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Georgia missing a chance to strengthen its workforce

While most adults who rely on cash and food assistance in Georgia lack any education beyond high school, not enough of the state's workers are trained for so-called middle-skill jobs. Middle-skill jobs require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree.

January 20, 2016 | By Melissa Johnson Guest Columnist | Opinion


Costs of litter higher than you think

In Liberty County, we are currently wrestling with the litter aftermath of the holidays. Our community, as well as the rest of the country, is inundated with litter during the holiday season.

January 19, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Some old things are new again

In my childhood home, I did not grow up surrounded by literature or commercial novels. What I did grow up with were two items read daily by my parents with strong interest and complete devotion: The Bible and the daily newspaper.

January 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


'Government schools' not ideal for kids

Editor, One of the main topics of conversation in Liberty County appears to be the Liberty County school district. There have been complaints about the supervisor, the school board and the loss of good teachers.

January 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


History-making event replaces flamethrower

Todd Cecil, host of Revival Flames Ministries of Joplin, Missouri, was just about the biggest celebrity to make an appearance in Lennox Valley during my childhood and early teen years. He was a fixture on Sunday morning television since the 1970s, and my dad and I watched the famed evangelist as we waited for the rest of the family to get dressed for church each week.

January 18, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Thanks to EMTs for helping senior in need

Editor, On 18 Dec., 2015, I found myself in a position to call 911.

January 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


They run for president; we’ll run for governor

For the next few weeks, you'll see every candidate for president dropping by the Capitol as they campaign toward the March 1 presidential primary.

January 15, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Thoughts on Education Reform Commission

Dear Georgia public schoolteachers:

January 14, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Thanks to volunteers for holiday efforts

Editor,

January 13, 2016 | By Staff Report | Opinion


Paris climate agreement is significant

Regardless of the technical details and absence of sanctioned enforcement controls, the recently concluded Paris talks on global climate mark a noteworthy achievement - a historic milestone that deserves being understood, avidly supported and celebrated.

January 13, 2016 | Guest Columnist | Opinion


Announcement makes waves in Lennox Valley

As April moved aside for May in 1998, the good folks of Lennox Valley had no idea how their world was about to change on Monday, May 4.

January 11, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp The Good Folks of Lennox Valley | Opinion


We need to restore the joy of teaching

Currently, 44 percent of Georgia's newly hired teachers are dropping out of the profession by year 5. Equally alarming is that there was a 16 percent dip from 2010 to 2014 in the number of candidates entering Georgia's teacher-preparation programs.

January 11, 2016 | By Richard Woods State School Superintendent | Opinion


The Yankee and the pocketknife

A few months ago, a reader showed up at an event I was doing and handed me a newspaper clipping of a column I wrote eight or nine years ago.

January 11, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion


New ESEA law is encouraging

Last month, Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - now called the Every Student Succeeds Act - which ended No Child Left Behind when the president signed it into law.

January 08, 2016 | Richard Woods Guest Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers have tough choices this session

Legislators will return to Atlanta soon to convene the 2016 General Assembly session. This one might have a slightly different feel to it.

January 07, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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Georgia needs direct care now

The Affordable Care Act passed with the promise of decreasing the high costs of health care and increasing access to care by making health-care insurance ...

February 10, 2016 | By Dr. Hal C. Scherz Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation | Opinion


Kemp’s SEC Primary could be decisive

Two years ago, Secretary of State Brian Kemp began his push to set up an "SEC Primary" for a simple reason: He wanted the world ...

February 10, 2016 | By Tom Crawford The Georgia Report | Opinion


Shooting to beat plowshares into pistols

Son of a gun. Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, is at it again. Georgia's version of Wyatt Earp was the chief gunslinger in getting a ...

February 10, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


The preacher and his kindness

A much-appreciated kindness was given to me a few months ago. Someone recognized my need for help and made a big effort to give it ...

February 09, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Arbor Day, Recycle It! Fair make February green

We are all about trees this month. Georgia Arbor Day is each third Friday of February.

February 09, 2016 | By Sara Swida | Opinion


Congratulations, Judge Cavender

Editor, On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to extend congratulations to Atlantic Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge David L. Cavender ...

February 09, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Raymond Cooper for Valley mayor

In June 1998, the mayor of my hometown was none other than "Silver Tongue" Dick Bland. When he first ran for mayor in 1994, his ...

February 08, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Reader thanks trooper, sheriff

Editor, Dec. 28, 2015, will forever be imprinted in my mind.

February 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Celebrating return of corn-fried shrimp

Perhaps this renewed love affair doesn't quite rise to the level of Humphrey Bogart's Rick finding Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa in "Casablanca" - "Of ...

February 05, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Here is food for thought for city, business leaders

Editor,

February 04, 2016 | By Staff Report | Opinion


Lawmakers keep fighting the Civil War

You might have the impression that the Civil War ended sometime around 1865, after the Confederate armies stacked their weapons, the soldiers returned to their ...

February 03, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Conservatives helping Democrats' presidential efforts

On Jan. 21, the well-known conservative magazine The National Review published a print completely aimed at destroying Donald Trump's chances of winning the presidency.

February 02, 2016 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion


Here is food for thought for city, business leaders

Editor,

February 02, 2016 | By Robert J. Wetmore Letter to the Editor | Opinion


Lawmakers keep fighting the Civil War

You might have the impression that the Civil War ended sometime around 1865, after the Confederate armies stacked their weapons, the soldiers returned to their ...

February 02, 2016 | By Tom Crawford The Georgia Report | Opinion


Celebrating return of corn-fried shrimp

Perhaps this renewed love affair doesn't quite rise to the level of Humphrey Bogart's Rick finding Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa in "Casablanca" - "Of ...

February 02, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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