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Rules for election coverage

It's that time of year again - election season. And as campaign signs begin to grace more and more business windows and front yards, we wanted to take a moment to familiarize our readers with just a couple of rules regarding campaign-related news coverage and letters to the editor.

October 03, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


'Don't ask...' repeal is step in right direction

Kudos to the United States for repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which banned openly gay Americans from serving in the U.S. military since it was introduced in 1993. It's about time we brought the military into the 21st century.

October 03, 2011 | By Christie Schroeder Columnist | Opinion


Army wives are only human

I'll grudgingly admit that I sometimes avoid Army wives. Of course, as an Army wife myself, I know that's completely ridiculous.

October 03, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Thanks to officer for helping child in need

Editor, I am a mother of five children, one of whom is very ill and confined to a wheelchair. After some scheduling confusion Wednesday over the dates of an audition, my son, Tyler, found himself at Snelson-Golden Middle School with no way to call me and no ride home. He bravely began to travel the long road back to Highway 84 and then headed up 84 to the stoplight near the Department of Labor.

October 03, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Sunshine law serves valuable purpose

Georgia Senate Pro Tempore Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, is refusing to say much about why he and other members of the Senate Committee on Administrative Affairs paid $80,500 in public funds - tax-dollars - to settle a racial bias lawsuit against one of their colleagues in the Legislature. Neither he nor anyone else on the committee is willing to give up the name of the individual who has cost Georgians a small fortune or give up any detail of what prompted the suit.

September 29, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


Thanks to Wayne Memorial for care

Editor, I want to thank Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup for the kindness and professionalism extended to my aunt, Mae Hyers, during her stay. Aunt Mae stayed on the fourth floor in three different rooms. Her last room was the Hospice Suite.

September 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Questions surround Davis execution

At 10:51 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, Troy Anthony Davis was strapped to a gurney and injected with sodium thiopental, putting him into a deep sleep. Then Davis was given pancuronium bromide, a muscle relaxant that stops breathing by paralyzing the diaphragm. Finally, potassium chloride was given at a lethal dose in order to interrupt the electrical signaling essential to heart functions, which induced cardiac arrest. At 11:08 p.m., Davis was pronounced dead.

September 28, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Who cares what Moore thinks of Georgia

In case you were rearranging your sock drawer and missed the big announcement, filmmaker Michael Moore, who is about as relevant as a female appendage on a boar hog, is asking "all Americans with a conscience to shun anything and everything to do with the murderous state of Georgia." I can hear the shudders from Aragon to Zebulon.

September 28, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Waterways need our attention

Fall is here and that means Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers are gearing up for a variety of activities to promote cleaner, safer waterways and wetlands throughout Liberty County. This weekend, about 35 volunteers kicked off our annual Rivers Alive campaign with a beach cleanup on St. Catherines Island.

September 27, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Learning resource only miles away

Thursday was the kick-off of an absolutely fantastic program that continued for four days through Sunday. The program involved the work of scientists and students of marine science and many of its disciplines.

September 27, 2011 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Higher education, politics don't mix

Hank Huckaby has heard such rumblings before. The University System of Georgia chancellor wants to silence these before they start picking up volume, and bravo to him for trying.

September 27, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


No thanks, I prefer real football

Today I got an invitation to watch a broadcast of the Australian Football League Grand Final at the Midway Pub in Decatur. For those who don't know about Decatur, you go into Atlanta and hang a right.

September 26, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Midway needs to tone down taxes

Editor, The Midway City Council is at it again. This time it is taxing the residents 4 percent of their electric bill when we have the worst economy since the Great Depression. This affects not only residential bills, but also businesses, which will pass this increase onto each of us. Companies don't pay taxes; you and I pay the taxes.

September 26, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Eyewitness ID protocol

It's common knowledge that post-conviction DNA testing has exonerated dozens of people serving time for crimes they didn't commit. Less commonly known is that, according to The Innocence Project, the vast majority of people wrongly convicted of a crime and subsequently exonerated on the basis of DNA evidence were convicted on the basis of faulty eyewitness testimony.

September 26, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Every hour is up for grabs in Army

Probably the hardest pill to swallow as a military spouse is that the military often comes first. Despite the way my husband would want to prioritize, this commitment we've made to our country means that sometimes our lives are out of our hands.

September 26, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


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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


Why would Ralston run?

David Ralston is now being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018, which leads to an obvious question.

March 16, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


So if Dr. Lee gets $190,000, what about...

Editor: Just wondering if Dr. Lee gets $190,000 for three years of turmoil and discontent, then what does Mr. Carrier get for 33 years ...

March 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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