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Speaker wins by losing in General Assembly

Let's hear a thunderous round of applause followed by an ear-splitting rebel yell for House Speaker Glenn Richardson. He is clearly the winner of the 2008 legislative wars.

April 29, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Assembly did have accomplishments

The end of session has finally come and gone. Legislators have returned to their families, homes and communities.

April 29, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Aerial dance to benefit Altamaha

At a lecture in Athens more than five years ago I was introduced to a beautiful woman with whom I had in common a river. Susan Majette Murphy was born in Jesup, just down the road from my home in Baxley, and had also grown up swimming, skiing and otherwise loving the Altamaha River.

April 29, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


2008 winners; patients and students

As families struggle with a weak economy due to the high cost of gas, low real estate prices, plus a regional drought, the legislature wanted to do all that we could to help weather the storm.

April 24, 2008 | By Sen. Eric Johnson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Perdue wandering off course

What did I tell you, Sonny? "Don't go to China." And what did you do, Sonny? You went to China. OK, so you made history too.

April 22, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Hope springs eternal this time of year

If I can be so bold as to name a time of full glory for Georgia, spring is it.

April 19, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Brain vitamins for Democrats

Dr. Drew Westen of Emory University may be peddling just the kind of medicine the Democratic Party of Georgia needs, but it's a bit expensive.

April 15, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


House approves regional road funding

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve legislation that would allow counties to join together to solve regional transportation issues through a special purpose local option sales tax.

April 13, 2008 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tragic cost of Sunday alcohol sales

By Gov. Sonny Perdue

April 13, 2008 | By Gov. Sonny Perdue Special to the Courier | Opinion


House restores some of schools' austerity cuts

Representative Ron Stephens Weekly Capitol Update

April 13, 2008 | By Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Save the children first

Some 53,000 children in a single county in Georgia are on the verge of having their future threatened by the inappropriate actions of their Board of Education.

April 13, 2008 | By State Sen. Eric Johnson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Help make Saturday night electric

Taped next to a light switch in my house is a photo of an Appalachian mountain that has been mined for coal by blowing off its peak. That photo reminds me to keep the light off as much as I can.

April 12, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Crunch time in Atlanta

We have completed 34 of the no more than 40 days of the 2008 Georgia General Assembly. As allowed by the Georgia Constitution, the only item we must complete is enacting a balanced budget for the operations of the state. We completed that last week and now the Senate will consider it.

April 10, 2008 | By Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Government's chickens are back

When a private company screws up, there is no shortage of people demanding more government intrusion in the marketplace. But when the government screws up, they don't call for less government. They call for more.

April 10, 2008 | By Sheldon Richman Columnist | Opinion


Tax reform is needed

Last week, the Senate gave careful consideration to two issues that will significantly affect you and every Georgian - tax reform and the state budget.

April 10, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Balancing budgets should be common sense

The economic issue of our generation is the national debt.

April 23, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Spend money paving roads, not on land

On April 15, 2013, Midway Councilman Terry Doyle requested that the city attorney address his concerns about whether Midway Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington could commit the city to spend $130,270 (over and above the amount of a project grant) to pave about one-third of a mile of Old Sunbury Trail without the approval of the city council. Doyle never received a response. Since the city council's responsibility is to oversee the mayor, the city attorney should have made a declaration.

April 22, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Have you ever hit a shark on the nose?

I was just recently reading about people who "swim with the sharks." It seems there is some kind of thrill they get from this. I guess it's about an adrenaline rush. They get in a tank with maneaters, and sometimes they even touch them as they swim by.

April 22, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Celebrate Easter for promise of hope

I remember all of the Easters of my life more clearly than any other holidays. Christmases blur together with only a few standing out in my memory, such as the one when it snowed all day, the year I lost my voice completely and the two times that I wasn't home - one working in Washington, D.C., and another in London.

April 22, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Have fun while helping community

Are you looking for some fun this week? Or are you feeling like doing some community good?

April 22, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Don't question others careful choices

Deciding to have only one child was not an easy choice for my husband and me. We weighed the pros and cons, considered our careers and work demands, examined our finances, mapped out future plans, took our ages into account, set goals for ourselves and our daughter and thought long and hard about the options before us. Really, we did.

April 22, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Get out and enjoy Georgia Cities Week

It's a great time to be a resident of Coastal Georgia. As Hinesville's mayor, this is my favorite part of the year. The people of this great city are out, enjoying the warm weather. Places in the city are buzzing with activity. The purpose of community is even more apparent. I'm even more excited for this week, April 20-26, when we'll celebrate the people, places and purpose of Hinesville during Georgia Cities Week.

April 21, 2014 | By Jim Thomas Hinesville Mayor | Opinion


Remember true meaning of Easter

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

April 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Independent commision's role questionable

Congress appointed an independent commission to travel the United States and hold meetings with active and retired soldiers and their spouses. The commission is designed to see what is important to our military and their families - even though there already is a proposed budget that outlines the cuts that will affect our military families.

April 17, 2014 | By Anita Hughes Special to the Courier | Opinion


Sign up to be an organ donor

Editor, Have you ever received a gift that stands out in your mind more than others? Last year, 829 people in Georgia received gifts that will always have a great impact on their lives. It was the greatest gift of all - the gift of life. Will you help others receive this great gift?

April 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Where is Midway's balance of power?

It appears that Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington really believes Midway is hers to rule. Midway's charter calls for a weak-mayor/strong-council system, which means the mayor should have no formal authority outside of the council.

April 15, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Item's story is important

For years, I blamed it on those royal-blue suede high-heel pumps. The ones with the ridiculously tall, spiked heel and absurdly pointed toe. I was 22 when I bought them, 36 when I donated them to the Salvation Army.

April 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Hats off to single parents

I don't believe in illness. OK, perhaps I should rephrase that - I don't believe in a minor illness' ability to keep me down. Unless I'm dragging a limb, hospitalized or totally unable to keep food down at all, I refuse to disrupt my ultra-busy daily routine to do silly things like "rest" or "recuperate."

April 15, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Earth Day is educational fun

I am not sure that I would make a good spy. I really like to be up-front about things, so I probably would blow my cover.

April 15, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Fighting child abuse, neglect should be priority

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about, and you probably would just as soon not read about. But it is there, and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.

April 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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