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In need of 'smarter people than me'

With the ever-expanding debt in the federal government, more talk has been generated about bringing home the troops – not being "the police force of the world," etc.

September 06, 2011 | By B.J. Clark Guest columnist | Opinion


Committees won't improve schools

According to media reports, the latest legislatively created state commission tasked with looking at public education funding in Georgia ... appears poised to follow the lead of previous panels in making recommendations that will do little or nothing to change the way state dollars are steered to local public schools.

September 06, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Forecasting hurricanes is exercise in futility

In an affluent country, government can afford to do many unnecessary things, and do them in complex and impressive ways. One example in the United States is the predilection for predicting the number of hurricanes in the upcoming season.

September 06, 2011 | By R. Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Renewing spouse ID is frustrating

Editor, On July 5, I set up an appointment for my wife at the Fort Stewart ID card section. I was told what forms were needed and I scheduled the appointment for Aug. 29. Spouse IDs are only made 60 days prior to expiration. My spouse's ID will expire six days after our appointment date.

September 06, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Support schools' recycling programs

I constantly am amazed at the creative ways to recycle and reduce waste that increasingly are available, particularly in our schools. A number of our schools have recycling programs and even more are setting them up this year.

September 06, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Life challenging for everyone, not just military

There's nothing like an inconveniently scheduled field exercise to put a rumple in our plans for the baby's arrival.

September 06, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Americans do have right to own guns

Some paranoia is justified. Are American gun owners paranoid? Yes. Is someone out to get them? Yes. Personal liberty and guns go hand in hand. I know that a lot of people will disagree with this, but look at the world around you. We are the freest country in the world and the most armed.

September 01, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Impacts felt by developmentally disabled

In times like these, we've all learned to do more with less. The truth is, that's nothing new for those of us who provide quality and caring services to the thousands of Georgia citizens who have developmental disabilities.

September 01, 2011 | By Ralph Herndon Guest columnist | Opinion


Infrastructure bank would be another misfire

"President Barack Obama has been shooting mostly blanks when it comes to finding ways to reignite the stalled economy." And his latest proposal - the creation of an "infrastructure bank" to loan money to finance public works projects - not only would be more of the same, but would target taxpayers as well.

September 01, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Health center dedicated to good care, service

Editor, The following is a letter to Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga.: Dear Congressman Kingston, In January 2010, I wrote to you to report my problems with the Diversity Health Center in Ludowici. The letter I'm sending you now is to report on the events that have occurred since that time

August 31, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia needs unity

Our economy is at best stubbornly stuck in neutral, and too many elected leaders seem to agree only that the best way forward involves little more than pointing fingers and shouting accusations. That backdrop made it especially heartening to observe the more than 200 Georgians who traveled to Pine Mountain recently to discuss the future.

August 31, 2011 | By Atlanta Journal Constitution | Opinion


Man of the cloth wants piece of the action

A man of the cloth by the name of Markel Hutchins is suing the estate of the late Kathryn Johnston for a half-million dollars.

August 31, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight takes on government dependency

August 30, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Make smarter everyday choices

Every day we make dozens of choices that impact our environment. There are many different ways to handle simple chores and tasks. When you make these everyday choices, are you really making the smartest decisions? And, for that matter, do you know why certain choices are better than others? You might be surprised. Here are some handy facts about things you don't even think about, but likely do all the time.

August 30, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Redrawing districts not easy for lawmakers

Recently, the Georgia Legislature convened for a special session as a result of an official call issued by Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 30, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


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It has been a strange election year

When friends ask if I'm ever going to retire as a working journalist, I respond, "how can I leave when I'm having so ...

May 05, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Stop the liberal insanity

Editor, I can't help it. I just have to write about the insanity that is engulfing our country today. In my 70-plus years, I ...

May 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Zell Miller's mama: Strong mountain woman

The honorable Zell Miller of Young Harris was raised by a remarkable mountain woman. Folks around those parts called her "Miss Birdie," while her son ...

May 03, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Recycle It! Fair Saturday can relieve recycling fever

There is a fever going around. I hope you catch it.

May 03, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Advice for Sarah Hyden-Smith, new pastor

It had been nine days since the Rev. Sarah Hyden-Smith made her first appearance in the pulpit of Lennox Valley Methodist Church. Her schedule was ...

May 02, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


The PSC should learn how to say ‘no’

Imagine that you are the loan officer at the local community bank.

April 29, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Children show visions of peace through art

I believe that each of us has an obligation to leave this world a better place than we found it. Linden Longino is trying to ...

April 28, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Remembering a good neighbor

Editor,

April 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Ways to keep litter from hurting community

Somebody made me really mad on Islands Highway this week. Nothing makes volunteers madder than having someone spew litter all over a road right after ...

April 26, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Your safety is HFD's business

The Hinesville Fire Department is dedicated to safeguarding lives, property and the environment. One of the ways we pursue this mission is through educating the ...

April 26, 2016 | By Capt. Earnest McDuffie Columnist | Opinion


Remembering the boy in the coveralls

The other day I had something on my mind, a situation we had just encountered with someone we had sought to help.

April 26, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Oppose cuts to Post-9/11 GI Bill

Editor, Last month, the House passed a bill (H.R. 3016) that included a 50 percent cut in the monthly Basic Allowance for Housing provided ...

April 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Poet laureate aims at Raymond Cooper

Small-town newspapers are a bit different from their counterparts in New York or Los Angeles. That's true today, and it was true in 1998 ...

April 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Liberty schools about to finish a successful year

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and we have already begun celebrating our many 2015-16 successes. The following are just a few ...

April 21, 2016 | Dr. Valya Lee | Opinion


Now might be the worst time to get a DUI

It's never a good time for a politician to get arrested for driving under the influence, but it's especially bad when the next ...

April 21, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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