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The South provides our melody

It has taken a while, but I have come to know that writers are shaped dramatically by the places from which we come. Those places - the ones we call home - are the underlining, unsung melody to our words. That melody enlivens the compositions we create.

February 23, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Syndicated columnist | Opinion


State minimum wage is too low

Editor's note: The following is taken from the written remarks of testimony given to the Georgia Senate Insurance and Labor Committee in support of a higher state minimum wage given Feb. 11 by Wesley Tharpe of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute:

February 23, 2016 | Wesley Tharpe | Opinion


QVC reigns among women of Lennox Valley

With all the craziness surrounding Raymond Cooper's candidacy for mayor and the appointment of Sarah Hyden-Smith at the Methodist Church, it would be easy to get the idea that life was never normal in my hometown. Let me make something clear: I'm sure there were normal days during my teen years. It's just that I don't remember any of them.

February 22, 2016 | Kevin Slimp The Good Folks of Lennox Valley | Opinion


Bar congratulates new superior court judge

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February 22, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Here are some random thoughts

An alert to Georgia public school teachers: Keep a close watch on these two legislators. First, House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, R-Milton, evidently isn't buying a report from State School Superintendent Richard Wood and the Georgia Department of Education that shows 44 percent of new teachers leave the profession within five years and that 2 of 3 teachers surveyed said they were unlikely or very unlikely to recommend teaching as a profession. Jones said teachers leaving the classroom is simply a "natural post-recession workforce adjustment." This is the same Jan Jones who opined a few years back that ...

February 18, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Services for Georgia vulnerable lifted, but challenges remain

The evening news confronts us with the plight of Georgia's most vulnerable people almost nightly, the fragile children, older adults and people living in poverty. The crafting of the state budget is one of few opportunities during the year for lawmakers to spell out concrete steps to protect and assist these Georgians.

February 16, 2016 | By Melissa Johnson Georgia Budget and Policy Insitute | Opinion


Election upstages lady preacher’s visit

It had been almost three months since the members of Lennox Valley Methodist Church learned their pastor, the Rev. Glynn Vickers, was being moved in June of 1998. And it had been four weeks since that fateful moment on May 4 when Diane Curtis, chair of the Methodist Church Pastor/Parish Committee, received the call from the Springfield district superintendent to inform her that Sarah Hyden-Smith was being appointed as the new minister in Lennox Valley.

February 16, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp The Good Folks of Lennox Valley | Opinion


Dead Confederates and live Yankees

A speaking engagement in the Chattanooga area landed us within a few minutes of Chickamauga, the site of one of the Civil War's bloodiest battles, so I insisted that we take a side trip to the historic battlefield. Since we lost the war, I have to celebrate our victorious battles.

February 16, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion


Ga. military families need our support

Currently, Georgia lags behind several of its Southern neighbors, including South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Alabama, regarding fulfilling the Department of Defense's 10 key metrics for creating the best environment for military families. Far too many military families and veterans go without adequate access to health care, struggle to find employment in our state or worry about the impact of transient military life on their children's education. Georgia can and must do more to ensure that these families have access to the opportunities they work so hard to protect - a good education, quality health care, a well-paying ...

February 12, 2016 | By State Rep. Al Williams | Opinion


Religious-freedom battles have started

Whatever happened to faith, hope and love?

February 11, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | 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 bill passed in 2014 that was intended to let us lock and load most anywhere we want - libraries, churches, bars, airports - but he and his posse couldn't talk the Board of Regents into letting students at our colleges and universities pack heat. ("Good Lord, Purvis! That running back is gonna take that ball all the way for a touchdown on us. Waste that sucker!")

February 10, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | 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 to pay more attention to Georgia and the South in an important presidential election year.

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


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 more affordable. Almost six years later, it appears that this experiment to remake American health care has been a failure.

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

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


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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

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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


Liberty High thanks sponsors of Teacher Appreciation Week

Editor, Most students spend at least seven hours of their day, five days a week at school under the guidance of educators and school staff ...

May 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


New minister learns Claire's fowl thoughts

It took only eight minutes for Claire Lapella to get right to the point with her visiting pastor - and soon-to-be friend - Sarah Hyden-Smith. It just ...

May 16, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Support urged for hospitals

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May 13, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


When did Gov. Deal become a liberal?

The casual political observer might be asking this question after taking in the events of the past few weeks: When did Nathan Deal become a ...

May 12, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


In praise of a true gentleman

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May 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Could vetoes harm school reform efforts?

A governor's got to do what a governor's got to do, but Gov. Nathan Deal's vetoes of the "campus carry" and "religious ...

May 11, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Every day is Mother's Day

There isn't a day that passes that I don't remember Mama. Many of the times she crosses my mind, I am doing something ...

May 10, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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