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Hard times don't make state less inviting

As most Georgians know all too well, the Great Recession that sapped the nation's economy was especially harsh here. The state's fiscal house sustained even more damage than in most other states, with deep and sometimes devastating cuts in state budgets and huge private sector losses.

July 14, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Gay curriculum in schools?

The phone rang the other day and on the other end of the line was Gay Blade, the world's flaming liberal. Gay spends a lot of time trying to raise my sensitivity toward liberal issues. So far, Gay has not had a lot of luck.

July 13, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


School's out; still on legislators' minds

While school may be out for students and teachers, it does not mean education is not on the mind of Georgia's Legislature.

July 13, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


No good spin on jobs report

Washington officials are famous for forecasting sunny skies when they can look through a window and clearly see it's raining. But even highly-degreed spin doctors inside the beltway will have a hard time making the June jobless report look anything but anemic.

July 13, 2011 | By Albany Herald | Opinion


Supportive soldier softens letdowns

You know those obnoxious people who hold up their hand for a high-five then pull it back at the last minute? In elementary school I had a friend who thought this was the funniest practical joke out there. He'd proudly yell, "Psych!" or "Who's a loser?" like this little stunt made him cool.

July 11, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Gun safety, education paramount

A young life was lost last week and the tragedy could have been avoided. A 14-year-old Hinesville girl and her 16-year-old friend, Ela'na Briona Alisa Poole, who was visiting from the Atlanta area, were tossing around a semiautomatic handgun when the weapon discharged, striking the older girl in the mouth and killing her. The younger teenager said she found the gun in her mother's dresser drawer. She knew enough about firearms to remove the gun's clip, but she did not empty the chamber.

July 11, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


'Victory' is relative to geography

The office of Gov. Nathan Deal called the federal court ruling on Atlanta's access to the waters of Lake Lanier a "total victory" for Georgia.

July 11, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Conserving water is easy, even in summer

"Water, water, everywhere,

July 11, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


I'd rather shoot than run with the bull

It's incredible what one can learn at a breakfast club. Combine a cross section of the community with Droids, Blackberries, iPhones, etc., and there's quite a plethora of entertainment and information to be had.

July 11, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Cheaters deserve to be punished

In a variety show that aired on NBC in the early 1970s, comedian Flip Wilson would step into a woman's dress and bonnet and into the spirited and cheeky fictional character of Geraldine Jones, who invoked this popular comeback whenever caught in a tall tale or in a compromising situation: "The devil made me do it."

July 11, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


Feds must weigh debt-limit options

This is going to be a long, hot summer - and I don't mean the temperature. The debt, deficit and spending fight on Capitol Hill is intense. If the government does not increase the debt limit in August, the United States will default on its bills. The Republicans want Washington to cut its spending to match the revenue (taxes) coming in, and the Democrats want to increase our taxes. Unless the two sides come together with a compromise, our country goes into default.

July 07, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


State parks great, easy on the pizzazz

As far as state parks are concerned, being boring shouldn't always necessarily be seen as a bad thing.

July 07, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


We pay on time, why can't speaker?

I own a vacation home in Dawson County – Big Canoe to be exact. Every year, we get a bill for property taxes and it is paid promptly.

July 06, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


A fundamental, ethical disconnet

I was speaking to a member of the General Assembly last year in the wake of a series of ethics scandals that led to the former speaker of the House resigning, and he said, "We've passed an ethics bill that greatly expands the disclosure of campaign finance and lobbyist spending."

July 06, 2011 | By Todd Rehm Guest columnist | Opinion


Deal gets gas tax right this time

Gov. Nathan Deal has had a welcome change of heart about another hike in the state tax on gasoline after reaping a windfall from a formula-induced jump of nearly 28 percent less than two months ago.

July 06, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


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Plant a tree for Arbor Day

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February 02, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


On being orphaned late in life

No one, regardless of how old we are, likes to be an orphan. It feels oddly like a ship that has been securely moored in ...

February 02, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's probably best to stay on Claire's good side

Perry Pratt was the kind of man everyone would want living in their hometown. As owner of Valley Country Store, Perry was a friend of ...

February 01, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Grumpy pol seeks to support disabled people

Republican State Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia's 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician ...

January 28, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Who wins in this fight over freedom?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be ...

January 27, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Here is why your tax bill is late

Editor, The end of the year comes with the very important duty for the Tax Commissioner's Office to issue property tax notices to our ...

January 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hollywood gets it wrong -- again

It was a rare, precious afternoon for me. Dixie Dew and I were settled deeply into an easy chair with legs flopped across the ottoman ...

January 26, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


De-clutter your life for a fresh new year

This is a great month for de-cluttering your life. Although any month will do, January is a fresh year.

January 26, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Radio host calms listeners' nerves

Her intentions were innocent enough as Claire Lapella purchased her very first copy of The Lennox Valley Hometown News on Tuesday, May 5, 1998. She ...

January 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Jefferson's words continue to ring true

Editor, One of the greatest statesmen this country has ever known is Thomas Jefferson, who lived from April 13, 1743, to July 4, 1826. He ...

January 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gov. Deal backs away on teacher pay issue

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session ...

January 22, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


State of the Column: Never stronger!

My fellow Georgians, now that President Barack Obama has delivered his final soppy State of the Union address (Yay! Hooray!) and Gov. Nathan Deal has ...

January 22, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Georgia missing a chance to strengthen its workforce

While most adults who rely on cash and food assistance in Georgia lack any education beyond high school, not enough of the state's workers ...

January 20, 2016 | By Melissa Johnson Guest Columnist | Opinion


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