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Dialing-for-dollars plan is bad idea

It seems as if we only just got the telemarketer nuisance under control, unsolicited calls from insistent salespeople peddling magazine subscriptions, time-shares, can't-miss investment opportunities, mortgage refinancing and a whole cornucopia of sucker deals. Since the telemarketers wanted to call when most people would be at home, they often called at dinnertime. Telemarketing became synonymous with "really irritating."

October 12, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Protesters doing more harm than good

Editor, President Barack Obama, the Democrats and the liberal media have endorsed and encouraged the protesters currently polluting New York City and elsewhere. They are trying to compare the dirty mobs protesting Wall Street to the Tea Party rallies, which are civil and leave their venues all cleaned up. The minority leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, is proud of the rent-a-mobs, the dirty masses of hippies and union thugs trashing the streets as they broadcast their hatred of capitalism and America. They could be called the BEA party, as in "Bathed Enough Already."

October 12, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Proud of past, looking toward future

Thomas David Petite has a very simple view on the immigration issue raging in the United States.

October 12, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


'Don't ask...' repeal is wrong for military

Dear editor: This letter is in response to the column regarding homosexuals in the military and the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." While Christie Schroeder's column sounds good on the surface, showcasing her "tolerance" and "fair-mindedness," the fact is that allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the military is very wrong on many levels.

October 12, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Test your water smarts with EPA quiz

As we near our Sixth Annual Rivers Alive event on Saturday, Oct. 22, I wanted to give you an opportunity to test your own water smarts. This is an opportunity to find out just how much you know about taking care of our local waterways. This little quiz is courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency.

October 10, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Three suggestions to cut military spending

Editor, I am sending you some of my suggestions on how to cut military spending. For my qualifications on this subject, I spent 21 years in the U.S. Army, plus I was a military brat before that.

October 10, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Braves fan down; 'wait till next year'

Phooey - that's about the only reaction from an Atlanta Braves fan that's printable in a family newspaper after the 2011 team completed the worst September collapse ever.

October 10, 2011 | By Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Poor timing for cuts in jobless benefits

Georgia's unemployment rate is at a six-month high - 10.4 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That's more than a full percentage point higher than the national unemployment rate of 9.1 percent. All over the state, families are struggling to make ends meet. Some have to choose between paying bills and buying food.

October 10, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


You get used to the false alarms

It was 4 a.m. and I was up for the third time that night for yet another trip to the bathroom when I heard the rooster crowing.

October 10, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


States should be able to protect people

Anyone requiring further explanation why the Georgia General Assembly adopted its own laws against illegal immigration during the last session of the General Assembly need only to consider the recent nationwide round-up by duly appointed officers with Immigrations and Custom Enforcement. Of the hundreds of nonregistered aliens taken into custody by the federally empowered agency, more than 1,600 had felony convictions.

October 06, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


Get to the root of pollution problem

The injection of the sleeping giant, the Savannah Morning News, into an environmental-based fray is a welcome change. I am referring to an article by none other than Tom Barton, editorial editor of that same paper.

October 06, 2011 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Move U.S. back toward capitalism

I was born during World War II. Since then, I have seen great industrial advances inspired by American business ingenuity. In the 1940s, consumers could buy a car in any color they wanted - as long as it was black. Air-conditioning was supplied by winding down the windows. Most cars had a stick shift rather than an automatic transmission. Motorist music sources were limited to an AM radio with few stations

October 05, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Better protection is needed

Every parent familiar with the noisy and chaotic, physically, mentally and emotionally demanding reality of taking care of even one or two children – which is to say, every parent – owes respect bordering on awe for those who responsibly take care of many.

October 05, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Due process? Not for known terrorists

Everybody needs a guru. Someone you can go to whenever you find yourself stuck on the horns of a moral dilemma. Some climb the mountain tops of Nepal to sit before an old guy wrapped in a bed sheet and listen to him prattle about inner beauty.

October 05, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Good, bad news on Georgia waterways

Congratulations to the state Environmental Protection Division for dropping the hammer on King America Finishing by identifying the company as the source of the recent fish kills in the Ogeechee.

October 04, 2011 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


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Lawmakers need to heed 'forgotten man'

A host of tax bills are up for consideration as the Georgia General Assembly enters its final week: tax breaks for the music industry, tax ...

March 30, 2017 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


House winds down 2017 Legistuave session

With the last day of the 2017 legislative session on March 30, we spent this past week passing several bills that will improve the lives ...

March 30, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


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


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