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Ethics reform unlikely with legislators feeling entitled

So much for the theory that Tea Partiers are the tail that wags the conservative Georgia Legislature. And so much for the theory that the Legislature is supposed to be responsive to what the public wants.

March 22, 2012 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Thanks for supporting local play

Editor, Thanks to the greater Liberty County community for its recent support of the encore performance of the hit stage play, "With My Spiritual Eyes I Can See." This original Love-It Productions play served as the benefit kickoff for the Liberty County Manna House's fundraising campaign. The sanctuary at Bethesda Church nearly was filled to capacity with an enthusiastic audience of church groups, families with children, elected officials and friends from neighboring counties. Approximately 500 canned goods and donations of varying amounts were collected as admission to the play. These funds were donated to the Manna House to qualify ...

March 21, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Legislative session is in home stretch

The Georgia General Assembly is in the final stretch of the 2012 legislative session with only seven official days of session remaining.

March 21, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


A sea of green in Senate chambers

Day 31 (Monday, March 12): My day started off with an early morning meeting with the Director of the Governor's Office of Workforce Development, Tricia Pridemore, as we discussed legislation that I will be carrying in the Senate. Workforce Development is working to turn our state's unskilled labor force into skilled workers who can meet the demands of today's employers. On the days we are in session, we have a doctor of the day who assists the Capitol's nurse in providing any health-care needs we may have. On March 12, we were honored to have Dr ...

March 21, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


'Mfmwgmfwf:' Legislators get briefing on issues

"Members of the Legislature, my name is Figby, and I have been asked by House Speaker Dennis Ralston - he is the gentleman over in the corner eating the Twinkie - along with Sens. Tommie Williams and Chip Rogers to discuss some potential campaign issues this fall. They are, of course, your leaders and have helped make the General Assembly what it is today.

March 21, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Don't vote for TSPLOST

Editor, The transportation 1 percent tax known as TSPLOST will be determined by an election rigged and pre-determined by the General Assembly and the Governor.

March 20, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Turn up your sole to help environment

Feet are kind of a funny thing. Your feet affect your whole body. If my feet hurt, I feel terrible all over. If my feet feel good, I can do just about anything. Can you remember as a kid what it was like to run around barefoot in the soft spring grass? That was a great feeling!

March 20, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Consensus is most important political goal

Watching Capitol Hill these days, I'm often struck by how issues that were present at the dawn of our Republic continue to reverberate. In the very first session of Congress, when members had to grapple with how to make the new government work, they also had to come to grips with how they themselves could work together. This wasn't easy.

March 19, 2012 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Water debt like writing check not knowing balance

Imagine the absurdity of a highly profitable company not paying to use a natural resource, which has severe scarcity issues, like water. This is the case in America's thermoelectric energy industry. Such a paradigm has a variety of problems - sustainability and fairness among them, especially given that most of you pay for water used in your home and many of you conserve water buy purchasing low-flush toilets, front-loader washing machines, etc.

March 19, 2012 | By Capt. Emily Briley Guest columnist | Opinion


Smart meter opt-out bill passes Senate

• Day 29 (Monday, March 5): In an effort to reach out to those who have opposed legislation dealing with solar power that I am sponsoring, I invited representatives from Georgia Power to meet with me this morning. Afterward, I met with a student from Georgia State University to discuss the future of the HOPE Scholarship and to listen to his concerns and suggestions.

March 19, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Keep those FOIA requests coming, folks

As we celebrate Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote open government, those in the federal Freedom of Information Act community are reminded of the many ways federal records are used by people across the country - and the globe.

March 19, 2012 | By Miriam Nisbet Guest columnist | Opinion


Allergy season is nothing to sneeze at

Despite the festivities of St. Patrick Day, which is one of this Irish gal's favorite holidays, this time of the year is the hardest time to live in Georgia - allergy season.

March 19, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Sunshine week reminds open government is best

This week is Sunshine Week, a national initiative to remind Americans that their government is supposed to be open; a government of the people, by the people, for the people.

March 19, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


We should be talking about these schools

At the risk of sounding like Johnny One-Note, let me go back over my concerns one more time about the charter school constitutional amendment bill in the State Senate that may or may not have been passed by the time this gets to you. (My deadlines and legislative deadlines don't always coincide.)

March 19, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Why is United States still in Afghanistan?

President Barack Obama has criticized President George W. Bush because of Bush's war in Iraq. But Obama seems to claim Afghanistan as his war. In a July 12, 2004, speech to the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, Obama said, "Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terrorism have reduced the pace of military transformation and have revealed our lack of preparation for defensive and stability operations. This administration has overextended our military."

March 14, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


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Humor: The many faces of Donald Trump

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Take a break from negativity

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February 17, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


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February 16, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Money isn't everyting in politics

Money isn't everything in politics. The candidate who raises the most cash isn't always going to be the candidate who gets the most ...

February 15, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Symposium was gerat success

Editor: I would like to personally appreciate those sponsors and members of the greater Liberty County community for their support on Feb. 5 of the ...

February 13, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hate, humility and social media

I was a late adopter of Facebook. I had a nagging fear that no one would befriend me, and that my Facebook experience would become ...

February 13, 2018 | By Dr. Gary Welton Guest columnist | Opinion


Trump's impure thoughts on Mueller

President Donald Trump has had impure thoughts about special counsel Robert Mueller.

February 12, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Building walls, curing baldness

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

February 10, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Unplanned obsolescence, more

If you haven't met me, know this:

February 10, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


D.C. curse strikes another Georgia politician

Washington, D.C., has put a curse on prominent Georgians who go there to work for Donald Trump.

February 09, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Foster children are pawns, again

I have a great interest in and a little walking-around knowledge of the political process because I have spent a good part of my adult ...

February 09, 2018 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Too much talk can add credence to child’s fears

A true story: When my daughter, Amy, was a pre-teen, she became anxious about going to sleep because of fears of dying in the middle ...

February 09, 2018 | John Rosemond | Opinion


Chamber staff is outstanding

Editor:

February 08, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Lurching from crisis to crisis, pointing fingers

You are probably asking yourself, "What was that all about?" Just because the government shutdown ended shortly after it began, it doesn't mean that ...

February 06, 2018 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


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