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TSPLOST about more than sales tax

Editor, The governor and the General Assembly are attempting to change the time-honored Georgia Constitution, whereas counties are the local constituted authorities for governmental operations, and pass that authority to a regional roundtable. The General Assembly and the governor want to add another layer of government - not elected - called the regional roundtables.

January 19, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Sustainability of HOPE now in real doubt

This is the flaw in the lottery/HOPE Scholarship formula that very few if any among us saw coming.

January 19, 2012 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Time is right to strike at Iran

Many readers might think that I have lost my mind, but the United States is going to have to meet the Iranian nuclear threat at some time. Now is the time. Iran also is testing long-range missiles. If the two elements come together, we have a nation that may destroy Israel and the West, which includes the United States.

January 18, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Senate passes two bills carried over from 2011

Day 1 (Jan. 9): As the second year of our two-year term began, we welcomed two new senators to the Senate. Sen. Mike Crane from Newnan and Sen. John Wilkinson from Toccoa were elected in special elections.

January 18, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


2012 General Assembly gets rolling

The Georgia General Assembly officially has completed its first full week of the 2012 legislative session. The first of the 40 legislative days began Jan. 9.

January 18, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


State's top educator sees teachers as 'life-changers'

State School Superintendent John Barge knows what teachers can do, given the opportunity.

January 18, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Forest Gump takes on Mayan calendar

In the movie "Forrest Gump," Gump and his friend Jenny were at the old house where she grew up and where she was molested by her drunken father. She became angry and began throwing rocks at the house. Then she just sat down on the ground and started crying.

January 17, 2012 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Rich county, poor county

Editor, Much is being made of the TSPLOST vote in 2012, and rightfully so. Georgia's Coastal Region most likely will generate $119 million per year in total tax collections with 25 percent "guaranteed" to be returned immediately to the counties within the region and 75 percent of the collections being sent directly to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

January 17, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Debate over Bible is nothing new

Editor, I have read with some interest the ongoing commentary in Sound off concerning the King James Bible. July 2011 marked the 400th anniversary of this translation of the Bible. There is no doubt that it is the bestselling book in the English language. Its lyrical beauty - especially in Psalms - is without equal. It is much-loved.

January 17, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


State energy sales tax has hidden costs

Georgians have made it clear that attracting and retaining jobs should be the No. 1 priority of every elected official. Removing this tax as an impediment to job growth and creation is a great first step.

January 16, 2012 | By Chuck Eaton Special to the Courier | Opinion


Ring in the year with recycling resolutions

Ring in the New Year right by recycling your old phonebooks and those gazillion sales catalogs that you received during the holiday season.

January 16, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Drug-testing legislation could get interesting

If it gets a serious hearing in the state legislative session, a bill filed by a Democratic state legislator in the Republican-dominated Georgia General Assembly could have some interesting implications for the state's open-records laws.

January 16, 2012 | By Marrietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Stand behind a new type of green

Being married to an Army soldier, I see a lot of green. No, I'm not talking about money (obviously). It's the endless laundry piles of green camouflaged uniforms with their pungent smells and specific washing and drying instructions. During the past few years, however, there has been a rise in popularity in yet another type of green. Once again, I'm not talking about cash. As far back as I can remember that's always been popular.

January 16, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Legislature opens with prayer convocation

On Sunday, Jan. 8, the afternoon prior to the first day of the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly, I was honored to preside over the second annual Eugene C. Tillman Sr. Memorial Prayer Convocation at the Capitol.

January 16, 2012 | State Rep. Al Williams | Opinion


Obama's plan is not exactly a secret

Is it possible to have a dictator in the United States? It doesn't seem possible, but it can happen, just like it did in Venezuela when Hugo Chavez took the presidency in 1999 with a socialist agenda. He established class resentment, taking from the rich and giving free services to the "poor."

January 11, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


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HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

October 19, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Why coal is dying in Georgia, elsewhere

Donald Trump promised throughout his presidential campaign that he would single-handedly halt the decline of the nation's coal industry and bring back lost jobs ...

October 19, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Greet fall with a walk on a Liberty nature trail

Ahhh… Do you feel that? The gradual easing away of the constant state of humidity we've been in for the last few months?

October 19, 2017 | By Erin Johnson Liberty County Conventions and Visitors Bureau | Opinion


Parents, don’t worry about kids liking you

I am sometimes asked if I think the "parenting pendulum" is swinging back toward where it was 60-plus years ago or at least toward a ...

October 19, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family Psychologist | Opinion


Only rain should go down drains

Ever wonder what those little drain holes are for in sidewalks and next to streets? Is that where those urban myth alligators are? Or are ...

October 17, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Development, laws make storm damage worse

Editor: We would hope that many would learn from this year's "natural disasters."

October 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Media either brave or stupid

Reporters, it's often been said, are either very brave or very stupid, I guess it depends on who you ask.

October 16, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Columnist | Opinion


Connecting hearts and minds

Editor: Sickle cell disease affects the health of some 90,000 to 100,000 Americans, most of whom are African Americans. An additional number of ...

October 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


The sadness of this death

Nobody I know takes pleasure in reporting death, no matter how it occurs or what circumstances surround it.

October 16, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Guns can't be legislated away

This gun problem facing us today cannot be "legislated away." It has gone way, way too far past that point.

October 13, 2017 | By Victor Pisano Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks for supporting film

Editor, The Board of Directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County, Inc. would like to thank those that supported the documentary "Hell Fire and Glory ...

October 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Humor: Hollywood, where 3 movies can get you a PhD

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

October 12, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Amazon and Georgia?

The business and political communities are all a-buzz at the news that Amazon, the Seattle-based retailing giant, is looking for a location to open a ...

October 12, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Single greatest threat to country is debt

The single greatest threat to our national security is our national debt. Last month, the debt topped $20 trillion. This should have sounded alarms throughout ...

October 10, 2017 | By Sen. David Perdue Special to the Courier | Opinion


Make a difference with your environment

Do you keep up with "national" days that are celebrations or reminders of things in our life that we like?

October 10, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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