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To govern well return to basics

We are at a profoundly unsettled time in our nation's history, with more than two-thirds of Americans professing in surveys that they believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. They are partly reflecting concerns of the moment - the Iraq war, high gas prices, our economic travails - but polling also shows a more deep-seated dismay at the track our political system has taken.

August 05, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


State needs new leases

Since its creation in 2003, the Commission for a New Georgia has brought fresh eyes and ideas to ways government can manage assets and operations to increase efficiency, reduce and avoid costs and improve service. Its recommendations have saved millions of dollars on a wide range of government functions, including facility, real estate and construction management.

August 05, 2008 | By Steve Stancil Guest columnist | Opinion


Is Chambliss safe in Senate?

Could Vernon Jones be the next Mack Mattingly?

July 23, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Needless burden of local assistance grants

When Governor Sonny Perdue signed Georgia's $21.1 billion budget for fiscal 2009, it contained $6 million for Local Assistance Grants (LAG), funds appropriated and allocated to a specific recipient or local government for a specific purpose. Lawmakers try to use the fact that these handouts are a relatively small part of the state budget - about 0.03 percent the '09 budget - to defend the spending.

July 14, 2008 | By Kevin Schmidt Guest columnist | Opinion


Finding chicks even in the city

When I start to bake a cake, I no longer ignore the recipes that call for half a dozen eggs. Eggs are a dime a dozen in our household, because we have - joy of joys - our own chickens.

July 14, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Prepare students for the world, not tests

It is a fact: Students in Georgia and the nation do not measure up to their peers in other countries known to provide a world-class education. While the debate continues over who's to blame and policy-makers pay lip service to preparing students for the 21st century - here for almost a decade already - the U.S. education system muddles on as a 19th-century model.

July 14, 2008 | By Mary M. Jessie Guest columnist | Opinion


Good Morning, Georgia

This may be an answer to Georgia's woes. The University of Georgia has decided to spend a relatively paltry $1.44 million to buy a full-fledged commercial TV station and set it up in Athens.

July 14, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


A rural Georgia family goes solar

This week I visited a family so concerned about the environment that it lives a radically different life than most Americans.

July 14, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Soldiers helped after accident

I've been covering local, regional and national news in this area for about eight years now and I am often asked by friends how I cope with reporting on stories that sometimes end tragically - vehicle accidents, domestic violence cases, even murders. My response is pretty standard by now: I focus on the story and don't dwell on the circumstances.

July 14, 2008 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Opinion


State has taken on the big issues

There is a common saying about government and politicians that government never acts until after there is a crisis. Unfortunately, you don't have to look hard to find examples of this. Just look at the prices at our gas pumps. Gas prices did not climb above $4 a gallon over night. For the past several years, Republicans in Congress have submitted an energy plan that focuses not only on developing new renewable energy sources, but also would allow for us to maximize the resources we already have. Leaders in the U.S. Senate have continuously blocked these efforts. We ...

July 14, 2008 | State Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Will rebranding work

Rebranding is the latest buzzword in political campaigns. Everywhere you look, some politician or politician's spouse is gearing up to play the rebranding game. They try to change who they are and reinvent what they've said. They're hoping voters have forgotten the old brand and will only remember the new trademark on Election Day.

July 08, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


State is addressing many issues

There is a common saying about government and politicians that government never acts until after there is a crisis. Unfortunately, you don't have to look hard to find examples of this. Just look at the prices at our gas pumps. Gas prices did not climb above $4 a gallon over night. For the past several years, Republicans in Congress have submitted an energy plan that focuses not only on developing new renewable energy sources, but also would allow for us to maximize the resources we already have. Leaders in the U.S. Senate have continuously blocked these efforts. We ...

July 05, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Court saves habeas corpus, barely

Once in a while, the fading embers of freedom flare with defiant vigor. That happened the other day when the U.S. Supreme Court sternly informed the Bush administration that it may not hold people suspected of being terrorists indefinitely without charge and without judicial review at its prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

July 05, 2008 | By Sheldom Richman Guest columnist | Opinion


Coming home on the train

I leave the farm in the dark, drive thirty miles to Jesup through wisps of lowland fog and park at the dilapidated train station. The building looks as if it suffered a fire and now it is rotting away, boulder-sized holes in its low-reaching roof.

July 05, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Prepare students for world, not just tests

It is a fact: Students in Georgia and the nation do not measure up to their peers in other countries known to provide a world-class education. While the debate continues over who's to blame and policy-makers pay lip service to preparing students for the 21st century - here for almost a decade already - the U.S. education system muddles on as a 19th-century model.

July 05, 2008 | By Mary M. Jessie Guest columnist | Opinion


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President, Congress should work together on war

Our Constitution makes the President the commander in chief, yet gives Congress the ability to declare war. By giving a role to each branch, it clearly considers the use of force to be a shared decision.

September 25, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Congress needs to get going on budget

Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 124, a continuing resolution for fiscal year 2015 that will fund the federal government until Dec. 11.

September 25, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Don't be tricked into SPLOST vote

Editor, I am tired of politicians using scare tactics to get voters to buy what they are selling. Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas said we need SPLOST to draw businesses because new businesses don't want to locate next to a shack. My question is, why do the shacks exist anyway? How many "shacks" will he replace if SPLOST goes through?

September 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Alternatives for Jekyll deer population

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world.

September 24, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Honor businesses that keep county beautiful

Many local businesses work every day to make our shopping and business experiences pleasures by creating and maintaining attractive locations.

September 23, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Bo, Luke back in saddle, sort of

A few days ago I saw a television commercial where Bo and Luke Duke were brought back from the "Dukes of Hazzard" to promote some product. Once again they were in "The General" outrunning the law. I don't even recall the product they were hawking, but it made me stop and think about that old programming and just how juvenile it really was - just short of "Scooby Doo."

September 23, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Let's hear it for all the homemakers

You know how attics are. They're filled with junk, Christmas stuff and memories that you can't toss away. As I was digging through boxes the other day, bound and determined to find a dress pattern from 15 years ago, I found a scrapbook from my high school FHA years.

September 23, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


When life is easy, just say thanks

Those who read my column know I give props to dads every June, when Father's Day rolls around. But I've been thinking lately that maybe my husband doesn't get enough credit for everything he does the rest of the year.

September 23, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Quit depriving vets wounded before 9/11

Editor, Veterans, did you know that when Congress passed legislation to provide caregiver assistance to our nation's most severely disabled warriors, they instituted willful discrimination the likes of which hasn't been seen since the oppressive days of Jim Crow laws?

September 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Minimum wage doesn't buy what it did in '60s

I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today.

September 18, 2014 | By Roger Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal-justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds, and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.

September 18, 2014 | By Mike Klein Guest columnist | Opinion


Road trips can lead to great food finds

Seven or eight years ago, as our nest became empty, my wife and I began taking short road trips to destinations as far as three hours from home.

September 18, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Opinion


Senator wrong on VA claims wait time

Editor, In the recent Courier article announcing Sen. Isakson's visit to Hinesville on Sept. 5, Isakson was quotes as saying, "As you may know, it takes the VA an average 478 days to make a determination on a VA claim. That's more than a year. Although there are signs of improvement, it's still taking too long."

September 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trying to find positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Regrouping on a particular philosophy

I've always been one of those persons who won't hire someone to do something for me if I can do it myself, such as painting my house, building a deck, building a utility barn, caring for my own lawn, installing new flooring, etc. It was just the way I was raised. And it stuck.

September 16, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


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