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Education Reform Commission: Can we talk about how much schooling costs?

The Education Reform Commission established by Gov. Nathan Deal spent a lot of time talking about money in recent months. Its members considered an alternative approach to distributing state funds that gives districts greater flexibility in using those dollars. They also discussed differences in students' needs and changing how funds are allocated based on those needs.

June 05, 2015 | By Claire Suggs Guest column | Opinion

Free-trade bill deserves your support

The congressional debate over trade has been white-hot in recent weeks. With the support of both Georgia senators, Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, the U.S. Senate just approved Trade Promotion Authority, which would help the United States enter into more trade agreements with foreign nations, benefiting people right here in Georgia.

June 05, 2015 | By Brandon Arnold and Benita M. Dodd Georgia Public Policy Foundation | Opinion

Random thoughts on random subjects

• I have the greatest respect for the Georgia State Patrol. Theirs is a tough job with roughly 900 troopers available to cover a state of 59,500 square miles and deal with the kind of carnage they see almost daily on Georgia's highways. If all of this isn't difficult enough, now they are being required to enforce the so-called "slow poke" law. One trooper was quoted recently as saying not enough people are aware of the law. Consider this a public-service announcement, dear reader: If you are going 70 miles per hour in the left lane - the maximum ...

June 05, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion

Fishing on the Altamaha River was a wonderful memory

Recently, I have been seeing and hearing some great fish tales about large amounts of fish being caught, especially in the rivers.

June 02, 2015 | By Margie Love | Opinion

Why Ga. clerks of superior court are elected

Frequently, I am asked why clerks of superior court in Georgia are elected. The simplest explanation is that having an elected clerk of superior court is for the greater good. However, understanding and appreciating why clerks of superior court are elected requires a more detailed explanation from a historical perspective.

June 02, 2015 | By F. Barry Wilkes | Opinion

When Mama planned on dying

For at least 20 years, maybe 25, Mama planned her home-going to heaven. Not a week - and sometimes not a day - went by when she did not use her impending date with mortality in some way.

June 02, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Opinion

Thanks to all involved in golf tournament

Editor, The 12th annual Scholarship Golf Tournament held last month at the Taylors Creek Golf Course on Fort Stewart was very successful, and I encourage all golfers to take advantage of this great golf course and the staff's extraordinary customer service. The professionalism displayed by the staff, particularly Mr. John Fesperman and Mr. Chuck Graham, was exceptional. They treated us with the utmost respect, and I want to personally thank them for an exceptional customer-service experience - second to none.

June 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

We can do a lot to prevent water pollution

It is raining while I write this. It is a typical summertime thunderstorm. I love a downpour like this. It just kind of refreshes the air even on a hot, humid day.

May 28, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Online schools are key option for students

The classroom is changing.

May 28, 2015 | By Krista Kunkle Guest columnist | Opinion

Christianity under attack in Duggar scandal

This past week, it was reported that Josh Duggar, who is the son of Jim and Michelle Duggar from TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" reality show, molested several girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager.

May 27, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion

Tax policy a quality-of-life topic in 2015

Taxes are nobody's favorite expense. Most people view them as simply a nuisance bill to pay or as an added cost on a major purchase. Average Georgians rarely give state tax policy a second thought, especially compared to critical challenges like education and health care. But few issues matter more to the pocketbooks of Georgia families, the bottom line of Georgia businesses and the ability of state and local governments to fund quality public services.

May 27, 2015 | By Wesley Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion

Teachers share feelings about future

My recent open letter to Georgia's public school teachers produced as much response as I have received in a long time. Teachers from one end of the state to the other have weighed in, and the comments are still coming.

May 27, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

It all goes by so quickly

A friend said something the other day that has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She's soon to turn 70 and this is what she said:

May 26, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Making military lives matter

Memorial Day weekend, as you've heard time and again, is that long weekend marking the unofficial start of the summer: beaches, boats and barbecue. Fun in the sun. With all the frolicking, many may overlook that Monday is, first and foremost, a special day set aside to remember those Americans who have died serving in our armed forces.

May 26, 2015 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion

Why let students out of class early?

Editor, Whose great idea was it to let all the high-school students out at lunchtime with no bus service? This is a major issue for those of us who are working and have children.

May 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

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Parties seek the right path on immigration

It was one of those pleasant September afternoons when you can feel the heat of summer giving way as the seasons change.

September 23, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Opinion

Grocery store conversations in the South

It is, I believe, a distinct and unique trait of the South the way we carry on long conversations with people we are passing in ...

September 22, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Participate in 2015 Veterans Day Parade

Editor, Veterans Day, Nov. 11, falls on a Wednesday this year. As with the last three years, the Veterans Day Parade will line up in ...

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Why security is needed in courthouse

Late on a Friday afternoon in 1989, Judge James E. Findley (now deceased), one of the three superior-court judges of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit, which ...

September 22, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion

Honor businesses that care about appearance

Businesses are part of the heart of our community here in Liberty County. We are fortunate that we have so many business owners who work ...

September 21, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

City resolves hospital security issue

Editor, It appears the city of Hinesville and the Police Department have reversed the decision to short the car plan to provide a static post ...

September 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

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