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Upcoming power bills will shock customers

You would think we learned our lesson the first time around. But we didn't.

December 18, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Sometimes, being naughty can be nice

Ring! Ring! Ring!

December 17, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Shame on lawn-decoration thieves

Editor, Hello, thieves, how are you doing today?

December 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Wrap it up in green, too

Santa says: Don't be naughty, think green and stay on the nice list.

December 15, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Dying before all is read and done

There is only one thing that scares me about dying.

December 15, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Shootings show need for more armed citizens, not gun control

On Dec. 2, Syed Rizwan Farook attended a holiday party with fellow employees of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health in California. He left the party and went home to join his wife, Tashfeen Malik, who was born in Pakistan. The two then heavily armed themselves with semiautomatic 9mm pistols and AR-15-style rifles.

December 14, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion


Egg wars! No place safe in Lennox Valley

Saturdays from April through September were always busy on Bearden's Corner.

December 14, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Bill would improve vets' mental-health care

Despite attempts from the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide additional providers and resources for mental-health services to serve the growing number of veterans seeking mental-health care, veterans are still experiencing long waits or traveling lengthy distances to get appointments. To help alleviate the growing issue, House Resolution 1604, the Veterans' Mental Health Care Access Act, was introduced to the House Veterans' Affairs Committee on March 25.

December 10, 2015 | By Melissa Blondin Guest columnist | Opinion


What about those UGA coaching changes?

As my sweet Mama would say, "Things just get curiouser and curiouser." That is the best way to describe the recent events at the University of Georgia - or, more specifically, the athletic department at UGA.

December 10, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Georgia has its own Grinch for Christmas

It's the holiday season, a time when people are supposed to be having fun, going to parties and bestowing good wishes on friends and family.

December 09, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Neighborhood needs protection from vicious dogs

Editor, A murder was committed in Midway. This murder did not involve a person but a loving, sweet Chihuahua, who was mauled and killed by four boxer/American bulldogs that escaped from their yard. She was bitten in the neck, side and abdomen. She was in great pain, and it was very difficult finding a veterinarian on Thanksgiving. She went into shock. The vet gave her an IV and oxygen, yet she had respiratory failure. The vet gave her CPR, but she died at the vet's.

December 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


A different green for Christmas

Santa may wear a red suit, but you can be sure he is a "green-friendly" old elf.

December 08, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Tink and the magazine cover

Here's what happened - and I swear on Mama's cocoa-splattered chocolate cake recipe that this is gospel.

December 08, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


'No shoes' church livens up services

In 1999, the Rev. Billy Joe Raymond was universally recognized as the fieriest preacher in Lennox Valley, and with good reason. Not a Sunday, or Wednesday night for that matter, passed at First Baptist Church without an altar call and at least two rededications by souls who had wandered astray, ultimately finding their way home during a latter verse of "I Surrender All."

December 07, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Georgia faces rural health challenges

Georgia is burdened with a host of health challenges across the state, from an uninsured rate that ranks among the highest in the nation to its lack of health-care providers. Many patients lack access to needed health services because of geographic and transportation obstacles even when they do have health coverage. Many more Georgians suffer poor health caused by environmental factors, unhealthy lifestyles and other issues.

December 04, 2015 | By Timothy Sweeney Guest columnist | Opinion


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Articles by Section - Opinion


Plant a tree for Arbor Day

In our little corner of the world, trees are an essential part of life. We may take them for granted, but if they were not ...

February 02, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


On being orphaned late in life

No one, regardless of how old we are, likes to be an orphan. It feels oddly like a ship that has been securely moored in ...

February 02, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's probably best to stay on Claire's good side

Perry Pratt was the kind of man everyone would want living in their hometown. As owner of Valley Country Store, Perry was a friend of ...

February 01, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Grumpy pol seeks to support disabled people

Republican State Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia's 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician ...

January 28, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Who wins in this fight over freedom?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be ...

January 27, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Here is why your tax bill is late

Editor, The end of the year comes with the very important duty for the Tax Commissioner's Office to issue property tax notices to our ...

January 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hollywood gets it wrong -- again

It was a rare, precious afternoon for me. Dixie Dew and I were settled deeply into an easy chair with legs flopped across the ottoman ...

January 26, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


De-clutter your life for a fresh new year

This is a great month for de-cluttering your life. Although any month will do, January is a fresh year.

January 26, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Radio host calms listeners' nerves

Her intentions were innocent enough as Claire Lapella purchased her very first copy of The Lennox Valley Hometown News on Tuesday, May 5, 1998. She ...

January 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Jefferson's words continue to ring true

Editor, One of the greatest statesmen this country has ever known is Thomas Jefferson, who lived from April 13, 1743, to July 4, 1826. He ...

January 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gov. Deal backs away on teacher pay issue

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session ...

January 22, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


State of the Column: Never stronger!

My fellow Georgians, now that President Barack Obama has delivered his final soppy State of the Union address (Yay! Hooray!) and Gov. Nathan Deal has ...

January 22, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Georgia missing a chance to strengthen its workforce

While most adults who rely on cash and food assistance in Georgia lack any education beyond high school, not enough of the state's workers ...

January 20, 2016 | By Melissa Johnson Guest Columnist | Opinion


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