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House bill promotes career education

The 2012 legislative session continues to move forward as legislation and committee meetings increase.

February 01, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Keep Georgia a shinning economic star

In his State of the State address, Gov. Nathan Deal looked to the heavens and the travels of legendary explorers to describe Georgia's voyage through the darkness of the Great Recession and toward brighter days ahead.

February 01, 2012 | By Atlanta Journal Constitution | Opinion


Thanks for helping woman in need of care

Editor, On Dec. 2, our friend, Regina Keys, was diagnosed with a condition that, according to her doctor, required immediate surgery. Having no insurance, Regina had to apply for financial aid before she could undergo the surgery to remove life-threatening tumors from her body. At this point, the only thing she thought she had to battle was the medical condition. Little did she know that what was about to unfold would baffle an entire community.

February 01, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Southern Baptist leader speaks from heart

Whew! That was close! I almost became a Baptist the other day. Not just any Baptist, but a (gulp!) Southern Baptist.

February 01, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


There should by an ode to fried chicken

It is estimated that on Super Bowl game day, Americans will consume 1.25 billion chicken wings. In other words, 625 million chickens will have contributed to the culinary delights of that day.

January 31, 2012 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Professor stressed crucial role of media

You may never have met or heard of Conrad Fink, but you've no doubt seen his handiwork - albeit through the hands of others.

January 31, 2012 | By Augusta Chronicle | Opinion


Trees make community better

Trees are essential to life. Most trees and shrubs in cities or communities are planted to provide beauty or shade.

January 31, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Flu vaccine is best protection

Editor, Each year for the past 35 years, the flu has peaked in February. There is no evidence that this season will be any different.

January 30, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Husbands need a little TLC, too

While I was back in Iowa over the holidays, a friend of mine told me about a tradition she and her husband had developed for bonding after each child's birth. Once the new baby had reached around 3 months of age, they would leave the baby, along with their other children, with her parents and go for a couple's weekend to regroup in their marriage. At the time, and even still, the idea of leaving my baby behind for a weekend seemed outrageous.

January 30, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Courts, colleges come before lawmakers

Day 6 (Monday, Jan. 23): After a long weekend, we're back in session today. We got right to work debating two bills. HB46, the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act, will streamline discovery in cases involving out-of-state decisions by allowing depositions and discovery taken in other states to be admissible in Georgia courts. While HB46 passes easily, SB203, a bill that was passed by the Senate last year but had changes made by the House, didn't make it through the Senate. The bill now will go back to the House, where members will either accept the bill as-is ...

January 30, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Some speech is no longer free

The Supreme Court just put a price tag on some formerly free speech.

January 26, 2012 | By Ken Paulson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Midway Police deserve respect

Editor, Midway has real C-O-P-S, "courageous officers providing security!" Not exactly what you expected? Think about it, and you'll realize that is exactly what police officers do.

January 26, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Ludowici's new officials revert to old tactics

Editor, Jan. 17, 2012, the first meeting of the new city council was held. I will be using names and only because the newspapers will have articles that do. My view point is from the audience. I apologize ahead of time to the innocent family members of this council.

January 26, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Let's hire an experienced executive

"It's not my fault." Can you imagine if the president of a major corporation said this to the stockholders when the company is doing badly?

January 25, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Our mission, should you decide to accept...

There have been a lot of spy movies lately, like the most recent installment in the Mission Impossible series.

January 25, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


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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


Muckraking is tradition in America

OK, OK, OK, you say. Enough already. We in the media have made our point. In fact, we have made it ad nauseum. We are ...

March 11, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Darts and daisies, daisies and darts

At my first paper some 20 years ago there was a middle-aged, bespectacled and be-permed teacher named Ginger something-or-the other who regularly wrote a column ...

March 11, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Learn about the new chamber

As a spouse of a retired U.S. Army veteran, I have traveled the world and in my travels I have achieved many successes.

March 10, 2017 | By Sabrina Newby Guest columnist | Opinion


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