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Regents face increasing skepticism

The State Board of Regents voted recently to tighten their policies governing illegal immigrant applicants to Georgia colleges and universities and they did it with little discussion.

October 25, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Look out for flying mud this political season

Tourist No. 1: What is that awful smell?

October 25, 2010 | By Dr. Alan Baroody Guest columnist | Opinion


Revenge of the Hillary Clinton voters

Two-thirds of West Virginians approve of the job performance of Gov. Joe Manchin. In ordinary circumstances, that would be enough to get him any promotion he wants. Not in 2010.

October 20, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Amendment 2 is a vote to save lives

From now through the Nov. 2 election day, you will see and hear a lot about ballot Amendment 2. This is a $10 car tag fee to help fund the formation of a statewide trauma network and stabilize Georgia's trauma care system. Specifically, Georgia voters will be asked to vote "yes" or "no" on the following:

October 20, 2010 | By Phillip S. Schaengold Guest columnist | Opinion


Coast will be in hands of new governor

If most Georgians hope to ensure a future quality of life at least equal to that of the past, it is clear that government accountability must improve.

October 18, 2010 | By David Kyler Columnist | Opinion


President should forget yoga, focus on hate groups

Albert Mohler is at it again.

October 18, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


An education in spending

Of all the things the Newark, N.J., school system needs, the last of them is more money. Newark spends more per pupil than any other city in the country, and gets dismayingly little for it. For $22,000 per pupil - more than twice the national average - it graduates half its students.

October 13, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


City council needs to straighten out votes

Editor, Having attended my first Hinesville City Council meeting on Oct. 7, I was amazed that our mayor, who also chairs the meeting, got the vote wrong in two consecutive meetings - one held on Sept. 16, and the most recent meeting on Oct. 7.

October 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Don't discount judgeships

In less than three weeks, we will elect people to fill some of the most important positions in our state and nation. And while they are obviously all important, some will argue that judgeships and those who appoint or confirm judges are the most important.

October 13, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Columnist | Opinion


Remembering citizen soldiers years later

Five years ago this week, I was in Iraq in a dirty, foreboding piece of real estate known as "The Triangle of Death." That is not a misnomer. I almost found out the hard way.

October 11, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Forces are under stress

In a speech at Duke University last week, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that most Americans have grown too detached from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and view military service as something for "other people to do."

October 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Let GOP pay for power rate hike

The legislation (SB-31) that allows Georgia Power to charge small businesses and residential customers for electricity in advance provides exhibits A to Z of Republican core economic and political values; family values are exhibited in the speaker suite on the right wing at Motel 6.

October 11, 2010 | By Sen. Robert Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


An environmental lesson for Georgia

It's been two months since the day of a massive fire at J&J Chemical Co. in Athens and a large spill of dangerous chemicals into a stream feeding the Oconee River. A sickly sweet odor still hangs in the air along Trail Creek, and an unnatural turquoise tint still colors the water.

October 11, 2010 | By Ben Emanuel and Deborah Sheppard Guest columnists | Opinion


Here's to our soldier-citizens

By Dick Yarbrough

October 06, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Building a healthier Georgia

Sept. 23 marked the six-month anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, the new federal health care law. The bulk of the changes go into effect in 2014, giving state and local governments, insurers, providers and other key stakeholders time to translate and implement the new policies.

October 06, 2010 | By Cindy Zeldin Guest columnist | Opinion


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Haleigh's Hope is now Georgia's hope

Fifteen months ago, a local reporter asked me if there was any interest within the General Assembly in taking on the medical marijuana issue for the 2014 legislative session, and I told him, emphatically, that there was none and that I did not foresee that issue coming up anytime soon in Georgia. Then, a week later, I met a little 4-year-old girl named Haleigh and her courageous mom and dad, and was I proved ever so wrong.

April 24, 2015 | By State Rep. Allen Peake Special to the Courier | Opinion


Fathers, don't seek custody in Liberty County

Editor, If you are a father seeking custody of your children in Hinesville, please read this carefully.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gulf oil spill: Drawn-out tempest in teacup

The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was called catastrophic by many. President Barack Obama declared, "This oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced." The National Resource Defense Council said two years later, "A people wronged and a region scarred remains."

April 23, 2015 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Strong candidate not running for president

My fellow Americans, it is with a heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016.

April 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


How can we trust the BoE?

Editor, It is mindboggling to me to hear Liberty County Board of Education members and Liberty County School System administrators talk of the millions of dollars tossed about our school district's budget during school-board meetings, work sessions and public forums as if it's no big deal. According to information presented by the district, our revenues for the 2013-14 school year were $92,203,140, and our expenditures were $98,130,080 - meaning, our school board authorized $5,926,940 in overspending. However, the board continued to operate in the same manner for the first half of the 2014-15 ...

April 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


When a man finds his destiny

Sometimes a man, despite his best efforts, doesn't find his destiny. Try as he might, down through the earnest years of his life, he chases it and even can believe he has it, only to awaken one morning and discover he doesn't - that what he has is an illusion, a mirage that he tried to turn into reality.

April 21, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Legislator gives view of 2015 session

The activity surrounding each legislative session is always a combination of fast action with periods of slow-moving, tedious meetings as legislation is researched, deliberated and reconciled before the actual vote. This session was no different, and each day was used to the fullest as we set our sights on tackling some tough issues for the betterment of our state. The following is a summary of some of the major accomplishments and most-significant legislation passed this session.

April 20, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Celebration is education disguised as fun

On Wednesday, Liberty County residents will join millions of people around the world in celebrating the Earth on Earth Day.

April 20, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Pipeline would be trouble for coast

There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.

April 17, 2015 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Step forward: Lessons from 2015 session

Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.

April 16, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion


Good people still do good things

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hits and misses of legislative session

As expected, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia's legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.

April 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Rumors: Faster than speed of death

Carrie called the other day, and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk. No conversation with Carrie is ever short. Even her voicemails run three to four minutes.

April 14, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Keep storm drains clear

I would love a good, old-fashioned rain - or, as we used to call it, gully washer - this week.

April 14, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


The intolerance of the so-called tolerant

I just finished reading an article written by Valerie Tarico on Yahoo. The story was titled "Right-wing Christianity teaches bigotry: The ugly roots of Indiana's new anti-gay law."

April 13, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Opinion


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