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Lots to do, but will lawmakers do it?

If you ask a state legislator, particularly one who's been around for a few terms, what their priorities are for the upcoming session, they'll solemnly say something along the lines of, "Pass a balanced state budget."

January 10, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


A young girl and the Georgia Bulldogs

It was an undeniable blessing when I, a college kid and part-time sports writer, was given the assignment to cover a University of Georgia football game. What I didn't know at the time is that that one assignment would provide a springboard to bigger opportunities as well as giving me friendships that remain many years later.

January 08, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Opinion


Let your Christmas tree keep living on

Nothing is worse in January than the sad looking Christmas tree awaiting its fate in the new year.

January 08, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Bottom line on tax bill

To listen to the Democrats, the American middle class will be lucky to survive the Republican tax bill.

January 06, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Welcome to the year of the Dog

2018 is the Year of the Dog. That is, if you're Asian and follow the Chinese zodiac. It rotates between the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. And as I mentioned, 2018 is a Dog year. That's a good thing, particularly when us Westerners remember Harry Truman's bromide: "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog."

January 06, 2018 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


2018 will be a year of change in Georgia

This will be a year of major change in Georgia politics.

January 05, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Next time you see a whale...

Editor: The picture of the whale breaching on the front page of your Dec. 30 edition of the paper is a once in a lifetime shot. I had the opportunity to experience and photograph that amazing event off the coast of Nova Scotia. It is fascinating and humbling to observe those massive creatures frolicking in the ocean.

January 04, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


New approach to an old problem

Why would we try solving society's most ancient problems with worn-out solutions? Sexual harassment and assault are as old as any issue can get. What do you think would have happened if the Garden of Eden had an HR department? Actually, nothing, just like today. These days, however, Eve would have decided that in the process of starting the human species, Adam acted inappropriately when he took a bite from the apple. Adam would be fired, and Genesis would have removed his blog.

December 31, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Give Trump credit where it is due

Republicans have tried, on and off, to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling since the 1980s. The effort has always engendered intense opposition and always been abandoned. A provision for drilling in ANWR is included in the Republican tax bill almost as an afterthought.

December 30, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


As the year swiftly goes bye-bye

Observations at the end of a year, apropos of nothing much.

December 29, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


You can't fix stupid PSC

When Georgia legislators passed a bill a few years ago to make fireworks legal, I remember talking to one of the bill's supporters.

December 29, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Humor: What riding a mechanical bull tells about you

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

December 27, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Mulch your tree to stay green

The Christmas tree is such an iconic part of modern Christmas celebrations. Do you ever consider how it became such an integral part of how we celebrate our holidays?

December 26, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Humor: Flying Amtrak, difference in political parties

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

December 25, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


I wish I had been there

These words are dedicated to the memory of my friend, the late Otis Brumby Jr., publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal. He encouraged me to run this column each Christmas season. It is also dedicated to those who believe.

December 24, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Unplanned obsolescence, more

If you haven't met me, know this:

February 10, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


D.C. curse strikes another Georgia politician

Washington, D.C., has put a curse on prominent Georgians who go there to work for Donald Trump.

February 09, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Foster children are pawns, again

I have a great interest in and a little walking-around knowledge of the political process because I have spent a good part of my adult ...

February 09, 2018 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Too much talk can add credence to child’s fears

A true story: When my daughter, Amy, was a pre-teen, she became anxious about going to sleep because of fears of dying in the middle ...

February 09, 2018 | John Rosemond | Opinion


Chamber staff is outstanding

Editor:

February 08, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Lurching from crisis to crisis, pointing fingers

You are probably asking yourself, "What was that all about?" Just because the government shutdown ended shortly after it began, it doesn't mean that ...

February 06, 2018 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


February is great time to hug a tree

Have you thanked a tree lately for all of the good stuff it does for us? February is a good time to do so if ...

February 06, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Responses miss mark on coast

Editor: It was refreshing to see folks responding to my comments about the perils of seismic testing and subsequent drilling for oil off the Georgia ...

February 06, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Let's all hold hands and fight

I love Hinesville. Always have. It's one of those places that sort of gets under your skin after awhile.

February 05, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Is Amazon project worth it?

The push to attract Amazon's second corporate headquarters continues, with no letup.

February 04, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


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