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Budget recommendations show improvements

Last week under the Gold Dome, the Georgia General Assembly concluded on Friday to complete its first official week of the 2014 legislative session. As this new session begins, please know that, as always, it is an honor and privilege to represent you and your families at our state Capitol.

January 22, 2014 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Who wants long life without banana pudding?

I read a news report this week that said while we are living a lot longer in the U.S., people in other countries are living even longer. Bummer.

January 22, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Pretty package is as important as gift

The renowned bow-maker in my hometown died. Only in the South would this probably be news, because we Southern women do admire a well-wrapped package.

January 21, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Tempted to follow the flock

Last week, I had my first parental brush with peer pressure. No, my daughter didn't come home from daycare complaining that her 1-year-old classmates are trying to influence her clothing choices or persuade her to join their social cliques. I was the one who felt an urge to conform, or rather, an urge to help my daughter conform. Then I realized that thoughts like the ones swimming through my head very well could be the reason why peer pressure exists in the first place. Kids have to learn it from someone.

January 21, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Trust, but most definitely verify

Of all the numbers thrown at us over the course of last year, one stands out for me. I hope we can avoid repeating it this year.

January 21, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Stop suppressing the news

Complaints about lost constitutional rights are common these days, especially the six individual rights enumerated in the First Amendment.

January 20, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Opinion


Be careful with online comments

As we see news stories and Facebook posts sharing comments and critiques about recent budget items that directly impact military families' futures, it is easy to sit back, type a snarky comment and continue the sharing train.

January 16, 2014 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


Improper payments cost taxpayers billions

Imagine filling up your gas tank and realizing that the price you were charged was more than the price advertised. What would you do?

January 15, 2014 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Loss of friend reminds of misplaced priorities

If this sounds like name-dropping, I apologize - but I am trying to make a point here.

January 15, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Midway should learn from other cities

Is Midway a city or a hodgepodge of buildings along country roads? A good city plan was developed during Don Emmons' term as mayor, but not one part of the plan has been implemented since Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington took office. The plan likely is collecting dust in some drawer.

January 14, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Recycle old phone books and catalogs

Start this new year right by recycling your old phone books and the gazillion sales catalogs you received during the holiday season.

January 14, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Handing kids easy lives is no favor

The way she was was a long way from what she became. I can't help thinking about how life veers so far away from the beginning of the journey and how the destination can vary drastically from where it all started.

January 14, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Search for new doctor not easy

For months now, I've heard complaints about the current state of the U.S. health-care system, but until recently, I had no specific reason to be dissatisfied. Then, I started my search for a new pediatrician for my daughter and "got a taste of some bad medicine."

January 14, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Session may be one of fastest ever

The 2014 session of the Georgia State Legislature will begin Monday.

January 08, 2014 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Grandson, give it your best shot

Dear Cameron: You have been in this world for a tad more than five years now. I think you would agree it has been a pretty good ride to this point. A lot of people love you and care deeply about you. When you are older, you will understand just how fortunate you are.

January 08, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Parents differ on bedtimes

My toddler has a late bedtime. I may even be playing it fast and loose with the term "bedtime." My husband and I try to get our 2-year-old to bed by 9 p.m., but really, what time she actually goes to sleep is anybody's guess.

July 07, 2014 | Hollie Moore Barnidge Courier managing editor | Opinion


Beware of crazy — it runs in the genes

My grandmother - Daddy's mother - sometimes was called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label because it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee-and-cake conversation.

July 07, 2014 | Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Appetizers can enhance a restaurant’s reputation

A restaurant's appetizer can influence my decision to make a return visit. Even something as simple as the dry-roasted peanuts I wolf down while waiting for my Five Guys burger is something I consider before deciding which burger joint to visit.

July 03, 2014 | Randy Morton | Opinion


Ga. has role in fighting terrorism

On Sept. 11, 2001, our way of life in the United States changed forever.

July 02, 2014 | By Buddy Carter State Senator | Opinion


Help on the way for dealing with the humor-impaired

The things you learn while surfing the Internet in desperation for column material.

July 02, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Minimum wage does need to be raised, but make increases gradual

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June 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hard labor sure is an effective motivator

It was an early summer morning, an enchanting time when flowers were blooming, blackberries were spurting to full growth and the birds were happy to have sunny warmth. I had taken myself out to the back porch, where I often settle down to write after I have finished a gentle run.

June 30, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Guest columnist | Opinion


Toddlers tell amusing 'tales'

Toddlers have very active imaginations. My 2-year-old daughter comes up with some pretty tall tales and, while I know they aren't malicious, I'm conflicted about whether I should draw a line when it comes to "fanciful fibs." I don't want her to grow up thinking it's acceptable to lie; however, I'm also quite certain that at the age of 2, she doesn't even understand what a lie is. How and when can you teach a toddler not to do something she doesn't even realize she's doing?

June 30, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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