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Parents are key to stopping carnage

Just as the city of Parkland and the nation are trying to recover after one of the most horrific school shootings in history last month that left 17 people dead, 14 of them children, more disturbing news from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School this week. Two students were arrested for bringing weapons onto the campus, and a third student was arrested for making a threat on social media. This comes on the same day in which two students at a high school in Maryland were injured in a school shooting and the gunman, also a student, was killed by a ...

March 26, 2018 | By Steve Siebold Guest columnist | Opinion


Drones and what they would replace

Most folks think that the US Postal Service invented the quote, "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." But it did not. It actually came from the Greek historian, Herodotus, 2,500 years ago and not much has changed in that regard since - until recent history.

March 24, 2018 | By Victor Pisano Columnist | Opinion


The times, they are a changing

HOLLYWOOD - God Bless America, and how's everybody?

March 23, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Proposed cuts will hurt Georgians

The White House proposed a 2019 budget last month that makes steep cuts to one of the strongest lines of defense this country uses to fight hunger: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The proposal calls for slashing food assistance, commonly known as food stamps, by $213 billion over the next decade.

March 22, 2018 | By Alex Camardelle Guest columnist | Opinion


Senate passes bills to create boundary, defense commissions

With only five legislative days and two weeks left to the legislative session, the House spent much of last week considering legislation that was passed by our colleagues in the Senate.

March 21, 2018 | Rep. Ron Stephens | Opinion


Transparency is vital to good government

The average Georgian has never been under the Gold Dome. Many have vague memories of a two-headed calf on display during a State Capitol school field trip. For most Georgians, the closest they get to the General Assembly is their legislator's local townhall meeting or, if they are really interested, watching legislators in action online.

March 20, 2018 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Senate hears veterans foundation, rural health bills

Last week in the Senate, we continued to work in committees considering the bills that were passed by the House of Representatives. With only two weeks left in the legislative session, we are using our time constructively so that legislation that will ultimately benefit Georgians will be vetted thoroughly.

March 20, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion


Humor: We keep sending them overseas

HOLLYWOOD - God Bless America, and how's everybody?

March 18, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


A shout out and thanks to LEOs

Editor: Why is he behind me?

March 16, 2018 | | Opinion


A welcome, Vidalia onions and beer

First, a welcome to this world to Ellis Parker Floyd, newborn son of Alex and Kristen Floyd.

March 15, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Let's talk about gun control

Editor: Let's talk about gun control. Since three of the top 10 deadliest gun massacres in U.S. history have occurred since October of last year, it might be time.

March 13, 2018 | | Opinion


We need to control people, not guns

Editor: We don't need gun control - we need people control. This starts in school. There is no discipline in today's schools. The students seem to control the classrooms rather than the teachers. If the schools implement any discipline, liberal parents jump up and down that their little snowflakes' egos are being hurt. Social and cultural problems can be resolved with proper discipline.

March 13, 2018 | | Opinion


Delta execs can’t seem to navigate turbulence of external environment

For a number of years, I supervised a staff in Washington - first with BellSouth Corporation and then with Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games - and following that had an office in New York as member of the board of a large public relations firm.

March 13, 2018 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Senate welcomes Malcom J. Mitchell, Father Schreck

This week in the Senate was spent working in our respective committees considering the bills that were passed by the House of Representatives.

March 13, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion


Second guessing the second-guessers

Allow me to play devil's advocate. It's what I do as a journalist, plus I personally enjoy taking on orthodoxy, particularly when it involves a binge of second-guessing. That's exactly what we are witnessing in the wake of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

March 12, 2018 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


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When there's not much else to do

Because there is not much else to do while behind the wheel, I like to think of myself as a law-abiding pillar of my community ...

April 19, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Random thoughts on preachers, politics and sweet Vidalia onions

Well, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

April 19, 2018 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


We need a law against more laws

Do we need any more lawmakers?

April 14, 2018 | By Victor Pisano Columnist | Opinion


You can't swing a medium sized cat...

I hate this time of year. I love this time of year.

April 13, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Humor: Zuckerberg's role in history is safe

HOLLYWOOD - God Bless America, and how's everybody?

April 12, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


The teenage demagogues?

All you needed to know about student activist David Hogg's speech at the "March for Our Lives" in Washington, D.C., was that he ...

April 10, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Session's winners and losers

The second half of Georgia's biennial legislative session that ended March 31 turned out to be surprisingly more intensive than expected.

April 10, 2018 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Facebook's targeting can be dangerous

It's heartening to see, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations, growing skepticism about how Facebook handles data and data privacy. But we ...

April 09, 2018 | By Rachel Goodman Guest columnist | Opinion


Humor: Tiger Woods back at the Masters

HOLLYWOOD - God Bless America, and how's everybody?

April 07, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Thanks to all for a fun day

Editor: We would like to thank the community for coming out and allowing us to serve you at this year's 12th Annual Easter Extravaganza ...

April 05, 2018 | | Opinion


Evil, crummy, rotten liberal media

I would rather be writing about impact fees and Bryan County Commissioner Noah Covington's luxuriantly commemorative Make North Bryan Great Again beard, since both ...

April 05, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Senate ends session with budget bill

The 154th General Assembly has officially come to completion and it was a great honor to represent you in the state Senate again this year ...

April 03, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion


A late but heartfelt remembrance of Zell Miller

An unalterable deadline does not allow me to comment on certain events as quickly as I would like. Also, it is my policy to avoid ...

April 03, 2018 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Plant Vogtle: crown jewel or sow's ear?

When Georgia utility regulators last December gave the Georgia Power Company a green light to keep charging customers to build two nuclear power plants at ...

April 02, 2018 | By Peter A. Bradford Guest columnist | Opinion


Candidate's stance on guns, NRA

Editor: I received mail recently that I want to share with my neighbors in Georgia Senate District 1, where I am running to be your ...

March 31, 2018 | | Opinion


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