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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


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?


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


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

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. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus. The senator asked for the opportunity to explain his position directly to you. I figured I owed him that. Here is what he had to say:

April 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | 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

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 he reads this column, which the newspaper then mailed to me.

April 12, 2016 | By Ronda Rich 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 me: Having 300 volunteers join me on Earth Day.

April 12, 2016 | By Sara Swida 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 scheme on the morning of Sunday, July 4.

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 Christians and small-business owners. Deal and the PC (politically correct) police are willing to throw the Constitution in the trash to kiss up to the altar of greed. The government should have no say as to whom businesses can or should serve.

April 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

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Georgia is the place to be

Today's topic will not include commentary on a bunch of immature multi-millionaires who play a kid's game and who are being goaded by ...

October 06, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Look close at constitutional amendments

In recent columns, we have discussed two of the four constitutional amendments that voters will see on their ballots Nov. 8.

October 05, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Hurricane evacuation preparedness is key

There are several lists available across the web that help you prepare for a hurricane.

October 05, 2016 | By Kristian M. Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion

Learning from the Great Depression

It was the Great Depression that shaped my parents and would, in the years to come, shape my life as well. Because they saw first-hand ...

October 04, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Help for state's working poor

On any given day in Georgia, hundreds of working families walk through the doors of nonprofit food banks in our communities. A young mom earning ...

October 04, 2016 | By Wes Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion

Snuff out cigarette litter

In the past decade, cigarette smoking in America has decreased 28 percent, yet cigarette butts still remain the most littered item in the U.S ...

October 04, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

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