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Smart meter opt-out bill passes Senate

• Day 29 (Monday, March 5): In an effort to reach out to those who have opposed legislation dealing with solar power that I am sponsoring, I invited representatives from Georgia Power to meet with me this morning. Afterward, I met with a student from Georgia State University to discuss the future of the HOPE Scholarship and to listen to his concerns and suggestions.

March 19, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Keep those FOIA requests coming, folks

As we celebrate Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote open government, those in the federal Freedom of Information Act community are reminded of the many ways federal records are used by people across the country - and the globe.

March 19, 2012 | By Miriam Nisbet Guest columnist | Opinion


Allergy season is nothing to sneeze at

Despite the festivities of St. Patrick Day, which is one of this Irish gal's favorite holidays, this time of the year is the hardest time to live in Georgia - allergy season.

March 19, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Sunshine week reminds open government is best

This week is Sunshine Week, a national initiative to remind Americans that their government is supposed to be open; a government of the people, by the people, for the people.

March 19, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


We should be talking about these schools

At the risk of sounding like Johnny One-Note, let me go back over my concerns one more time about the charter school constitutional amendment bill in the State Senate that may or may not have been passed by the time this gets to you. (My deadlines and legislative deadlines don't always coincide.)

March 19, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Why is United States still in Afghanistan?

President Barack Obama has criticized President George W. Bush because of Bush's war in Iraq. But Obama seems to claim Afghanistan as his war. In a July 12, 2004, speech to the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, Obama said, "Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terrorism have reduced the pace of military transformation and have revealed our lack of preparation for defensive and stability operations. This administration has overextended our military."

March 14, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


St. Pat's arrives early on Isle of Wight

Attendants had trouble getting the little light to come on in the tiara that was presented Saturday to Miss Isle of Wight 2012 during her coronation.

March 14, 2012 | By Pat Watkins Staff writer | Opinion


Senate debates illegal immigration bill

Day 29 (Monday, March 5): In an effort to reach out to those who have opposed legislation dealing with solar power that I am sponsoring, I invited representatives from Georgia Power to meet with me this morning. While we have agreed to disagree on this particular issue, it is important to maintain respectful relationships at the Capitol. Afterward, I meet with a student from Georgia State University to discuss the future of the HOPE Scholarship and to listen to his concerns and suggestions. It is encouraging to hear from young people in our state who have an interest in our ...

March 14, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Ludowici withholding public documents

Editor, Our rights as citizens of Ludowici have been taken away from us.

March 14, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


House passes most important bill, budget

This week during the 2012 Legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly, major milestones were accomplished, including the busiest day of the session thus far for legislators.

March 14, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Corporations pay less than Buffett, Romney

Corporations pay a lower effective tax rate than Warren Buffett and Mitt Romney, but you wouldn't know it from all the complaints that our corporate tax rate puts our country at a competitive disadvantage. Last year, U.S. corporations paid just 12.1 percent of their earnings in federal corporate income taxes. Buffett's tax rate is 17.4 percent; Romney's reported 2010 tax rate was 13.9 percent.

March 13, 2012 | By Scott Klinger Guest columnist | Opinion


Independents should be heard too

Editor, I am an Atlanta native and currently reside there. I am also an independent voter who joins a national conference call every other month with 130 independent voter activists who are working to open up our frozen political process.

March 13, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


College still out of reach for too many

While the Georgia General Assembly continues its politically suspect obsession with creating state-run public schools, a more pressing education issue demands attention.

March 13, 2012 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Midway workers deserve kudos

Not everything with Midway should be complained about. There are people who should be commended for their work on behalf of the citizens. It's the extra service rendered that separates the mediocre from those who receive our gratitude. Therefore, I would like to acknowledge those who have given a little more than expected while working for the citizens of Midway.

March 12, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Go as green as you can on March 17

Green really starts March 17 in Liberty County. However, some volunteers will be wearing green for more than St. Patrick's Day.

March 12, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


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No, President Trump is not a neocon

With U.S. missiles flying in Syria, the "mother of all bombs" exploding in Afghanistan and an aircraft carrier strike group heading toward North Korea ...

April 29, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Trump playing high-steaks global game

Only a few people know what a "GBU-43/B" is. A bunch more will figure it out if we use the official designation: "Massive Ordnance ...

April 28, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Vote was all about Trump

The first round of voting in the 6th Congressional District special election was a giant exercise in sorting.

April 28, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Every year, around Earth Day it happens

Every year around Earth Day (April 22), people everywhere are harshly reminded just how "unnatural" environmentalists consider humans. Humans, they argue, are against nature, and ...

April 27, 2017 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


When the political process stinks

There is a saying that the two things you don't want to see made are law and sausage. Sometimes, they are hard to tell ...

April 27, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


You make it possible to save lives

Editor: For the sixth year, the people of Liberty County have shown their concern and compassion for their brothers and sisters in need by joining ...

April 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hinesville's cleanup is Saturday

Saturday, Keep Liberty Beautiful will partner with the city of Hinesville for the last citywide cleanup in Liberty County for this spring.

April 24, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Playing politics with missiles?

We don't know if President Donald Trump was purely motivated to fire cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield. Was he genuinely horrified by ...

April 23, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Obama a Russian stooge, too?

The circumstantial evidence is mounting that the Kremlin succeeded in infiltrating the U.S. government at the highest levels.

April 22, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


PSC about to face reality of nuclear energy

On St. Patrick's Day in 2009, the Public Service Commission decided one of its most important cases ever.

April 21, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Questions about BoE keep cropping up

Editor: My, oh my, it sure seems as if the dark storm clouds that have settled over the board of education are not soon to ...

April 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Giving Georgia's first ladies their due

You may have read about the sudden resignation of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week. The "Luv Guv" as he was known in the local ...

April 20, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Return insurance regulation to states

Much of the impasse in Washington regarding health care reform relates to health insurance regulation and mandates. There is a very simple solution: Return the ...

April 18, 2017 | Ralph Hudgens | Opinion


Legion here to help with U.S. flag etiquette

Editor: As veterans residing in a military community, we are amazed at the number of unserviceable American flags flying from various flag poles.

April 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trumpism is in crisis already

This isn't a function of poll numbers, or any melodrama of the past months, but something more fundamental: No officeholder in Washington seems to ...

April 15, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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