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Specialty tiers deny fair health care

The perception of arthritis is often that it typically affects the elderly or injured. However, it is worth noting that in Georgia alone, there are about 9,200 children younger than 16 suffering from the painful joint swelling and stiffness that plagues those with juvenile arthritis. According to The Arthritis Foundation, more than 300,000 children have been diagnosed nationwide.

August 17, 2011 | By Dorothy Leone-Glasser Guest columnist | Opinion

Honest data needed on school testing

Take a look at the Georgia Department of Education's assessment of student performance on this year's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, and you'll read statements like the following:

August 17, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion

New role is supposed to speed projects

When trying to finish a job faster, adding more tasks to it wouldn't seem the best approach. Yet, that's exactly what the Georgia Department of Transportation is doing – and early results are promising.

August 17, 2011 | By Gerald Ross and Jeff Baker Guest columnists | Opinion

Open letter to public school teachers

Dear public school teachers in Georgia,

August 17, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Chamber luncheon offers LEED information

Keep Liberty Beautiful will be the host of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce Progress Through People Luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 18.

August 16, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion

Midway’s late water bill payment policy is heartless, nonsensical

Editor: Members of the Midway City Council must have left their hearts in San Francisco.

August 15, 2011 | Len Calderone | Opinion

Politicians can solidify voters by improving Medicare

Frightening seniors about Medicare changes is often referred to as Medi-scare. All Americans should be scared: In the coming years, 78 million baby boomers will place unprecedented demands on Medicare. Meanwhile, Medicare's Hospital Insurance Fund will run out of money in 2024, according to the 2011 Medicare Trustees Report.

August 15, 2011 | Ronald E. Bachman | Opinion

Some behavior is ‘just a guy thing’

Men - especially military men - just function differently than women. It's possible that's the most obvious conclusion I've ever made, but I recently found myself needing the reminder.

August 15, 2011 | Joselynn McKenna | Opinion

Education scandals often a bit inflated

This is America. All of our kids are smart as a whip. So, why do Atlanta teachers and administrators even have to think about erasing wrong answers on standardized tests in order to make them look good? Aren't they good already? The history of their grades over the years would seem to prove that, after all.

August 15, 2011 | Marietta Daily Journal Online | Opinion

Better health screenings could prevent tragedy

Justice may have been served Wednesday when Joseph Bozicevich was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the September 2008 shooting deaths of Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson and Sgt. Wesley Durbin in Iraq. But even though the sentencing decision likely was what the families of the deceased had been hoping for, there clearly are no winners in this situation.

August 15, 2011 | Courier editorial | Opinion

Jobs belong in U.S., not China

In the 18th century, Great Britain, with trade domination, was the world's powerhouse. Starting in the 19th century, the United States surpassed Great Britain as the industrial leader, and we never looked back. America was every country's desired trading partner.

August 11, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

Driver ed money wasn't to be slush fund

In the context of a state budget, even a depressed and depleted one like Georgia's, $30-$40 million isn't really all that much. In contexts that involve real people and real money (as opposed to the Monopoly money politicians sometimes act as though they're tossing around), it's huge.

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

Uneasy mix didn't solve budget woes

If "compromise" means an agreement that doesn't satisfy anybody, then last week's Washington budget deal should be part of the dictionary definition.

August 10, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion

Send August to Uranus where it belongs

I usually try to run the big decisions by you before I take action, but I know you have been distracted over the past weeks watching our selfless public servants in Washington put our interests and those of our nation above petty, partisan political sniping in the debt ceiling debate and marveling at how our crackerjack president, Mr. Swivelhead, makes Jimmy Carter's woebegone administration look like a cross between the Garden of Eden (pre-apple tasting) and Brigadoon.

August 10, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Driving '99 Civic around state is no junket

Editor's note: this op-ed column is a response to a guest editorial from the Athens Banner-Herald that ran July 30.

August 09, 2011 | By Tim Echols Public Service Commissioner | Opinion

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'Plogging' improves you, your community

I have been helping with volunteer litter cleanups since I was in my mid-20s, which was a long, long, long time ago.

March 13, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Delta execs can’t seem to navigate turbulence of external environment

For a number of years, I supervised a staff in Washington - first with BellSouth Corporation and then with Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games - and ...

March 13, 2018 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

How HB 831 made it to the Senate

At this point in the session, bills are flying back and forth between chambers in a constant state of change. Rather than my usual list ...

March 13, 2018 | Sen. Blake Tillery | Opinion

Senate welcomes Malcom J. Mitchell, Father Schreck

This week in the Senate was spent working in our respective committees considering the bills that were passed by the House of Representatives.

March 13, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion

Second guessing the second-guessers

Allow me to play devil's advocate. It's what I do as a journalist, plus I personally enjoy taking on orthodoxy, particularly when it ...

March 12, 2018 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion

Humor: We keep sending them overseas

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

March 10, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion

‘Old-fashioned’ child rearing really does work

An individual who occupies a fairly high-level position in the mainstream media recently told one of my associates that I'm "old-fashioned."

March 09, 2018 | John Rosemond | Opinion

The Cleveland Brown’s No. 1 pick?

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

March 08, 2018 | Argus Hamilton | Opinion

Commissioners, call Bruce


March 08, 2018 | Bruce McCartney | Opinion

Tax ‘break’ for the rich, not most of us


March 08, 2018 | Dollie Goldman | Opinion

Right thing, wrong reasons

The recent unpleasantness surrounding Delta Air Lines, the NRA, and a foregone tax break are a telling example of how the right thing often gets ...

March 08, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion

Who you calling a fish wrap?

Editor: Obviously the person referring to our Coastal Courier as a fish wrap does not subscribe to it and probably never has. I'm a ...

March 06, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

Senate passes bill creating joint defense commission

This week under the Gold Dome, bills that passed the Senate and the House were sent to the other chamber for consideration on what we ...

March 06, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion

The British are not coming, folks

Editor: The tragedy of repeated school shooting angers and depresses me, as I am sure it does most. I cannot fathom the depth of despair ...

March 05, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

Keep trash out of gutters, let rain have the drain

Storm drains. You may take them for granted but you've just got to love them.

March 05, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

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