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Politics, procrastination hinder solution

The United States is the land of opportunity. Our country's heritage is a rich tapestry interwoven from Native Americans and immigrants of all colors and cultural backgrounds.

July 31, 2014 | By Michael Carnuccio | Opinion


Obamacare dealt another blow

Since its inception, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare as it is commonly referred, has been dying a slow death.

July 31, 2014 | By Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion


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


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Is a separate education budget a good thing?

In two previous columns, we have looked at the close-by example of a separate education budget, the state of Alabama's two-budget system.

September 23, 2014 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Alternatives to thinning the Jekyll deer herd

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. One day I am advising world leaders on the nuances of international monetary policy. The next day I am consoling a distraught reader who thinks I need to "look within myself spiritually." The last time I looked within myself, I saw my navel. It was full of lint. Never again.

September 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


State’s great experiment didn’t work

Over the past 10 years, Georgia has served as the location for a wide-ranging experiment in economic theory.

September 23, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Once again, we have no federal budget

On Wednesday of last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. J. Res 124, a continuing resolution (CR) for fiscal year 2015 that will fund the federal government until Dec. 11.

September 23, 2014 | By Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion


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


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