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Every vote counts

Voting is an individual right that defines our nation and our democratic principles. Voting is our opportunity to voice our views to policy makers at all levels of government.

November 10, 2007 | By Karen C. Handel Special to the Courier | Opinion


A few kind words for politicians

It feels like an almost weekly occurrence now. Something happens on Capitol Hill - the debate over our way out of Iraq, for instance - and before you know it, commentators are wrinkling their noses about politicians.

November 08, 2007 | By Lee Hamilton Special to the Courier | Opinion


The perils of importation

Late last spring, Congress came close to legalizing the importation of prescription drugs from abroad. Although the legislation failed, lawmakers are expected to consider a similar measure soon.

November 08, 2007 | By Joel White Special to the Courier | Opinion


What country is this?

A federal judge has ruled that a Guantanamo detainee may not be sent to his home country because he might be tortured there.

November 08, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


A need for A Moses surfaces

Of all the crises endured by our state during the last century, none were more predictable than running out of water.

November 06, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Spain going soft on Cuba

You'd think that when a country emerges from decades of dictatorship, its government would sympathize with countries still under dictatorship.

November 03, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


The lonely war in Iraq

BAGHDAD - A war has probably never been so debated and so little understood as the one in Iraq.

November 03, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Teens face zero tolerance

Fall ushers in football season, and with football comes one of the biggest high school events of the year - homecoming, and often the decision whether to drink alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 110 youth ages 15-20 were killed as a result of underage drinking and driving during homecoming weekends in 2005.

November 03, 2007 | By Dr. Debra Houry Special to the Courier | Opinion


Preparedness is a key lesson

Preparedness is a common goal of many teachers. Whether they are teaching kindergarteners the basics of shapes, colors, and the alphabet or teaching high schoolers trigonometry, they prepare our children to advance to the next level of learning. Preparation is important because it puts our students in a position to succeed. Too often though, our schools are not prepared for the thing that can end all of our efforts: school-age violence.

November 01, 2007 | By Christopher Suprun Special to the Courier | Opinion


Don't drink state's Kool-Aid water plan

Georgia's rain shortfall and dire drought predictions have led to restrictions across the state on outdoor water use even though, as one county water conservation official admitted, "It's like driving on the interstate. You know that speeding is illegal, and you might slow down when you see a police officer on the side of the road, but once you pass him you go back to speeding."

November 01, 2007 | By Benita M. Dodd Special to the Courier | Opinion


New approach needed for uninsured

There is much talk about the number of Georgians who would like to purchase health insurance but cannot afford it. There is less talk about Georgians who can afford health insurance but are "uninsurable" due to a pre-existing condition. A high-risk pool has been proposed to solve this problem in nearly every legislative session in the past 10 years. Unfortunately, the bill fails each year because of the cost concerns and questions about who should pay for it. There is a better solution. A new approach is now possible to establish consumer-driven health insurance plans as the basis for providing ...

October 30, 2007 | By Ronald E. Bachman Columnist | Opinion


Where is the state press

This week we witnessed, yet again, the triumph of political skill and spin over substance from Georgia's statewide news media.

October 30, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Moving toward justice for kids

* A teenage girl who ran away from home to escape years of sexual abuse is picked up by police and locked up for weeks because she refuses to go home.

October 27, 2007 | By Kristen Widner Columnist | Opinion


Cuba criticism made easy

Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque couldn't take President Bush's speech at the U.N. General Assembly, so he walked out.

October 25, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Women's right to know shows positive results

A couple of years ago, the members of the Georgia General Assembly passed the "Women's Right to Know Act," a law that mandates physicians to provide pertinent information 24 hours in advance to women who contemplate terminating their pregnancy so they can make an informed decision.

October 25, 2007 | By state Sen. Tommie Williams Columnist | Opinion


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Friendships are gifts that do keep on giving

Maybe it's the fact that I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships. Friendships are always the correct size, the right color and don't require a set of instructions on how to operate them. They are truly the gift that keeps on giving.

December 18, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Keep cronyism out of state school choice

Georgia has one of the more popular K-12 tuition tax-credit programs in America, which is funded by the private contributions of approximately 18,000 individual taxpayers and 200 corporate taxpayers, who receive a state income-tax credit for their contributions.

December 17, 2014 | By Jim Kelly and Ben Scafidi Guest columnists | Opinion


Officials protested in wrong way

Editor, It was so pathetic to see my elected officials sprawled on the sidewalk in front of the historic courthouse in the photo published in Sunday's Courier.

December 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Put a local business on environment's nice list

I know we are all rushing around right now for the holidays with parties, shopping, tree lightings, shopping, church, etc., etc., etc.

December 16, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


History can be better than fiction

Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock-car champion, Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute over sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey.

December 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Government plans to control kids' destiny

Editor, Common Core has curriculum mandates plus tests. The reason that this educational system is designed this way is so that special-interest groups can mine data from Common Core. Common Core is, in reality, a system of data classification. The tests enable our children's data be turned over to private organizations. No one oversees these companies nor does anyone - especially the government - know how this information will be used. Actually, this information will be accessible to the federal government. Now, Big Brother will be watching our children's progress throughout his or her school years.

December 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Commissioners: State pushing charter schools

You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia. You may recall, also, that the amendment passed handily. So much for my vigor.

December 11, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


School choice crucial to middle class

In a recent speech at the National Press Club, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY, explained that improving economic opportunities for middle-class Americans is the key issue on which Democrats and Republicans should be focusing leading up to the 2016 presidential election and beyond.

December 10, 2014 | By Jim Kelly Guest columnist | Opinion


Whatever it takes get vets their benefits

Editor, Stop the presses and call Walter Cronkite - these stats just in:

December 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Parents' wisdom valuable

There are few who cannot say truthfully that they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

December 09, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Santa helps ensure good behavior

This "Santa Claus is coming soon, so you better be good" thing is working out great for me so far.

December 09, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Protect yourself from holiday crime

'Tis the holiday season, and Christmas is rushing across the calendar like a runaway freight train. It is a time when families and cherished friends gather around the hearth to drink in all the good cheer. It's a time of peace on Earth and good will toward men. And yet, Christmas has a sinister side - one we often exile to the extreme depths of our consciousness. I'm referring, of course, to home break-ins, thefts and frauds.

December 08, 2014 | By Terry Doyle Columnist | Opinion


Another record year for Rivers Alive

It has been another record year for Liberty County's annual Rivers Alive events, held annually in October and into November.

December 08, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Lawmaker's orientation is over

Orientation for freshman-elect members of the 114th Congress took place in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 12-19. This is the second of two reports detailing events of that orientation.

December 04, 2014 | By U.S. Rep.-elect Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


SPLOST failure not a free pass for tax hikes; cut spending instead

Editor, Referring to the headline in the Sunday Courier, let me, too, say that my concerns are aroused by the proposed millage-rate increases.

December 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


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