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Justice system begging for overhaul

Not guilty! This was the jury decision that took most people by surprise in the Casey Anthony murder trial. Although, in my opinion, the evidence seemed to point to Ms. Anthony as the perpetrator of the hideous murder of little Caylee, the jury found her not guilty.

July 14, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Hard times don't make state less inviting

As most Georgians know all too well, the Great Recession that sapped the nation's economy was especially harsh here. The state's fiscal house sustained even more damage than in most other states, with deep and sometimes devastating cuts in state budgets and huge private sector losses.

July 14, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Gay curriculum in schools?

The phone rang the other day and on the other end of the line was Gay Blade, the world's flaming liberal. Gay spends a lot of time trying to raise my sensitivity toward liberal issues. So far, Gay has not had a lot of luck.

July 13, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


School's out; still on legislators' minds

While school may be out for students and teachers, it does not mean education is not on the mind of Georgia's Legislature.

July 13, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


No good spin on jobs report

Washington officials are famous for forecasting sunny skies when they can look through a window and clearly see it's raining. But even highly-degreed spin doctors inside the beltway will have a hard time making the June jobless report look anything but anemic.

July 13, 2011 | By Albany Herald | Opinion


Supportive soldier softens letdowns

You know those obnoxious people who hold up their hand for a high-five then pull it back at the last minute? In elementary school I had a friend who thought this was the funniest practical joke out there. He'd proudly yell, "Psych!" or "Who's a loser?" like this little stunt made him cool.

July 11, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Gun safety, education paramount

A young life was lost last week and the tragedy could have been avoided. A 14-year-old Hinesville girl and her 16-year-old friend, Ela'na Briona Alisa Poole, who was visiting from the Atlanta area, were tossing around a semiautomatic handgun when the weapon discharged, striking the older girl in the mouth and killing her. The younger teenager said she found the gun in her mother's dresser drawer. She knew enough about firearms to remove the gun's clip, but she did not empty the chamber.

July 11, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


'Victory' is relative to geography

The office of Gov. Nathan Deal called the federal court ruling on Atlanta's access to the waters of Lake Lanier a "total victory" for Georgia.

July 11, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Conserving water is easy, even in summer

"Water, water, everywhere,

July 11, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


I'd rather shoot than run with the bull

It's incredible what one can learn at a breakfast club. Combine a cross section of the community with Droids, Blackberries, iPhones, etc., and there's quite a plethora of entertainment and information to be had.

July 11, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Cheaters deserve to be punished

In a variety show that aired on NBC in the early 1970s, comedian Flip Wilson would step into a woman's dress and bonnet and into the spirited and cheeky fictional character of Geraldine Jones, who invoked this popular comeback whenever caught in a tall tale or in a compromising situation: "The devil made me do it."

July 11, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


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


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Election will indicate Trump's standing

During the first weeks of the Trump administration, a recurring theme has been the president's sinking popularity in the polls.

February 22, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Senate amends budget to give raises to LEOs

It was a very busy and productive week at the state capitol as we are nearing the halfway mark this legislative session. We deliberated legislation ...

February 22, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Maj. Cribbs was one of the best

Count me as one of the many saddened Monday to learn of the death of Maj. Thomas Cribbs, perhaps the finest cop I ever knew ...

February 22, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Grow your own insect repellent

I had three bug run-ins this week. Today I was attacked by fire ants and my foot is swollen. A couple of days ago, I ...

February 21, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Administration is stirring hate

With his executive order to build that southern-border barrier, President Donald Trump simply was keeping his campaign promise, placating his millions of anti-Latino bigot followers ...

February 18, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Perdue already knows how to drain swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a ...

February 18, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Judge Gorsuch is the anti-Trump

If President Donald Trump is a budding authoritarian, as his critics allege, one of the safeguards is Judge Neil Gorsuch.

February 17, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Thanks for history symposium support

Editor: I would like to personally appreciate those sponsors and members of the greater Liberty County Community for their overwhelming support on February 6 to ...

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


State Senate honors firefighters, Girl Scout cookies

The Senate assembled this week to consider a wide range of legislation and we passed several bills that could affect our district. We also had ...

February 16, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Alternate-facts on McCain, Lewis, evolution

Editor: Doesn't mixing blue and red get purple? Not at the White House - alt-fact - it's orange.

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Would someone actually kill A.J.?

Three weeks had passed and still no one had seen or heard a peep from A.J. Fryerson. Something was amiss and the good folks ...

February 16, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Laws may be decaying away

What should be the priority for state legislators -helping their poorest constituents avoid pain and suffering, or protecting the financial status of their most affluent ...

February 16, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


An open letter to NAACP leader

Editor and President Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson: I read with great embarrassment the article in the Feb. 1 Coastal Courier outlining your comments during your ...

February 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Paying down national debt is win-win

Editor: I think that Professor Winter Nie missed the mark in her column from Wednesday Feb. 8. She stated that China would win a trade ...

February 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Recycle It! Fairs in three places Saturday

Calling all pack rats who are looking to reform, next Saturday we will have our quarterly Recycle It! Fairs as well as a Shred It!

February 13, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


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