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Agriculture a winner in budget

Georgia agriculture continues to be a critical part of the state's economy. The Legislature provided a number of funding additions to benefit agriculture and forestry in the fiscal year 2016 Budget. In addition, a number of bills were passed which affect agriculture positively.

April 28, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

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.

April 28, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Coming soon: a $1 billion dollar pipeline

The Palmetto Pipeline will be one of the largest and most expensive infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Georgia.

April 28, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Leadership, economic diversity spur Georgia

Many older Georgians recall our economic leadership in what were called the "Four Ps" - peanuts, poultry, pine trees and pecans. These were solid building blocks of the Georgia economy decades ago, and we can be proud that Georgia still leads in these areas.

April 28, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen | Opinion

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

April 28, 2015 | Staff report | Opinion

On the road to solving transportation funding

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.

April 21, 2015 | By Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion

Highlights from a busy session

The 2015 legislative session has concluded and much sound legislation was researched, deliberated and passed for the betterment of our state. I will highlight the ones that most significantly affect the livelihood of Georgia families.

April 21, 2015 | By Rep. Bill Hitchens | Opinion

Highlights from a busy session

As expected, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia's legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.

April 21, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen | Opinion

Session could be called ‘year of the child’

Between investment in the Division of Family and Children Services and new legislation protecting children, the 2015 General Assembly demonstrated its commitment to children, their protection and promotion of their welfare. This column brings together the funding initiatives and the legislation that will protect children and insure their chances of success.

April 21, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Why one outstanding candidate won't be running for president

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016.

April 21, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

An emotional day symbolizes big changes in Georgia

It was a joyous and emotional day when Gov. Nathan Deal signed historic legislation that legalized the possession and use of medical marijuana in Georgia.

April 21, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

The parties switch roles

Judging from the recent session of the General Assembly, Republicans seem to have become the new Democrats in state politics.

April 14, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

When good people do good things

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 14, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

State tops region in revenue growth

Another excellent month, 9 percent growth in March, pushed Georgia to a year-to-date 6.1 percent increase, which leads virtually every other state in the South and puts the state neck-and-neck with Texas. Here are March's numbers:

April 14, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Let legislators legislate

There are many members of the Legislature who work hard and try to represent the best interests of their constituents back home.

April 07, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

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Articles by Section - Opinion

How the state addresses nursing profession

Last month, National Nurses Week celebrated the work that nurses perform to provide quality care for patients every day. In Georgia, there are currently over 164,600 active nursing licensees, including approximately 119,200 registered nurses (RNs), 35,700 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 9,700 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

June 30, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Three new chapters in the story of America

You won't often see so many history-making events crammed into such a small period of time, but that was the case last week with three huge stories breaking in a little less than 30 hours - a bonanza for those of us who work in the news industry.

June 30, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Going back to California and all is well

Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, located in the wilds of Malibu, California, to become chancellor, effective Aug. 1. He had once been that institution's vice president of university affairs.

June 30, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

ACA still unworkable, unaffordable and unpopular

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the administration to allow ObamaCare subsidies to flow through This is a disappointment for the rule of law and for the states that have fought to keep some of ObamaCare's flawed policies out of their states.

June 30, 2015 | By Nina Owcharenko | Opinion

Health care law’s new name should be SCOTUSCare

The only thing worse for health care in America than Obamacare has been its implementation, which clearly ignores the rule of law.

June 30, 2015 | U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter | Opinion

Bond sales fulfill state’s commitments

The state sold $1.28 billion in bonds last week, fulfilling the commitment of the governor and the General Assembly to the major capital needs facing the state including, k-12 education, transportation, Board of Regents institutions, technical colleges, the state's natural resources and funds to continue protecting Georgia's citizens.

June 23, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

The flag should come down — but will it?

It's as if we stepped into a time machine and went 15 years back into the past.

June 23, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Five young men define a successful life

Five young men, ages 18 to 23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

June 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Vote on Trade Promotion Authority could make a comeback

Monday, June 15: I'm very fortunate to be able to return home from Washington on most weekends but traveling can certainly be challenging at times. Today we sat on the runway in Savannah for almost an hour before finally being cleared to take off as we were told that air traffic in the Washington airport was backed up.

June 23, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

A long overdue welcome home

It's been a long time in coming. And long overdue.

June 16, 2015 | By Pat Donahue | Opinion

Georgia sets the pace in the Southeast

With 3.1 percent growth in May, Georgia's state revenues are building toward the end in June of an outstanding year in fiscal year 2015, a year where the state appears poised to lead the Southeast in revenue growth.

June 16, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

What’s next for Sen. Isakson?

Until the morning of June 10, next year's U.S. Senate race appeared to be already settled.

June 16, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

A time to remember a special man

It has been 31 years since he passed away and not a day goes by that I don't miss him, especially on Father's Day.

June 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Separating myth from fact on the TPA

In case you missed it, this week I joined a bipartisan majority in the House to advance Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to assert Congress' role in and bring transparency and accountability to international trade negotiations.

June 16, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

Budget bolsters natural resources

As a state with boundless natural resources, Georgia leaders work to protect those resources with legislation, to promote hunting and fishing and to fund various water initiatives, preserve natural resource areas and wildlife area preservation. This week, we look at legislation passed in the 2015 session and the fiscal year 2016 budget for Natural Resource areas.

June 09, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

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