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Arizona is only taking existing law seriously

The legal case against the Arizona immigration law is unassailable.

July 14, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


New laws are for your own good

This month, local and state authorities began enforcing a handful of new driving laws.

July 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hinesight discusses city raise revote

July 12, 2010 | Staff report | Opinion


On ham, grits and cell phones

MOULTRIE - We're all sitting there at the breakfast club, and someone begins talking about his new cell phone. It can do a lot of stuff, but it can't pour coffee nor can it scramble my sausage and eggs into my grits. So I'm left with some comfort zone. What I mean is, I don't think my life is totally about advanced technology and gizmos. There are still books to be read, there are still sticks to be whittled and there are still songs to be sung in the shower.

July 12, 2010 | By Dwain Walden Guest columnist | Opinion


Cloak of secrecy at Energy Department

The recent acceptance of $8.3 billion in taxpayer-backed loan guarantees by the builders of the Vogtle nuclear reactors seems like good news for Georgia electric customers. Nationwide taxpayers will now share in the costs and risks that had been on the shoulders of the customers of the utilities building the two reactors.

July 12, 2010 | By Peter A. Bradford Guest columnist | Opinion


Recognize positives in military life

Lately I've heard a lot of military spouses dwelling on the negative, lamenting the opportunities lost when their husbands signed on the dotted line.

July 12, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


(Drama) King James put on quite a show

The sporting world has lost its mind. During a primetime media spectacle Thursday night on ESPN, NBA star LeBron James announced he will leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat. The fanfare swirling around the event, the palpable buzz it generated and the press' exaggerated analysis of the six teams stumbling over each other to woo "King James" was downright embarrassing.

July 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


OMG! Dog days mean no more texting in cars

This time of year is referred to as "dog days." That is because state government feels that in appreciation for your tax contributions this is a great time to hound you with a bunch of new laws, regulations and similar irritations that usually become effective July 1. Hence, dog days.

July 12, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Tea Party storm brewing

It appears there is some dissension in the ranks in Georgia Tea Party territory. Either that, or they not only don't like the way government does its job, they don't like each other very much, either.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Term length must vary by position

Over the past 18 years, I have served in four different elected positions- city councilman, mayor, state representative and state senator.

July 07, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Celebrate positive environmental news

Urban naturalists can't believe our environment is improving and wildlife is recovering because they can't see beyond the skyline. They read mostly about wild species in danger. For most wildlife, it is not true - certainly not for that emblem of nature, the black bear.

July 07, 2010 | By Harold Brown Columnist | Opinion


Revolt against blob for students' sake

Eva Moskowitz has become an expert at being hated.

July 07, 2010 | By Rich Lowry | Opinion


Eleven ways to be a better American

July Fourth certainly is the most patriotic of our national holidays. American Flags, parades on Main Street, and bursting fireworks provide us with a spirit of pride and celebration. It is also a time to reflect on our rights and responsibilities as American Citizens. There is always room for our voice to be heard and perhaps now more than ever we need to join hands in taking the lead.

July 05, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Vote will reveal congressional values

It's not enough that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have topped $1 trillion. Now there is a supplemental appropriations bill awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives that will add $37 billion more, plus some other odd bedfellows.

July 05, 2010 | By Susan Shaer Guest columnist | Opinion


It's about more than fireworks, barbecue

"America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact- the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality."

July 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Legislator gives view of 2015 session

The activity surrounding each legislative session is always a combination of fast action with periods of slow-moving, tedious meetings as legislation is researched, deliberated and reconciled before the actual vote. This session was no different, and each day was used to the fullest as we set our sights on tackling some tough issues for the betterment of our state. The following is a summary of some of the major accomplishments and most-significant legislation passed this session.

April 20, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Celebration is education disguised as fun

On Wednesday, Liberty County residents will join millions of people around the world in celebrating the Earth on Earth Day.

April 20, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Pipeline would be trouble for coast

There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.

April 17, 2015 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Step forward: Lessons from 2015 session

Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.

April 16, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion


Good people still do good things

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hits and misses of legislative session

As expected, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia's legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.

April 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Rumors: Faster than speed of death

Carrie called the other day, and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk. No conversation with Carrie is ever short. Even her voicemails run three to four minutes.

April 14, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Keep storm drains clear

I would love a good, old-fashioned rain - or, as we used to call it, gully washer - this week.

April 14, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


The intolerance of the so-called tolerant

I just finished reading an article written by Valerie Tarico on Yahoo. The story was titled "Right-wing Christianity teaches bigotry: The ugly roots of Indiana's new anti-gay law."

April 13, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Opinion


He's no 'Playtoe,' but still irked by list

Fortune Magazine has announced its list of the World's Greatest Leaders for 2015, and would you believe that I got snubbed again this year?

April 09, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Historic districts, autism bills highlight session

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned last week, and much was accomplished during a very busy session. The following are some of the bills that were agreed upon by both the House and Senate and have been sent to the governor for his approval.

April 08, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Review of Georgia health legislations

With the 2015 General Assembly session ending last week, here's a list of the health-care winners and losers during the 40 days of the Legislature.

April 08, 2015 | By Andy Miller Georgia Health News | Opinion


Take care of our planet hands-on

"The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations, whose words of thanks will not be heard." - Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day

April 07, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


NAACP forum starts dialogue with police

Editor, I want to address the front-page, above-the-fold news story by Randy C. Murray, "Is there racial profiling in Liberty County?" (Wednesday, April 1).

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Celebrate true meaning of Easter

Before Thanksgiving, as I "juned" - a mountain word Mama used to mean "moved faster" - around the kitchen preparing for company, it occurred to me that I should invite Jerry.

April 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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