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Lawmaker has park notice bill advance

Friday, March 1, was the 27thlegislative day of the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly. As we close in on the 30th-day "cross-over" deadline for legislation to pass the House of Representatives in time to be considered by the Senate, or vice versa, this year, this has been a busy past week at the committee level. Three bills that I co-sponsored were favorably reported by their respective committees and now await action by the full House.

March 05, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Help recognize attractive places

I am a pretty positive kind of person. At times in my life, I have been called a "Pollyanna" - and I know I date myself a lot mentioning this.

March 04, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Sequestration raises many questions

Why not shut the federal government down? Congress has been shut down for decades now, accomplishing nothing of any real significance in Washington for a very long time, so what would be the big deal? Would anyone really notice?

March 04, 2013 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


Hands off the baby, strangers

I understand babies are adorable, and it's hard to overcome the compulsion to pinch their chubby, pink cheeks and grab their tiny fingers. But for the sake of germ-fearing parents everywhere, I certainly wish people would learn to keep their hands to themselves.

March 04, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Sequester should have been avoided

A pile of automatic spending cuts, commonly known as the sequester, kicked in Friday, and while the impact of the $85 billion in cuts slated for this year won't immediately be felt, the potential for damage to our fragile economy has been done.

March 04, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Government should do more to stop identity theft

Editor, It does no good for the Georgia Department of Driver Services to have a person who is applying for a license or ID card bring in a birth certificate, other identification, address verification and proof of who they are to prevent identify theft, fraud or stolen IDs.

February 28, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Make lawmakers finish their work

Editor, Regarding Sunday's sequestration column - well said, Mr. Mayor.

February 28, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


General Assembly passes mid point

The Georgia General Assembly saw the completion of the 22nd day of the 2013 legislative session, officially crossing through the mid-way point.

February 27, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Teachers make more than money

My recent observations on the lack of respect given public-school teachers in Georgia engendered a lot of responses, but none better than this story sent to me by my friend, David Egan, co-director of the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island and a former educator himself.

February 27, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lincoln should inspire lawmakers

A few years ago, I read "Team of Rivals," which documents Abraham Lincoln's road to the White House and how he ultimately chose campaign rivals to serve in his presidential cabinet. He made friends with his political enemies, which is a rare trait much needed in today's political arena.

February 27, 2013 | By State Sen. Tommie Willilams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Senate tackles budget amendments

Tuesday, Feb. 19: After a long weekend at home, we're back in business this morning and our first action is to pass the 2013 amended budget out of the Appropriations Committee. The state's budget runs on a fiscal year from July 1-June 30 and has to be amended midyear primarily to account for revenue adjustments and K-12 student population growth.

February 27, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Refusal to expand Medicaid costs Georgia

Despite the fact that other Republican governors in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio and, most recently, Florida have agreed to expand the Medicaid program in their states under the federal Affordable Care Act, Gov. Nathan Deal is still holding firm on his refusal to do so in Georgia.

February 27, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Trial and error is expensive

Having a baby is costly in ways I did not foresee. Of course, I knew there would be added expenses in medical bills, childcare, diapers, formula and clothing. But I'm surprised at the amount of money my family wastes on things that don't seem to be to my baby's liking.

February 26, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Great American Cleanup needs volunteers

Volunteers are the essential ingredients for the Great American Cleanup events this spring in Liberty County.

February 26, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Exploiting state office for higher one

An intriguing piece of legislation dropped into the hopper in Atlanta this week has, so far, exactly one signature on it - that of its sponsor, Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus). It deserves at least a close look. The essence of the bill, S.B. 175, is that state legislators who run for federal office must either vacate their legislative seats within 30 days after officially declaring their candidacy, or officially end that bid for higher office by notice to the Federal Election Commission before that 30-day period ends.

February 26, 2013 | Columbus Ledger | Opinion


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January 16, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


The coming invasion of our coast

Editor: There have recently been some interesting events involving the approaching invasion of our coast by seismic testers and oil well drillers.

January 15, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Marsy's Law will help crime victims

When a violent crime occurs in Georgia, the public hears the story of the perpetrator in the local news. However, in the aftermath, victims and ...

January 12, 2018 | By Kay Godwin Guest columnist | Opinion


Midway residents being ignored

Editor: The Nov. 8, 2016, ballot contained a referendum on SPLOST. On the ballot, it stated where the money can be used. The city of ...

January 12, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


County's best is yet to come

Happy New Year, Bryan County. The commissioners, county staff and I hope that you enjoyed your holidays … and the recent snow days as well. While ...

January 11, 2018 | By Carter Infinger Special to the News | Opinion


Funniest jokes of 2017, part 2

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? It's time for a week of the funniest jokes of 2017, our annual Year-in-Review.

January 11, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Our story so far

If you have been reading "The Good Folks of Lennox Valley" since the first installment, I know how you are going to respond to the ...

January 11, 2018 | Kevin Slimp | Opinion


Lots to do, but will lawmakers do it?

If you ask a state legislator, particularly one who's been around for a few terms, what their priorities are for the upcoming session, they ...

January 10, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


A young girl and the Georgia Bulldogs

It was an undeniable blessing when I, a college kid and part-time sports writer, was given the assignment to cover a University of Georgia football ...

January 08, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Opinion


Let your Christmas tree keep living on

Nothing is worse in January than the sad looking Christmas tree awaiting its fate in the new year.

January 08, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Bottom line on tax bill

To listen to the Democrats, the American middle class will be lucky to survive the Republican tax bill.

January 06, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Welcome to the year of the Dog

2018 is the Year of the Dog. That is, if you're Asian and follow the Chinese zodiac. It rotates between the Rat, Ox, Tiger ...

January 06, 2018 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


2018 will be a year of change in Georgia

This will be a year of major change in Georgia politics.

January 05, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Next time you see a whale...

Editor: The picture of the whale breaching on the front page of your Dec. 30 edition of the paper is a once in a lifetime ...

January 04, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


New approach to an old problem

Why would we try solving society's most ancient problems with worn-out solutions? Sexual harassment and assault are as old as any issue can get ...

December 31, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


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