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Don't vote for TSPLOST

Editor, The transportation 1 percent tax known as TSPLOST will be determined by an election rigged and pre-determined by the General Assembly and the Governor.

March 20, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Turn up your sole to help environment

Feet are kind of a funny thing. Your feet affect your whole body. If my feet hurt, I feel terrible all over. If my feet feel good, I can do just about anything. Can you remember as a kid what it was like to run around barefoot in the soft spring grass? That was a great feeling!

March 20, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Consensus is most important political goal

Watching Capitol Hill these days, I'm often struck by how issues that were present at the dawn of our Republic continue to reverberate. In the very first session of Congress, when members had to grapple with how to make the new government work, they also had to come to grips with how they themselves could work together. This wasn't easy.

March 19, 2012 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Water debt like writing check not knowing balance

Imagine the absurdity of a highly profitable company not paying to use a natural resource, which has severe scarcity issues, like water. This is the case in America's thermoelectric energy industry. Such a paradigm has a variety of problems - sustainability and fairness among them, especially given that most of you pay for water used in your home and many of you conserve water buy purchasing low-flush toilets, front-loader washing machines, etc.

March 19, 2012 | By Capt. Emily Briley Guest columnist | Opinion


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


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The war has been over 152 yeras, y'all

My son, a learned philosopher, says of an impending competition between two football teams he particularly dislikes: "May they play a zero-zero tie in the ...

July 22, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Young ‘thief’ needs to learn value of things others own

Q: We've just been informed that our 7-year-old son has been effectively "expelled" from the private school he attended last year because of repeated ...

July 21, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family psychologist | Opinion


Spaceports have not worked, neither would Camden's

Editor: Some writers and elected officials have extolled the virtues of spaceports as if they were general manufacturing industries producing industrial or consumer products. Apparently ...

July 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia's own 'The Donald'

For those Georgia voters who couldn't get enough of Donald Trump in last year's election, fear not.

July 20, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Humor: Ford luring young buyers with pot?

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

July 20, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Disappointed for county's children

Editor: It appears, according to recent reporting, the BOE is considering expanding extra-curriculum sports programs down to the middle schools. Programs that help build character ...

July 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Liberty County’s new Extension agent introduces herself

Good day, Liberty County! My name is Ashley Hoppers, and I work with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.

July 19, 2017 | By Ashley Hoppers Guest columnist | Opinion


Be a voice for those without one

Mahatma Ghandi once said, "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

July 18, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Columnist | Opinion


Editor missed point of previous letter

Editor: This is in response to your staff column on July 9. I am afraid that you missed the point of my letter of July ...

July 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Summer reading list with environment-friendly books

If you are already looking for ways to keep your kids busy and avoid the dreaded "Mom, I'm bored. I don't have anything ...

July 18, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Gestures drive relations home

If you see a balding curmudgeon driving around somewhere with a certain finger extended at the world, pay no mind. It's just me, having ...

July 17, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


She's very much alive, thank you

Editor: Enjoyed the June 28 article in the Courier headlined "A craft and a passion" featuring a dear friend, David Swinford. However, a couple of ...

July 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Depending on the wild Atlantic and Gulf Stream

The Gulf Stream is a virtual river that is 50 miles wide and over a mile deep. It is one of the most studied currents ...

July 15, 2017 | By Roy Hubbard Guest column | Opinion


God bless America, and how is everybody?

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

July 14, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Syndicated humor columnist | Opinion


Drinking vodka not treason, yet

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

July 13, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


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