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Vic Waters: Royal wedding spectacle

I believe that we are about to witness the biggest whoop-de-do since the invention of the Glennville Onion Festival. The royal wedding is a big deal, to say the least. Why, even Elton John and his life partner are attending. They are bringing that little baby they bought. Other celebs who are scheduled to attend include Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga.

April 28, 2011 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


Put health first, raise tobacco tax

"So what's new?" the reporter asked. "Haven't we heard this all before?" His inquiry was striking in its simplicity, yet it was a harsh wake-up call to reality.

April 28, 2011 | By Dr. Harry Heiman Guest columnist | Opinion


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


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Republican Party’s end approaches

Editor,

July 28, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


‘What do you want on your tombstone?’

When he asked it, I answered. Then I laughed. The question proved that my husband, a New England-bred Yankee with many years of Los Angeles ...

July 27, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Syndicated columnist | Opinion


What is a bucket list without the Gaithers?

I don't have a bucket list, but if I did, I would be hard-pressed to find room to add anything else. There is not ...

July 27, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Recycling makes more than cents

A plastic bottle can be tossed out and end up as litter, tossed in a trashcan and end up in a landfill, or tossed into ...

July 26, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Trump cares about and helps people

Editor, For some reason, many people think badly of Donald Trump. Maybe it's because he is new to the political scene. Actually, that is ...

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Six days could shape future of the Valley

These might have been the most memorable six days of my teenage years. Between Friday, July 17, and Tuesday, July 21, 1998, Iris Long had ...

July 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Unity is fragile

Unity. It is a word that comes to the forefront in the midst of crisis. It is what is desired and reached for when people ...

July 25, 2016 | By Timothy Byler Guest columnist | Opinion


No question: Answer Man has answers

Hey, boys and girls! What time is it? It's time for Answer Man! The show where we delve into inquiring minds and show you ...

July 22, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Safer to stay away from a convention

You can understand why people were reluctant to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena this week, or for that matter ...

July 21, 2016 | Tom Crawford The Georgia Report | Opinion


Baton Rouge police shooting needs to unite us all

Last Tuesday, I attended a prayer vigil in Long County that was called by Sheriff Craig Nobles and held at the courthouse in Ludowici.

July 20, 2016 | By Mike Riddle | Opinion


So now she's "Teflon' Hillary

Editor,

July 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Oh to be able to say 'I don't want to'

As the years of Mama's life grew into the long shadows of age, she managed to squeeze every bit of good out of growing ...

July 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Fighting litter improves communities

We do a litter scan around Liberty County every June, rating 240 sites of 1 or more miles.

July 19, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Tree recycling should be year-round

Editor, To recycle or not to recycle, is that the question?

July 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Soulmate memories haunt Claire Paletta

Loneliness lasts. It never completely goes away. It is the one emotion that seems to make its way into the hearts of almost every man ...

July 18, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


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