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Services for Georgia vulnerable lifted, but challenges remain

The evening news confronts us with the plight of Georgia's most vulnerable people almost nightly, the fragile children, older adults and people living in poverty. The crafting of the state budget is one of few opportunities during the year for lawmakers to spell out concrete steps to protect and assist these Georgians.

February 16, 2016 | By Melissa Johnson Georgia Budget and Policy Insitute | Opinion


Election upstages lady preacher’s visit

It had been almost three months since the members of Lennox Valley Methodist Church learned their pastor, the Rev. Glynn Vickers, was being moved in June of 1998. And it had been four weeks since that fateful moment on May 4 when Diane Curtis, chair of the Methodist Church Pastor/Parish Committee, received the call from the Springfield district superintendent to inform her that Sarah Hyden-Smith was being appointed as the new minister in Lennox Valley.

February 16, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp The Good Folks of Lennox Valley | Opinion


Dead Confederates and live Yankees

A speaking engagement in the Chattanooga area landed us within a few minutes of Chickamauga, the site of one of the Civil War's bloodiest battles, so I insisted that we take a side trip to the historic battlefield. Since we lost the war, I have to celebrate our victorious battles.

February 16, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion


Ga. military families need our support

Currently, Georgia lags behind several of its Southern neighbors, including South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Alabama, regarding fulfilling the Department of Defense's 10 key metrics for creating the best environment for military families. Far too many military families and veterans go without adequate access to health care, struggle to find employment in our state or worry about the impact of transient military life on their children's education. Georgia can and must do more to ensure that these families have access to the opportunities they work so hard to protect - a good education, quality health care, a well-paying ...

February 12, 2016 | By State Rep. Al Williams | Opinion


Religious-freedom battles have started

Whatever happened to faith, hope and love?

February 11, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Shooting to beat plowshares into pistols

Son of a gun. Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, is at it again. Georgia's version of Wyatt Earp was the chief gunslinger in getting a bill passed in 2014 that was intended to let us lock and load most anywhere we want - libraries, churches, bars, airports - but he and his posse couldn't talk the Board of Regents into letting students at our colleges and universities pack heat. ("Good Lord, Purvis! That running back is gonna take that ball all the way for a touchdown on us. Waste that sucker!")

February 10, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Kemp’s SEC Primary could be decisive

Two years ago, Secretary of State Brian Kemp began his push to set up an "SEC Primary" for a simple reason: He wanted the world to pay more attention to Georgia and the South in an important presidential election year.

February 10, 2016 | By Tom Crawford The Georgia Report | Opinion


Georgia needs direct care now

The Affordable Care Act passed with the promise of decreasing the high costs of health care and increasing access to care by making health-care insurance more affordable. Almost six years later, it appears that this experiment to remake American health care has been a failure.

February 10, 2016 | By Dr. Hal C. Scherz Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation | Opinion


The preacher and his kindness

A much-appreciated kindness was given to me a few months ago. Someone recognized my need for help and made a big effort to give it to me.

February 09, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Arbor Day, Recycle It! Fair make February green

We are all about trees this month. Georgia Arbor Day is each third Friday of February.

February 09, 2016 | By Sara Swida | Opinion


Congratulations, Judge Cavender

Editor, On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to extend congratulations to Atlantic Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge David L. Cavender on his recent retirement and thank him for his exemplary service to the people of Bryan, Evans, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Tattnall counties.

February 09, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Raymond Cooper for Valley mayor

In June 1998, the mayor of my hometown was none other than "Silver Tongue" Dick Bland. When he first ran for mayor in 1994, his campaign slogan was "Everybody's Friend" and that seemed like a pretty good description of our leader.

February 08, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Reader thanks trooper, sheriff

Editor, Dec. 28, 2015, will forever be imprinted in my mind.

February 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Celebrating return of corn-fried shrimp

Perhaps this renewed love affair doesn't quite rise to the level of Humphrey Bogart's Rick finding Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa in "Casablanca" - "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine" - but it is pretty darned close. My beloved corn-fried shrimp are coming back to the Georgia Sea Grill on St. Simons Island. ("Of all the eateries in all the towns in all the world, they saunter into mine.") Cue Sam and the piano.

February 05, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Here is food for thought for city, business leaders

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February 04, 2016 | By Staff Report | Opinion


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Learn water conservation at Earth Day

When the 10th annual Earth Day Celebration takes place on Friday, everyone who attends has the chance to learn easy ways to change our world ...

April 19, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


It's best not to know what lies ahead

The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted ...

April 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


'Silver Tongue' Dick Bland begins assault

"Renderings with Raymond" was normally a labor of love for Raymond Cooper. After all, it was his "baby." Started in 1997 as a camouflaged attempt ...

April 18, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Why I voted 'yes' on 'campus carry'

Without a doubt, this is a troubling time in America. Mass shootings have been happening with seemingly greater regularity. House Bill 859, the "campus carry ...

April 15, 2016 | By state Rep. Jeff Jones Guest columnist | Opinion


Congress, pass a budget for once

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April 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why ‘religious freedom’ bill failed

Before you get your shorts in a wad, the following observations in no way indicate my preference for or opposition to the recent "religious freedom ...

April 15, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


What’s wrong with Ted Cruz?

Editor,

April 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


181st school district changing young lives

Even the most casual reader of this space knows that I am bullish on public education. But there is one school system in Georgia that ...

April 15, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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