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Taking a slow bus to no where

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February 03, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Facts for those who care for public schools

This is in response to the Dick Yarborough column, "A Hard Lesson About Education," printed in the Jan. 26 edition of the Bryan County News. The views expressed are solely my own.

February 03, 2017 | By Amy Murphy Guest columnist | Opinion


Penny tax for cop raises is a good idea

Like many people I know this side of jail, I'm a fan of good law enforcement.

January 31, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Trump winning war against press

The best thing that happened to Donald Trump the other week is that BuzzFeed published the raw Russia dossier about him.

January 29, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Trump gives great sound bites

Donald Trump should do press conferences more often. Not for the country's sake, certainly not for the media's sake, but for his. He really shouldn't have waited 167-plus days to hold one, because the man gives great sound bite.

January 28, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


A hard lesson about education

Education is all about learning. The defeat of Amendment 1 last fall by Georgia voters was a lesson for its proponents, including Gov. Nathan Deal, who invested a lot of political capital into its passage.

January 27, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Budget takes up much of General Assembly's week

This week at the Georgia General Assembly the budget was given close consideration.

January 26, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the News | Opinion


Complaining as an artform

If you lived in Lennox Valley during my childhood, you were familiar with A.J. Fryerson. And if you knew A.J. Fryerson, you knew one thing above all: He complained about everything.

January 26, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


State gets more clout

Georgia's clout in Congress has increased with the appointment of Rep. Tom Graves to chair the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations.

January 24, 2017 | Rome (Ga.) News-Tribune | Opinion


Hitting the reset button on Russia

President Barack Obama has finally had it with Russia. It only took eight years of cold reality - topped off by the Russian interference in the November election - to make the outgoing president almost clear-eyed about the Kremlin.

January 21, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


President Tweety Bird

Let's call him President-elect Tweety Bird. Donald Trump clearly has decided that he will continue to utilize his stream-of-consciousness Twitter messages to intimidate others - whether it is an individual whose actions or comments have bruised his fragile ego; or a corporation that faces his threats because he believes (correctly or not) that it is shutting down American facilities for the promise of cheap labor across the border; or the "liars" in the "dishonest media" who dare to report on you-name-it unfavorably. He has commented on issues, often complex, with simple-minded, usually nasty, superficiality.

January 20, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


National issues crowd out thoughts on broccoli

I hope you will forgive me but I am going against my better judgment today and sound like one of those inch-wide, inch-deep political pundits and blah-blah bloggers who can be more boring than a tree stump.

January 20, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Juliet meets her match

1998 was a hard year for Juliet Stoughton. Sure, she almost single-handedly ended the political career of would-be mayor Raymond Cooper, seriously contemplated a protest at the Baptist Church, and made two close friends in Sarah Hyden-Smith and Iris Long. The truth is, however, there were things going on within Juliet her newfound fame couldn't camouflage.

January 19, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


General Assembly gets down to work

The first official week of the legislative session is one that sets the tone for the work that will get done during the Georgia General Assembly.

January 19, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the News | Opinion


Opportunity knocking for state

Opportunity is knocking as the door opens on Georgia's 2017-18 legislative session. In a state with a Republican governor since 2002 and GOP majorities in both chambers since 2004, it's time for legislators to welcome policy reforms that can improve income, opportunity and well-being.

January 17, 2017 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


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Dr. Melvin Pender is bona fide hero, y'all

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years ...

February 23, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Senate amends budget to give raises to LEOs

It was a very busy and productive week at the state capitol as we are nearing the halfway mark this legislative session. We deliberated legislation ...

February 22, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the News | Opinion


Administration is stirring hate

With his executive order to build that southern-border barrier, President Donald Trump simply was keeping his campaign promise, placating his millions of anti-Latino bigot followers ...

February 18, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Perdue already knows how to drain swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a ...

February 18, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Judge Gorsuch is the anti-Trump

If President Donald Trump is a budding authoritarian, as his critics allege, one of the safeguards is Judge Neil Gorsuch.

February 17, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


State Senate honors firefighters, Girl Scout cookies

The Senate assembled this week to consider a wide range of legislation and we passed several bills that could affect our district. We also had ...

February 16, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the News | Opinion


Would someone actually kill A.J.?

Three weeks had passed and still no one had seen or heard a peep from A.J. Fryerson. Something was amiss and the good folks ...

February 16, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Coastal Courier | Opinion


The revenge of the nation-state

The start of the Trump administration has been a vindication of the American nation-state.

February 12, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Jury duty can be a hoot when you know people

It was, of all things, a call to jury duty that reminded me powerfully of the beauty of a sweet hometown and the joy that ...

February 11, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump has created his own chaos

Let's take the good with the bad about Donald Trump: On the positive side, he has rendered useless those clocks the news networks like ...

February 11, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


China would win trade war with U.S.

During his election campaign, President Donald Trump threatened to impose 35 to 45 percent tariffs on Chinese imports to force China into renegotiating its trade ...

February 10, 2017 | By Prof. Winter Nie | Opinion


A.J.'s absence piques newswoman's curiosity

A week had gone by since A.J. Fryerson's letter to the editor concerning Buford Levitt's new gas pumps was published in the ...

February 10, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Advice for a journey's beginning

Please allow me a bit of a preamble: Nicholas Sanford Wansley is grandson Number Three chronologically and - pardon a grandfather's pride - a high achiever ...

February 09, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Bill would allow medical marijuana for autism

Serving as a state senator is rewarding because I am engaged in the intricate legislative process that often affects and improves the lives of people ...

February 09, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the News | Opinion


A.J.'s enemy list just keeps getting longer

Yes, A.J. Fryerson complained about everything, and the number of folks on his "bad list" increased by the week.

February 05, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


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