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School's out; still on legislators' minds

While school may be out for students and teachers, it does not mean education is not on the mind of Georgia's Legislature.

July 13, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


No good spin on jobs report

Washington officials are famous for forecasting sunny skies when they can look through a window and clearly see it's raining. But even highly-degreed spin doctors inside the beltway will have a hard time making the June jobless report look anything but anemic.

July 13, 2011 | By Albany Herald | Opinion


Supportive soldier softens letdowns

You know those obnoxious people who hold up their hand for a high-five then pull it back at the last minute? In elementary school I had a friend who thought this was the funniest practical joke out there. He'd proudly yell, "Psych!" or "Who's a loser?" like this little stunt made him cool.

July 11, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Gun safety, education paramount

A young life was lost last week and the tragedy could have been avoided. A 14-year-old Hinesville girl and her 16-year-old friend, Ela'na Briona Alisa Poole, who was visiting from the Atlanta area, were tossing around a semiautomatic handgun when the weapon discharged, striking the older girl in the mouth and killing her. The younger teenager said she found the gun in her mother's dresser drawer. She knew enough about firearms to remove the gun's clip, but she did not empty the chamber.

July 11, 2011 | | Opinion


'Victory' is relative to geography

The office of Gov. Nathan Deal called the federal court ruling on Atlanta's access to the waters of Lake Lanier a "total victory" for Georgia.

July 11, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Tell us about it with 'Sound off'

Sometimes you pass something on the road that makes you so mad, you just feel like you have to tell someone about it to get it off of your chest.

July 11, 2011 | Staff report | Opinion


I'd rather shoot than run with the bull

It's incredible what one can learn at a breakfast club. Combine a cross section of the community with Droids, Blackberries, iPhones, etc., and there's quite a plethora of entertainment and information to be had.

July 11, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Cheaters deserve to be punished

In a variety show that aired on NBC in the early 1970s, comedian Flip Wilson would step into a woman's dress and bonnet and into the spirited and cheeky fictional character of Geraldine Jones, who invoked this popular comeback whenever caught in a tall tale or in a compromising situation: "The devil made me do it."

July 11, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


Feds must weigh debt-limit options

This is going to be a long, hot summer - and I don't mean the temperature. The debt, deficit and spending fight on Capitol Hill is intense. If the government does not increase the debt limit in August, the United States will default on its bills. The Republicans want Washington to cut its spending to match the revenue (taxes) coming in, and the Democrats want to increase our taxes. Unless the two sides come together with a compromise, our country goes into default.

July 07, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


State parks great, easy on the pizzazz

As far as state parks are concerned, being boring shouldn't always necessarily be seen as a bad thing.

July 07, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


We pay on time, why can't speaker?

I own a vacation home in Dawson County – Big Canoe to be exact. Every year, we get a bill for property taxes and it is paid promptly.

July 06, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


A fundamental, ethical disconnet

I was speaking to a member of the General Assembly last year in the wake of a series of ethics scandals that led to the former speaker of the House resigning, and he said, "We've passed an ethics bill that greatly expands the disclosure of campaign finance and lobbyist spending."

July 06, 2011 | By Todd Rehm Guest columnist | Opinion


Deal gets gas tax right this time

Gov. Nathan Deal has had a welcome change of heart about another hike in the state tax on gasoline after reaping a windfall from a formula-induced jump of nearly 28 percent less than two months ago.

July 06, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Immigration law worth headaches, hoopla

After hearing arguments last week from a coalition of immigration attorneys and civil-rights organizations seeking to block implementation of Georgia's new immigration law (HB 87), which went into effect July 1, U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash issued his ruling Monday afternoon.

July 05, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion


Headed home together for Fourth

Oh, I love it when I have happy news! It looks like after a wait that seemed to go on forever Josh and I will finally close on our house this week.

July 05, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna 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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