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Keep donations local to help animal shelters

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.

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Man cherished by many belongs to all

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.

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Updated: jan. 28, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Juvenile-justice system going to dogs, thankfully

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.

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Updated: jan. 28, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Budgeting must be open, fair

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.  

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State may get transportation funding right

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.

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Updated: jan. 22, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Column has never been stronger

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!)

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Updated: jan. 22, 2015 2:00 p.m.
At least one lawmaker supports pre-9/11 veterans, caregivers

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:

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Updated: jan. 21, 2015 1:00 p.m.
Things to love about the South abound

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.

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Updated: jan. 20, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Why rush? Stop and enjoy the day

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.

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Updated: jan. 20, 2015 2:00 p.m.
Georgia needs fiscal prudence, innovation

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.

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Updated: jan. 15, 2015 4:00 p.m.


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 ...

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Updated: jan. 15, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Wounded Warrior Project is too top heavy

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.

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Updated: jan. 14, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Lawmaker wants to legalize medical marijuana

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.

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Updated: jan. 14, 2015 6:30 p.m.
Don't apologize for not being 'cool'

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.

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Updated: jan. 13, 2015 4:00 p.m.

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