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For ethcis reform, party isn't over yet

The Georgia House of Representatives has passed an ethics-reform bill and has sent it on its way to the state Senate for its consideration and action. But don't get out the confetti just yet.

March 06, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Ethics laws, St. Pat's are focus

The 2013 session of the General Assembly continued to push forward toward the finish line with the completion of the 27th day of session. The pace quickens, the days lengthen and pending legislation continues to grow.

March 06, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Lawmaker's bill would requre DNR to notify cities, counties of impending park closures

Friday was the 27th legislative day of the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly.

March 06, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Leveling tax burden is key to future

With what could be an endless series of fiscal crises facing the federal government during the next few months, now is a good time to check where Congress stands in its deficit-reduction efforts. After two years, here's the scorecard: middle-class families and the military, $1.5 trillion in budget cuts and reduced public investments over 10 years; wealthy households, $620 billion in fairer taxes; corporate America, nothing.

March 05, 2013 | By Frank Clemente Guest columnist | Opinion


No right way to do the wrong thing

Imagine a business that oversees massive construction projects but doesn't have to worry about completing them on time or within budget. Hard to believe a company like that could stay in business, right?

March 05, 2013 | By State Rep. Jeff Chapman Guest columnist | Opinion


Lawmaker has park notice bill advance

Friday, March 1, was the 27thlegislative day of the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly. As we close in on the 30th-day "cross-over" deadline for legislation to pass the House of Representatives in time to be considered by the Senate, or vice versa, this year, this has been a busy past week at the committee level. Three bills that I co-sponsored were favorably reported by their respective committees and now await action by the full House.

March 05, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Help recognize attractive places

I am a pretty positive kind of person. At times in my life, I have been called a "Pollyanna" - and I know I date myself a lot mentioning this.

March 04, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Sequestration raises many questions

Why not shut the federal government down? Congress has been shut down for decades now, accomplishing nothing of any real significance in Washington for a very long time, so what would be the big deal? Would anyone really notice?

March 04, 2013 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


Hands off the baby, strangers

I understand babies are adorable, and it's hard to overcome the compulsion to pinch their chubby, pink cheeks and grab their tiny fingers. But for the sake of germ-fearing parents everywhere, I certainly wish people would learn to keep their hands to themselves.

March 04, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Sequester should have been avoided

A pile of automatic spending cuts, commonly known as the sequester, kicked in Friday, and while the impact of the $85 billion in cuts slated for this year won't immediately be felt, the potential for damage to our fragile economy has been done.

March 04, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Government should do more to stop identity theft

Editor, It does no good for the Georgia Department of Driver Services to have a person who is applying for a license or ID card bring in a birth certificate, other identification, address verification and proof of who they are to prevent identify theft, fraud or stolen IDs.

February 28, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Make lawmakers finish their work

Editor, Regarding Sunday's sequestration column - well said, Mr. Mayor.

February 28, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


General Assembly passes mid point

The Georgia General Assembly saw the completion of the 22nd day of the 2013 legislative session, officially crossing through the mid-way point.

February 27, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Teachers make more than money

My recent observations on the lack of respect given public-school teachers in Georgia engendered a lot of responses, but none better than this story sent to me by my friend, David Egan, co-director of the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island and a former educator himself.

February 27, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lincoln should inspire lawmakers

A few years ago, I read "Team of Rivals," which documents Abraham Lincoln's road to the White House and how he ultimately chose campaign rivals to serve in his presidential cabinet. He made friends with his political enemies, which is a rare trait much needed in today's political arena.

February 27, 2013 | By State Sen. Tommie Willilams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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An empty chair and a desk

There is an empty chair and desk at the Hinesville Pre-K center where once sat a bright eyed little girl named Cambria Shuman.

December 14, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Columnist | Opinion


Dooley's fighting bulldog

While the Bulldog Nation rightfully exults over possibility of a national championship, I have been talking to the man that delivered the last one in ...

December 14, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Women make political gains in Georgia

It has been a good year for women in politics.

December 14, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Locals earn recognition for environmental work

One of the hardest things I have to do as director for Keep Liberty Beautiful is to select groups and individual volunteers for additional recognition ...

December 12, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Newspaper has memories, as well as news

In this business, nothing is ever cut and dried and nothing stands still. You can have the saddest story in the world one day and ...

December 12, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Time to stop opioid abuse, harm

Georgia, unfortunately, is no stranger to the malicious effects of the epidemic. In Georgia alone, from June 2016 to May 2017, the total number of ...

December 11, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson and Chris Carr Special to the Courier | Opinion


Unintended consequences of criminal reform

It's hard to fathom the depth of the pain and suffering of crime victims and families left behind. For Henry Nicholas, the experiences of ...

December 09, 2017 | By Benita Dodd Columnist | Opinion


Health care for rural Georgia

If you get sick or badly injured in Georgia, you could find yourself slap out of luck if you live in one of the state ...

December 07, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


For Christmas, press 1

"Hello, you have reached the offices of Santa Claus at the North Pole."

December 07, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Writer: ‘Do not feed the wildlife’

Editor:

December 07, 2017 | Judith Herren of Liberty County | Opinion


They’re just words, right?

Russia. Fake news. Hate. Collusion. Flynn. David Duke. Republican. Treason. Conservative. KKK. Misogyny. Roy Moore. Religion. Rich people. Plea deal. Twitter. Obstruction. Guilty. Guns. Racism ...

December 07, 2017 | Will Darsey of Midway | Opinion


The good news is it’s not Christie

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

December 06, 2017 | Argus Hamilton | Opinion


Some abused kids thrive later

In a letter to the editor of the La Crosse (Wisconsin) Tribune, psychologist Afton Koball and two colleagues objected to a recent column in which ...

December 06, 2017 | John Rosemond | Opinion


Meet Mr. Grump Driver

It's an awful thing, being old before my time and evidently not only resembling Grumpy of Seven Dwarfs fame but also acting the part.

December 05, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


Stay 'green' giving and wrapping gifts

The Christmas countdown has begun! Are you ready? With a little bit of planning, we can all make this the "greenest" Christmas ever. Santa makes ...

December 05, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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