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Cell phones as welfare benefits goes too far

I recently saw a commercial for a company offering free cell phones and wireless service to people who receive government assistance. The commercial showed this pleasant "mom" with her two kids, having car trouble and she needed a cell phone to call for help.

May 20, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Columnist | Opinion

A blow for income equality

Why complain about the financial crisis? By liberalism's standards, it has been a swift sword of economic justice, working to equalize wealth more rapidly than any policy short of summary execution of the rich.

May 20, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion

The elephants' tent

Ninth District Rep. Nathan Deal has spent 16 years as Georgia's mountain district congressman. During that time, we've barely heard a peep from him. Deal's low profile may account for the ease with which he has slipped back into office every two years.

May 18, 2009 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion

What it is like to be a lawmaker

Compared to what it looked like a couple of decades ago, Congress today is a far more representative body. It's true that, as Congressional Quarterly recently pointed out, the House and Senate are still "populated mainly by wealthy white men with advanced degrees and backgrounds in law and business." Yet Capitol Hill undeniably looks more like the American people than in the past.

May 18, 2009 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion

Newspapers are here to stay

To social theorists predicting the collapse of newspapers, we've become more than an endangered species, we're prime evidence of the fading way the public consumes information.

May 15, 2009 | By William B. Katter Special to the Courier | Opinion

Military families deserve breaks bills provide

With a few strokes of his pen, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue recently signed into law a pair of measures aimed at making life a little easier - and fairer - for military families.

May 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion

The president of Barack Obama

The calendar says President Barack Obama took office in 2009, although that's only a technicality. In his own mind, Obama ascended in Year Zero, a time of ritualistic cleansing in preparation for the relaunching of an America free from its past sins.

May 13, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion

The honesty file

Gary Horlacher has hit upon an idea that every Democratic and Republican political candidate ought to applaud. Let every statewide candidate submit to a lie-detector test to prove he or she is morally ready for public service. OK, so I didn't hear a single clap or cheer; it's still a worthwhile notion.

May 11, 2009 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion

The case of the 'torture memos'

The debate over the just-released Justice Department memorandums on interrogation techniques ended as soon as they were dubbed the "torture memos." Forevermore, they will be remembered as the legal lowlights of a "dark and painful chapter in our history," as President Barack Obama put it.

May 06, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion

Change is constant in Congress

We think of Congress as immutable, a steadfast presence in American life since its first session in 1789. The inspiration we draw from the dome of the Capitol, the pull of a congressional hearing we know will change the course of history, the lofty statements on the floor of the House or Senate - these were as much a part of our grandparents' time as they are of ours.

May 06, 2009 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion

Herding elephents

You have to hand it to those folks in Austin, Texas. They know a good campaign issue when they see one. Just the other day, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas mentioned "secession" - resigning from the United States - as a way to escape the odious government in Washington.

May 04, 2009 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion

Georgia deserves fair share of highway funds

Georgia clearly could use an extra $206 million a year to fix its roads and bridges. And it could get that much - without increasing taxes, without cutting other government programs and without borrowing.

May 04, 2009 | By Jeff Flake and Ronald Utt Special to the Courier | Opinion

Obama accelerating feds' lack of control

Across the country, Americans have begun to voice their anger and frustration with the federal government's tax, borrow and spend policy.

May 01, 2009 | By State Rep. Jay Neal Special to the Courier | Opinion

Support Mexico

President Barack Obama went to Mexico and, unlike many of his presidential predecessors, didn't stay in a remote resort, but in the midst of Mexico City, the sprawling metropolis of 20 million.

April 29, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion

What does talent look like?

We can all learn a lesson from Susan Boyle.

April 29, 2009 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Opinion

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Rural health care is very important

Editor, Nov. 19 was National Rural Health Day, an opportunity to celebrate the "can do" spirit of our rural communities. On this day, we honored ...

November 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Academician got it right about Woman Who Shares My Name

Several of you got a chuckle over my recent observations on a survey from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of ...

November 26, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Giving thanks for those we love

An email arrived in the middle of the night back in August. Its message was to tell me that Randy Parks, one of the dearest ...

November 25, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

What should Georgia do with refugees?

Gov. Nathan Deal was adamant when he signed an executive order declaring that no Syrian refugees will be allowed to set foot in Georgia.

November 25, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

New traffic light is big deal in small town

Editor's note: A new feature in our newspaper is a weekly serial named "The Good Folks of Lennox Valley," written by Kevin Slimp. Kevin ...

November 23, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

U.S. should not take in Syrian refugees

Editor, How do you commit mass suicide? You bring 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country, as the present administration wants to do. Homeland Security ...

November 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Hinesville still has hospitality

Editor, I came to live in the Hinesville area in 1970, when Hinesville was 6,500 population, and Liberty County was 17,000. Then Fort ...

November 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Support Veterans Memorial Walk

Editor, We had a well-attended Veterans Memorial Walk groundbreaking on Saturday, Nov. 7. It is exciting to see four years of work come to fruition.

November 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Unsubstantiated, anonymous sources have no place in journalism

I can't guarantee that I got all the commas where they belong today, but I can guarantee that what you read here is my ...

November 19, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

College students, coaches get upper hand

There was an interesting role reversal at the University of Missouri last week.

November 19, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Legal community mourns loss of Gary Bacon

Editor, On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of attorney Gary ...

November 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Recycling can save you money and the world its resources

Sunday was America Recycles Day. ARD encourages Americans to recycle and buy recycled products.

November 17, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

New GDOT board chair introduces herself

Transportation has always been the driving force of a thriving economy. Here in Georgia, the same holds true. Transportation touches the lives of everyone every ...

November 17, 2015 | By Emily Dunn Guest columnist | Opinion

Reader endorses Frasier for mayor

Editor, Thank you for allowing me to share my first political experience. I have always voted, but I never did much research on the candidates ...

November 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

The joy of book shopping in person

It was in Oxford, Mississippi, that it came to me so clearly. I knew it, of course. I had known it since I was a ...

November 16, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

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