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Oppose cuts to Post-9/11 GI Bill

Editor, Last month, the House passed a bill (H.R. 3016) that included a 50 percent cut in the monthly Basic Allowance for Housing provided to children who will have their parent's earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit transferred to them. Now, similar legislation is being considered in the Senate (S. 425) that would put the hard-fought benefits of 2.8 million post-9/11 veterans at even greater risk.

April 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Poet laureate aims at Raymond Cooper

Small-town newspapers are a bit different from their counterparts in New York or Los Angeles. That's true today, and it was true in 1998, when I was growing up in Lennox Valley.

April 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Liberty schools about to finish a successful year

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and we have already begun celebrating our many 2015-16 successes. The following are just a few of them:

April 21, 2016 | Dr. Valya Lee | Opinion


Now might be the worst time to get a DUI

It's never a good time for a politician to get arrested for driving under the influence, but it's especially bad when the next election is less than six weeks away.

April 21, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Learn water conservation at Earth Day

When the 10th annual Earth Day Celebration takes place on Friday, everyone who attends has the chance to learn easy ways to change our world. Little lifestyle changes at home and at work or school can make big changes in our environment.

April 19, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


It's best not to know what lies ahead

The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted to share.

April 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


'Silver Tongue' Dick Bland begins assault

"Renderings with Raymond" was normally a labor of love for Raymond Cooper. After all, it was his "baby." Started in 1997 as a camouflaged attempt to bolster his clandestine mayoral candidacy, the talk show drew close to half of Lennox Valley's residents each weekday from noon until 3.

April 18, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Why I voted 'yes' on 'campus carry'

Without a doubt, this is a troubling time in America. Mass shootings have been happening with seemingly greater regularity. House Bill 859, the "campus carry" bill, sponsored by Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, would permit 21-year-old, licensed concealed-carry permit holders to carry concealed weapons on Georgia's publicly funded college campuses, but not in dorms or at athletic events. The following is my publicly stated position on this very difficult issue.

April 15, 2016 | By state Rep. Jeff Jones Guest columnist | Opinion


Congress, pass a budget for once

Editor,

April 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why ‘religious freedom’ bill failed

Before you get your shorts in a wad, the following observations in no way indicate my preference for or opposition to the recent "religious freedom" bill vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal. My personal opinions are irrelevant to this discussion. Rather, this is a refresher course in Politics 101.

April 15, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


What’s wrong with Ted Cruz?

Editor,

April 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


181st school district changing young lives

Even the most casual reader of this space knows that I am bullish on public education. But there is one school system in Georgia that I haven't talked about much even though it is near and dear to my heart. It is the Georgia Preparatory Academy, the state's 181st school district and a part of the Department of Juvenile Justice, on whose board I have had the pleasure to serve for the past several years.

April 15, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Elected officials want to keep you in the dark

Editor's note: This column,which was completed Sunday, was revised to indicate that Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 323 into law Monday.

April 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Hateful rhetoric has consequences

Editor,

April 14, 2016 | By Staff Report | Opinion


Lawmakers declare their independence

This year's General Assembly session could be described as the one where legislators started to declare their independence from Gov. Nathan Deal.

April 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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More egg-citement coming to Lennox Valley

Iris Long was perplexed. She had just returned home from visiting her sister four hours away, where she realized that egg prices were 19 cents ...

May 31, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp The Good Folks of Lennox Valley | Opinion


Stabler and the righteous renegades

When I was a young sports writer, just beginning an education on the world of sports and the men who made the majors great, I ...

May 31, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Dvia | Opinion


Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers recognized

Keep Liberty Beautiful hosted our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Thursday at La Quinta Inn and Suites with our Business After Hours partner, Navy Federal Credit Union ...

May 30, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Remembering the many who gave their all

On Memorial Day, we pause to reflect, remember, and honor those who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom. While we recognize this day ...

May 30, 2016 | By U.S. Sen. David Perdue Guest columnist | Opinion


Will ‘Trump effect’ oust Ga. incumbents?

Whether you like or dislike Donald Trump, there's no question he has pulled off an impressive political feat.

May 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Reader finds SPLOST article 'interesting'

Editor, Interesting article by Tiffany King about SPLOST ("County finalizes list of SPLOST projects," page 1A, May 18). Two out of seven commissioners opposed the ...

May 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Keep rain pure, healthy

This week's rain has been good. Rain is a friend to folks, like us, who live on dirt roads. I hate dust.

May 24, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


HFD offers grilling safety tips for Memorial Day

With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, many are gearing up to celebrate the unofficial kickoff of the summer season by firing up the ...

May 23, 2016 | Buy Kristian Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion


Hometown News editor digs into Raymond Cooper's shenanigans

With six weeks to go until the "election of the century," Raymond Cooper was feeling pretty good about his prospects. His plan, it seemed, was ...

May 23, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Weigh your vote for sheriff carefully

Editor, It's that wonderful time again when politicians seeking office put on their best (and worst) theatrical performances in an attempt to convince voters ...

May 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Support urged for emergency treatment bill

Editor,

May 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Random thoughts on random subjects

Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody, was arrested in the city of Clayton in early April and charged with driving under the influence, possession of an open ...

May 18, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Volunteers really are superheroes

"I have seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives." - Tracy Chapman

May 17, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Reader lists ways to cut federal spending

Editor, Tick-tock. Tick-tock. In this amount of time, the government spends $242,134, of which $104,324 is borrowed. The federal government is bloated and ...

May 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Mayor, council cut salaries in half

It didn't surprise me it was him. Although such had never crossed my mind, it was, of course, just the kind of thing he ...

May 17, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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