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Bill would improve vets' mental-health care

Despite attempts from the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide additional providers and resources for mental-health services to serve the growing number of veterans seeking mental-health care, veterans are still experiencing long waits or traveling lengthy distances to get appointments. To help alleviate the growing issue, House Resolution 1604, the Veterans' Mental Health Care Access Act, was introduced to the House Veterans' Affairs Committee on March 25.

December 10, 2015 | By Melissa Blondin Guest columnist | Opinion


What about those UGA coaching changes?

As my sweet Mama would say, "Things just get curiouser and curiouser." That is the best way to describe the recent events at the University of Georgia - or, more specifically, the athletic department at UGA.

December 10, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Georgia has its own Grinch for Christmas

It's the holiday season, a time when people are supposed to be having fun, going to parties and bestowing good wishes on friends and family.

December 09, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Neighborhood needs protection from vicious dogs

Editor, A murder was committed in Midway. This murder did not involve a person but a loving, sweet Chihuahua, who was mauled and killed by four boxer/American bulldogs that escaped from their yard. She was bitten in the neck, side and abdomen. She was in great pain, and it was very difficult finding a veterinarian on Thanksgiving. She went into shock. The vet gave her an IV and oxygen, yet she had respiratory failure. The vet gave her CPR, but she died at the vet's.

December 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


A different green for Christmas

Santa may wear a red suit, but you can be sure he is a "green-friendly" old elf.

December 08, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Tink and the magazine cover

Here's what happened - and I swear on Mama's cocoa-splattered chocolate cake recipe that this is gospel.

December 08, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


'No shoes' church livens up services

In 1999, the Rev. Billy Joe Raymond was universally recognized as the fieriest preacher in Lennox Valley, and with good reason. Not a Sunday, or Wednesday night for that matter, passed at First Baptist Church without an altar call and at least two rededications by souls who had wandered astray, ultimately finding their way home during a latter verse of "I Surrender All."

December 07, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Georgia faces rural health challenges

Georgia is burdened with a host of health challenges across the state, from an uninsured rate that ranks among the highest in the nation to its lack of health-care providers. Many patients lack access to needed health services because of geographic and transportation obstacles even when they do have health coverage. Many more Georgians suffer poor health caused by environmental factors, unhealthy lifestyles and other issues.

December 04, 2015 | By Timothy Sweeney Guest columnist | Opinion


It's not too early to think about Christmas

Hot diggity dog! It is December, and that means Christmas is just around the corner. I love Christmas. I love it today, and I loved before it became politically incorrect. Anytime someone tells me, "happy holidays," I thank them and say, "And a Merry Christmas to you, as well." If it is to a store clerk, I will generally get a knowing smile. They would like to say "Merry Christmas," too, but it is against store policy.

December 03, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


A college degree has become very expensive

If you have a child attending one of Georgia's public universities, you may have the perception that the cost of college is going up faster here than just about anywhere else.

December 03, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Awards honor attractive businesses

The holidays are officially underway. It is a great time to share your Christmas cheer with folks you often take for granted.

December 01, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


There's a story with every name

In the South, everyone has a story. Every name is followed by a few sentences or paragraphs. No one is known by name alone.

December 01, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Support for LCHS Panthers much appreciated

Editor, Tuesday, Nov. 17, I received a text from Liberty County High School football coach Kirk Warner seeking financial support for the Panthers as they prepared to travel to Cartersville for the second round of the state playoffs. Immediately, I sent a text to a few of my friends from the world of business and politics, and we raised a few dollars for the team.

November 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Radio host hatches plan to become mayor

Elections have always been big deals in small towns, and Lennox Valley is no exception. Winning an elected office is one of the few ways to be a big fish in a community like "The Valley." About your only other options are serving on a church board or opening a law office.

November 30, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


L/LCFD chief explains medical protocols

Editor, When I was hired as chief of the Ludowici/Long County Fire Department, I looked at what calls we were responding to. We want to provide the citizens of Long County with quality and professional care in every type of incident we respond to.

November 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


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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 ...

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 ...

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


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


Hateful rhetoric has consequences

Editor,

April 14, 2016 | By Staff Report | Opinion


It’s the principle, not the individual

Editor's note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Washington Examiner.

April 14, 2016 | Sen. David Perdue | Opinion


McKoon defends ‘religious freedom’ bill

A couple of weeks ago, I was highly critical of the efforts of proponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and particularly of state Sen ...

April 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Earth Day will be a blowout with your help

Could there be anything better than being an environmental educator in April, which is Earth Month? Only one thing could make it even better for ...

April 12, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


What is worse than a cranky Yankee

A few years ago, a gentleman went to a lot of trouble to write me a simple letter that he sent to the newspaper where ...

April 12, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Spring is in air; get busy on your garden

Editor, Greetings, all you seed savers and plant rooters.

April 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Raymond's Fourth of July fireworks steal show

Raymond Cooper had been priming the pump all week on his daily radio show, "Renderings With Raymond," as he prepared to carry out his evil ...

April 11, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Deal's veto of 'religious liberty' bill wrong

Editor, God help Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal certainly won't. Deal vetoed the "religious liberty" bill, which is a slap in the face to all ...

April 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


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