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'Don't ask...' repeal is step in right direction

Kudos to the United States for repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which banned openly gay Americans from serving in the U.S. military since it was introduced in 1993. It's about time we brought the military into the 21st century.

October 03, 2011 | By Christie Schroeder Columnist | Opinion


Army wives are only human

I'll grudgingly admit that I sometimes avoid Army wives. Of course, as an Army wife myself, I know that's completely ridiculous.

October 03, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Thanks to officer for helping child in need

Editor, I am a mother of five children, one of whom is very ill and confined to a wheelchair. After some scheduling confusion Wednesday over the dates of an audition, my son, Tyler, found himself at Snelson-Golden Middle School with no way to call me and no ride home. He bravely began to travel the long road back to Highway 84 and then headed up 84 to the stoplight near the Department of Labor.

October 03, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Sunshine law serves valuable purpose

Georgia Senate Pro Tempore Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, is refusing to say much about why he and other members of the Senate Committee on Administrative Affairs paid $80,500 in public funds - tax-dollars - to settle a racial bias lawsuit against one of their colleagues in the Legislature. Neither he nor anyone else on the committee is willing to give up the name of the individual who has cost Georgians a small fortune or give up any detail of what prompted the suit.

September 29, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


Thanks to Wayne Memorial for care

Editor, I want to thank Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup for the kindness and professionalism extended to my aunt, Mae Hyers, during her stay. Aunt Mae stayed on the fourth floor in three different rooms. Her last room was the Hospice Suite.

September 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Questions surround Davis execution

At 10:51 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, Troy Anthony Davis was strapped to a gurney and injected with sodium thiopental, putting him into a deep sleep. Then Davis was given pancuronium bromide, a muscle relaxant that stops breathing by paralyzing the diaphragm. Finally, potassium chloride was given at a lethal dose in order to interrupt the electrical signaling essential to heart functions, which induced cardiac arrest. At 11:08 p.m., Davis was pronounced dead.

September 28, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Who cares what Moore thinks of Georgia

In case you were rearranging your sock drawer and missed the big announcement, filmmaker Michael Moore, who is about as relevant as a female appendage on a boar hog, is asking "all Americans with a conscience to shun anything and everything to do with the murderous state of Georgia." I can hear the shudders from Aragon to Zebulon.

September 28, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Waterways need our attention

Fall is here and that means Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers are gearing up for a variety of activities to promote cleaner, safer waterways and wetlands throughout Liberty County. This weekend, about 35 volunteers kicked off our annual Rivers Alive campaign with a beach cleanup on St. Catherines Island.

September 27, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Learning resource only miles away

Thursday was the kick-off of an absolutely fantastic program that continued for four days through Sunday. The program involved the work of scientists and students of marine science and many of its disciplines.

September 27, 2011 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Higher education, politics don't mix

Hank Huckaby has heard such rumblings before. The University System of Georgia chancellor wants to silence these before they start picking up volume, and bravo to him for trying.

September 27, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


No thanks, I prefer real football

Today I got an invitation to watch a broadcast of the Australian Football League Grand Final at the Midway Pub in Decatur. For those who don't know about Decatur, you go into Atlanta and hang a right.

September 26, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Midway needs to tone down taxes

Editor, The Midway City Council is at it again. This time it is taxing the residents 4 percent of their electric bill when we have the worst economy since the Great Depression. This affects not only residential bills, but also businesses, which will pass this increase onto each of us. Companies don't pay taxes; you and I pay the taxes.

September 26, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Eyewitness ID protocol

It's common knowledge that post-conviction DNA testing has exonerated dozens of people serving time for crimes they didn't commit. Less commonly known is that, according to The Innocence Project, the vast majority of people wrongly convicted of a crime and subsequently exonerated on the basis of DNA evidence were convicted on the basis of faulty eyewitness testimony.

September 26, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Every hour is up for grabs in Army

Probably the hardest pill to swallow as a military spouse is that the military often comes first. Despite the way my husband would want to prioritize, this commitment we've made to our country means that sometimes our lives are out of our hands.

September 26, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


South slow to lower lung cancer rates

A report released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had some encouraging numbers regarding instances of lung cancer nationally, though it appears our region of the country is lagging behind still.

September 26, 2011 | By Albany Herald | Opinion


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State taking 'holistic' approach to education

It's true there are no silver bullets in education - no single change that will set every student on the path toward success. What's ...

August 27, 2016 | By Richard Woods Guest columnists | Opinion


Writer: council lacks civic pride

Editor:

August 26, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


A lesson for voters: Payback is at the ballot box

It's generally considered impolite to take pleasure in other people's misfortunes, but sometimes you have to make an exception.

August 26, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Sea turtles, the Olympics and Vince Dooley

Lawyers, like kids, can say the darnedest things. That was proven during a recent hearing in Atlanta regarding an appeal by environmental groups of a ...

August 25, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Taking road trip to New York, Connecticut

When we decided to visit the few remaining members of Tink's family who live in Connecticut and New York, we chose to drive.

August 23, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump not a complete buffoon

Editor, Delet -Merge UpYes. Donald Trump is a horrendous human being and is unfit to be President. But, Trump is NOT a complete buffoon. Proof ...

August 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Don't leave pets in hot cars

When I was given the opportunity to write a piece for the City of Hinesville about something I am passionate about, I was drawn to ...

August 22, 2016 | By Jaci Tompkins Guest columnist | Opinion


Trump won's solve U.S. problems

Editor, All those people who voted for Donald Trump must figure if he gets elected as our president he will pay off the national debt ...

August 22, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


New ad campaign: 'Be recycled'

When you walk by your kitchen garbage can, do you ever hear a tiny voice, crying "Help me! I want to be recycled!"

August 22, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Phone call to mayor sets up big debate

Now that Sarah Hyden-Smith and Iris Long had carved out a platform for Juliet's last-minute mayoral campaign, it was time to talk strategy.

August 20, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


State races may be competitive for once

If you write about legislative races in Georgia, the last few elections have been downright boring in their predictability.

August 19, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Dear public school teachers, hang in there

Dear Public School Teachers:

August 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Writer: Dems the root of all evil

Editor,

August 18, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


A woman who made Georgia a better place

Class, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. In my long years on this planet, I never met a man with more class ...

August 18, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Johnson: Policing is the No. 1 issue

Recently, I was privileged to lead a forum on race relations and policing at the River Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Columbus with ...

August 17, 2016 | Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson President Ga. NAACP | Opinion


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