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Cheating by Georgia’s school systems is not acceptable

Gov. Nathan Deal says he is "alarmed" by a recent state report on cheating on national standardized tests in Georgia's public schools, this time in Dougherty County. Investigators digging around found evidence of cheating in nearly one-half of the 26 schools in the system of 16,000 students on Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in 2009.

December 28, 2011 | Brunswick News Other opinion | Opinion

Thanks for helping sick child’s family

I would like to take a moment to say thank you to all the kindhearted and loving people in our community who have helped my daughter, Victoria Marie Hall. She likes to be called Vicky.

December 27, 2011 | Mark Hall - Ludowici | Opinion

Thumbs up / thumbs down

Here's what we thought worked this week and what didn't:

December 27, 2011 | Staff report | Opinion

Let’s thank those who spend the holidays hard at work

Not everyone was home on Christmas Eve, snug in their beds with visions of sugarplums dancing through their heads. And while many families enjoy traditional holiday activities, get-togethers, religious services and leisurely breakfasts the morning after Santa visits their homes, others won't have that luxury.

December 27, 2011 | Courier Opinion | Opinion

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Editor's note: This editorial, originally by Francis P. Church, first appeared in the New York Sun in 1897.

December 27, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Opinion

Tighten control of legislative expenses

According to a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution story on travel and expense claims from state lawmakers for times this year when the Legislature was not in session, legislators billed the state's taxpayers for more than $1.3 million from Jan. 1 to Dec. 8.

December 27, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Opinion

New spin on Christmas classic

Editor's note: Parts of the following column were taken from and inspired by Clement Clarke Moore's original poem, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

December 23, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

Suggestions on moving economy forward

Last week, we learned that farm income in 2011 is forecast to reach an all-time high, up 28 percent over 2010, signaling that American agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation's economy.

December 22, 2011 | By Hobby Stripling Guest columnist | Opinion

Avoid fire hazards this Christmas

Christmas is just days away, and the tree that you so carefully picked out for the holiday is standing tall and proud in your home, beautifully decorated with ornaments and lights. But just because the tree is trimmed doesn't mean it's no longer in need of recurring attention - have you been watering your grand Christmas display?

December 22, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Feds dialing up vehicle cell phone ban

In the race between a fast-spreading and potentially hazardous technology and government attempts to regulate it, the regulators come in a distant second.

December 21, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion

2012 will be big for politics, mosquitoes

I am pleased to announce that beginning Jan. 1, Junior E. Lee - general manager of Round or Square Polls, a division of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield - will offer exclusive analysis of the upcoming presidential election that can be seen only in this space.

December 21, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Hinesight: Top stories of 2011

December 20, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Give Christmas gifts that give back

I have been blessed. During the holiday season, I am reminded constantly of the blessings I have - a loving husband and family, dear friends, great coworkers, a job I love and the involvement of thousands of local volunteers each year who are a blessing in themselves.

December 19, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion

Ban on texting while driving needed

Conceding that it's a little disconcerting that the National Transportation Safety Board would use a worst-case scenario to recommend a total ban on texting, emailing or talking on a cellphone - even hands-free devices - while driving, that's not necessarily sufficient reason to reject the recommendation outright.

December 19, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion

So you don't believe in all that science stuff

Sometimes irony can be deafening. That's how it seemed to me recently as I listened to a fellow pooh-pooh science.

December 19, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion

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Signs invite criminals in

Editor: "Stupid is as stupid does." This is a quote from the movie, Forrest Gump. Basically, it means people are as stupid as their actions ...

October 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Thanks for good work, Coastal EMC

Editor: Just a note to say "Thank You!" to the good folks at Coastal Electric Membership Corp. who put in long hours this past week ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

In Georgia government, experience doesn't count

If you learned you had cancer, what would you do?

October 19, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Lieutenant governor has education plan

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the ...

October 19, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Storm's lesson: Be kind, patient, grateful

Editor's note: Brittany McClure is the public relations manager for the city of Hinesville. During Hurricane Matthew, she worked around the clock to help ...

October 17, 2016 | By Brittany McClure Guest columnist | Opinion

Christmas may come early for Georgia Power

Christmas traditionally is celebrated on Dec. 25 for most Georgians.

October 17, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Bank's ethical lapses could be costly for all

There is nothing more important than your good name. I inherited mine from one of the most honest and ethical men I ever knew: My ...

October 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Patients need truth about increasing drug prices

We are in the midst of an epic media freakout. It is a subset of a larger liberal panic over Donald Trump's strength in ...

October 13, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

No SPLOST until debt service gone

Editor: Are you for or against SPLOST? I suggested in a previous letter to the editor that the county commissioners remove the debt service from ...

October 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Work needed to make Liberty beautiful

Editor: I read, with interest, two articles in Sunday's Courier and would like to give my views on both. The front page article entitled ...

October 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Georgia is the place to be

Today's topic will not include commentary on a bunch of immature multi-millionaires who play a kid's game and who are being goaded by ...

October 06, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Look close at constitutional amendments

In recent columns, we have discussed two of the four constitutional amendments that voters will see on their ballots Nov. 8.

October 05, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Hurricane evacuation preparedness is key

There are several lists available across the web that help you prepare for a hurricane.

October 05, 2016 | By Kristian M. Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion

Learning from the Great Depression

It was the Great Depression that shaped my parents and would, in the years to come, shape my life as well. Because they saw first-hand ...

October 04, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Help for state's working poor

On any given day in Georgia, hundreds of working families walk through the doors of nonprofit food banks in our communities. A young mom earning ...

October 04, 2016 | By Wes Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion

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