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Let’s ‘STEM’ the tide of joblessness

As the first report cards are handed out for the 2012-13 school year, parents should pay attention. It's not just about the grades; it's about what courses the grades are in. And while we want our children to grow up to be productive, taxpaying citizens, to reach that goal begins very early.

October 31, 2012 | Macon Telegraph | Opinion


Teachers union supports charters schools, opposes amendment

We were glad that State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge came out in opposition to the constitutional amendment on charter schools that will be on the November ballot. We were equally glad that he made a strong statement of support for "high quality charter schools." Both views are ones that we share at the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. We consistently have supported charter schools and are proud of our charter school members. We cannot support the amendment.

October 30, 2012 | Dr. Allene Magill Guest columnist | Opinion


American citizens, not a candidate, lost political debates

If you are a political junkie like me, you likely just watched all the presidential and vice presidential debates. So, did they change your mind regarding which candidate gets your vote? My mind was made up long ago, and the debates did little to validate or detract from my choice.

October 30, 2012 | Len Calderone Guest columnist | Opinion


Motorists beware — deer on the move

Deer are beautiful animals, but they also are a pain for many of us.

October 29, 2012 | Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


‘Uncool’ parents aren’t doomed yet

I'm not cool. I listen almost exclusively to classic rock, and I cannot pass up a "Golden Girls" rerun marathon. I don't have a sophisticated cell phone, iPad, mp3 player, gaming console, GPS, TiVo or any other trendy electronic devices. Now, I'm not a total cave-dweller; I do have a computer, a simple cell phone, a television and a DVD player, but that's about it. And I'm fine with that.

October 29, 2012 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Learn what sequestration really will mean for area

From 1990-91, the 24th Infantry Division, assigned to Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield prior to 3rd Infantry Division, was called in its entirety to deploy during the Gulf War. During that time, Liberty County - without the presence of the soldiers - experienced economic hardship that it barely survived.

October 25, 2012 | Monica Eusebio Guest columnist | Opinion


Voting no on charter-school amendment a step in right direction

Editor, A "no" vote on the Georgia Charter Schools Amendment is a vote for local control.

October 24, 2012 | Dr. Judy Scherer Liberty County School System superintendent | Opinion


Columnist didn’t explain concerns of charter-school amendment supporters

Editor, Dick Yarbrough's recent column failed to accurately explain the concerns of charter-school amendment proponents regarding the future ability of the state school board to handle charter-application appeals absent this constitutional amendment.

October 24, 2012 | State Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta Georgia House majority whip | Opinion


Charter-school amendment more about ‘how’ than ‘what’

Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, majority whip in the Georgia House of Representatives, said he finds himself bordering between "amused and disturbed" by opponents of the charter-school amendment, which is set for a vote Nov. 6. Specifically, he doesn't like the assertion that the state school board retains the power to overrule on appeal a local school board's decision to deny a charter school after the Supreme Court's ruling on the subject in May 2011.

October 24, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Support network integral to parenthood

Raising a baby is tough. I doubt that comes as a surprise to the hardworking parents out there. What many people fail to realize is that having a baby is even harder when new parents have no support network.

October 23, 2012 | Hollie Barnidge | Opinion


Little-known amendment may save taxpayers millions

Throughout Georgia next month, citizens will consider how to vote for candidates from president of the United States down to county leaders. In the midst of all we hear about candidates, some Georgians may not be aware they will find two constitutional amendments at the end of the ballot. The second will allow the state to enter into multiyear leases and save taxpayers millions over the next 10 years.

October 22, 2012 | Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Guest columnist | Opinion


New driver, professional license backlogs unacceptable

When lawmakers in the state Capitol sift through the thousands of bills from the sublime to the ridiculous, they rarely factor in their discussions the law of unintended consequences. Same thing happens in Washington, D.C.

October 22, 2012 | The Telegraph, Macon | Opinion


Medicine regulations seek to keep citizens safe

During the past few weeks, we have learned of a growing number of fungal-meningitis cases linked to a batch of contaminated epidural steroid injections created by the New England Compounding Center. Meningitis refers to inflammation of the meninges, which are the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Common types of meningitis are viral and bacterial meningitis, which can be highly contagious and begin with flu-like symptoms. Often these types of meningitis may go undiagnosed as patients simply will write it off as a flu. Unlike viral and bacterial meningitis, fungal meningitis is not contagious, and cases currently under investigation ...

October 21, 2012 | Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, and Rep. Ben Watson, R-Savannah Guest columnists | Opinion


House bill ensures that there will be HOPE

HOPE will endure! That's the message the Georgia Student Finance Commission, the state agency that provides financial aid to Georgia students, recently communicated to leaders of the Georgia General Assembly. Thanks to the impact of House Bill 326, the Enduring HOPE bill that was passed during the 2010 legislative session and enacted in 2011, projections for what many consider to be the most successful merit-based scholarship program in the nation now are looking much better.

October 18, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


Pro-charter amendment forces bullying opponents

If the pro-charter amendment people are trying to win friends and influence voters to pass the measure in November, they have picked a bad way to do it.

October 18, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


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Make election county

Editor: Next month, the voters of Midway will be electing a mayor and city council. The big question is who should the voters elect? Let ...

October 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Lets each do our part for a clean city

The city of Hinesville tries to take a pro-active approach in all departments in an effort to better our city and be true to our ...

October 23, 2017 | By Steve Welborn Guest columnist | Opinion


Welcome to the 'Scouts'

Boys will be boys, and now girls can be, too

October 20, 2017 | By Ted O'Neil Columnist | Opinion


She was supposed to be a statistic

I was supposed to be a statistic, you know? A black girl with very humble beginnings growing up in rural Louisiana. Well, that was how ...

October 20, 2017 | By Sabrina Newby Guest columnist | Opinion


Humor: Out of shape teens bad news for military

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

October 19, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Why coal is dying in Georgia, elsewhere

Donald Trump promised throughout his presidential campaign that he would single-handedly halt the decline of the nation's coal industry and bring back lost jobs ...

October 19, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Greet fall with a walk on a Liberty nature trail

Ahhh… Do you feel that? The gradual easing away of the constant state of humidity we've been in for the last few months?

October 19, 2017 | By Erin Johnson Liberty County Conventions and Visitors Bureau | Opinion


Parents, don’t worry about kids liking you

I am sometimes asked if I think the "parenting pendulum" is swinging back toward where it was 60-plus years ago or at least toward a ...

October 19, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family Psychologist | Opinion


Only rain should go down drains

Ever wonder what those little drain holes are for in sidewalks and next to streets? Is that where those urban myth alligators are? Or are ...

October 17, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Development, laws make storm damage worse

Editor: We would hope that many would learn from this year's "natural disasters."

October 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Media either brave or stupid

Reporters, it's often been said, are either very brave or very stupid, I guess it depends on who you ask.

October 16, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Columnist | Opinion


Connecting hearts and minds

Editor: Sickle cell disease affects the health of some 90,000 to 100,000 Americans, most of whom are African Americans. An additional number of ...

October 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


The sadness of this death

Nobody I know takes pleasure in reporting death, no matter how it occurs or what circumstances surround it.

October 16, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Guns can't be legislated away

This gun problem facing us today cannot be "legislated away." It has gone way, way too far past that point.

October 13, 2017 | By Victor Pisano Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks for supporting film

Editor, The Board of Directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County, Inc. would like to thank those that supported the documentary "Hell Fire and Glory ...

October 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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