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Shining sunlight on Georgia's child welfare system

Sometimes it takes someone from the outside making noise to draw our attention to necessary changes. And that's just what a national child advocacy organization did last week when it issued a report critiquing all 50 states' laws on the release of information about deaths and serious injuries from child abuse.

May 22, 2008 | By Tom Rawlings Columnist | Opinion


Following dolphins home

My friend, Elizabeth Johnson, is a boat captain on Tybee Island. For a living she takes anglers 50 to 75 miles off the coast and tells them how to bait up and where to cast and how to reel in.

May 22, 2008 | By Janissa Ray Columnist | Opinion


U.S.'s one-party system

I can predict the winner of the presidential election even now; the government. In a one-party system, that's how things work.

May 22, 2008 | By Sheldom Richman Columnist | Opinion


Congress must rebuild itself

With their promise of new energy on Capitol Hill, congressional elections are always a time for hope. This year's contests will be especially significant, for Congress is listing and the nation desperately needs it to right itself.

May 22, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


How lucky can Republicans be?

Bill Shipp column for April 27, 2008

May 13, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Best way to celebrate Earth Day is quitely

To celebrate Earth Day one year, my husband dressed as a raven and I as an eagle, and we entered the wildlife parade in Sitka, Alaska.

May 10, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Budget wasn't only success of 2008 session

In coffee shops, diners and community meetings, much has been debated about the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session that concluded two week ago. Some have criticized, some have ballyhooed, some jumped for joy, while others registered indifference.

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


How to truly cut dropout rate

A Statement by the High School Completion Task Force of the University of Georgia College of Education Policy and Evaluation Center

May 08, 2008 | UGA College of Education | Opinion


What we owe our young people

You cannot step into an American community today without finding a lively conversation about educating our children. How to boost math and science learning, whether our children are reading and writing enough, what constitutes a "quality" education. All of this figures in the national schooling debate and its thousands of local echoes.

May 08, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


DOT: Billion-dollar shortfalls and cupid

Since last fall, Georgians have been treated to a spectacle from our state Department of Transportation. The rancor in the poisonous relationship between Gov. Sonny Perdue and House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, has never been higher than when the two were fighting over the replacement for former Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl.

May 06, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Important legislation passed as session ended

The Georgia General Assembly concluded the business of the state at midnight on Friday, April 4.

May 03, 2008 | By Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Think outside the bottle

When I lived in a city, I liked to take walks, and on recycling day, I was prone to glance at what my neighbors had consumed during the week, as I walked past.

May 03, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Some good did come out of '08 session

Those who watched this year's legislative session as they would a hockey game - waiting for the fight - were not disappointed. Going in, the focus was a "WETT" session: water, education, taxes and transportation. But beneath the political theater, the final score indicates a victory for good public policy.

April 29, 2008 | By Kelly McCutchen Columnist | Opinion


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


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EPA rules good for business, economy

Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?

July 24, 2014 | By Richard Eidlin | Opinion


Small businesses want higher wages

If Congress actually listened to small-business owners, the minimum wage would be going up.

July 24, 2014 | By Holly Sklar Guest columnist | Opinion


Yet another Georgia river in peril

As far back as 2010, the Ogeechee River has been called one of the most threatened rivers in the country by environmental groups such as the Southeast Environmental Law Center.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Pay for P.O. box on time or face fee

Editor, I never would have thought a small block of wood measuring about 1.5 inches by 2 inches could make me so angry.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Taxpayers on hook for botched ethics probe of governor

In 1997, then-Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term, in which I served until 2002.

July 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Childhood choices affect whole lives

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages of 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom - a driver's license - and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

July 22, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's time to close Southern borders

Editor, Mexico and Guatemala have finalized a deal that will allow Guatemalans (who normally would be arrested and deported or imprisoned in Mexico) to travel on 72-hour passes through Mexico on their way to our Southern border.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Stormwater runoff is good rain gone bad

I love a good rainstorm - I always have. My mother used to check the weather forecast for thunderstorms because I was fascinated by them and wanted to watch them outside. However, it's not really a good idea to sit outside during a thunderstorm.

July 22, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Be flexible with child' milestones

My 2-year-old is a chatterbox. I have no idea where she gets it from. (I'm being sarcastic, of course; it's obviously a trait passed down directly from me.)

July 22, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Once upon a blood moon in Georgia

Not a single person in my breakfast club has mentioned the "blood moon." And that includes me, until now. I wasn't really sure what it was even though my emails from some preacher have hammered me recently with a "better beware" kind of verbiage.

July 22, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Johnson deserves district seat

Editor, Lately your newspaper has printed several letters stating that Buddy Carter is just like Jack Kingston. These claims are extreme exaggerations and pretty farfetched.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Midway needs better fire-protection deal

It's good when the fire department is quiet, but the Midway Fire Department is the busiest department outside of Hinesville. The Midway volunteers do an excellent job with a quick response time. Many residents are not aware of Midway's coverage area, but the Midway Fire Department covers Midway's 4 square miles and 40 square miles of unincorporated areas of Liberty County. It also supports other fire departments when called upon for assistance.

July 17, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


BRAC should be feared in Georgia

Few acronyms raise the concern of elected officials, community leaders and military personnel as much as BRAC does.

July 17, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


The tyranny of automobiles

In the week leading up to Independence Day, several news stories prompted us to contemplate what freedom means in 2014.

July 17, 2014 | By John Bennett Guest columnist | Opinion


Waxing poetic is quite frenetic

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

July 16, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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