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Current primary system favors rich, not voters

Editor, Attack politics, both inter- and intraparty, are as old as this republic. United States history, however, repeatedly demonstrates that what one chooses to attack has often been the bane of the attacker as well as the attacked.

January 24, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


TSPLOST about more than sales tax

Editor, The governor and the General Assembly are attempting to change the time-honored Georgia Constitution, whereas counties are the local constituted authorities for governmental operations, and pass that authority to a regional roundtable. The General Assembly and the governor want to add another layer of government - not elected - called the regional roundtables.

January 19, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Sustainability of HOPE now in real doubt

This is the flaw in the lottery/HOPE Scholarship formula that very few if any among us saw coming.

January 19, 2012 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Time is right to strike at Iran

Many readers might think that I have lost my mind, but the United States is going to have to meet the Iranian nuclear threat at some time. Now is the time. Iran also is testing long-range missiles. If the two elements come together, we have a nation that may destroy Israel and the West, which includes the United States.

January 18, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Senate passes two bills carried over from 2011

Day 1 (Jan. 9): As the second year of our two-year term began, we welcomed two new senators to the Senate. Sen. Mike Crane from Newnan and Sen. John Wilkinson from Toccoa were elected in special elections.

January 18, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


2012 General Assembly gets rolling

The Georgia General Assembly officially has completed its first full week of the 2012 legislative session. The first of the 40 legislative days began Jan. 9.

January 18, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


State's top educator sees teachers as 'life-changers'

State School Superintendent John Barge knows what teachers can do, given the opportunity.

January 18, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Forest Gump takes on Mayan calendar

In the movie "Forrest Gump," Gump and his friend Jenny were at the old house where she grew up and where she was molested by her drunken father. She became angry and began throwing rocks at the house. Then she just sat down on the ground and started crying.

January 17, 2012 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Rich county, poor county

Editor, Much is being made of the TSPLOST vote in 2012, and rightfully so. Georgia's Coastal Region most likely will generate $119 million per year in total tax collections with 25 percent "guaranteed" to be returned immediately to the counties within the region and 75 percent of the collections being sent directly to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

January 17, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Debate over Bible is nothing new

Editor, I have read with some interest the ongoing commentary in Sound off concerning the King James Bible. July 2011 marked the 400th anniversary of this translation of the Bible. There is no doubt that it is the bestselling book in the English language. Its lyrical beauty - especially in Psalms - is without equal. It is much-loved.

January 17, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


State energy sales tax has hidden costs

Georgians have made it clear that attracting and retaining jobs should be the No. 1 priority of every elected official. Removing this tax as an impediment to job growth and creation is a great first step.

January 16, 2012 | By Chuck Eaton Special to the Courier | Opinion


Ring in the year with recycling resolutions

Ring in the New Year right by recycling your old phonebooks and those gazillion sales catalogs that you received during the holiday season.

January 16, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Drug-testing legislation could get interesting

If it gets a serious hearing in the state legislative session, a bill filed by a Democratic state legislator in the Republican-dominated Georgia General Assembly could have some interesting implications for the state's open-records laws.

January 16, 2012 | By Marrietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Stand behind a new type of green

Being married to an Army soldier, I see a lot of green. No, I'm not talking about money (obviously). It's the endless laundry piles of green camouflaged uniforms with their pungent smells and specific washing and drying instructions. During the past few years, however, there has been a rise in popularity in yet another type of green. Once again, I'm not talking about cash. As far back as I can remember that's always been popular.

January 16, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Legislature opens with prayer convocation

On Sunday, Jan. 8, the afternoon prior to the first day of the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly, I was honored to preside over the second annual Eugene C. Tillman Sr. Memorial Prayer Convocation at the Capitol.

January 16, 2012 | State Rep. Al Williams | Opinion


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Tom Price and health care

Back when he was serving in the Georgia Senate, Tom Price acquired a nickname among the capitol crowd: Ned Flanders.

December 09, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Losing home to fire puts life in perspective

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state. A community leader and a successful business man - he is president and CEO ...

December 08, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Things you rarely hear or see anymore

Editor: What happened to politeness and courtesy? You rarely hear, "please," "thank you," "you're welcome" and "excuse me." People have become so egocentric that ...

December 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


If God can use Peter, he can also use Trump

Editor: Thank you, Will Darsey, for graciously letting me down easy in your response to my letter in the Nov. 16, 2016 edition of the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Random thoughts on random stuff

God bless America and God bless Mount Paran Christian School in Cobb County. Before a recent football playoff game, every player on the team came ...

December 01, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Remembering Jesup's quirky Roscoe Dean

Friends and relatives who know I work at the state capitol often ask these questions: How can you stand it there? Don't you just ...

November 30, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


America is not a 'safe space,' folks

Pity the anti-Trump protesters thronging the streets of American cities.

November 29, 2016 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Does a woman stand a chance?

Two days goes, it was assumed by just about everyone in Lennox Valley that attention would turn on Friday from the mayor's race to ...

November 29, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Plan a 'green' Christmas

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but the unintended consequences of our holiday frenzy can also make it the most wasteful time ...

November 29, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Watch Trump's transition closely

For those millions of Americans who awakened to discover that their Donald Trump nightmare was not just a bad dream, the question is, What to ...

November 29, 2016 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


How to learn from Trump's victory

Editor: This is a moment when we need to be organizers.

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Election resulted from Trump's masterful strategy

Editor: I believe I finally have some insight into the shocking 2016 Presidential election results:

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Have Midway leaders lost their minds?

Editor: I just received today's paper, and saw the front-page article about the Midway "city leaders" proposing a new City Hall. They may need ...

November 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


With election over, is Penguin Awareness Day soon?

I promised last week that I would share with you the results of the latest patent-pending Wikiwinkwink Political Report, courtesy of my colleague, Junior E ...

November 24, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Media biggest losers in election

Hillary Clinton is not the biggest loser of this election although she is certainly a loser in many ways. I think that there were a ...

November 24, 2016 | By Jimmy Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


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