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What youth can learn from heroes

As Memorial Day recedes, the word of the week is "summer." Unfortunately, the true meaning of the holiday more often takes a back seat to barbecue. What is now simply the "unofficial start of summer" once was "Decoration Day," honoring the troops who died in the Civil War. Today, it honors all the Americans who have died in military service.

May 29, 2014 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion


In some races, geography was destiny

When the U.S. Senate race kicked off last year, the conventional wisdom was that Jack Kingston would be hindered by the fact he was not well-known to Georgia's voters outside the coastal counties he represented in the 1st Congressional District.

May 26, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Unsolicited advice from a nattering nabob

To David Perdue, Jack Kingston and Michelle Nunn: Congratulations on making it this far in your quest to become our newest U.S. senator. As you prepare for the next phase of your campaign, I thought I would pass along to you some unsolicited advice for your consideration. Please don't thank me. It was either this or clean out my sock drawer.

May 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Georgia’s fiscal oversight agency

When Governor Deal recently vetoed a bill involving misdemeanor probation collection companies, he referred to areas of concern in the bill, but also part of the controversy over the bill stemmed from an audit report released by the Department of Audits and Accounts that raised questions about the operation of these companies in local governments (audit released April 24 – www.audits.ga.gov). This is an example of one of the roles that the Department of Audits plays in state government: the role of oversight, accountability and adherence to law. These performance audits can be requested by the Legislature or ...

May 26, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Georgia's primary is here

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Georgia will hold the earliest primary election in the state's history.

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


Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face

I was taught at a young age that you shouldn't cut off your nose to spite your face.

May 19, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Random thoughts for random subjects

How's this for a conflict? This past weekend I had to choose between going to New York and attending the prestigious Peabody Award ceremonies, sponsored by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia, or an opportunity to participate in the 14th annual Washpot Festival in Garfield.

May 19, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


A reminder of what’s right in education

This is the time of year for school year-end banquets and awards programs. Attending some of these always reminds me of what is working very well in education and what ingredients make for success for many, many young people.

May 19, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Get Georgia moving on transportation

Georgia's economy is picking up, and with it the daily traffic congestion as growing numbers of commuters travel to jobs. Inertia followed the failure of the 2012 transportation sales tax (TSPLOST) in nine of 12 regions, but it's time to move forward on transportation.

May 15, 2014 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion


Raising awareness of a silent risk

This session I sponsored House Resolution 1717, which recognized May 14, 2014, as Atrial Fibrillation Day in the state of Georgia to help raise awareness about this serious, silent threat to many Georgians. Atrial fibrillation, the most common form of arrhythmia, occurs when the electrical activity of the heart is disorganized, causing an irregular heartbeat, disrupting the flow of blood through the heart and into the brain.

May 15, 2014 | By Rep. Katie Dempsey | Opinion


Are more surprises in store for primary night?

In just one more week, Georgia will hold its earliest primary election ever and finally give a definitive answer on the race everybody is watching, the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.

May 12, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


There’s no questioning the Answer Man

It is the Merry Month of May and you know that means, boys and girls. It is time for Answer Man! You ask it, we answer it. Please know that all answers have been authenticated and hermetically-sealed by Funk and Wagnalls. (No, not that Funk and Wagnall. This is Elrod Funk and Jim Bob Wagnalls. I don't know them all that well but they knocked on the door and said they needed work and wanted to cut my grass. I told them I had a better idea.)

May 12, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Refund totals drag down revenues

State revenues were negative for the month, declining by $50.1 million, or -2.9 percent. A little history might show why this decline is not a surprise to state leaders.

May 12, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Time to restructure testing?

Across Georgia, tension is in the air as 1.6 million students endure the annual ritual of end-of-year testing. Nervous students, parents and teachers feel the pressure: The efforts of an entire year hinge upon the performance at this one point in time.

May 08, 2014 | By Kelly McCutchen | Opinion


Stopping the Obamacare train wreck

Since graduating from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 1980, I have had the privilege of practicing in what I believe is the greatest health care system in the world.

May 08, 2014 | By Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion


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The lessons from the primary runoff

There were some important political lessons that should have been learned from last week's runoff election.

July 28, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


So who is the real outsider in the Senate race?

The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office and both are anxious to portray themselves as the ultimate "outsider."

July 28, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Higher education going online

Students who have had to put their education on hold, like soldiers returning from deployment, and individuals looking to make a career change, are in the market to not only advance their education but to do so in an easily accessible and low-cost manner.

July 28, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


A good run that hopefully isn’t done

For the next five months-plus, Jack Kingston will have a job to do. And we expect him to do it the same way and in the same manner he has approached it for the previous 21 ½ years.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


A way to fix public schools

This excerpt is adapted from a speech by Ben Scafidi on July 10 at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation's Friedman Legacy for Freedom celebration in Macon.

July 24, 2014 | By Ben Scafidi | Opinion


A choice that is really a power grab

There once was a man who had a stable of horses, a barn full of fine animals for lease. At first glance, it appeared that his business offered great flexibility, a steed for every desire.

July 24, 2014 | By Chuck Eaton | Opinion


Why Johnny can’t go to college

In less than a month, students will be reporting for fall semester classes at the public colleges that make up the state's university system.

July 21, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Taxpayers on the hook for botched probe

In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experience and I am proud of the good things we accomplished at the commission.

July 21, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


June gain caps a ‘good’ year

Robust June revenue collections of $1.76 billion produced a gain of $182.3 million for the month, an 11.5 percent increase. June's fiscal year-end report pushed total fiscal year 2014 totals to $17.88 billion in total collections, with a total gain of $879.2 million for the year or a 5.2 percent increase … by any account a "good" year moving the state in a positive direction.

July 21, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


BRAC and its potential impact

IRS, DEA, CIA, DOD, FDA, DOE, TSA - unfortunately, in our federal government, acronyms are the norm.

July 17, 2014 | By Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion


Follow state’s lead on criminal justice reform

Protection to person and property is the paramount duty of government. This phrase, which appears on the first page of the Georgia Constitution, highlights the importance of the criminal justice system.

July 17, 2014 | By Kelly McCutchen | Opinion


At last, the finish line is in sight for primary runoffs

For those who have endured Georgia's longest runoff election ever, the July 22 finish line is finally coming into view.

July 14, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Waxing poetic can be quite frenetic

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

July 14, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


More on state services for veterans

Another major focus of the state is securing employment for veterans. According to the Workforce Division at the Department of Economic Development, up to 80,000 veterans will return to Georgia within the next four years. The unemployment rate for veterans continues to exceed the national unemployment average, especially among the Iraq and Afghanistan-era vets.

July 14, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Who will step up to replace Broun?

Georgia soon will be losing one of its most entertaining political personalities in U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, the Republican from Athens.

July 07, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


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