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Lambs, Mary Ann, the Federal Reserve System

Mary Ann Tinkersley was the prettiest girl in all of Lennox Valley during my teenage years, and truth be told, she was the primary reason for the drop in my algebra scores between the winter and spring semesters of 1998. My mother made me spend at least 60 minutes each night studying algebra. What she didn't understand was that Mary Ann sat one row to my left and one seat ahead of me in class, and no amount of studying was going to make up for the confusion she stirred in my brain cells each day from 1:15 ...

February 29, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp The Good Folks of Lennox Valley | Opinion


Horses and Heroes Clinic was a success

Editor,

February 28, 2016 | By Andrea L. Doolittle Second Chances Equine Rescue Inc. | Opinion


Fall in love with yourself this month

February is typically the month of love. With that in mind, what if this year, you fall in love with yourself?

February 26, 2016 | By Mark Kishel Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | Opinion


Education-reform efforts past, present

I had the privilege to speak to several hundred educators in Atlanta last week. I was there to talk about my experiences as a member of the Education Reform Commission but, as is my wont, I soon deviated off the purpose for which I had been invited to speak and into unchartered waters. Which raises a question: Why do I spend so much time preparing speeches if I am not going to use them? I must ask myself that sometime. I would be interested in the answer.

February 25, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Endorsements aren’t worth much anymore

In every election cycle, political pundits spend a lot of time talking about why endorsements are so important.

February 24, 2016 | By Tom Crawford The Georgia Report | Opinion


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

Editor,

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


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Celebrate the Fourth safely and legally

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, the Hinesville Fire Department wants to remind the public that while fireworks can be fun, they can also ...

June 28, 2016 | By Kristian M. Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion


Truth shall set radio show host, candidate free

The ladies in Caroline's Beauty Salon were on pins and needles after hearing Raymond Cooper, host of the daily radio talk show, "Renderings with ...

June 27, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Honoring the greatest of all time

On Friday, June 10, I had the distinct honor of attending the public memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali. I was accompanied by life ...

June 27, 2016 | By Gary Gilliard Guest columnist | Opinion


Georgia can learn something from Louisiana

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana.

June 24, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Daddy's ugly shed will stay with me

Behind the little house in which I spent a happy childhood - where I toted books from one room to another, where I knelt by my ...

June 22, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Open letter to superintendent

Maybe it's my fault. Maybe it's my fault to expect a superintendent to exhibit excellence. Maybe it's my fault to not only ...

June 22, 2016 | Marcus Scott IV Guest Columnist | Opinion


Vote for Clinton -- or maybe not

Editor, Now that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, I thought that I would give the voters some reasons to ...

June 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Support attractive businesses

Hello, my name is Sara, and I am addicted to shopping. I make no apologies for this addiction - I mean hobby.

June 21, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Egg case about to crack wide open

I've always said that gossip in Lennox Valley was born in one of three places: Maxine's weekly column called "Rumor Has It," Raymond ...

June 20, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Is Sen. David Perdue aiming for higher office?

During his first 18 months as a U.S. senator, David Perdue had not made much of a splash on the national scene. He was ...

June 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


This Sebastian is the real deal — no joke

I don't know how schoolteachers manage to do what they do, and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed in ...

June 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Junior E. Lee gives thoughts on election

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now, but in order to do so, I needed ...

June 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Officers must stop speeders on Rye Patch Road

Editor,

June 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Investing in people is not snooping

Over the course of many years, I have spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms hoping for good news and, at the same ...

June 14, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Have you been feeding monsters?

There are monsters lurking around our cities. No, not zombies, but they are just as devastating. These monsters create havoc on our environment because citizens ...

June 14, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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