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When it comes to senior discounts, ask and you shall receive

I celebrated my 55th birthday about a month ago. It was on a Wednesday, which played right into one of my most long-awaited desires: walking into the Kroger supermarket and asking for my senior discount at checkout.

June 05, 2015 | By Rich DeLong | Opinion


Free-trade bill deserves your support

The congressional debate over trade has been white-hot in recent weeks. With the support of both Georgia senators, Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, the U.S. Senate just approved Trade Promotion Authority, which would help the United States enter into more trade agreements with foreign nations, benefiting people right here in Georgia.

June 05, 2015 | By Brandon Arnold and Benita M. Dodd Georgia Public Policy Foundation | Opinion


Education Reform Commission: Can we talk about how much schooling costs?

The Education Reform Commission established by Gov. Nathan Deal spent a lot of time talking about money in recent months. Its members considered an alternative approach to distributing state funds that gives districts greater flexibility in using those dollars. They also discussed differences in students' needs and changing how funds are allocated based on those needs.

June 05, 2015 | By Claire Suggs Guest column | Opinion


Random thoughts on random subjects

• I have the greatest respect for the Georgia State Patrol. Theirs is a tough job with roughly 900 troopers available to cover a state of 59,500 square miles and deal with the kind of carnage they see almost daily on Georgia's highways. If all of this isn't difficult enough, now they are being required to enforce the so-called "slow poke" law. One trooper was quoted recently as saying not enough people are aware of the law. Consider this a public-service announcement, dear reader: If you are going 70 miles per hour in the left lane - the maximum ...

June 05, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Online schools are key option for students

The classroom is changing.

May 28, 2015 | By Krista Kunkle Guest columnist | Opinion


Christianity under attack in Duggar scandal

This past week, it was reported that Josh Duggar, who is the son of Jim and Michelle Duggar from TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" reality show, molested several girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager.

May 27, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion


Tax policy a quality-of-life topic in 2015

Taxes are nobody's favorite expense. Most people view them as simply a nuisance bill to pay or as an added cost on a major purchase. Average Georgians rarely give state tax policy a second thought, especially compared to critical challenges like education and health care. But few issues matter more to the pocketbooks of Georgia families, the bottom line of Georgia businesses and the ability of state and local governments to fund quality public services.

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


Teachers share feelings about future

My recent open letter to Georgia's public school teachers produced as much response as I have received in a long time. Teachers from one end of the state to the other have weighed in, and the comments are still coming.

May 27, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


It all goes by so quickly

A friend said something the other day that has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She's soon to turn 70 and this is what she said:

May 26, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Making military lives matter

Memorial Day weekend, as you've heard time and again, is that long weekend marking the unofficial start of the summer: beaches, boats and barbecue. Fun in the sun. With all the frolicking, many may overlook that Monday is, first and foremost, a special day set aside to remember those Americans who have died serving in our armed forces.

May 26, 2015 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Don't be complacent about hurricanes

Cumberland Island was struck head-on by a major hurricane 117 years ago. The Category 3 storm pounded the Georgia coast with winds of 135 mph and massive waves, causing a 16-foot storm surge in Brunswick that left much of the city underwater.

May 22, 2015 | By Jim Butterworth Guest columnist | Opinion


What Nobel laureates have incurred should not have occurred

I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for president of the United States (or what's left of it).

May 21, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Moving away from 'funny math methods'

Getting math right for the students and teachers of Georgia has been a priority of mine since day one. One of my first actions as your state school superintendent was working with the State Board of Education to provide a needed choice between integrated mathematics and traditional discrete mathematics (with assessments to match each option) for our schools.

May 20, 2015 | By Richard Woods Guest columnist | Opinion


It's hard to quit your raising

Here, I'll announce something I've never admitted publicly: I love going barefooted. It's how I was raised.

May 19, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Insurers' networks are not so 'narrow'

Premium increases for Georgia's insurance-exchange health plans beat regional and national rates, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute, cited by Georgia Health News.

May 15, 2015 | By Graham Thompson Guest columnist | Opinion


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First lady's speech disappoints reader

Editor, I think of commencement speeches as being uplifting, a challenge to the graduates to each go out and achieve their dreams, to be honest and responsible, be proud of themselves and respect others, to work hard at each thing one endeavors while learning from mistakes. If you have a job, great, but if not, plug away until you get one. Life is like building blocks. When they get knocked down, put them back up and keep building.

June 25, 2015 | | Opinion


Five young men help define successful life

Five young men, ages 18-23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

June 25, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


The great EPA ozone-asthma caper

The first ozone alert of 2015 was issued June 17 amid 90-degree temperatures in metro Atlanta, a "Code Orange" warning children and "sensitive" individuals to "limit prolonged outdoor exertion."

June 25, 2015 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Poverty increases demand feeding programs

Georgia summer nutrition programs served about 18,000 more children in July 2014 than in July 2013. That's the good news. The bad news is that these programs still served less than 1 in 6 needy children in 2014, according to a recent report by the Food Research and Action Center.

June 24, 2015 | By Melissa Johnson Guest columnist | Opinion


A father to remember

It happens all the time: Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.

June 23, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


In search of cure for Alzheimer's disease

Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease. By 2050, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

June 19, 2015 | By State Rep. Robert Trammell Jr. Guest columnist | Opinion


A day for memories of a special man

It has been 31 years since he passed away, and not a day goes by that I don't miss him, especially on Father's Day.

June 18, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Funding the state transporation bill

The transportation bill received much attention this past legislative session, and rightfully so. It doesn't take long for one to drive anywhere in Georgia before noticing that our roads, interstates, and bridges are in terrible disrepair.

June 18, 2015 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


The 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.

June 17, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Health-care proposal improves with ages

You've got to give credit to U.S. Rep. Dr. Tom Price, R-Ga.: He introduced his first post-Obamacare bill as early as 2009 and has reintroduced an updated version in every Congress since then. The latest Empowering Patients First Act (House Resolution 2300), introduced this month, is the fourth iteration.

June 12, 2015 | By John Graham Guest columnist | Opinion


'Nam vets getting parade finally

On June 19, a Vietnam veterans welcome-home ceremony will be held at Cottrell Field on Fort Stewart. Many local communities also have designated the day as a time to honor all veterans who served during this war. This ceremony is a great event and one that everyone in the community should make plans to attend.

June 11, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Columnist | Opinion


Feds closely watch columnist, dangling participles

Last week, Congress passed, and President Barack Obama signed, legislation that will alter somewhat how federal law enforcement can monitor our phone calls in the future.

June 11, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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