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Cell phones as welfare benefits goes too far

I recently saw a commercial for a company offering free cell phones and wireless service to people who receive government assistance. The commercial showed this pleasant "mom" with her two kids, having car trouble and she needed a cell phone to call for help.

May 20, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Columnist | Opinion


A blow for income equality

Why complain about the financial crisis? By liberalism's standards, it has been a swift sword of economic justice, working to equalize wealth more rapidly than any policy short of summary execution of the rich.

May 20, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


The elephants' tent

Ninth District Rep. Nathan Deal has spent 16 years as Georgia's mountain district congressman. During that time, we've barely heard a peep from him. Deal's low profile may account for the ease with which he has slipped back into office every two years.

May 18, 2009 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


What it is like to be a lawmaker

Compared to what it looked like a couple of decades ago, Congress today is a far more representative body. It's true that, as Congressional Quarterly recently pointed out, the House and Senate are still "populated mainly by wealthy white men with advanced degrees and backgrounds in law and business." Yet Capitol Hill undeniably looks more like the American people than in the past.

May 18, 2009 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Newspapers are here to stay

To social theorists predicting the collapse of newspapers, we've become more than an endangered species, we're prime evidence of the fading way the public consumes information.

May 15, 2009 | By William B. Katter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Military families deserve breaks bills provide

With a few strokes of his pen, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue recently signed into law a pair of measures aimed at making life a little easier - and fairer - for military families.

May 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


The president of Barack Obama

The calendar says President Barack Obama took office in 2009, although that's only a technicality. In his own mind, Obama ascended in Year Zero, a time of ritualistic cleansing in preparation for the relaunching of an America free from its past sins.

May 13, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


The honesty file

Gary Horlacher has hit upon an idea that every Democratic and Republican political candidate ought to applaud. Let every statewide candidate submit to a lie-detector test to prove he or she is morally ready for public service. OK, so I didn't hear a single clap or cheer; it's still a worthwhile notion.

May 11, 2009 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


The case of the 'torture memos'

The debate over the just-released Justice Department memorandums on interrogation techniques ended as soon as they were dubbed the "torture memos." Forevermore, they will be remembered as the legal lowlights of a "dark and painful chapter in our history," as President Barack Obama put it.

May 06, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Change is constant in Congress

We think of Congress as immutable, a steadfast presence in American life since its first session in 1789. The inspiration we draw from the dome of the Capitol, the pull of a congressional hearing we know will change the course of history, the lofty statements on the floor of the House or Senate - these were as much a part of our grandparents' time as they are of ours.

May 06, 2009 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Herding elephents

You have to hand it to those folks in Austin, Texas. They know a good campaign issue when they see one. Just the other day, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas mentioned "secession" - resigning from the United States - as a way to escape the odious government in Washington.

May 04, 2009 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Georgia deserves fair share of highway funds

Georgia clearly could use an extra $206 million a year to fix its roads and bridges. And it could get that much - without increasing taxes, without cutting other government programs and without borrowing.

May 04, 2009 | By Jeff Flake and Ronald Utt Special to the Courier | Opinion


Obama accelerating feds' lack of control

Across the country, Americans have begun to voice their anger and frustration with the federal government's tax, borrow and spend policy.

May 01, 2009 | By State Rep. Jay Neal Special to the Courier | Opinion


Support Mexico

President Barack Obama went to Mexico and, unlike many of his presidential predecessors, didn't stay in a remote resort, but in the midst of Mexico City, the sprawling metropolis of 20 million.

April 29, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


What does talent look like?

We can all learn a lesson from Susan Boyle.

April 29, 2009 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Opinion


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EPA rules good for business, economy

Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?

July 24, 2014 | By Richard Eidlin | Opinion


Small businesses want higher wages

If Congress actually listened to small-business owners, the minimum wage would be going up.

July 24, 2014 | By Holly Sklar Guest columnist | Opinion


Yet another Georgia river in peril

As far back as 2010, the Ogeechee River has been called one of the most threatened rivers in the country by environmental groups such as the Southeast Environmental Law Center.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Pay for P.O. box on time or face fee

Editor, I never would have thought a small block of wood measuring about 1.5 inches by 2 inches could make me so angry.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Taxpayers on hook for botched ethics probe of governor

In 1997, then-Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term, in which I served until 2002.

July 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Childhood choices affect whole lives

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages of 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom - a driver's license - and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

July 22, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's time to close Southern borders

Editor, Mexico and Guatemala have finalized a deal that will allow Guatemalans (who normally would be arrested and deported or imprisoned in Mexico) to travel on 72-hour passes through Mexico on their way to our Southern border.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Stormwater runoff is good rain gone bad

I love a good rainstorm - I always have. My mother used to check the weather forecast for thunderstorms because I was fascinated by them and wanted to watch them outside. However, it's not really a good idea to sit outside during a thunderstorm.

July 22, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Be flexible with child' milestones

My 2-year-old is a chatterbox. I have no idea where she gets it from. (I'm being sarcastic, of course; it's obviously a trait passed down directly from me.)

July 22, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Once upon a blood moon in Georgia

Not a single person in my breakfast club has mentioned the "blood moon." And that includes me, until now. I wasn't really sure what it was even though my emails from some preacher have hammered me recently with a "better beware" kind of verbiage.

July 22, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Johnson deserves district seat

Editor, Lately your newspaper has printed several letters stating that Buddy Carter is just like Jack Kingston. These claims are extreme exaggerations and pretty farfetched.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Midway needs better fire-protection deal

It's good when the fire department is quiet, but the Midway Fire Department is the busiest department outside of Hinesville. The Midway volunteers do an excellent job with a quick response time. Many residents are not aware of Midway's coverage area, but the Midway Fire Department covers Midway's 4 square miles and 40 square miles of unincorporated areas of Liberty County. It also supports other fire departments when called upon for assistance.

July 17, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


BRAC should be feared in Georgia

Few acronyms raise the concern of elected officials, community leaders and military personnel as much as BRAC does.

July 17, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


The tyranny of automobiles

In the week leading up to Independence Day, several news stories prompted us to contemplate what freedom means in 2014.

July 17, 2014 | By John Bennett Guest columnist | Opinion


Waxing poetic is quite frenetic

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

July 16, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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