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New driver, professional license backlogs unacceptable

When lawmakers in the state Capitol sift through the thousands of bills from the sublime to the ridiculous, they rarely factor in their discussions the law of unintended consequences. Same thing happens in Washington, D.C.

October 22, 2012 | The Telegraph, Macon | Opinion


Medicine regulations seek to keep citizens safe

During the past few weeks, we have learned of a growing number of fungal-meningitis cases linked to a batch of contaminated epidural steroid injections created by the New England Compounding Center. Meningitis refers to inflammation of the meninges, which are the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Common types of meningitis are viral and bacterial meningitis, which can be highly contagious and begin with flu-like symptoms. Often these types of meningitis may go undiagnosed as patients simply will write it off as a flu. Unlike viral and bacterial meningitis, fungal meningitis is not contagious, and cases currently under investigation ...

October 21, 2012 | Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, and Rep. Ben Watson, R-Savannah Guest columnists | Opinion


House bill ensures that there will be HOPE

HOPE will endure! That's the message the Georgia Student Finance Commission, the state agency that provides financial aid to Georgia students, recently communicated to leaders of the Georgia General Assembly. Thanks to the impact of House Bill 326, the Enduring HOPE bill that was passed during the 2010 legislative session and enacted in 2011, projections for what many consider to be the most successful merit-based scholarship program in the nation now are looking much better.

October 18, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


Pro-charter amendment forces bullying opponents

If the pro-charter amendment people are trying to win friends and influence voters to pass the measure in November, they have picked a bad way to do it.

October 18, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks to kind strangers for helping with flat tire in the rain

In a world of uncertainty, it is heartwarming to know that there still are good Samaritans out there. On the rainy morning of Oct. 4, I was bringing my husband home from the hospital after he had surgery the day before. We both were glad the surgery was over, and we were eager to get home. However, there was a kink in our plans - or rather, a flat tire. We were close to the intersection of Highways 144 and 84.

October 17, 2012 | Denice and Tom Ward Hinesville | Opinion


What is Liberty County doing for the city of Midway?

What goes up does not necessarily come down. Each year, the residents of Midway send their property taxes to Liberty County, but we see very little of that money come back to us.

October 16, 2012 | Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


So long, Hinesville — it’s been fun

Three years ago, I walked into the Coastal Courier office begging for whatever writing gig they could give a 19-year-old girl who followed her new husband across the country after he joined the Army. I walked out with a military spouse column - far more than I ever could have expected.

October 16, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Good judgment leads to proper budget cuts

As the federal government prepares to engage in sequestration to shrink the deficit, it might want to consider another money-saving measure. This is guaranteed to trim millions from the annual budget.

October 15, 2012 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


Poole’s Deli owner thankful to staff, customers for 21 wonderful years

Editor, It is with regret that I write this letter after agonizing for many hours. It comes with mixed emotions and thousands of tears. This is a decision that any independent small-business owner dreads, but, unfortunately, the time has come for me to close the doors of Poole's Deli.

October 15, 2012 | Susan Poole McCorkle Former owner, Poole’s Deli | Opinion


Hospital-provider fee surrounded by questions

Many questions surround Georgia's Hospital Provider Program, also known as the "hospital tax," "hospital-provider fee" or "hospital-bed tax."

October 11, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


School has positive impact on special-needs children

If you aren't careful, it is very easy to get pessimistic these days.

October 10, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Gasoline prices downright terrifying

When you hit the local gas pumps and see the price bouncing between $3.47 and $3.50 or so a gallon (at least that's what they were running Oct. 5), you can be thankful for one thing: You don't live in California.

October 10, 2012 | The Albany Herald | Opinion


Public funds for public schools; private funds for private schools

Both public schools and private schools are making valuable contributions to Georgia's children. Most of us, as educators, totally respect both public and private schools. We need the range of opportunities that these schools provide to our children.

October 09, 2012 | Dr. Franklin Shumake Guest columnist | Opinion


It’s important to brave the awkward

Breast cancer ranks pretty low on my list of favorite things to talk about. If I'm being honest, it doesn't even make the list.

October 09, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Namesake road just might confuse pizza-delivery man

It all started a few years back when a friend of mine called to tell me that he bought 7,000 acres of land in Crescent, Ga.

October 08, 2012 | Vic Waters Guest columnist | Opinion


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Irma, swales and pancakes

Thanks to Irma, I got two days off this week to work on our house, which flooded a bit, and our backyard, which may have ...

September 25, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Reflections on Irma's lessons

It is hard to know what to write about when you have been through the likes of Irma. Maybe it was "only" a tropical storm ...

September 22, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Humor: In land of 400 channels, no show is king

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

September 21, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Player in state politics dies

Tommy Irvin always stood out in a crowd.

September 21, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Parents do children no favors idolizing them

I am a member of the last generation of American children who were no big deal.

September 21, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family Psychologist | Opinion


Weather setting new normal for Georgia?

For nearly two decades, Georgia seemed almost bullet proof when it came to hurricanes.

September 19, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Crime reporter's alter ego is superhero fanboy

Hi, my name is Lewis and I'm a workaholic.

September 18, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Columnist | Opinion


Storm focuses 'what ifs' of disability

My family and I transplanted to the Richmond Hill area almost a full year ago, having moved here four days before Hurricane Matthew hit.

September 17, 2017 | By Bridget Gardiner Guest columnist | Opinion


SPLOST reform needed in Georgia

Georgia's special purpose local option sales tax is an optional 1 percent county sales tax used to fund local capital projects for a county ...

September 15, 2017 | BY Ron Sifen and Benita Dodd Guest columnists | Opinion


President Trump gets DACA right

Even in our divided politics, it should be a matter of consensus that the president of the United States can't write laws on his ...

September 15, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Storms show the hypocrits

You may have heard this old saying: There are no atheists in foxholes.

September 13, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Response to video game column proves point of column

Responding to my recent columns on video games and smart phones, a reader asks what the problem is, thus proving that these devices can and ...

September 13, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family psychologist | Opinion


Humor: Was Mother Nature a Clinton supporter?

BEVERLY HILLS--God bless America, and how's everybody?

September 13, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Never is now for statute

When the funeral cortege of Martin Luther King Jr. passed near the Georgia state capitol in 1968, the state's segregationist governor, Lester Maddox, refused ...

September 06, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Letter to Editor: An open letter to President Trump

Dear Mr. President,

September 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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