a public official though.

August 29, 2011 | By PSC Commissioner Tim Echols Guest columnist | Opinion


Back-to-school spending is big

Americans may be worrying about layoffs and a second recession, but it's made them only moderately less openhanded in back-to-school spending, which has quietly assumed the status of a major economic barometer and event.

August 29, 2011 | By Marrietta Daily Journal | 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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