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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


Junior E. Lee knows polls and pests

With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in greater Garfield, Georgia, to get his thoughts on the various races and to see who he thinks will make it to the finals of the November general election and who will be eliminated this round.

July 07, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


State stands by its veterans

While there is controversy surrounding the state of care from the federal government's Veterans Administration, there is no mistaking the importance of the services and support that the state of Georgia provides to veterans.

July 07, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Freedom is still America’s best trait

We're about to start the weekend when Americans celebrate a freedom declared 238 years ago, when a small band of men risked their lives and fortunes to change history's course.

July 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Families benefit from innovative policy

Erika Hartley has two sons with autism, which means she can explain in one sentence what being able to customize their education means to her family.

July 02, 2014 | By Lindsey Burke | Opinion


Fighting terrorism in our country

On Sept. 11, 2001, our way of life in the United States was changed forever.

July 02, 2014 | By Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion


Speaker Ralston faces a choice

As the speaker of the Georgia House, David Ralston is one of the most powerful men at the state capitol. Gov. Nathan Deal is the only person at the Gold Dome who has more political clout.

June 30, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Some hope for the humor-impaired

The things you learn while surfing the Internet in desperation for column material. Did you know that there is a National Association for the Humor-Impaired? May Jimmy Carter (speaking of the humor-impaired) wash my socks if I am not telling the truth.

June 30, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Bond sale highlights investment

Georgia's bond sale last week totaling $977.8 million ($823.5 new debt) was a success, seeing the state maintain its AAA bond rating, but more importantly funding important infrastructure for the state in education, higher education construction and renovation, public safety and environmental improvements and various other infrastructure investments.

June 30, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Education excellence can’t be achieved from above

Education in America in the 21st century is moving away from the standardization of the Industrial Era and toward greater customization. As parents increasingly tailor their children's education through course choice, scholarship tax credits, education savings accounts, homeschooling, online and blending learning, and so on, top-down accountability schemes will become increasingly untenable. As our education system becomes more decentralized and complex, the locus of accountability should shift from government to parents.

June 26, 2014 | By Jason Bedrick | Opinion


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Life lessons from Truett Cathy

I met Truett Cathy at a Rotary Club meeting where I received a certificate for my high school leadership achievements. I was just 17 years old. Little did I know the impact that meeting would have on my life.

September 16, 2014 | By Tim Echols | Opinion


Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.

September 16, 2014 | By Mike Klein | Opinion


Parties fight the battle of the ballot

In our system of government where citizens elect those who will make the decisions for them, voter registration and the casting of ballots are the fundamental elements of democracy - the blocking and tackling, to use a football analogy.

September 16, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Looking for positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 16, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Revenues continue upswing

August state revenues gained 3.5 percent, following July's gain of 5.5 percent, resulting in a two-month gain of 4.5 percent. August revenues totaled $1.39 billion, with a gain of $47 million. Revenues needed to grow $43 million for the month to meet budget, so there's about a 10 percent overage.

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


A platform for reform

For the fifth year in a row, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute will bring game-changing, market-oriented, limited-government reforms ideas to the state at the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum in Atlanta on Sept. 19.

September 11, 2014 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion


Decision on Ex-Im Bank looms

President Ronald Reagan, January 30, 1984: "Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Import Bank contributes in a significant way to our nation's export sales."

September 11, 2014 | By Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion


The camera never blinks

When George Orwell first coined the phrase "Big Brother is watching you," he knew what he was talking about.

September 08, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


College a major player in Dalton’s rebound

Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could"? That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of Northwest Georgia not far from the Tennessee line.

September 08, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Another look at Alabama’s education budget

There are some benefits to having Alabama's two budget earmarked revenue model, including the certainty of the amount of revenue that can be used to fund education and only education. However, this also presents a drawback to the two-budget structure: if multiple revenue streams decrease, as occurred in the recession, the education budget will have to undergo cuts and, by design, cannot utilize revenue earmarked for the general budget.

September 08, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


A character of caring

History is fickle with heroic humans, even when they loom over their generation in service to humanity. Even presidents suffer the fickle hand of history, especially when events in their administrations overshadow them. It happened to Herbert Hoover.

September 04, 2014 | By Harold Brown | Opinion


It’s time to get serious about the campaigns

There was a time when general election campaigns didn't "officially" get underway until after the Labor Day weekend.

September 01, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Pumpkins weary of September’s song

Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday." The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia - "For it's a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September."

September 01, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


A look at Alabama’s education budget

Warning: This column may contain statistics - you should always remember that "statistics come to the aid of those who don't lie well!"

September 01, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Caveat investor: the feds want a bite of your mutual fund

Even with the stock market reaching all-time highs and many Americans smiling at the look of their 401(k) valuations, storm clouds are gathering in Washington and abroad that may mean higher costs for investors, lower returns in the long run, and less freedom to cash out when that rainy day comes.

August 28, 2014 | By Paul S. Atkins | Opinion


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