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There's still HOPE for Georgia students

This week, students from across the state of Georgia will begin classes at public and private colleges and universities located within our state.

August 19, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Ground Zero is no place for mosque

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is some sort of bigot. In a speech about the ground zero mosque and religious freedom, Bloomberg stipulated that "it is fair to ask the organizers of the mosque to show some special sensitivity to the situation."

August 18, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Cancer books a summer gig in Darien

On July 19, I had a dentist appointment to get my teeth cleaned. I go every three months because my gums are bad from childhood neglect, plus I like going to see Erica, my hygienist. She laughs at all of my jokes. Also, I like having clean and shiny teeth, unlike some of my Flounder Creek brethren who prefer a dull shade of green.

August 18, 2010 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight questions Gulf seafood

August 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Scientists, downside of science

Reporters and commentators frequently cite scientists as support for positions. In headlines, scientists assess disasters ("Scientists say Gulf spill is way worse than estimated"), bolster environmental actions ("Scientists say mountaintop mining should be stopped") even to make the obvious official ("Drought grips some of Harris County, scientists say").

August 16, 2010 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Reunion provides glimpse of freedom's price

The long-awaited reunion finally happened as July came to an end.

August 16, 2010 | By Glen Haribson Guest columnist | Opinion


Even squirrels think it's too hot in Georgia

I love the state of Georgia better than apple butter, but sometimes the place can try my patience. Like right now. It is just too hot.

August 16, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Candidates' antics likely scared voters

Thankfully, the name calling and mudslinging that presented itself as a runoff is over and done with. After a race that sank state politics to some pretty low places, Republican Nathan Deal narrowly edged out fellow GOP member Karen Handel to win the right to face Democrat Roy Barnes in November.

August 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


As entertaining as a dead opossum

MOULTRIE - So how does modern man define entertainment? This question came to me the other night as I watched "Billy the Exterminator." There I was in my recliner watching some man dressed up like a rock star crawling under a house to retrieve a dead possum. He's a TV star because he can retrieve a dead possum?

August 12, 2010 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Let's keep Social Security around

The nation's Social Security program turns 75 years old this week.

August 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Cut capital gains tax to boost state economy

The looming possibility of a federal tax increase if Congress allows the Bush administration's tax cuts to expire offers the states an opportunity to protect investment. By lowering the capital gains tax rate, Georgia could earn a much-needed economic boost, inspiring confidence that it is fertile ground for capital investment and is dedicated to economic growth.

August 11, 2010 | By Mark King Guest columnist | Opinion


Where have all the adults gone

If you could boil down the public's lament with Washington, it might be: "What happened to the adults?"

August 11, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight defines TMI

August 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Chamber's next leader needs experience, vision

The search for a new executive director for the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce provides the chamber's board of directors a unique opportunity to choose a candidate who can help bolster long-term implementation of many programs currently in place.

August 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Administration should listen to health-care consumers

The great frustration for many Americans during the debate on ObamaCare was tone-deaf politicians. No one seemed willing to listen to their concerns. Federal deficits, pork-barrel spending and cost got lost in the push to pass partisan legislation. Moving into the regulatory phase of writing the critical implementation rules, the concern is that bureaucrats will also ignore the people.

August 09, 2010 | By Ronald E. Bachman Guest 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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