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New role is supposed to speed projects

When trying to finish a job faster, adding more tasks to it wouldn't seem the best approach. Yet, that's exactly what the Georgia Department of Transportation is doing – and early results are promising.

August 17, 2011 | By Gerald Ross and Jeff Baker Guest columnists | Opinion


Open letter to public school teachers

Dear public school teachers in Georgia,

August 17, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Chamber luncheon offers LEED information

Keep Liberty Beautiful will be the host of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce Progress Through People Luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 18.

August 16, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Midway’s late water bill payment policy is heartless, nonsensical

Editor: Members of the Midway City Council must have left their hearts in San Francisco.

August 15, 2011 | Len Calderone | Opinion


Politicians can solidify voters by improving Medicare

Frightening seniors about Medicare changes is often referred to as Medi-scare. All Americans should be scared: In the coming years, 78 million baby boomers will place unprecedented demands on Medicare. Meanwhile, Medicare's Hospital Insurance Fund will run out of money in 2024, according to the 2011 Medicare Trustees Report.

August 15, 2011 | Ronald E. Bachman | Opinion


Some behavior is ‘just a guy thing’

Men - especially military men - just function differently than women. It's possible that's the most obvious conclusion I've ever made, but I recently found myself needing the reminder.

August 15, 2011 | Joselynn McKenna | Opinion


Education scandals often a bit inflated

This is America. All of our kids are smart as a whip. So, why do Atlanta teachers and administrators even have to think about erasing wrong answers on standardized tests in order to make them look good? Aren't they good already? The history of their grades over the years would seem to prove that, after all.

August 15, 2011 | Marietta Daily Journal Online mdjonline.com | Opinion


Better health screenings could prevent tragedy

Justice may have been served Wednesday when Joseph Bozicevich was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the September 2008 shooting deaths of Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson and Sgt. Wesley Durbin in Iraq. But even though the sentencing decision likely was what the families of the deceased had been hoping for, there clearly are no winners in this situation.

August 15, 2011 | Courier editorial | Opinion


Jobs belong in U.S., not China

In the 18th century, Great Britain, with trade domination, was the world's powerhouse. Starting in the 19th century, the United States surpassed Great Britain as the industrial leader, and we never looked back. America was every country's desired trading partner.

August 11, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Driver ed money wasn't to be slush fund

In the context of a state budget, even a depressed and depleted one like Georgia's, $30-$40 million isn't really all that much. In contexts that involve real people and real money (as opposed to the Monopoly money politicians sometimes act as though they're tossing around), it's huge.

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


Uneasy mix didn't solve budget woes

If "compromise" means an agreement that doesn't satisfy anybody, then last week's Washington budget deal should be part of the dictionary definition.

August 10, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Send August to Uranus where it belongs

I usually try to run the big decisions by you before I take action, but I know you have been distracted over the past weeks watching our selfless public servants in Washington put our interests and those of our nation above petty, partisan political sniping in the debt ceiling debate and marveling at how our crackerjack president, Mr. Swivelhead, makes Jimmy Carter's woebegone administration look like a cross between the Garden of Eden (pre-apple tasting) and Brigadoon.

August 10, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Driving '99 Civic around state is no junket

Editor's note: this op-ed column is a response to a guest editorial from the Athens Banner-Herald that ran July 30.

August 09, 2011 | By Tim Echols Public Service Commissioner | Opinion


Preparation is key to recover from disasters

Severe storms, extreme heat, a crippling freeze, deadly tornadoes, terrible wildfires - Mother Nature has managed to throw almost everything in the book at us within six short months. With just half a year under our belt, the state of Georgia and metro Atlanta already have experienced their share of severe weather, and we obviously don't know what's in store for the second half of 2011.

August 09, 2011 | By Charley English Guest columnist | Opinion


Redistricting demands scrutiny

The Georgia General Assembly will reconvene less than two weeks from now in a special session to take on the constitutionally mandated legislative task of redistricting. Like the U.S. Census, and as a result of it, this process occurs every 10 years when states redraw their congressional and legislative maps to reflect population and other demographic changes.

August 08, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


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Things you rarely hear or see anymore

Editor: What happened to politeness and courtesy? You rarely hear, "please," "thank you," "you're welcome" and "excuse me." People have become so egocentric that ...

December 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


If God can use Peter, he can also use Trump

Editor: Thank you, Will Darsey, for graciously letting me down easy in your response to my letter in the Nov. 16, 2016 edition of the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Random thoughts on random stuff

God bless America and God bless Mount Paran Christian School in Cobb County. Before a recent football playoff game, every player on the team came ...

December 01, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Remembering Jesup's quirky Roscoe Dean

Friends and relatives who know I work at the state capitol often ask these questions: How can you stand it there? Don't you just ...

November 30, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


America is not a 'safe space,' folks

Pity the anti-Trump protesters thronging the streets of American cities.

November 29, 2016 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Does a woman stand a chance?

Two days goes, it was assumed by just about everyone in Lennox Valley that attention would turn on Friday from the mayor's race to ...

November 29, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Plan a 'green' Christmas

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but the unintended consequences of our holiday frenzy can also make it the most wasteful time ...

November 29, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Watch Trump's transition closely

For those millions of Americans who awakened to discover that their Donald Trump nightmare was not just a bad dream, the question is, What to ...

November 29, 2016 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


How to learn from Trump's victory

Editor: This is a moment when we need to be organizers.

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Election resulted from Trump's masterful strategy

Editor: I believe I finally have some insight into the shocking 2016 Presidential election results:

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Have Midway leaders lost their minds?

Editor: I just received today's paper, and saw the front-page article about the Midway "city leaders" proposing a new City Hall. They may need ...

November 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


With election over, is Penguin Awareness Day soon?

I promised last week that I would share with you the results of the latest patent-pending Wikiwinkwink Political Report, courtesy of my colleague, Junior E ...

November 24, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Media biggest losers in election

Hillary Clinton is not the biggest loser of this election although she is certainly a loser in many ways. I think that there were a ...

November 24, 2016 | By Jimmy Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


Toothpicks needed to get crow from between teeth

Editor: I read with interest and humor the letter to the editor from Lynda Hall in the Nov. 16 issue. Lynda does a fine job ...

November 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Time to get on the Trump train

Well, another election has come and gone and once again the people have spoken. Unlike the last two presidential elections, this time I enjoyed the ...

November 23, 2016 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion


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