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Training programs would help jobless

President Barack Obama introduced a jobs bill, for which he can't get support from the Democratic-controlled Senate because his last "shovel-ready" jobs bill was a failure. To combat the high unemployment rate in Georgia, the Department of Labor instituted the Georgia Work$ program in conjunction with various companies. This is a volunteer program where people who are unemployed can work as interns during an eight-week term and learn a new trade. They would collect unemployment benefits during this period and, hopefully, land a job.

October 13, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

Stay focused on Georgia's water

Georgia received some welcome news in the recent unanimous refusal by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to hold a new hearing on the approved uses of Lake Lanier. Not surprisingly, the state of Alabama has said it will appeal to the United States Supreme Court. As a result, this issue – only one of many in the ongoing water wars between Georgia, Alabama and Florida – will remain unsettled for at least the near future.

October 13, 2011 | By Chris Clark Guest columnist | Opinion

Can third party help poor, middle class?

Editor, I keep hearing the Republicans in Congress saying that if we put taxes on the rich, they won't be able to put people back to work.

October 12, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Dialing-for-dollars plan is bad idea

It seems as if we only just got the telemarketer nuisance under control, unsolicited calls from insistent salespeople peddling magazine subscriptions, time-shares, can't-miss investment opportunities, mortgage refinancing and a whole cornucopia of sucker deals. Since the telemarketers wanted to call when most people would be at home, they often called at dinnertime. Telemarketing became synonymous with "really irritating."

October 12, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion

Protesters doing more harm than good

Editor, President Barack Obama, the Democrats and the liberal media have endorsed and encouraged the protesters currently polluting New York City and elsewhere. They are trying to compare the dirty mobs protesting Wall Street to the Tea Party rallies, which are civil and leave their venues all cleaned up. The minority leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, is proud of the rent-a-mobs, the dirty masses of hippies and union thugs trashing the streets as they broadcast their hatred of capitalism and America. They could be called the BEA party, as in "Bathed Enough Already."

October 12, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Proud of past, looking toward future

Thomas David Petite has a very simple view on the immigration issue raging in the United States.

October 12, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

'Don't ask...' repeal is wrong for military

Dear editor: This letter is in response to the column regarding homosexuals in the military and the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." While Christie Schroeder's column sounds good on the surface, showcasing her "tolerance" and "fair-mindedness," the fact is that allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the military is very wrong on many levels.

October 12, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Test your water smarts with EPA quiz

As we near our Sixth Annual Rivers Alive event on Saturday, Oct. 22, I wanted to give you an opportunity to test your own water smarts. This is an opportunity to find out just how much you know about taking care of our local waterways. This little quiz is courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency.

October 10, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion

Three suggestions to cut military spending

Editor, I am sending you some of my suggestions on how to cut military spending. For my qualifications on this subject, I spent 21 years in the U.S. Army, plus I was a military brat before that.

October 10, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Braves fan down; 'wait till next year'

Phooey - that's about the only reaction from an Atlanta Braves fan that's printable in a family newspaper after the 2011 team completed the worst September collapse ever.

October 10, 2011 | By Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion

Poor timing for cuts in jobless benefits

Georgia's unemployment rate is at a six-month high - 10.4 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That's more than a full percentage point higher than the national unemployment rate of 9.1 percent. All over the state, families are struggling to make ends meet. Some have to choose between paying bills and buying food.

October 10, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

You get used to the false alarms

It was 4 a.m. and I was up for the third time that night for yet another trip to the bathroom when I heard the rooster crowing.

October 10, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion

States should be able to protect people

Anyone requiring further explanation why the Georgia General Assembly adopted its own laws against illegal immigration during the last session of the General Assembly need only to consider the recent nationwide round-up by duly appointed officers with Immigrations and Custom Enforcement. Of the hundreds of nonregistered aliens taken into custody by the federally empowered agency, more than 1,600 had felony convictions.

October 06, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion

Get to the root of pollution problem

The injection of the sleeping giant, the Savannah Morning News, into an environmental-based fray is a welcome change. I am referring to an article by none other than Tom Barton, editorial editor of that same paper.

October 06, 2011 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion

Move U.S. back toward capitalism

I was born during World War II. Since then, I have seen great industrial advances inspired by American business ingenuity. In the 1940s, consumers could buy a car in any color they wanted - as long as it was black. Air-conditioning was supplied by winding down the windows. Most cars had a stick shift rather than an automatic transmission. Motorist music sources were limited to an AM radio with few stations

October 05, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

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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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