Editorials

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Read my lips - no increase in fees

It may not sound like a lot of money to some, but the submitted legislation that would raise fees for hunting and fishing licenses has a not-so-hidden caveat. For example, a resident hunting license goes from $10 to $15. A resident hunting/fishing license goes from $17 to $30. Most of the other increases nickle and dime residents, but hit nonresidents much harder. A non-resident fishing license is $50. A non-resident hunting license is $100.

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EDITORIAL: Not the time for answers

The loss of any young life is grievous, but the manner in which Mercer student and member of its basketball team Jibri Bryan died hits particularly hard. His family is certainly in a state of shock -- and that family goes beyond his parents to a wider community of Mercer and the surrounding area. Mercer University Chancellor Kirby Godsey said, "Because we are all connected, we all belong together and the loss of one affects us all."

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EDITORIAL: Two issues that will make this session interesting

The 2016 Legislative session begins Monday and State Rep. Allen Peake pre-filed his proposal to allow a very limited number (six) of licenses for the cultivation of medical marijuana in Georgia on Wednesday, something Gov. Nathan Deal has already said he wouldn't support due to law enforcement concerns.

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EDITORIAL: Restoration will breathe new life into east side

It's a building few residents have seen the inside of in more than 40 years. It has sat -- almost unnoticed -- on a block where hundreds of cars and trucks pass daily. The nonagenarian Bibb Mill Auditorium used to host every sort of community event when the mill and many of the people who worked there surrounded it. While those days are long gone, a new and brighter era is about to begin. The auditorium's restoration is further evidence that Macon's trajectory -- as Kathryn Dennis, executive director of the Community Foundation said is -- "vertical."

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EDITORIAL: Commissioners need to back away from the cliff

When the state Legislature voted on HB 1171, the bill to consolidate Macon and Bibb County, the entire local delegation voted for it. Surely they knew they were voting for a strong-mayor system of local government. Fifteen days later, when the state Senate voted on HB 1171, there was only one no vote, that of state Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta. Sen. Cecil Staton, R-Macon, voted for it; Sen. Miriam Paris, D-Macon, was excused and didn't vote, but surely she had to know what was in the bill.