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Pipeline would be trouble for coast

Pipeline would be trouble for coast

There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.

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Updated: apr. 17, 2015 7:30 a.m.
Step forward: Lessons from 2015 session

Step forward: Lessons from 2015 session

Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.

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Updated: apr. 16, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Good people still do good things

Good people still do good things

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

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Updated: apr. 16, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Hits and misses of legislative session

Hits and misses of legislative session

As expected, transportation funding and the governor’s proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia’s legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.

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Updated: apr. 15, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Rumors: Faster than speed of death

Rumors: Faster than speed of death

Carrie called the other day, and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk. No conversation with Carrie is ever short. Even her voicemails run three to four minutes.

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Updated: apr. 14, 2015 5:30 p.m.
Keep storm drains clear

Keep storm drains clear

I would love a good, old-fashioned rain — or, as we used to call it, gully washer — this week.

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Updated: apr. 14, 2015 3:00 p.m.
The intolerance of the so-called tolerant

The intolerance of the so-called tolerant

I just finished reading an article written by Valerie Tarico on Yahoo. The story was titled “Right-wing Christianity teaches bigotry: The ugly roots of Indiana’s new anti-gay law.”

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Updated: apr. 13, 2015 5:30 p.m.
He's no 'Playtoe,' but still irked by list

He's no 'Playtoe,' but still irked by list

Fortune Magazine has announced its list of the World’s Greatest Leaders for 2015, and would you believe that I got snubbed again this year?

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Updated: apr. 09, 2015 2:00 p.m.
Historic districts, autism bills highlight session

Historic districts, autism bills highlight session

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned last week, and much was accomplished during a very busy session. The following are some of the bills that were agreed upon by both the House and Senate and have been sent to the governor for his approval.

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Updated: apr. 08, 2015 8:00 p.m.
Review of Georgia health legislations

Review of Georgia health legislations

With the 2015 General Assembly session ending last week, here’s a list of the health-care winners and losers during the 40 days of the Legislature.

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Take care of our planet hands-on

Take care of our planet hands-on

“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations, whose words of thanks will not be heard.— Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day

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Updated: apr. 07, 2015 3:00 p.m.
NAACP forum starts dialogue with police

NAACP forum starts dialogue with police

Editor, I want to address the front-page, above-the-fold news story by Randy C. Murray, “Is there racial profiling in Liberty County?” (Wednesday, April 1).

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Updated: apr. 07, 2015 7:00 a.m.
Celebrate true meaning of Easter

Celebrate true meaning of Easter

Before Thanksgiving, as I “juned” — a mountain word Mama used to mean “moved faster” — around the kitchen preparing for company, it occurred to me that I should invite Jerry.

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Updated: apr. 06, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Open letter from Faith Baptist pastor

Open letter from Faith Baptist pastor

Many are aware that Faith Baptist Christian Academy of Ludowici recently experienced an investigation by the U.S. Homeland Security Department. We wish to express, first of all, our deep regret that such a situation has occurred. It has never been our desire to bring any undue attention or embarrassment to our ministry, our church or our city. We would, however, like to set the record straight on a few items.

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Congress, president should consult and not just on Iran talks

Congress, president should consult and not just on Iran talks

Congress has developed a fondness for open letters when it comes to Iran. First came the warning shot signed by 47 Republican senators that touched off a storm of criticism. Not to be outdone, the House checked in with its own bipartisan and more diplomatically stated letter to the president, warning that its members must be satisfied with any agreement before they’ll vote to reduce sanctions.

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Updated: apr. 03, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Liberty, stand up and be counted

Liberty, stand up and be counted

Will the real Liberty County please stand up and be counted?

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Updated: apr. 02, 2015 2:10 p.m.
UGA Class of 2019 will include some of state’s brightest students

UGA Class of 2019 will include some of state’s brightest students

If you are a high school senior hoping to attend the University of Georgia — the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South — you have probably heard by now whether you have been accepted.

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Updated: apr. 01, 2015 5:00 p.m.

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