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Innovation is true health-care solution

Political support for Medicaid expansion in Georgia is on life support, and the prognosis may be terminal. This doesn't mean, however, that there isn't a pathway forward for those looking for health-care solutions. It's the same pathway that has solved many of our problems: innovation.

November 09, 2015 | By Josh Daniels Guest columnist | Opinion

WHO shouldn't mess with porcine preferences

The history revisionists are still as busy as bees trying to rid us of all vestiges of the Old South. That means some brave soul is going to have to tell Wheeler County that they have to change their name because the county is named for Confederate Gen. Joe Wheeler. Oh, and while you are at it, change the name of the county seat of Alamo. It might just offend Mexicans who got a bad rap at the other Alamo in 1836. They were just mad at the time because they couldn't register to vote.

November 05, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Government keeps stealing Social Security

Editor, People on Social Security retirement are not getting a raise this year. This is now three years in a row, and it is unfair to the retirees.

November 05, 2015 | | Opinion

Richmond Hill explains stormwater management program

Editor's note: The following is a Q&A prepared by the city of Richmond Hill concerning its stormwater management program.

November 04, 2015 | By City of Richmond Hill Special to the News | Opinion

GDOT head urges drivers to be safe

Editor, More than a thousand fatalities. More than a thousand lives lost on Georgia's roads.

November 02, 2015 | | Opinion

A childhood friend and a lesson

When I was 6, the boy with hair the color of cotton and eyes tinted sapphire came to live with us. He was the same age and size as me, but more timid and less secure. Depending on the day, we were either the best of friends or the worst of enemies.

November 02, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Newcomer's guide to Georgia-Florida Week

If you have just arrived in our fair state from some alien environment like the planet Krutopia or maybe Vermont, I need to explain to you a cataclysmic event taking place this Saturday afternoon in the city of Jacksonville, Florida, which is a suburb of Greater Metropolitan Brunswick, much like Vermont is a suburb of Canada.

October 29, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Support Coastal Greenway through area

Coastal Georgia public officials, bicyclers, joggers, hikers and walkers are being urged to express their support at 1 p.m. Nov. 4 in Darien for constructing the proposed Coastal Georgia Greenway from Savannah to St. Marys, which would be part of the proposed East Coast Greenway from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida.

October 28, 2015 | By Jim Morrison Guest columnist | Opinion

Bolstering Georgia families with targeted tax reform

State lawmakers and other civic-minded people who work to improve the lives of Georgia families have no shortage of important causes worthy of their attention:

October 27, 2015 | By Wesley Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion

Tearful goodbye to Dixie Dew

The dread of death, I have come to know, is as fierce and unrelenting as a tornado in full destruction mode. Your heart sticks in panic, peaceful sleep retreats for days or weeks, and you dash around desperately trying to stop the steady assault with whatever humanly means you have, such as prayer and medicine.

October 27, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Thanks for making Pumpkin Patch a success

Editor, Despite dreary skies and the threat of rain, the Richmond Hill Garden Club's 16th annual Pumpkin Patch, held in early October, was a great success thanks to the generous support of local citizens. The Garden Club is truly grateful to those who attended, those who helped us publicize and arrange the occasion and those who volunteered at the event itself.

October 23, 2015 | | Opinion

Random thoughts on random subjects

A few weeks back, I mentioned the TBF/FLW High School Fishing Southeastern Conference Championship tournament scheduled for Lake Lanier. It has come and gone.

October 22, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Reader laments political correctness

Editor, PC - political correctness or political crap? If you haven't seen the latest Kia commercial, watch it the next time it comes on. The father is walking back to his Kia holding a trophy that his son received. It said, "Participant." The father pulled off the label and wrote "champs," as his son's team won all of its games. It is ridiculous that we are coddling our children and afraid that we might hurt their "self-esteem" just because they lost.

October 22, 2015 | | Opinion

Talking to collect my stories

Southerners tend to collect stories. And we tend to talk to anyone who will talk to us. The latter tends to lead to the first.

October 20, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Forum no-shows show lack of understanding

Editor, The Liberty County Branch NAACP is calling all citizens to hold candidates accountable and to elect leadership that will be inclusive and responsive to the needs of the county. There were several candidates in Riceboro who were nonresponsive to their invitation to the Joint Political Forum held Oct. 5.

October 20, 2015 | | Opinion

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There's a story with every name

In the South, everyone has a story. Every name is followed by a few sentences or paragraphs. No one is known by name alone.

December 01, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Radio host hatches plan to become mayor

Elections have always been big deals in small towns, and Lennox Valley is no exception. Winning an elected office is one of the few ways ...

November 30, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Rural health care is very important

Editor, Nov. 19 was National Rural Health Day, an opportunity to celebrate the "can do" spirit of our rural communities. On this day, we honored ...

November 27, 2015 | | Opinion

Academician got it right about Woman Who Shares My Name

Several of you got a chuckle over my recent observations on a survey from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of ...

November 26, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Giving thanks for those we love

An email arrived in the middle of the night back in August. Its message was to tell me that Randy Parks, one of the dearest ...

November 25, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Do you need to check your faith at the door?

There are two things we are taught never to discuss at work: politics and religion. But has the reorientation of social norms blurred those lines ...

November 23, 2015 | By Robert Anthony Olszak Guest Columnist | Opinion

New traffic light is big deal in small town

Editor's note: A new feature in our newspaper is a weekly serial named "The Good Folks of Lennox Valley," written by Kevin Slimp. Kevin ...

November 23, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

U.S. should not take in Syrian refugees

Editor, How do you commit mass suicide? You bring 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country, as the present administration wants to do. Homeland Security ...

November 23, 2015 | | Opinion

Unsubstantiated, anonymous sources have no place in journalism

I can't guarantee that I got all the commas where they belong today, but I can guarantee that what you read here is my ...

November 19, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

The joy of book shopping in person

It was in Oxford, Mississippi, that it came to me so clearly. I knew it, of course. I had known it since I was a ...

November 17, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

New GDOT board chair introduces herself

Transportation has always been the driving force of a thriving economy. Here in Georgia, the same holds true. Transportation touches the lives of everyone every ...

November 17, 2015 | By Emily Dunn Guest columnist | Opinion

The importance of hospice care

Editor, November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and I encourage everyone to increase their understanding and awareness of care at the end of ...

November 12, 2015 | | Opinion

Thanks, UGA, for study in marital bliss

There are many good things happening at my alma mater, the University of Georgia, these days. Unfortunately, not much of it is occurring on the ...

November 12, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

It takes time to be a proper Southerner

It takes a lot of time to be the proper Southerner, the kind respected for thoughtfulness and kindness. In fact, it takes so much time ...

November 10, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

What in the world is a Sega Fish?

Editor, SEGAFFSH (pronounced Sega Fish) is an acronym for Southeast Georgia Friends of Fort Stewart and Hunter, also known as Friends of Fort Stewart and ...

November 10, 2015 | | Opinion


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