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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."

April 13, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Opinion


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?

April 09, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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.

April 08, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the News | Opinion


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.

April 08, 2015 | By Andy Miller Georgia Health News | Opinion


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.

April 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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.

April 03, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


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.

April 03, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Bryan, stand up and be counted

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

April 02, 2015 | By Bob Sprinkel Guest columnist | Opinion


National energy policy hits home

Georgia boasts no native sources of fossil fuel ­- coal, natural gas or oil ­- yet the energy industry fuels this state's economy just as surely as if it were the epicenter of operations.

March 31, 2015 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Cancer, it's past time

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

March 30, 2015 | | Opinion


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.

March 30, 2015 | By Claire Suggs Guest columnist | Opinion


Opposition to Opportunity School District

The Opportunity School District (OSD) SB 133 and SR 287, which passed the Senate last week, would create a special state-run school district where the superintendent of the OSD is appointed by, and report directly to the governor. If passed in the House, Governor Deal, who has no training in education, will be making decisions based on what his appointed superintendent says. The governor will also be receiving recommendations from his appointed Education Reform Commission, which has no active teachers or parents, but is filled with legislators, charter-school advocates, and for-profit education consultants.

March 19, 2015 | By John Palmer Guest Column | Opinion


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.

March 19, 2015 | By Benjamin Scafidi | Opinion


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.

March 18, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Phone books, not taking responsibility on list of annoying things

I received my first AARP card in the mail the other day. It's official - I'm old!

March 13, 2015 | By Rich DeLong | Opinion


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The concrete road less traveled

What if you were told that 95 percent of Georgians are using a product that may not always be the best value for money?

May 05, 2015 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Tuition hikes cloud goal of increasing grads

A college education in Georgia just got less affordable. Tuition is rising again in the wake of cuts in state funds for the university system. The HOPE Scholarship covers far less than it used to, and many students do not receive it. A college degree is more important than ever, yet it may be priced out of reach for many students.

May 04, 2015 | By Claire Suggs Guest columnist | Opinion


Legislature's health care record was mixed

Georgia lawmakers left town earlier this month after producing a 2016 state spending plan that invests no more money overall for health care than last year. Georgia ranks near the bottom of all states for health-care investment, and the consequences include hundreds of thousands of uninsured Georgians and hospitals that struggle to stay afloat.

April 30, 2015 | By Timothy Sweeney Guest columnist | Opinion


Parent: Coach disrespected daughter

Editor, My daughter tried out for Bryan County High School's basketball team. After the tryouts, she learned she had made the team, although she had never played before. It was extremely nice for the coach to keep her on the team, even with her lack of experience making her one of the worst players on the team. She gave a lot of effort and worked really hard. I had to pay about $100-plus for her shoes and socks after she made the team.

April 30, 2015 | | Opinion


Is Buddy Carter beholding to big oil?

Editor, When 1st Congressional District U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter spoke before Richmond Hill High School students on the issues surrounding Kinder Morgan's Palmetto Pipeline, he stated, "I suspect many of you drive, and gas is expensive. … Having a pipeline could help that. … So sometimes, we have to make tough decisions" (coastalcourier.com, April 17, reported by Jeff Whitten).

April 30, 2015 | | Opinion


Answer man has all the answers

What time is it, boys and girls? It's time for Answer Man! Time to dip into the ol' mailbag and see what is on your mind and show you how little is on ours. While we can't guarantee total and complete accuracy in our answers, it is Answer Man's opinion that this won't matter because if you knew the answer, you probably wouldn't have asked the question in the first place.

April 30, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Beloved legacy of Don Light

Many people have crossed the path of my life, but only one crossed it from three different directions. Don Light, one of Nashville's most admired powerbrokers and star-makers, was meant to be part of my life. I said this repeatedly because I encountered him through friends in country music, Southern gospel and NASCAR racing.

April 29, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Haleigh's Hope is now Georgia's hope

Fifteen months ago, a local reporter asked me if there was any interest within the General Assembly in taking on the medical marijuana issue for the 2014 legislative session, and I told him, emphatically, that there was none and that I did not foresee that issue coming up anytime soon in Georgia. Then, a week later, I met a little 4-year-old girl named Haleigh and her courageous mom and dad, and was I proved ever so wrong.

April 24, 2015 | By State Rep. Allen Peake Special to the News | Opinion


Gulf oil spill: Drawn-out tempest in teacup

The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was called catastrophic by many. President Barack Obama declared, "This oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced." The National Resource Defense Council said two years later, "A people wronged and a region scarred remains."

April 23, 2015 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Strong candidate not running for president

My fellow Americans, it is with a heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016.

April 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


When a man finds his destiny

Sometimes a man, despite his best efforts, doesn't find his destiny. Try as he might, down through the earnest years of his life, he chases it and even can believe he has it, only to awaken one morning and discover he doesn't - that what he has is an illusion, a mirage that he tried to turn into reality.

April 21, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Legislator gives view of 2015 session

The activity surrounding each legislative session is always a combination of fast action with periods of slow-moving, tedious meetings as legislation is researched, deliberated and reconciled before the actual vote. This session was no different, and each day was used to the fullest as we set our sights on tackling some tough issues for the betterment of our state. The following is a summary of some of the major accomplishments and most-significant legislation passed this session.

April 20, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the News | Opinion


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.

April 17, 2015 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


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.

April 16, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion


Cities Week is chance to thank city employees

Too many times, the day-to-day business of being mayor and governing the city prevents me from saying "thank you" to the city employees who make our city run smoothly. Contrary to what some may think, local government - not state or federal - usually has the greatest impact on the lives of its residents.

April 16, 2015 | By E. Harold Fowler Guest columnist | Opinion


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