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State may get transportation funding right

State may get transportation funding right

In politics, you must take advantage of windows of opportunity. Sometimes good ideas are sidetracked by unfortunate events, a bad economy or even personality conflicts among political leaders. Given the risk of delaying decisions, Georgia needs to address its transportation shortfall quickly and practically.

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Updated: jan. 22, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Column has never been stronger

Column has never been stronger

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!) I do that gladly today. For one thing, this will be a lot shorter and less boring than the State of the Union address (Boooo!) and, also, we don’t have to endure a bunch of fawning politicians trying to be seen on national television. (Yay! Ha! Ha! Ha!)

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Updated: jan. 22, 2015 4:00 p.m.
'Green' volunteer opportunities abound

'Green' volunteer opportunities abound

Ready to start this new year right?

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Updated: jan. 21, 2015 6:30 p.m.
At least one lawmaker supports pre-9/11 veterans, caregivers

At least one lawmaker supports pre-9/11 veterans, caregivers

Editor, Since Georgia’s own Sen. Johnny Isakson voted for discriminating against pre-9/11 veterans and later against ending this discrimination, I’ve penned and sent the following to then-Senate Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-VT, who introduced the Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act of 2013:

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Updated: jan. 21, 2015 1:00 p.m.
Things to love about the South abound

Things to love about the South abound

It happened the other day. It’s funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets that are tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.

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Updated: jan. 20, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Why rush? Stop and enjoy the day

Why rush? Stop and enjoy the day

Two weeks ago, my husband, daughter and I struggled to come up with a fun way to pass a Sunday afternoon. My mother-in-law had just been staying with us, and she left that morning to head back to Florida. Since I’d given our house a good, thorough “pre-mother-in-law-visit” cleaning before she arrived, I was completely caught up on chores and housework.

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Updated: jan. 20, 2015 2:00 p.m.


Protest was against injustice, not police

Editor, In an attempt to somewhat clarify and somewhat respond to the recent letters to the editor, the online opinion poll question in the Coastal Courier and subsequent results of said poll, I want to say that the protests (locally and nationally) are not anti-police, as some have and continue to misinterpret them to be.  

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Updated: jan. 19, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Officials should show support for police

Officials should show support for police

Editor, In recent weeks, more than 20 police officers have been killed or wounded by fanatics and/or terrorists on this planet. This would be a great time for Rep. Al Williams, Mayor Pro Tem Charles Frasier, Commissioner Gary Gilliard, Councilwoman Luciria Luckey Lovette, et al., to make a statement of recognition and support for police officers — wherever they serve. This exercise of their rights would go a long way to heal the wound of what was interpreted by many to be anti-police sentiment last month.

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Updated: jan. 15, 2015 5:00 p.m.
Georgia needs fiscal prudence, innovation

Georgia needs fiscal prudence, innovation

With major policy decisions on transportation, education, health care and tax reform on the legislative agenda, Georgia should think beyond the traditional approach of spending more money as the solution for every problem. Focusing on ways to enhance economic opportunity and empower individuals beats doubling down on the status quo.

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Updated: jan. 15, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Wounded Warrior Project is too top heavy

Wounded Warrior Project is too top heavy

Editor, I read Mr. Bruce McCartney’s letter to the editor regarding the Wounded Warrior Project. He is totally correct. The project is top-heavy with a greedy group of executives. The top 10 officers have a compensation package from $150,000 to $333,000 a year. The remaining funds are disbursed to over 40 distribution organizations with similar management configurations.

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Updated: jan. 14, 2015 6:30 p.m.
Thanks to all who helped with appreciation

Thanks to all who helped with appreciation

Editor, On behalf of the St. James Community Church family, we would like to give thanks to everyone for coming out to our church-appreciation banquet that was held Saturday, Dec. 6.

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Updated: jan. 14, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Lawmaker wants to legalize medical marijuana

Lawmaker wants to legalize medical marijuana

Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed this year after suffering a setback in 2014 when the House and Senate got into a bit of political brinksmanship at the last minute and failed to pass his bill, which had sailed through the House with only four negative votes.

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Recycle phone books, save some trees

Recycle phone books, save some trees

I know, most resolutions are already ditched by Jan. 8, but if recycling more or being more environmentally minded was one of your resolutions (and it should have been), then I have an opportunity for you.

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Updated: jan. 13, 2015 5:30 p.m.
Don't apologize for not being 'cool'

Don't apologize for not being 'cool'

My parents, according to the world’s definition of “cool,” were not. Neither drank, nor did either ever possess a credit card. Groceries and clothing were paid for in cash, utilities paid by check, and the only monthly payments they ever allowed themselves were a mortgage for a house, a short-term loan for another farm, and a couple of cars bought, over time, and paid for quickly.

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Updated: jan. 13, 2015 4:00 p.m.
NAACP aims to boost involvement

NAACP aims to boost involvement

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in 1909. It is the nation’s oldest and largest civil-rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the pre-eminent advocates for civil and human rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal-opportunity enforcement in the public and private sectors.

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Updated: jan. 13, 2015 2:00 p.m.
It shouldn't take years for city to act

It shouldn't take years for city to act

“What I am saying is, we spend too much time, we waste time, the city’s time that the people have us up here to do. We waste that time. We looked at it the first of October and November and December, we’re still going over the same stuff. Why don’t we go on and do what we’re supposed to do? Get it approved and move on to the next issue that this council is supposed to be doing”.

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Updated: jan. 12, 2015 8:30 p.m.
Congress' spending bill seems anti-conservative

Congress' spending bill seems anti-conservative

When thinking about the $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last month, one might ask, “What does Congress have against conservation?”

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Updated: jan. 08, 2015 6:30 p.m.

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