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An environmental lesson for Georgia

It's been two months since the day of a massive fire at J&J Chemical Co. in Athens and a large spill of dangerous chemicals into a stream feeding the Oconee River. A sickly sweet odor still hangs in the air along Trail Creek, and an unnatural turquoise tint still colors the water.

October 11, 2010 | By Ben Emanuel and Deborah Sheppard Guest columnists | Opinion


Here's to our soldier-citizens

By Dick Yarbrough

October 06, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Building a healthier Georgia

Sept. 23 marked the six-month anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, the new federal health care law. The bulk of the changes go into effect in 2014, giving state and local governments, insurers, providers and other key stakeholders time to translate and implement the new policies.

October 06, 2010 | By Cindy Zeldin Guest columnist | Opinion


Simple slogans won't cut it anymore

When John Kerry calls you out of touch, you must be so far out of touch that you need to call Mazlan Othman, the U.N.'s designated liaison to space aliens, to re-establish contact with Planet Earth.

October 06, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Just don't go there

MOULTRIE - Quite often I read advice on what to do when you encounter a dangerous critter. For instance, if you meet up with a grizzly bear you are advised to make yourself look bigger than you really are.

October 04, 2010 | By Dwain Walden Guest columnist | Opinion


Hinesight: Is it time for light bill increase?

October 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


UGA president right on athlete behavior

When I pay University of Georgia President Michael Adams a compliment, you may be sure it is the real thing.

October 04, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Learn government-speak to understand health care reform

In most families, moms are the caregivers, and most moms have a medicine "box" or tray with all kinds of cures for middle-of-the-night pains and fevers. If it's not in the "box," a quick trip to a local 24-hour pharmacy usually secures the needed treatment. When that doesn't work, a doctor's visit secures a prescription to be filled at the local pharmacy. But for most situations a caring mom, Mother Nature and over-the-counter medications get children well and avoid unnecessary physician visits and expenses.

September 29, 2010 | By Ronald E. Bachman Guest columnist | Opinion


How health care system is changing

It's here!

September 29, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


Enough is enough

William Voegeli wrote a book about the ever-growing welfare state in the United States and throughout the Western world titled "Never Enough." In the tea party, we hear the countervailing cry, "Enough!"

September 29, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


City must exercise fiscal restraint

Hinesville's streets aren't paved in gold. Dollar bills aren't growing on the live oaks that dot the local landscape, so why are the mayor and city council spending money like it's going out of style?

September 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Potted plants will ruin good pontification

This isn't going to please those boys and girls with the dark glasses and hearing aids who are always talking to their lapels, but my column commandos walked right past them the other night to attend the season's first conversation at the Carter Center, otherwise known as Jimmy Carter's out-of-touch-with-reality pontifications.

September 28, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


All is not well along our coast

As we view our beautiful Georgia coast, all is not well in our Garden of Eden.

September 28, 2010 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


And if it quacks like a deer

Last night I was sitting at an intersection and a fellow pulled up beside me on a motorcycle wearing a Viking's helmet with huge horns on it. I thought to myself how dangerous it was to dress like that this close to deer season ... wearing horns and riding a motorcycle. My next thought was to let him get way out of range.

September 28, 2010 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Securing safety with new START

Nuclear arms control: What high school student cares, much less has anything to say about this global issue? Some policy issues feel as complicated as – well, rocket science. But that makes it even more important for us to understand them.

September 28, 2010 | By Hugh Pringle Guest columnist | Opinion


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We can do a lot to prevent water pollution

It is raining while I write this. It is a typical summertime thunderstorm. I love a downpour like this. It just kind of refreshes the air even on a hot, humid day.

May 28, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Online schools are key option for students

The classroom is changing.

May 28, 2015 | By Krista Kunkle Guest columnist | Opinion


Christianity under attack in Duggar scandal

This past week, it was reported that Josh Duggar, who is the son of Jim and Michelle Duggar from TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" reality show, molested several girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager.

May 27, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion


Tax policy a quality-of-life topic in 2015

Taxes are nobody's favorite expense. Most people view them as simply a nuisance bill to pay or as an added cost on a major purchase. Average Georgians rarely give state tax policy a second thought, especially compared to critical challenges like education and health care. But few issues matter more to the pocketbooks of Georgia families, the bottom line of Georgia businesses and the ability of state and local governments to fund quality public services.

May 27, 2015 | By Wesley Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion


Teachers share feelings about future

My recent open letter to Georgia's public school teachers produced as much response as I have received in a long time. Teachers from one end of the state to the other have weighed in, and the comments are still coming.

May 27, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


It all goes by so quickly

A friend said something the other day that has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She's soon to turn 70 and this is what she said:

May 26, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Making military lives matter

Memorial Day weekend, as you've heard time and again, is that long weekend marking the unofficial start of the summer: beaches, boats and barbecue. Fun in the sun. With all the frolicking, many may overlook that Monday is, first and foremost, a special day set aside to remember those Americans who have died serving in our armed forces.

May 26, 2015 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Why let students out of class early?

Editor, Whose great idea was it to let all the high-school students out at lunchtime with no bus service? This is a major issue for those of us who are working and have children.

May 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Don't be complacent about hurricanes

Cumberland Island was struck head-on by a major hurricane 117 years ago. The Category 3 storm pounded the Georgia coast with winds of 135 mph and massive waves, causing a 16-foot storm surge in Brunswick that left much of the city underwater.

May 22, 2015 | By Jim Butterworth Guest columnist | Opinion


What Nobel laureates have incurred should not have occurred

I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for president of the United States (or what's left of it).

May 21, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Moving away from 'funny math methods'

Getting math right for the students and teachers of Georgia has been a priority of mine since day one. One of my first actions as your state school superintendent was working with the State Board of Education to provide a needed choice between integrated mathematics and traditional discrete mathematics (with assessments to match each option) for our schools.

May 20, 2015 | By Richard Woods Guest columnist | Opinion


It's hard to quit your raising

Here, I'll announce something I've never admitted publicly: I love going barefooted. It's how I was raised.

May 19, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


So many volunteers to honor

May is a very hard time for me.

May 19, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Not all buildings are created equal

May is Building Safety Month. Although the Hinesville Department of Inspections focuses on building safety all year long, we want to take the time to highlight some building-safety concerns locally. If an individual, organization or a business is trying to find a location within the Hinesville city limits, there are a few things they should know before signing on the dotted line to buy or lease.

May 18, 2015 | By Steve Welborn Guest columnist | Opinion


Insurers' networks are not so 'narrow'

Premium increases for Georgia's insurance-exchange health plans beat regional and national rates, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute, cited by Georgia Health News.

May 15, 2015 | By Graham Thompson Guest columnist | Opinion


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