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'Lock 'em all up' hasn't worked

Georgia's prison population has grown 35 percent during the past decade and is projected to continue growing during the next five years. Public safety is bolstered when offenders who are violent, dangerous or career criminals are put behind bars, but too often lower-level offenders emerge from prison as more hardened criminals.

October 27, 2011 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Occupy Atlanta protesters are unbearable

News bulletin: The state Department of Natural Resources is reporting that black bears in North Georgia seem to be migrating toward the Atlanta area.

October 26, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight: Big banks' new fees fair?

October 25, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Problem is a 'call to action'

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For too many families, awareness of behind-closed-doors abuse is not an issue; they are all too intimately aware of violence at the hands of family members, spouses or intimate partners. They know its pain, its fear, its humiliation and the irrational shame victims often feel. For too many others, it's somebody else's business and somebody else's problem. …

October 24, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Cut pollution, don't feed storm drains

Keep Liberty Beautiful will complete the sixth annual Rivers Alive events this week.

October 24, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


'Fair tax' actually not fair at all

Editor, I worked hard and saved all that I could during my working years. If something needed done and I could do, it I did - from reroofing the house to replacing the brakes on my vehicles. I already have paid income taxes on the money that I've saved, but the fair tax people would have me pay "income" tax on it again if I buy a new set of golf clubs or a boat or anything else. There is nothing fair about that.

October 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Businesses have to pay sales tax, too

Editor, I want to offer a clarification to a statement made by Len Calderone in his column in Wednesday's Coastal Courier on changing the tax code. He favors wiping out the entire income tax code and replacing it with a "consumption tax" or sales tax. He mistakenly states halfway through his commentary that, "Others believe that business owners could make personal purchases and avoid the tax because businesses would be exempt. Businesses are exempt from state sales taxes even now, but they have to prove that what is purchased is for company-only use."

October 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Help to ensure all families enjoy holidays

With the holidays fast approaching, many community members are focusing on hosting and attending parties, buying presents and looking forward to family get-togethers. What many people don't realize is that there are others in our community who worry constantly about how to survive from one month to the next - never mind planning for the upcoming holiday season. That's where our local United Way comes in.

October 24, 2011 | By Kathryn Fox Guest columnist | Opinion


Trading up to parenthood

For the last few nights I've been sleeping like a baby. That's right, I'm up every hour or two, either eating, using the bathroom or just restless for no apparent reason. Who thought "like a baby" was a good way to describe deep sleep, anyway? That's more like sleeping "like a teenager" if you ask me.

October 24, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Global pecan demand good for Georgia

It appears that overseas markets are learning about a good thing - pecans.

October 20, 2011 | By Albany Herald | Opinion


Change the income tax code

U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said, "The federal tax code, with its 44,000 pages, 5.5 million words and 721 different forms, is a patchwork maze of complexity and a testament to confusion over common sense."

October 20, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Health insurance now manadatory, or is it?

National healthcare, ObamaCare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – whatever you refer to it as – the historic legislation passed by Congress in 2010 revolutionizing the American health care system is now law.

October 20, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


It's not government schools, it's stupid government

To quote the Church Lady on Saturday Night Live, "Well, isn't that special?" State School Superintendent John Barge and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., have asked U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a waiver of the controversial No Child Left Behind law and, instead, to measure school performance on a broader basis, consisting of scores on a Criterion-Referenced Competency Test along with other factors in a "performance index."

October 19, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


State should protect families, not criminals

An assistant U.S. District Attorney put into words during the sentencing of a bank robber with a frightening criminal background what many have been thinking or saying all along: Georgia's judicial system leaves much to be desired.

October 18, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


Thanks for supporting ball for Dorchester

Editor, Thank you to everyone who came out in support of our annual Western Ball. The successful event shed light on the increasing awareness of one of our greatest historical landmarks and its importance, Midway's Dorchester Academy. The profits raised will go toward the restoration and upkeep of the center.

October 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


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An open letter to Rep. Buddy Carter

Dear Rep. Buddy Carter:

December 10, 2016 | By Roy Hubbard Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tom Price and health care

Back when he was serving in the Georgia Senate, Tom Price acquired a nickname among the capitol crowd: Ned Flanders.

December 09, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Losing home to fire puts life in perspective

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state. A community leader and a successful business man - he is president and CEO ...

December 08, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Things you rarely hear or see anymore

Editor: What happened to politeness and courtesy? You rarely hear, "please," "thank you," "you're welcome" and "excuse me." People have become so egocentric that ...

December 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


If God can use Peter, he can also use Trump

Editor: Thank you, Will Darsey, for graciously letting me down easy in your response to my letter in the Nov. 16, 2016 edition of the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Random thoughts on random stuff

God bless America and God bless Mount Paran Christian School in Cobb County. Before a recent football playoff game, every player on the team came ...

December 01, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Remembering Jesup's quirky Roscoe Dean

Friends and relatives who know I work at the state capitol often ask these questions: How can you stand it there? Don't you just ...

November 30, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


America is not a 'safe space,' folks

Pity the anti-Trump protesters thronging the streets of American cities.

November 29, 2016 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Does a woman stand a chance?

Two days goes, it was assumed by just about everyone in Lennox Valley that attention would turn on Friday from the mayor's race to ...

November 29, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Plan a 'green' Christmas

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but the unintended consequences of our holiday frenzy can also make it the most wasteful time ...

November 29, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Watch Trump's transition closely

For those millions of Americans who awakened to discover that their Donald Trump nightmare was not just a bad dream, the question is, What to ...

November 29, 2016 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


How to learn from Trump's victory

Editor: This is a moment when we need to be organizers.

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Election resulted from Trump's masterful strategy

Editor: I believe I finally have some insight into the shocking 2016 Presidential election results:

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Have Midway leaders lost their minds?

Editor: I just received today's paper, and saw the front-page article about the Midway "city leaders" proposing a new City Hall. They may need ...

November 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


With election over, is Penguin Awareness Day soon?

I promised last week that I would share with you the results of the latest patent-pending Wikiwinkwink Political Report, courtesy of my colleague, Junior E ...

November 24, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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