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School's out; still on legislators' minds

While school may be out for students and teachers, it does not mean education is not on the mind of Georgia's Legislature.

July 13, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


No good spin on jobs report

Washington officials are famous for forecasting sunny skies when they can look through a window and clearly see it's raining. But even highly-degreed spin doctors inside the beltway will have a hard time making the June jobless report look anything but anemic.

July 13, 2011 | By Albany Herald | Opinion


Supportive soldier softens letdowns

You know those obnoxious people who hold up their hand for a high-five then pull it back at the last minute? In elementary school I had a friend who thought this was the funniest practical joke out there. He'd proudly yell, "Psych!" or "Who's a loser?" like this little stunt made him cool.

July 11, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Gun safety, education paramount

A young life was lost last week and the tragedy could have been avoided. A 14-year-old Hinesville girl and her 16-year-old friend, Ela'na Briona Alisa Poole, who was visiting from the Atlanta area, were tossing around a semiautomatic handgun when the weapon discharged, striking the older girl in the mouth and killing her. The younger teenager said she found the gun in her mother's dresser drawer. She knew enough about firearms to remove the gun's clip, but she did not empty the chamber.

July 11, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


'Victory' is relative to geography

The office of Gov. Nathan Deal called the federal court ruling on Atlanta's access to the waters of Lake Lanier a "total victory" for Georgia.

July 11, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Conserving water is easy, even in summer

"Water, water, everywhere,

July 11, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


I'd rather shoot than run with the bull

It's incredible what one can learn at a breakfast club. Combine a cross section of the community with Droids, Blackberries, iPhones, etc., and there's quite a plethora of entertainment and information to be had.

July 11, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Cheaters deserve to be punished

In a variety show that aired on NBC in the early 1970s, comedian Flip Wilson would step into a woman's dress and bonnet and into the spirited and cheeky fictional character of Geraldine Jones, who invoked this popular comeback whenever caught in a tall tale or in a compromising situation: "The devil made me do it."

July 11, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


Feds must weigh debt-limit options

This is going to be a long, hot summer - and I don't mean the temperature. The debt, deficit and spending fight on Capitol Hill is intense. If the government does not increase the debt limit in August, the United States will default on its bills. The Republicans want Washington to cut its spending to match the revenue (taxes) coming in, and the Democrats want to increase our taxes. Unless the two sides come together with a compromise, our country goes into default.

July 07, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


State parks great, easy on the pizzazz

As far as state parks are concerned, being boring shouldn't always necessarily be seen as a bad thing.

July 07, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


We pay on time, why can't speaker?

I own a vacation home in Dawson County – Big Canoe to be exact. Every year, we get a bill for property taxes and it is paid promptly.

July 06, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


A fundamental, ethical disconnet

I was speaking to a member of the General Assembly last year in the wake of a series of ethics scandals that led to the former speaker of the House resigning, and he said, "We've passed an ethics bill that greatly expands the disclosure of campaign finance and lobbyist spending."

July 06, 2011 | By Todd Rehm Guest columnist | Opinion


Deal gets gas tax right this time

Gov. Nathan Deal has had a welcome change of heart about another hike in the state tax on gasoline after reaping a windfall from a formula-induced jump of nearly 28 percent less than two months ago.

July 06, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Let's put storm drains on a strict diet

The recent rains certainly have been welcome. Since we finally got some precipitation, it is a good time to bring up the problematic relationship between litter and stormwater.

July 05, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Immigration law worth headaches, hoopla

After hearing arguments last week from a coalition of immigration attorneys and civil-rights organizations seeking to block implementation of Georgia's new immigration law (HB 87), which went into effect July 1, U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash issued his ruling Monday afternoon.

July 05, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


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An open letter to Rep. Buddy Carter

Dear Rep. Buddy Carter:

December 10, 2016 | By Roy Hubbard Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tom Price and health care

Back when he was serving in the Georgia Senate, Tom Price acquired a nickname among the capitol crowd: Ned Flanders.

December 09, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Losing home to fire puts life in perspective

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state. A community leader and a successful business man - he is president and CEO ...

December 08, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Things you rarely hear or see anymore

Editor: What happened to politeness and courtesy? You rarely hear, "please," "thank you," "you're welcome" and "excuse me." People have become so egocentric that ...

December 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


If God can use Peter, he can also use Trump

Editor: Thank you, Will Darsey, for graciously letting me down easy in your response to my letter in the Nov. 16, 2016 edition of the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Random thoughts on random stuff

God bless America and God bless Mount Paran Christian School in Cobb County. Before a recent football playoff game, every player on the team came ...

December 01, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Remembering Jesup's quirky Roscoe Dean

Friends and relatives who know I work at the state capitol often ask these questions: How can you stand it there? Don't you just ...

November 30, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


America is not a 'safe space,' folks

Pity the anti-Trump protesters thronging the streets of American cities.

November 29, 2016 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Does a woman stand a chance?

Two days goes, it was assumed by just about everyone in Lennox Valley that attention would turn on Friday from the mayor's race to ...

November 29, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Plan a 'green' Christmas

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but the unintended consequences of our holiday frenzy can also make it the most wasteful time ...

November 29, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Watch Trump's transition closely

For those millions of Americans who awakened to discover that their Donald Trump nightmare was not just a bad dream, the question is, What to ...

November 29, 2016 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


How to learn from Trump's victory

Editor: This is a moment when we need to be organizers.

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Election resulted from Trump's masterful strategy

Editor: I believe I finally have some insight into the shocking 2016 Presidential election results:

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Have Midway leaders lost their minds?

Editor: I just received today's paper, and saw the front-page article about the Midway "city leaders" proposing a new City Hall. They may need ...

November 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


With election over, is Penguin Awareness Day soon?

I promised last week that I would share with you the results of the latest patent-pending Wikiwinkwink Political Report, courtesy of my colleague, Junior E ...

November 24, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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