GUEST COMMENTARY: About 30 percent of young Americans meet Army qualifications
The Army continually needs new soldiers, just as most large-scale businesses need a constant flow of entry-level employees. The vast majority of the 860 young men and women who enlisted in the Army at Jacksonville in the past school year are starting their first full-time job, with competitive pay and benefits.
OPINION: Belgium officials determine mentally ill prisoner has right to cease to be a human being
The right to suicide adheres, in this case, not to all human beings but to sick and apparently flawed human beings. And such a “right” begins to look more and more like an expectation. A mentally or physically ill person can be killed, in the end, because they have an illness. A qualification can slide into a justification.
GUEST COMMENTARY: Efforts by Georgia PSC and other states forced cellphone industry to police itself
Today, the number of ratepayer-paid “free” cellphones has been halved, reducing Georgia’s burden on the Universal Service Fund by more than $5.5 million per month.
OPINION: Obamacare is rarely mentioned these days by GOP candidates
Nearly a dozen of the 29 Republican governors have abandoned their party’s dogma to expand Medicaid. Several more are expected to do so next year after the midterm elections, when pressures to conform to partisan ideology will have faded.
OPINION: Politicians can’t skimp on funding first responders
When it’s budget time, politicians curry favor with a simple mantra: Cut spending, cut spending, cut spending.
OUTDOORS: My stint as a floating waterfowler was short for a couple of pretty good reasons
If “poor planning” was a dictionary entry, my picture would appear alongside the definition. I had to learn the hard way that self-defense shooting of big old alligators with No. 6 shotgun pellets only makes them angry and big old water moccasins are difficult to hit when one’s little old float tube is spinning in the current like a (no pun intended) duck feather in a storm drain.
HEALTH & FITNESS: Sleep requirements vary by individual, but getting enough for you is important
Eating and drinking late, along with late-night use of TV and electronic devices, can cause problems when trying to get a good night’s sleep.
HISTORY: See what was making news in Albany and Southwest Georgia in autumn months of 1899
The tin roof of the courthouse got a new coat of paint and Crow Country Corn Whiskey was available for 75 cents per quart at the local drug store.
THE OLD ROCKER: Top picks range from the Stones to Tony Orlando
There’s one thing for certain about those of us who love rock ‘n’ roll. Our tastes vary as much in music as they do in food, clothes and TV programs. Preferences vary from Doo-Wop to Rockabilly to British Invasion to Motown.
OPINION: Imagining the Obama approach to World War II
Would America have gotten involved, or sit back to see how things would develop?
OPINION: Turns out the Islamic State’s best recruiting tool is indeed savagery — its own
As for the short run, the Islamic State knows it will be pounded from the air. But it deems that price worth paying, given its gains in propaganda and prestige — translated into renown and recruiting — from these public executions.
What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion?
OPINION:Who has a lesser sense of humor -- liberal weenies or Bible thumpers?
I consider getting a rise out of the humor-impaired as a positive. I know I positively enjoy jerking their chains.
OPINION: President made right call to send troops, money to Liberia
Ebola is killing people every day. It threatens our well-being and demands a rapid response.
OPINION: Many Americans have forgotten what it means to be an American
Since the turbulent ’60s, some Americans have chosen to ignore, even oppose, values taught to their forebears. These tenets begin with personal responsibility and accountability, hard work, capitalism, self-reliance, faith in God and patriotism.
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- Thumbs Up! Sept. 22, 2014
- Shiloh Baptist Church deserving of recognition
- Thumbs Up! Sept. 15, 2014
- Strong action needed now against ISIL
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- America must stand tall and stand together
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Letters to the Editor
- WALT SPECHT: Political cleanup needs a starting point
- BILL BATES: Businesses should upgrade video camera systems
- EDWARD SCHWEIKERT: Is Savannah the next Ferguson?
- JAMES RODGERS: Taking name, number of witness too much trouble for police
- GAIL G. BELL: God is speaking but few are listening
- JOHN MCRAE: Georgia Second District is still without representative on state school board
- BETTY NEW: Proclamation honoring Alice Coachman Davis applauded
- B.J. GOODRUM: Insurance commissioner no help with complaint
- WALT SPECHT: Punish gun violators more severely
- WALT SPECHT: Traffic laws were written to be enforced
- Is the city set to kill the multimodal project? 1 comment
- Commissioners bid adieu to the mayor in their own unique fashion 3 comments
- First election prediction? There will be a runoff
- Edwards' little tax problem 2 comments