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The concrete road less traveled

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?

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Updated: may. 05, 2015 3:00 p.m.
Tuition hikes cloud goal of increasing grads

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.

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Legislature's health care record was mixed

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.

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Updated: apr. 30, 2015 8:00 p.m.
Parent: Coach disrespected daughter

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.

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Updated: apr. 30, 2015 8:00 p.m.
Is Buddy Carter beholding to big oil?

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).

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Updated: apr. 30, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Answer man has all the answers

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.

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Updated: apr. 30, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Beloved legacy of Don Light

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.

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Updated: apr. 29, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Haleigh's Hope is now Georgia's hope

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.

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Updated: apr. 24, 2015 10:30 a.m.


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.”

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Updated: apr. 23, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Strong candidate not running for president

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.

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Updated: apr. 23, 2015 4:00 p.m.
When a man finds his destiny

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.

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Updated: apr. 21, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Legislator gives view of 2015 session

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.

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Updated: apr. 20, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Pipeline would be trouble for coast

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.

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Updated: apr. 17, 2015 7:00 a.m.
Step forward: Lessons from 2015 session

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.

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Updated: apr. 16, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Cities Week is chance to thank city employees

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.

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Updated: apr. 16, 2015 7:00 p.m.

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