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How to forgive for clear cutting

My friend Cody Laird is so passionate about longleaf pine forests that his wife sometimes wishes she were a longleaf pine.

December 20, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Congress' job is to watch over presidents

I'm as interested as the next person in how Washington will work with Barack Obama in the White House, but there's an important question that's been missing. It has to do not so much with the new president as with the new Congress, and it should be high on every citizen's list of concerns: Will Congress live up to its responsibility to exercise robust oversight over the new administration?

December 18, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Lobbyists will love Obama

Barack Obama promised the end of the era of lobbying as we know it during the campaign, but the National Marine Manufacturers Association didn't get the message. Nor did the National Automobile Dealers Association. Nor did anyone else who can make a case for getting any precious drops of the bailout money sloshing around Washington.

December 18, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Joy and sadness at holidays

"I hope you have a lonely Thanksgiving," Ken no-last-name e-mailed me last week. He said he was a supporter of Sen. Saxby Chambliss. He was really mad at me for suggesting that old Sax might not be another Daniel Webster or Sam Nunn. I suppose Ken didn't read that I am betting a wad ($50) on his guy Saxby to win the runoff election against Democratic iron man "Boss Jim" Martin.

December 16, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Country buys $700 billion alarm clock

It was not Webvan or Pets.com this time. It was Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, AIG and Wachovia. Gone or sold for pennies on the dollar. It was $700 billion - taxpayer dollars - rushed through Congress to avert the "greatest crisis of our time." What actually happened, and what can we learn from it?

December 13, 2008 | By Kelly McCutchen Columnist | Opinion


Let me introduce my superhero

December 1 is a special day on my calendar. It's the birthday of one of my heroes, a man I've admired since we met exactly a decade ago. He's a champion of rivers, conqueror of polluters and destroyers, defender of wild things, campaigner for justice.

December 13, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Clearing road to transparency

For any Georgians still wondering about the need to see what government is up to with their tax dollars, it's highlighted by a Cobb County's special election on extending a Special Local Option Sales Tax this fall. How special? Scheduled on an "off" day, it cost taxpayers $500,000 or so, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.

December 11, 2008 | By Benita Dodd Columnist | Opinion


Infrastructure spending to nowhere

Democrats see the road to economic recovery, and it has been bulldozed, flattened out by a road grader and covered with pavement.

December 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Opinion


Do nothing formula for victory

The buzz is getting louder. Former Gov. Roy Barnes is said to be thinking of running again.

December 09, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Detroit comes begging

One of Barack Obama's acts of courage as a presidential candidate, his campaign maintained, was to give a speech in Detroit excoriating the auto industry for its carbon-emitting sins. Obama noted how the industry had long played "typical Washington politics" with an "army of lobbyists."

December 04, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


DOT boss hurting state work

The past week has seen new revelations in the ongoing saga of Gena Evans, nee Abraham, the woman whom Gov. Sonny Perdue put in charge of the state Department of Transportation. Perdue pushed Evans for the job supposedly to clean up a deeply troubled agency, which is facing a staggering funding shortfall in excess of $7 billion over the next six years for needed road construction and improvements. According to DOT's own estimate, its expected funding shortfall over the next 25-30 years is an almost incomprehensible $51 billion.

December 02, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Congress should not defer agenda to president solely

Once he is sworn in on Jan. 20, our new president will command all eyes. After a long campaign during which he and his rival traded policy prescriptions and accusations about their respective flaws, the country will be anxious to see the White House's agenda. Congress, it seems safe to say, will be an afterthought, its views given weight only insofar as they might hinder or abet the president's plans.

November 27, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


End of free trade era

All hail the end of the Reagan era! That's the cry going up throughout liberaldom as the financial crisis and the Democratic electoral sweep threaten the Reaganite troika of deregulation, low taxes and free trade.

November 27, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Leftovers from the election

Unintended consequences: Sen. Saxby Chambliss would have won re-election without a runoff if his fellow Republicans in the Legislature had not messed with election rules in a misguided effort to help the GOP.

November 25, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


A family tradition of service

On Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), my father, brother Christopher and I will be conducting a wreath laying ceremony at the two tombs of our grandfathers in Arlington National Cemetery. I have planned this visit for over a year now as a respectful gift to my father Adna Romanza Chaffee IV.

November 25, 2008 | By Daniel V. Chafee Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Let the orientation begin

Editor's note: U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Georgia, and other area elected officials will contribute periodic columns during the upcoming legislative sessions. This is a report about orientation that he went through last week.

November 20, 2014 | By U.S. Rep.-elect Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Analyzing elections, predicting next president

I was on St. Simons Island last week, scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill, when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed up Junior when I told him.

November 19, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


It's not difficult to see why SPLOST failed

Editor, Why did SPLOST fail? Just take a look at the article in Sunday's Coastal Courier: "City council looks at property-tax increase."

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Joy of pinto beans, cornbread

One afternoon, I had a hankering, a primal-like craving, for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.

November 18, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Good parents often need siblings

Typically, I use this weekly column to address parenting issues, reflect on challenges faced by (fairly) new moms and provide what I hope are amusing anecdotes that stem from daily life encounters with a toddler. This Sunday, though, I'm going to explore a topic that's more indirectly related to - but still very much a part of - child-rearing.

November 18, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Ways to cut waste during holidays

I really do love the holidays - but I cringe as we also approach the trashiest season of the year.

November 18, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Thanks for successful Veterans Salute fundraiser

Editor, Hinesville Military Affairs Committee's second Veterans Salute was Nov. 1 at Bryant Commons, 438 West Oglethorpe Highway. It was a cold and windy day, but that did not stop or hinder our spirit.

November 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Show support for 3rd ID at listening session

Show support for Marne Division Monday at listening session

November 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Thanks for Veterans Salute support

Editor, The members of Hinesville Military Affairs Committee would like to thank everyone in the community who contributed to the silent auction held during the second annual Veterans Salute on Nov. 1.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


This terrorist deserves our gratitude

This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago, but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he's proud of it.

November 12, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


VA working to improve services

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, we have one of the most noble and inspiring missions in government. I accepted this job and joined this mission to better serve you - our veterans - and improve the delivery of the care and benefits you have earned. It is our privilege to serve you, and I have made clear that as we move forward as a department, we will judge the success of all our efforts against a single metric - the outcomes we provide for veterans.

November 12, 2014 | By Robert A. McDonald Special to the Courier | Opinion


Support leads to success

Over the years, I've crossed paths with many who were extremely successful as well as some who were such miserable failures that, as Mama liked to say, they "ain't worth the breath they draw."

November 11, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Parents don't have to always be late

I recently saw a meme posted to a social-media site that said something along the lines of "Having children: Your way of showing the world you no longer intend to be on time - ever."

November 11, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Recycle at upcoming recycling fairs

America Recycles Day is coming up this Saturday and is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products.

November 10, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Water rates show no compassion

In September 2009, I wrote a letter to the editor that began like this:

November 10, 2014 | By Terry Doyle Columnist | Opinion


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