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State school district still needs work

State school district still needs work

Editor’s note: The Opportunity School District legislation was approved by the House on Wednesday, but with some differences from the Senate version. So now a conference committee will have to work out the differences before it goes to the governor. Suggs wrote this as a blog before House passage. And her issues may have to be weighed by voters before it appears on ballots in November 2016 as a constitutional amendment.

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Updated: mar. 30, 2015 7:00 p.m.
There are numerous ways to help battle litter in this community

There are numerous ways to help battle litter in this community

We are in the middle of the national Great American Cleanup effort, and hundreds of local residents already have joined to clean up more than 50 miles of our county. We will have hundreds more join in the next few weeks.

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Updated: mar. 30, 2015 3:00 p.m.
Cancer, it's past time

Cancer, it's past time

Editor, Cancer is one of the most feared words of all.

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Lawmaker accuses Chamber, others of favoring predators over children

Lawmaker accuses Chamber, others of favoring predators over children

“Liberty and justice for all.” These five words that conclude the Pledge of Allegiance are recited countless times every day across the United States, including every morning at your State Capitol in Atlanta.

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Updated: mar. 26, 2015 3:00 p.m.
Commission is opportunity to improve Georgia schools

Commission is opportunity to improve Georgia schools

I suspect my recent silence on the subject of public education in Georgia has been deafening to some of you. I will explain.

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Updated: mar. 26, 2015 2:00 p.m.
American dream thrives

American dream thrives

You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with that disagreement.

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Updated: mar. 26, 2015 12:17 p.m.
Help sought to kill transportation bill

Help sought to kill transportation bill

Editor, This is an open letter to the taxpayers of Georgia.

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Updated: mar. 24, 2015 5:00 p.m.
Will lawmakers trust citizens who elected them, open markets?

Will lawmakers trust citizens who elected them, open markets?

Every member of the Georgia Legislature was elected in November. Thus, one would expect those legislators to hold the citizens who elected them in high esteem; after all, they were wise enough to elect them, right?

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Updated: mar. 24, 2015 1:00 p.m.
Bogeymen hiding in the closet of school choice debate

Bogeymen hiding in the closet of school choice debate

Two bills in the Georgia Legislature would allow thousands of Georgia parents the opportunity to choose better educational options for their children.

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Updated: mar. 19, 2015 11:00 a.m.
Midway cuts police

Midway cuts police

Editor, How low can they go? You probably know that I have no love for the Midway City Council. This is one reason why: At the March 9 city council meeting, they didn’t fail to disappoint me and let down the residents of Midway.

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Updated: mar. 18, 2015 12:46 p.m.
Ministers keep answering call

Ministers keep answering call

I spent last week helping assess a group of people for a job I couldn’t do if my life depended on it.

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Updated: mar. 18, 2015 11:00 a.m.
Going down the area’s dirt roads can teach one a lot

Going down the area’s dirt roads can teach one a lot

There is Facebook group I recently joined entitled “You are probably from or lived in Hinesville if you remember.” I have thoroughly enjoyed learning much about the city, county and things that happened years ago.

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Updated: mar. 17, 2015 1:00 p.m.
Riceboro pending raises deserve reaction

Riceboro pending raises deserve reaction

Editor, I saw the following quote on Facebook recently: “I tried to keep silent but my ancestors won’t let me.”

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Updated: mar. 17, 2015 12:23 p.m.
Convenience is killing our planet

Convenience is killing our planet

At Keep Liberty Beautiful, we are all about trash this month. Trash pickup, that is.

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Updated: mar. 16, 2015 3:00 p.m.
The unfinished work of Selma

The unfinished work of Selma

Last weekend, as I introduced President Barack Obama on the steps of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, I was overcome with emotions. Of course, I reflected on how far we have come over the past 50 years. But one thought could not escape my mind: Those who fight to make it harder to vote don’t know what it’s like to be kicked, clubbed and beaten for the simple right to cast a ballot.

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Updated: mar. 16, 2015 1:00 p.m.
Why are there so few stores in Hinesville?

Why are there so few stores in Hinesville?

Editor, Sam’s, Costco, Barnes and Noble, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Hallmark, Hancock Fabrics, Staple’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, JC Penney, Sears, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Kirkland’s, etc.

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Too young, too savvy for pols

Too young, too savvy for pols

It is with regret I tell you that our intrepid public servants in the Legislature have scuttled a bill that would have lowered the age of eligibility to serve as a member of the House of Representatives to 18 years of age and to 21 in the State Senate.

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Updated: mar. 12, 2015 2:19 p.m.

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