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Why criticize the government

Some readers think that I take delight in criticizing President Barack Obama. I don't. I would prefer to see a strong president leading our country, a president who understands how our country has succeeded for the past 200-plus years, a president who wants our country to advance economically, a president who does not apologize to the world for what America has accomplished, a president who understands the importance of a tough defensive position to protect our citizens, a president who understands the words, "We the People."

January 04, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Plum Nelly Pitts to prognosticate

It is with a great deal of pleasure that I announce the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located over a pool hall in Greater Garfield, has signed an exclusive contract with one of the nation's premier prognosticators, Plum Nelly Pitts, of Varnell, Ga.

January 04, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Thumbs up / thumbs down

Here's what we thought worked this week and what didn't:

December 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


The world may change but fundamentals stay the same

Dear Cameron,

December 28, 2011 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Cheating by Georgia’s school

Cheating by Georgia's school

December 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Visit with children a real eye-opener

One of my favorite activities as a state senator is when I get to speak to students at our local schools. This year, I spoke to third-grade students at May Howard Elementary and Marshpoint Elementary in Chatham County and Button Gwinnett Elementary in Liberty County.

December 28, 2011 | State Senator Buddy Carter | Opinion


Cheating by Georgia’s school systems is not acceptable

Gov. Nathan Deal says he is "alarmed" by a recent state report on cheating on national standardized tests in Georgia's public schools, this time in Dougherty County. Investigators digging around found evidence of cheating in nearly one-half of the 26 schools in the system of 16,000 students on Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in 2009.

December 28, 2011 | Brunswick News Other opinion | Opinion


Thanks for helping sick child’s family

I would like to take a moment to say thank you to all the kindhearted and loving people in our community who have helped my daughter, Victoria Marie Hall. She likes to be called Vicky.

December 27, 2011 | Mark Hall - Ludowici | Opinion


Thumbs up / thumbs down

Here's what we thought worked this week and what didn't:

December 27, 2011 | Staff report | Opinion


Let’s thank those who spend the holidays hard at work

Not everyone was home on Christmas Eve, snug in their beds with visions of sugarplums dancing through their heads. And while many families enjoy traditional holiday activities, get-togethers, religious services and leisurely breakfasts the morning after Santa visits their homes, others won't have that luxury.

December 27, 2011 | Courier Opinion | Opinion


Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Editor's note: This editorial, originally by Francis P. Church, first appeared in the New York Sun in 1897.

December 27, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


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


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No, President Trump is not a neocon

With U.S. missiles flying in Syria, the "mother of all bombs" exploding in Afghanistan and an aircraft carrier strike group heading toward North Korea ...

April 29, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Trump playing high-steaks global game

Only a few people know what a "GBU-43/B" is. A bunch more will figure it out if we use the official designation: "Massive Ordnance ...

April 28, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Vote was all about Trump

The first round of voting in the 6th Congressional District special election was a giant exercise in sorting.

April 28, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Every year, around Earth Day it happens

Every year around Earth Day (April 22), people everywhere are harshly reminded just how "unnatural" environmentalists consider humans. Humans, they argue, are against nature, and ...

April 27, 2017 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


When the political process stinks

There is a saying that the two things you don't want to see made are law and sausage. Sometimes, they are hard to tell ...

April 27, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


You make it possible to save lives

Editor: For the sixth year, the people of Liberty County have shown their concern and compassion for their brothers and sisters in need by joining ...

April 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Playing politics with missiles?

We don't know if President Donald Trump was purely motivated to fire cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield. Was he genuinely horrified by ...

April 23, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Obama a Russian stooge, too?

The circumstantial evidence is mounting that the Kremlin succeeded in infiltrating the U.S. government at the highest levels.

April 22, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


PSC about to face reality of nuclear energy

On St. Patrick's Day in 2009, the Public Service Commission decided one of its most important cases ever.

April 21, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Questions about BoE keep cropping up

Editor: My, oh my, it sure seems as if the dark storm clouds that have settled over the board of education are not soon to ...

April 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Giving Georgia's first ladies their due

You may have read about the sudden resignation of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week. The "Luv Guv" as he was known in the local ...

April 20, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Return insurance regulation to states

Much of the impasse in Washington regarding health care reform relates to health insurance regulation and mandates. There is a very simple solution: Return the ...

April 18, 2017 | Ralph Hudgens | Opinion


Legion here to help with U.S. flag etiquette

Editor: As veterans residing in a military community, we are amazed at the number of unserviceable American flags flying from various flag poles.

April 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trumpism is in crisis already

This isn't a function of poll numbers, or any melodrama of the past months, but something more fundamental: No officeholder in Washington seems to ...

April 15, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Playing the fool

April Fools' Day has come and gone, but on the first of the month, I kept marveling at how - starting even before he ran, continuing ...

April 15, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


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