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Time to turn the page on NCLB

Word that Georgia is no longer required to meet requirements of No Child Left Behind is welcome news.

February 13, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Constitutional amendment gives parents education control

Most people agree that local school boards play a critical role in Georgia public education.

February 13, 2012 | By State Rep. Jan Jones Special to the Courier | Opinion


Who will carry GOP banner in November?

The Republican race so far has been topsy-turvy. Rick Santorum won Iowa. Mitt Romney won New Hampshire and Florida. Newt Gingrich won South Carolina. Ron Paul didn't win anything. The race so far has not indicated a clear Republican leader, but I believe that might have changed with Florida - a change brought about by Romney's huge advertising campaign.

February 08, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


State House amends current budget

Feb. 3: The Georgia General Assembly's 2012 Legislative session is moving along quickly - we now are more than one-third of the way through this session.

February 08, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens | Opinion


'State of column' covers important issues

In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, I am required to submit annually a "state of the column" message. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please stand and applaud if you hear something that floats your boat or look bored if you don't. You may be on television.

February 08, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Senate takes up budget issues, more

Day 10 (Monday, Jan. 30): Much of what we do in the Legislature is related to preparation, and this morning was a perfect example: I was at the Capitol at 8 a.m. to review the criminal justice appropriations budget with the Senate budget analyst.

February 08, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Development authority's spending questioned

Editor, I'm a small-business owner in Hinesville and, like many others, I believe I'm struggling to survive in this tough economy because there's virtually no new business.

February 08, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Plant more trees for Arbor Day

Georgia Arbor Day is coming up Feb. 17, the third Friday of the month.

February 07, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Dance classes are great workouts

Editor, I participate in line dancing classes at the Bryan County Recreation Center in Richmond Hill on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. People who want enjoyable exercise should try line dancing.

February 06, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Dance classes are great workouts

Editor, I participate in line dancing classes at the Bryan County Recreation Center in Richmond Hill on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. People who want enjoyable exercise should try line dancing.

February 06, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


President's speech offers encouragement

President Barack Obama delivered his third State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress last week. These are always inspiring events with the House and Senate united in welcoming the president, his cabinet, the justices of the Supreme Court and leaders of our nation's military.

February 06, 2012 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Lawmakers take aim at hunting, fishing laws

The 2012 General Assembly just completed its 14th legislative day this week. We began the week by passing SB 223, also known as the Georgia Government and Accountability Act. If enacted, this legislation would create a joint legislative sunset advisory committee to oversee the effectiveness of government operations and maximize every taxpayer dollar. The passage of this legislation provides a clear solution in addressing how efficient government should operate.

February 06, 2012 | By State Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Belle of military ball is all hyped up

It started out as a tiny thought buried deep in my subconscious just over three years ago. Over time it evolved into a dream, then a deep-seeded desire.

February 06, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


DUIs still a problem in Georgia

You might think that DUIs would be on the downswing in Georgia, thanks to harsher penalties, increased public enlightenment and the efforts of groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

February 06, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Government stupidity is everywhere

I usually pick on the federal government for doing stupid things, but stupidity can be found in all forms of government, including international. It is hard to believe that intelligent people do such stupid things, but it keeps happening. Here are some examples - besides last summer's Midway lemon stand debacle.

February 02, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


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GOP deadling with national illness

Many Republican leaders are leery about having their name attached to the GOP's replacement for Obamacare, a health care overhaul they have demonized since ...

March 25, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Depend on the one who can help

March Madness is in full swing. Today begins "The Sweet Sixteen." That means that the final 16 teams in the NCAA basketball tournament are playing ...

March 24, 2017 | By Pastor Brad Butler Pembroke First Baptist Church | Opinion


Being Dick Yarbrough isn't easy, folks

I regret I won't have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump's shoelaces ...

March 23, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Senate considers bills, ready to tackle state budget

The Senate spent Days 32-35 of the 2017 legislative session considering bills that passed the House of Representatives.

March 23, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Volunteers do more than pick up trash

We are continuing to participate in the 19th annual Great American Cleanup in Liberty County.

March 21, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


The president's smokescreens

It's early in his presidency, but already Donald Trump has faced one controversy after another. None has been more perilous to him than the ...

March 21, 2017 | By Bob Franken | Opinion


Enforcing immigration laws is necessary

Editor: News stories from all over the nation are now focused on the fact that President Trump's immigration enforcement is causing problems for illegal ...

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


More random thoughts on random subjects

After almost two decades of doing this, you think I would have figured out by now what pushes your hot button. For example, I wrote ...

March 17, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Middlebury College's yowling mob

At Middlebury College earlier this month, Charles Murray needed a safe space - literally.

March 16, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Despite the weather, it’s Sunshine Week

March 12-18 is Sunshine Week. Launched in 2005, the initiative promotes open government and pushes back against "excessive official secrecy."

March 16, 2017 | Benta Dodd Georgia Public Policy Institute | Opinion


Why would Ralston run?

David Ralston is now being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018, which leads to an obvious question.

March 16, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


So if Dr. Lee gets $190,000, what about...

Editor: Just wondering if Dr. Lee gets $190,000 for three years of turmoil and discontent, then what does Mr. Carrier get for 33 years ...

March 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Volunteer to help clean up the county

The last few weeks have been busy for Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers.

March 14, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Changing consumer protection is bad idea

Editor: Senators Isakson and Perdue have proposed a bill for turning control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) over to Congressional oversight rather than ...

March 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Deconstruct the administrative state

Steve Bannon blew a dog whistle for constitutional conservatives when he spoke of "deconstructing the administrative state" at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

March 12, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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