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Why are Georgians so unhappy

I feel like a failure. For years, I have told you what a privilege it is to live in the great state of Georgia. We have beautiful mountains; pristine beaches; the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South; as well as Vidalia onions and more concrete fishponds than you can count. And we are unhappy. Where have I gone wrong?

April 27, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


A look back at 2011 General Assembly

It was a successful 2011 legislative session for my colleagues and me at the Georgia General Assembly. We accomplished many items on our agenda for this year, and some will be worked on and tackled during the next legislative session.

April 27, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Plenty to do in next session

About the best possible outcome from the latest session of the Georgia General Assembly was that lawmakers would, for another year, find ways to keep the state treading water until better times take firm root.

April 27, 2011 | By Atlanta Journal Constitution | Opinion


Still time to volunteer for clean up

I need to get out my calculator. We are halfway through our annual Great American Cleanup effort, which runs through May 31. Keep Liberty Beautiful documents participation at all roadside and citywide cleanup events, campus cleanups, Adopt Liberty Cleanups, education- and public-awareness efforts, recycling events, neighborhood projects and beautification projects because I begin to lose track in my head at about this point in the "season."

April 25, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Highway program shortchanges Georgia

Under the laws governing the federal highway program, the federal fuel taxes paid into the trust fund by motorists (18.3 cents per gallon) and truckers are returned to the states by a series of mathematical formulas that attempt to match the scope and usage of each state's surface-transportation system with payments received from the trust fund. These formulas, however, embody a number of serious flaws that cause many states (called donors) to consistently receive shares that are less than they pay in, while others (called donees) consistently receive more.

April 25, 2011 | By Dr. Ron Utt Special to the Courier | Opinion


AG fighting for transparency in government

San Olens, Georgia's new attorney general, has hit the ground running and he's making great strides in the matter of transparency in government.

April 25, 2011 | By Americus Times-Record | Opinion


American way of life coming apart at seams

The size of government threatens the American way of life as we know it. The solution is straightforward - cut government. A vibrant grass-roots movement insists that it happen, and Washington is lousy with rival plans for how to go about it.

April 25, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Dreams don't focus on impending birth

I was sitting in the backseat of my car with a lifelong friend, waiting for my husband to finish his quick trip inside the store. My small Iowa hometown looked just like it always had, no stoplights and no traffic.

April 25, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


A real favor of high school students

As its unanimous vote tends to reflect, the state school board was right in deciding to phase out administration of the Georgia High School Graduation Test, a battery of exams in English, math, science and social studies that includes a writing assessment.

April 25, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Ever had a mayonnaise sandwich?

It seems a consensus of my breakfast club that we have too many television channels. Metaphorically speaking, producers are struggling to find something to put between two slices of bread. In others words, they are giving us mayonnaise sandwiches.

April 25, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Funding to bring opportunity to rural Georgia

Last week U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a long-anticipated round of funding, designed to spur economic development in rural areas while providing a much needed upgrade to dated electric transmission infrastructure.

April 25, 2011 | By Johnathan Hladik Guest columnist | Opinion


It's time to wake federal government up

That's just like the federal government – instead of assigning blame, instead of acknowledging that there is really such a thing as intentionally underperforming individuals, it overlooks the obvious. These slackers, people who don't do their jobs because they don't want to and feel they don't have to, are often fodder for deep analysis that often has citizens of this nation wondering if they and their government are from the same planet.

April 25, 2011 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


House adjourns sine die

Sine die! It is now official, the Georgia General Assembly has completed the 2011 legislative session. The session began on Jan. 10 with an icy snow storm that blanketed much of our state, including the Capitol. However, that did not deter the members of the legislature from doing their job and serving on your behalf. Forty legislative session days later, the adjournment of the 2011 session ended at around 11:40 p.m. April 14.

April 20, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Recognizing the session's servants

Ladies and gentlemen, the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield is pleased to recognize members of the 2011 General Assembly who gave so much so that we could get so little. Please hold your applause until all our honorees have been recognized. Otherwise, we could be here until the Legislature returns in August. Nobody wants that.

April 20, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hire new people, don't change rules

That's just like the federal government - instead of assigning blame, instead of acknowledging that there really is such a thing as intentionally underperforming individuals, it overlooks the obvious. These slackers, people who don't do their jobs because they don't want to and feel they don't have to, often are fodder for analysis that has citizens of this nation wondering if they and their government are from the same planet.

April 20, 2011 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


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Georgia can learn something from Louisiana

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana.

June 24, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Daddy's ugly shed will stay with me

Behind the little house in which I spent a happy childhood - where I toted books from one room to another, where I knelt by my ...

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Open letter to superintendent

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June 22, 2016 | Marcus Scott IV Guest Columnist | Opinion


Vote for Clinton -- or maybe not

Editor, Now that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, I thought that I would give the voters some reasons to ...

June 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Support attractive businesses

Hello, my name is Sara, and I am addicted to shopping. I make no apologies for this addiction - I mean hobby.

June 21, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Egg case about to crack wide open

I've always said that gossip in Lennox Valley was born in one of three places: Maxine's weekly column called "Rumor Has It," Raymond ...

June 20, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Is Sen. David Perdue aiming for higher office?

During his first 18 months as a U.S. senator, David Perdue had not made much of a splash on the national scene. He was ...

June 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


This Sebastian is the real deal — no joke

I don't know how schoolteachers manage to do what they do, and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed in ...

June 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Junior E. Lee gives thoughts on election

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now, but in order to do so, I needed ...

June 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Officers must stop speeders on Rye Patch Road

Editor,

June 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Investing in people is not snooping

Over the course of many years, I have spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms hoping for good news and, at the same ...

June 14, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Have you been feeding monsters?

There are monsters lurking around our cities. No, not zombies, but they are just as devastating. These monsters create havoc on our environment because citizens ...

June 14, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Armed with truth, editor ponders strategy

In all the years Iris Long had served as editor of Hometown News, she had never felt faint while covering a story. Never, that is ...

June 13, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Tip on preventing thefts from autos

People entering automobiles and taking things that don't belong to them has become all too common. The Hinesville Police Department has handled a number ...

June 13, 2016 | By George Stagmeier Guest columnist | Opinion


DOT: Please pardon our progress

It's springtime in Georgia and summer is around the corner. It is a time when we welcome visitors to our great state, and we ...

June 13, 2016 | By Russell McMurry Guest columnist | Opinion


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