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New ESEA law is encouraging

Last month, Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - now called the Every Student Succeeds Act - which ended No Child Left Behind when the president signed it into law.

January 08, 2016 | Richard Woods Guest Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers have tough choices this session

Legislators will return to Atlanta soon to convene the 2016 General Assembly session. This one might have a slightly different feel to it.

January 07, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Some advice to a great-grandson

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough,

January 06, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Some folks share too much information

Occasionally, sleep will sneak away from me in the middle of the night. I will try not to get my mind going because once it takes off, it will wear me out with all its thinking.

January 05, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Start new year green: Bring One for the Chipper

Happy New Year!

January 05, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Media war brews in small town

Small-town news is a bit different from what you might find in big-city papers. Murders, bank robberies and other violent crimes weren't to be found in the Valley, but that didn't mean the local newspaper, The Lennox Valley Hometown News, was short on breaking stories. The editor, Iris Long, just had to be a little more creative than her metro-newspaper comrades in sniffing out front page news.

January 04, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


BoE meetings should be videotaped

I took office as a Liberty County Board of Education member in December 2014. With the vote of confidence from my District 5 constituents, I made a promise to do what was right for the students and community members of Liberty County.

January 04, 2016 | By Marcus Scott Guest columnist | Opinion


Spending bill Carter supported has major flaws

Editor,

December 31, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Giving out thanks for a good year

When it comes to politicians, there was a lot to criticize this year. It would be wrong, however, to end the year without noting some people who deserve commendations for what they accomplished in 2015.

December 31, 2015 | Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Love story defied time, circumstances

Perhaps the most appropriate way to end this year is with a love story - the story of Dr. Raymond Cook, 96, and Dr. Elisabeth Mays Stein Cook, who passed away last week at the age of 94.

December 30, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Georgia should propose school vouchers

Humans seem to always want more - more time with our families, more funding for roads, more tax cuts. More funding for our public K-12 schools. And more student achievement.

December 28, 2015 | By Ben Scafidi Georgia Public Policy Foundation | Opinion


Tempers reach fever pitch in mountainless Lennox Valley

I like to tell people that Lennox Valley rests in a lovely place where two mountain ranges meet.

December 28, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp The Good Folks of Lennox Valley | Opinion


2016 a-comin’, good Lord willin’

As the old year spits and sputters to an end and the new one waits in the wings, straining with enthusiasm to burst forth with fresh hope, I see things differently than I have in past years when I wrote this New Year's column.

December 28, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion


Reader thanks pharmacy for personal touch

Editor, We live in an impersonal world of chain stores. These corporations barely know that you exist. As a customer, you are just a number, another sale and more profit. Maybe I am just an old geezer who remembers when all businesses were small businesses, mostly managed by family members who knew you as a person, a neighbor and an acquaintance.

December 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Christmas on the Mississippi

So it was that several years ago, I was hired to speak on a few occasions for riverboat cruises on the Mississippi. Paddle boats that hearkened back to the days of Mark Twain moved lazily yet with determined purpose through the waters of my favorite large river.

December 22, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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Liberty schools about to finish a successful year

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and we have already begun celebrating our many 2015-16 successes. The following are just a few ...

April 21, 2016 | Dr. Valya Lee | Opinion


Now might be the worst time to get a DUI

It's never a good time for a politician to get arrested for driving under the influence, but it's especially bad when the next ...

April 21, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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

Editor,

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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