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Caught up in the great circle of politics

Norm Woodel is one of those people in the world of politics whose face may not be that well known, but whose voice is right in the thick of it.

June 23, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


There’s hope for future Iraqi generations

In my home hangs a photograph of a rather large and deep hole on the side of an asphalt road. It is the aftermath of an IED (improvised explosive device) - or in more simple terms, a homemade bomb - that went off just as the Humvee in which I was riding passed over it.

June 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Why Georgia still earns AAA rating

Georgia completed another bond sale this week, again under the AAA rating that only nine other states share. The sale validated the state leadership's businesslike management, but also saved the state money in financing costs. This week, we'll look at the five reasons Georgia continues to earn the AAA bond rating.

June 23, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Curtain not closing on Medient

In spite of the tumultuous moves at Medient Studios, Inc., last week, maybe the planned massive studioplex won't be left on the cutting room floor.

June 19, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Opinion


To be or not to be a citizen

Politically speaking, perhaps the biggest news story last week was the historic loss of Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary election.

June 19, 2014 | By Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion


Kingston gives Perdue an opening

It all seemed to be breaking the right way for Rep. Jack Kingston after the Senate Republican primary.

June 16, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


If heaven isn’t available, Athens will do

I have said it before but it bears repeating: If I don't qualify for heaven (a distinct possibility), my preferred alternates are: (a.) Athens, Georgia, on a crisp fall Saturday afternoon; (b.) Athens, Georgia, on a warm spring day or (c.) Athens, Georgia, on any day. As you no doubt know, Athens is home to my alma mater, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in all the land.

June 16, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Growth meeting budget estimates

May revenues came in with a 3.1 percent gain as the middle month of the fourth quarter drifted closer to the end of the fiscal year in June. At $1.3 billion for the month, state revenues produced a gain of $42.2 million total.

June 16, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Don’t always toss them the keys

The investigation continues into why somebody ran into another car head-on last week, killing a 4-year-old boy in the ensuing collision and badly injuring that young boy's mother.

June 12, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Opinion


State needs power to fix problems

What's a state to do when the federal surface transportation program heads toward its Sept. 1 expiration date with little promise of a new transportation bill and the Federal Highway Trust Fund's expenditures outpace tax receipts about $1.25 billion a month?

June 12, 2014 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion


Some people never learn

The people we send to the state Capitol to pass our laws have always reminded me of a goofy, flop-eared puppy that keeps making mistakes as it romps inside the house.

June 09, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


A man who achieved his dream

Before the start of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Billy Payne, the organization's CEO, reminded everyone that while much of the attention during the Games would be focused on the high-profile athletes, not to forget that all 10,000 athletes from the 107 countries represented were and would forever be Olympians - a title very few people in the world would ever attain.

June 09, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Georgia needs more doctors

Georgia has a primary care physician shortage totaling 200 physicians per 100,000 population, not unlike many other states. Other parts of the country, certainly in the northern part, may have as many as 350 per 100,000 population. This puts the state 39th in ranking.

June 09, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


When we had real leadership

At a time in the life of our nation when there appears to be a real lack of positive and aggressive leadership from our leader in Washington, I found this prayer by President Franklin Roosevelt on announcing the D-Day invasion. He asked the nation to join him in the prayer.

June 05, 2014 | By Ruth Lee | Opinion


No such thing as a free lunch

Two weeks ago, voters in Switzerland voted by an overwhelming 76 percent to 24 percent to reject the establishment of Switzerland's first minimum wage. The proposed wage floor was about $24 per hour and would have been the highest minimum wage in the world if the referendum had passed.

June 05, 2014 | By Jeffrey Dorfman | Opinion


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Getting with the program on transportation

The regional transportation sales tax referendum failed two years ago across most of Georgia and in metro Atlanta. So it's encouraging to see movement again, in the form of a joint study committee on transportation funding that met in Atlanta on Aug. 5 for the first of seven meetings around the state before the 2015 legislative session.

August 21, 2014 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion


Pushing the fight for medical cannabis

As the clock approached midnight on March 20, the final night of the 2014 Georgia legislative session, it became apparent that a final vote to send a medical cannabis oil bill to the governor's desk for his signature was not going to happen this year.

August 21, 2014 | By Rep. Allen Peake | Opinion


Not just another tool in the toolbox

A recent public meeting held on the topic of aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) conspicuously neglected other relevant water-management problems and opportunities. The meeting was hosted on Jekyll Island by a General Assembly Natural Resources study committee chaired by Sen. Ross Tolleson.

August 21, 2014 | By David Kyler | Opinion


The candidates have some lessons to learn

There are many lessons about elections I've learned through years of reporting on politics.

August 18, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


One little letter does not a liberal make

Rap! Rap! Rap!

August 18, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


The avenues of transportation funding

A Joint House-Senate Study Committee began work last week on transportation needs of the state and how those needs may be met in the coming years.

August 18, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Capping scholarships, capping opportunity

Carlethia Ingram easily could have become one more lost teenager. Her mother died four days after the birth of her youngest sister. For 10 years, Carlethia and two sisters lived with their grandmother in Savannah public housing until Barbara Ingram passed away last year.

August 14, 2014 | By Mike Klein | Opinion


Health crisis making Georgia famous

Last week, the second of two Americans infected with the Ebola virus arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

August 14, 2014 | By Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion


Bringing accountability and success back to the VA and veterans

Our country's veterans have risked life and limb to protect our freedoms and ensure our way of life. For too long the Department of Veterans Affairs has failed our nation's veterans by operating under a culture of corruption and neglect that lacked accountability or leadership. Veterans deserve better than that and with the sweeping reforms put in place by theVeterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, I am committed to personally seeing to it that we have a better VA health system delivery for our veterans.

August 11, 2014 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson | Opinion


There is a price to pay for transportation

Ray LaHood, who once was the federal transportation secretary for President Obama, had some blunt advice for a legislative study committee trying to figure out how the state can pay for repairing its highways and bridges.

August 11, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


What’s wrong with a Southern accent?

I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent." Gosh dang. What is wrong with a Southern accent?

August 11, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


July a good start to the fiscal year

July is not a "high" revenue month, not in the category of December, April and some others, but as the first month in the fiscal year, it is important to get the year off to a good start.

August 11, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


EPA’s power grab is unscientific

According to the Federal Register, on Dec. 7, 2009, the EPA "found" that current and projected concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations. Unfortunately, this finding and the EPA's subsequent action threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations of Georgians far more than greenhouse gases do.

August 07, 2014 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion


What color on the political map is your state?

The conventional wisdom about Georgia politics has been that the state's changing demographics will eventually bring about a change in its political orientation.

August 04, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


A reminder why teaching is noble

Dear Georgia public school teachers:

August 04, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


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