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Plan is to help state transportation needs

A three-year journey came to an end this year as the Georgia State Legislature finally came up with a plan that will address our state's growing transportation needs.

September 01, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Cowboys and Indians

MOULTRIE - Have you ever heard or used the expression, "If I only knew then, what I know now?"

September 01, 2010 | By Dwain Walden Guest columnist | Opinion


Iraq mission is not over yet

TIKRIT, Iraq - Television sets throughout the country are depicting images of American soldiers celebrating the end of combat operations in Iraq. The last combat unit, represented by a convoy of Stryker vehicles, crossed the border into Kuwait as soldiers leave Iraq en route to their awaiting families and friends back home. Now, imagine this television playing in an office, much like any in the United States, cubicles with computers at every desk, and people hard at work. Imagine those people wearing uniforms, with digital camouflage print, and outside the walls of their office building is nothing but sand, heat, and ...

September 01, 2010 | By Capt. Brandy Fargon Guest columnist | Opinion


What do we really know about Obama

There was a time when Barack Obama disavowed his middle name, Hussein. During the 2008 campaign, Obama's aides bristled even at references to him by his initials BHO, so sensitive were they to the offending "H."

September 01, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


A jobs strategy both sides can love

We're nearly three years into the recession – and our economy still shows few signs of life. The Department of Labor just announced that the country shed 131,000 jobs in July. Unemployment now stands at 9.5 percent.

August 30, 2010 | By Douglas E. Schoen Guest columnist | Opinion


Time running out for TANF

The good news is that the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families emergency fund created by the federal Recovery Act of 2009 is creating jobs for poor families who have limited prospects. This program has the added benefit of stimulating local economies as these newly employed individuals spend their wages close to home.

August 30, 2010 | By Clare S. Richie Guest columnist | Opinion


Don't feel bad for squirrels in my yard

If you find any dead squirrels in my backyard, it is because they have laughed themselves to death.

August 30, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


You can help reform the tax code

If you feel your property taxes are unfair, now you've got a chance to have your say – and maybe even find someone willing to listen.

August 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


The stuff stupid dreams are made of

Ever had a stupid dream? Perhaps the better question would be, have you ever had a dream with a logical sequence of events? I'm betting stupid wins out.

August 25, 2010 | By Dwain Walden Guest columnist | Opinion


Time for football, is your latte ready?

Football players do not wear "man capri pants." And, if the skintight "not capri pants" happen to be white, those certainly are not "panty lines" you see encircling the players' backsides. Or so I recently was told by my football fanatic husband, who tried - in vain - to teach me the rules of the game.

August 25, 2010 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Editor | Opinion


President Obama's Ground Zero dodge

President Barack Obama's ringing statement in favor of the ground zero mosque had a gaping escape clause: He didn't necessarily support the mosque.

August 25, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight: Staff builds a mosque in newsroom

August 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Champs deserved better

If anyone still wonders why newspapers are losing subscribers in droves, Thursday's AJC provided another case study.

August 23, 2010 | By Gov. Sony Perdue Special to the Courier | Opinion


New START essential to national security

Through repeated tours at Fort Benning and eventually serving as its commanding general, I got to know Georgia and Georgians pretty well.

August 23, 2010 | By Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton Special to the Courier | Opinion


Days grow short on political campaigns

Congratulations, dear reader. Silly Season, aka, the 2010 political campaign, is nearing the end. Most of the wannabes have been shunted aside and we are in the short days of the campaign. On Nov. 2, it will all be over. Can December come soon enough?

August 23, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Friendships are gifts that do keep on giving

Maybe it's the fact that I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships. Friendships are always the correct size, the right color and don't require a set of instructions on how to operate them. They are truly the gift that keeps on giving.

December 18, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Keep cronyism out of state school choice

Georgia has one of the more popular K-12 tuition tax-credit programs in America, which is funded by the private contributions of approximately 18,000 individual taxpayers and 200 corporate taxpayers, who receive a state income-tax credit for their contributions.

December 17, 2014 | By Jim Kelly and Ben Scafidi Guest columnists | Opinion


Officials protested in wrong way

Editor, It was so pathetic to see my elected officials sprawled on the sidewalk in front of the historic courthouse in the photo published in Sunday's Courier.

December 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Put a local business on environment's nice list

I know we are all rushing around right now for the holidays with parties, shopping, tree lightings, shopping, church, etc., etc., etc.

December 16, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


History can be better than fiction

Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock-car champion, Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute over sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey.

December 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Government plans to control kids' destiny

Editor, Common Core has curriculum mandates plus tests. The reason that this educational system is designed this way is so that special-interest groups can mine data from Common Core. Common Core is, in reality, a system of data classification. The tests enable our children's data be turned over to private organizations. No one oversees these companies nor does anyone - especially the government - know how this information will be used. Actually, this information will be accessible to the federal government. Now, Big Brother will be watching our children's progress throughout his or her school years.

December 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Commissioners: State pushing charter schools

You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia. You may recall, also, that the amendment passed handily. So much for my vigor.

December 11, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


School choice crucial to middle class

In a recent speech at the National Press Club, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY, explained that improving economic opportunities for middle-class Americans is the key issue on which Democrats and Republicans should be focusing leading up to the 2016 presidential election and beyond.

December 10, 2014 | By Jim Kelly Guest columnist | Opinion


Whatever it takes get vets their benefits

Editor, Stop the presses and call Walter Cronkite - these stats just in:

December 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Parents' wisdom valuable

There are few who cannot say truthfully that they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

December 09, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Santa helps ensure good behavior

This "Santa Claus is coming soon, so you better be good" thing is working out great for me so far.

December 09, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Protect yourself from holiday crime

'Tis the holiday season, and Christmas is rushing across the calendar like a runaway freight train. It is a time when families and cherished friends gather around the hearth to drink in all the good cheer. It's a time of peace on Earth and good will toward men. And yet, Christmas has a sinister side - one we often exile to the extreme depths of our consciousness. I'm referring, of course, to home break-ins, thefts and frauds.

December 08, 2014 | By Terry Doyle Columnist | Opinion


Another record year for Rivers Alive

It has been another record year for Liberty County's annual Rivers Alive events, held annually in October and into November.

December 08, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Lawmaker's orientation is over

Orientation for freshman-elect members of the 114th Congress took place in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 12-19. This is the second of two reports detailing events of that orientation.

December 04, 2014 | By U.S. Rep.-elect Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


SPLOST failure not a free pass for tax hikes; cut spending instead

Editor, Referring to the headline in the Sunday Courier, let me, too, say that my concerns are aroused by the proposed millage-rate increases.

December 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


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