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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 mdjonline.com | 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


Preparation is key to recover from disasters

Severe storms, extreme heat, a crippling freeze, deadly tornadoes, terrible wildfires - Mother Nature has managed to throw almost everything in the book at us within six short months. With just half a year under our belt, the state of Georgia and metro Atlanta already have experienced their share of severe weather, and we obviously don't know what's in store for the second half of 2011.

August 09, 2011 | By Charley English Guest columnist | Opinion


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Could vetoes harm school reform efforts?

A governor's got to do what a governor's got to do, but Gov. Nathan Deal's vetoes of the "campus carry" and "religious ...

May 11, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Every day is Mother's Day

There isn't a day that passes that I don't remember Mama. Many of the times she crosses my mind, I am doing something ...

May 10, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Liberty celebrates County Government Month

Liberty County celebrated National County Government Month with a variety of activities throughout April. This was our fourth year participating in the National Association of ...

May 10, 2016 | By Bob Sprinkel Assistant County Administrator | Opinion


'Magic trucks' really just spread litter

The perfect ending to a hectic day: Yesterday, on the way home, I got behind one of those "magic" trucks.

May 09, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Beatrice Justice keeps everyone guessing

Looking over the attendance pads from her first Sunday service, new Methodist Pastor Sarah Hyden-Smith read, "Claire Lapella." Next to the name, the box marked ...

May 09, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Ludacris’ demands for G-Day performance were ludricrous and UGA accepted them

Okay, Georgia Tech fans, give me your best shot. I asked for it.

May 06, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Teachers and substitutes often taken for granted

The first week of May marks the National Education Association's National Teacher Appreciation Week, which exists, in part, because teachers are too often thankless ...

May 06, 2016 | By Kendley Davenport | Opinion


It has been a strange election year

When friends ask if I'm ever going to retire as a working journalist, I respond, "how can I leave when I'm having so ...

May 05, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Stop the liberal insanity

Editor, I can't help it. I just have to write about the insanity that is engulfing our country today. In my 70-plus years, I ...

May 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Zell Miller's mama: Strong mountain woman

The honorable Zell Miller of Young Harris was raised by a remarkable mountain woman. Folks around those parts called her "Miss Birdie," while her son ...

May 03, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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