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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


Headed home together for Fourth

Oh, I love it when I have happy news! It looks like after a wait that seemed to go on forever Josh and I will finally close on our house this week.

July 05, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Follow CRC's alternative-fuel lead

The Coastal Regional Commission recently unveiled a tentative plan to retrofit 13 of its coaches to run on compressed natural gas or propane. The change, of course, was designed as a cost-saving measure as alternative fuels cost between $1.75 and $2 per gallon compared with gas prices of around $3.50 per gallon. But let's not forget the strategy's added benefit of being environmentally friendly. The CRC should be commended for using energy conservation to help save money and the planet, and more mass transit systems should follow the commission's lead - it may not be all ...

July 05, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Weigh Social Security options carefully

Editor, I feel that it is going to be a big economic mistake if the U.S. government takes away Social Security from those seniors older than 65 and who are on Social Security already. Just talking about it already has hurt the economy. Seniors have stopped buying major items because they are scared the money won't be there to pay for them. Major items usually are bought on credit. This means businesses like Lowe's and Walmart will lose business and have to cut labor hours or lay off employees. This adds to the unemployment and underemployment problem ...

July 05, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Road work to preserve state's assets

Each year, more than three trillion miles are traveled on America's roads, with a considerable amount of those - more than 113 billion -- occurring right here in Georgia. Our location and excellent road network means Georgia serves as a prime connecting route for vacationers and for freight movement. Georgia is the main route by which tourists from all over the USA and Canada reach popular year-round southern vacation destinations. And when we add the increasing numbers of tractor trailers traveling throughout the state, our roads are usually crowded.

July 05, 2011 | By Vance C. Smith Jr. Guest columnist | Opinion


A stange thing happened at breakfast

This morning I was staring at my biscuit, wondering if it was a Christian biscuit or not.

July 05, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


One new law will save lives

Sixty-five new laws took effect in our state on Friday. New laws like immigration and Sunday alcohol sales have gotten much media attention since they were approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

July 05, 2011 | By Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Airport needs user, landing fees

Editor, As with all articles dealing with taxes, I read the "MidCoast Regional Airport finalizes budget proposal" with great interest.

June 30, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Fourth is more than hot dogs, fireworks

July 4, 1776. On this date, we became "We the People." Thirteen colonies declared their independence from England, becoming the United States of America; and it is the only country to be organized where the people are in charge, not the government. The people of this country do not answer to a king, emperor or emir.

June 30, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


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Hitting the reset button on Russia

President Barack Obama has finally had it with Russia. It only took eight years of cold reality - topped off by the Russian interference in the ...

January 21, 2017 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


President Tweety Bird

Let's call him President-elect Tweety Bird. Donald Trump clearly has decided that he will continue to utilize his stream-of-consciousness Twitter messages to intimidate others ...

January 20, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


National issues crowd out thoughts on broccoli

I hope you will forgive me but I am going against my better judgment today and sound like one of those inch-wide, inch-deep political pundits ...

January 20, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Thoughts on the national political scene

I hope you will forgive me, but I am going against my better judgment today and sound like one of those inch-wide, inch-deep political pundits ...

January 20, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Juliet meets her match

1998 was a hard year for Juliet Stoughton. Sure, she almost single-handedly ended the political career of would-be mayor Raymond Cooper, seriously contemplated a protest ...

January 19, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Healthcare a potential crisis

To get an understanding of the major problem facing state legislators this year, you have to have been watching a town hall meeting televised on ...

January 19, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


General Assembly gets down to work

The first official week of the legislative session is one that sets the tone for the work that will get done during the Georgia General ...

January 19, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Even hypocrisy has a weight limit

Editor:

January 19, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Opportunity knocking for state

Opportunity is knocking as the door opens on Georgia's 2017-18 legislative session. In a state with a Republican governor since 2002 and GOP majorities ...

January 17, 2017 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Help keep water clean

About 50 years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency was born because of concern about pollution, particularly air and water pollution fears.

January 17, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Sound off for Jan. 16

These opinions are not the Courier's. Callers are not required to identify themselves, so we can verify neither sources nor motives. Call 876-3733. You ...

January 16, 2017 | Anonymous calls | Opinion


Good-bye to pioneer of broadcast entertainment

There is an old Chinese proverb that says "When an old man dies, a library burns down." With no man was this truer than it ...

January 14, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump should expect little honeymoon

Forget about the honeymoon being over. There won't be any honeymoon.

January 14, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


It's time to defund the United Nations

We've come a long way from Daniel Patrick Moynihan excoriating the UN's 1975 "Zionism is racism" resolution in one of the finer exhibits ...

January 13, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Keep them honest in 2017

When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he pledged he would "drain the swamp" in Washington and put an end to all the influence peddling ...

January 13, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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