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Sound students hear Obama?

Perhaps you've heard about President Barack Obama's planned speech to the nation's schoolchildren on Tuesday. If so, you probably also heard that it has created controversy, which comes as no surprise.

September 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


We need to keep jobs in Georgia

Some of my fondest memories growing up are of vacations my family and I spent at a Georgia State Park, camping at Elijah Clark State Park near Lincolnton.

September 04, 2009 | By State Rep. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Convincing the dimwits

The Obama team is saddled with a foundering health-care strategy. But it has a fallback plan - relying on the sheer dimwitted gullibility of the American public. How stupid do they think we are?

September 02, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Etiquette at the store

When I was at UGA, many years ago, I took a biology class as part of the required curriculum. One day, the professor asked the 300 of us in the class what we thought was the most important organ in the human body.

September 02, 2009 | By Rafe Semmes Columnist | Opinion


Thoughts on grinches, values, sweet tea

Sometimes you just can't help but feel sorry for Malfunction Junction, aka, the city of Atlanta.

August 31, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Learning to live with bipolar disorder

Learning to live with bipolar disorder has been a long and difficult struggle. It took three hospitalizations and several different diagnoses to get the proper diagnosis of dipolar disorder type 2.

August 28, 2009 | By Martha Lavigne Special to the Courier | Opinion


Senator: Schools actually being protected

August is quickly coming to a close and families across Georgia are transitioning back into the normal school-year routine of homework, carpools and school buses, report cards and box lunches.

August 28, 2009 | State Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Obama's option play

One of the few strictly accurate things that President Barack Obama routinely says about his health-care reform is that it's much bigger than just the so-called public option. Yet when his administration signaled that the public option could be dropped, the left threw a collective tantrum.

August 26, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


It's about more than just health-care reform

I was discussing with my son, Ken, the free-for-alls taking place in town hall meetings around the country as angry people confront members of Congress over the Obama Administration's current health-care reform proposals. It isn't all that surprising, he said, and it's not just about health care.

August 24, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Now is time to prepare for H1N1 flu

Right now, parents in the Coastal Health District are preparing for, or have already started, a new school year and are finding out who their children's teachers are and seeing the doctor to make sure their kids are healthy and ready to learn.

August 21, 2009 | By W. Douglas Skelton, M.D. Diane Z. Weems, M.D. Special to the Courier | Opinion


DOT changes don't address funding

This week, the House Transportation committee had confirmation hearings for Georgia's first transportation planning director.

August 21, 2009 | By Rep. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


The not-so-solent majority

Like Richard Nixon, Barack Obama wants to govern on the strength of a silent majority, although with a twist. Obama wants the majority that opposes or questions his policies to stay silent.

August 19, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


'Win-win' with Michael Vick

I see where the Philadelphia Eagles signed Michael Vick to a one-year contract with an option for a second year. Well, you know what; I'm happy for the Eagles, happy for Vick and happy for the Atlanta Falcons, too.

August 19, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Opinion


Sweet Tea Summit

I have just attended the Sweet Tea Summit. It was like President Obama's recent Beer Summit except we didn't have to endure Joe Biden and his motor mouth.

August 17, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Remember who fights for us

We join with those who mourn the loss of Capt. Matthew Freeman, the Marine pilot killed Friday in Afghanistan, and our sympathies go out to his family and friends. We know full well there is nothing we can do to help ease their pain.

August 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Haleigh's Hope is now Georgia's hope

Fifteen months ago, a local reporter asked me if there was any interest within the General Assembly in taking on the medical marijuana issue for the 2014 legislative session, and I told him, emphatically, that there was none and that I did not foresee that issue coming up anytime soon in Georgia. Then, a week later, I met a little 4-year-old girl named Haleigh and her courageous mom and dad, and was I proved ever so wrong.

April 24, 2015 | By State Rep. Allen Peake Special to the Courier | Opinion


Fathers, don't seek custody in Liberty County

Editor, If you are a father seeking custody of your children in Hinesville, please read this carefully.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gulf oil spill: Drawn-out tempest in teacup

The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was called catastrophic by many. President Barack Obama declared, "This oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced." The National Resource Defense Council said two years later, "A people wronged and a region scarred remains."

April 23, 2015 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Strong candidate not running for president

My fellow Americans, it is with a heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016.

April 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


How can we trust the BoE?

Editor, It is mindboggling to me to hear Liberty County Board of Education members and Liberty County School System administrators talk of the millions of dollars tossed about our school district's budget during school-board meetings, work sessions and public forums as if it's no big deal. According to information presented by the district, our revenues for the 2013-14 school year were $92,203,140, and our expenditures were $98,130,080 - meaning, our school board authorized $5,926,940 in overspending. However, the board continued to operate in the same manner for the first half of the 2014-15 ...

April 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


When a man finds his destiny

Sometimes a man, despite his best efforts, doesn't find his destiny. Try as he might, down through the earnest years of his life, he chases it and even can believe he has it, only to awaken one morning and discover he doesn't - that what he has is an illusion, a mirage that he tried to turn into reality.

April 21, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Legislator gives view of 2015 session

The activity surrounding each legislative session is always a combination of fast action with periods of slow-moving, tedious meetings as legislation is researched, deliberated and reconciled before the actual vote. This session was no different, and each day was used to the fullest as we set our sights on tackling some tough issues for the betterment of our state. The following is a summary of some of the major accomplishments and most-significant legislation passed this session.

April 20, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Celebration is education disguised as fun

On Wednesday, Liberty County residents will join millions of people around the world in celebrating the Earth on Earth Day.

April 20, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Pipeline would be trouble for coast

There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.

April 17, 2015 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Step forward: Lessons from 2015 session

Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.

April 16, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion


Good people still do good things

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hits and misses of legislative session

As expected, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia's legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.

April 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Rumors: Faster than speed of death

Carrie called the other day, and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk. No conversation with Carrie is ever short. Even her voicemails run three to four minutes.

April 14, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Keep storm drains clear

I would love a good, old-fashioned rain - or, as we used to call it, gully washer - this week.

April 14, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


The intolerance of the so-called tolerant

I just finished reading an article written by Valerie Tarico on Yahoo. The story was titled "Right-wing Christianity teaches bigotry: The ugly roots of Indiana's new anti-gay law."

April 13, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Opinion


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