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Tighten control of legislative expenses

According to a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution story on travel and expense claims from state lawmakers for times this year when the Legislature was not in session, legislators billed the state's taxpayers for more than $1.3 million from Jan. 1 to Dec. 8.

December 27, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


New spin on Christmas classic

Editor's note: Parts of the following column were taken from and inspired by Clement Clarke Moore's original poem, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

December 23, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Suggestions on moving economy forward

Last week, we learned that farm income in 2011 is forecast to reach an all-time high, up 28 percent over 2010, signaling that American agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation's economy.

December 22, 2011 | By Hobby Stripling Guest columnist | Opinion


Avoid fire hazards this Christmas

Christmas is just days away, and the tree that you so carefully picked out for the holiday is standing tall and proud in your home, beautifully decorated with ornaments and lights. But just because the tree is trimmed doesn't mean it's no longer in need of recurring attention - have you been watering your grand Christmas display?

December 22, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Feds dialing up vehicle cell phone ban

In the race between a fast-spreading and potentially hazardous technology and government attempts to regulate it, the regulators come in a distant second.

December 21, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


2012 will be big for politics, mosquitoes

I am pleased to announce that beginning Jan. 1, Junior E. Lee - general manager of Round or Square Polls, a division of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield - will offer exclusive analysis of the upcoming presidential election that can be seen only in this space.

December 21, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight: Top stories of 2011

December 20, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Give Christmas gifts that give back

I have been blessed. During the holiday season, I am reminded constantly of the blessings I have - a loving husband and family, dear friends, great coworkers, a job I love and the involvement of thousands of local volunteers each year who are a blessing in themselves.

December 19, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Ban on texting while driving needed

Conceding that it's a little disconcerting that the National Transportation Safety Board would use a worst-case scenario to recommend a total ban on texting, emailing or talking on a cellphone - even hands-free devices - while driving, that's not necessarily sufficient reason to reject the recommendation outright.

December 19, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


So you don't believe in all that science stuff

Sometimes irony can be deafening. That's how it seemed to me recently as I listened to a fellow pooh-pooh science.

December 19, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


There are ways to create new jobs

Editor, Why are so many people out of work in Hinesville and Liberty County? I see a lot of open Hinesville jobs posted on the Internet and the Courier also provides help wanted ads. I also see a lot of jobs that businesses won't pay to have done, but that need to be done. Look at all these slum areas in Liberty County and Hinesville. Local governments don't pave roads or put in sidewalks where they are needed.

December 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Opinions of war aside, soldiers deserve welcome

Last week, the United States marked the end of a foreign conflict that claimed the lives of nearly 4,500 American troops and 100,000 Iraqis, wounded thousands more and cost the nation more than $800 billion. The war in Iraq lasted nearly nine bitterly conflicted years, but the flag-retiring ceremony that brought the battle to a close lasted only 45 minutes.

December 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Road trip may test patience, nerves

There's no escaping it now. With Christmas less than a week away, it's time to face the inevitable.

December 19, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Santa, please send jobs to Georgia

This year, 483,605 Georgians have the same item on their Christmas wish list - they want a job.

December 16, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


U.N. considers more rights for Mother Earth

Recently, 192 mostly socialist governments, led by Bolivia, asked the U.N. to create a treaty that would grant the same rights found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to "Mother Nature." The treaty supports a legal system to maintain a balance between human rights and what they perceive as the rights of other elements of the Earth's community - the plants, animals and terrain.

December 14, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


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Three cleanups set for Saturday

Enthusiastic middle school students joined in the Great American Cleanup on Thursday last week. Midway Middle School Green Team members and science class students volunteered ...

March 27, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Many flaws in shore protection bill

Regarding propose amendments to Georgia's Shore Protection Act that were recently tabled by the General Assembly Senate, further details merit consideration.

March 27, 2017 | By David Kyler Guest columnist | Opinion


The worst argument for Trumpcare

Of all the arguments to make for repealing and replacing Obamacare, the very worst is that people don't need health insurance.

March 26, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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


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