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Highway program shortchanges Georgia

Under the laws governing the federal highway program, the federal fuel taxes paid into the trust fund by motorists (18.3 cents per gallon) and truckers are returned to the states by a series of mathematical formulas that attempt to match the scope and usage of each state's surface-transportation system with payments received from the trust fund. These formulas, however, embody a number of serious flaws that cause many states (called donors) to consistently receive shares that are less than they pay in, while others (called donees) consistently receive more.

April 25, 2011 | By Dr. Ron Utt Special to the Courier | Opinion


AG fighting for transparency in government

San Olens, Georgia's new attorney general, has hit the ground running and he's making great strides in the matter of transparency in government.

April 25, 2011 | By Americus Times-Record | Opinion


American way of life coming apart at seams

The size of government threatens the American way of life as we know it. The solution is straightforward - cut government. A vibrant grass-roots movement insists that it happen, and Washington is lousy with rival plans for how to go about it.

April 25, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Dreams don't focus on impending birth

I was sitting in the backseat of my car with a lifelong friend, waiting for my husband to finish his quick trip inside the store. My small Iowa hometown looked just like it always had, no stoplights and no traffic.

April 25, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


A real favor of high school students

As its unanimous vote tends to reflect, the state school board was right in deciding to phase out administration of the Georgia High School Graduation Test, a battery of exams in English, math, science and social studies that includes a writing assessment.

April 25, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Ever had a mayonnaise sandwich?

It seems a consensus of my breakfast club that we have too many television channels. Metaphorically speaking, producers are struggling to find something to put between two slices of bread. In others words, they are giving us mayonnaise sandwiches.

April 25, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Funding to bring opportunity to rural Georgia

Last week U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a long-anticipated round of funding, designed to spur economic development in rural areas while providing a much needed upgrade to dated electric transmission infrastructure.

April 25, 2011 | By Johnathan Hladik Guest columnist | Opinion


It's time to wake federal government up

That's just like the federal government – instead of assigning blame, instead of acknowledging that there is really such a thing as intentionally underperforming individuals, it overlooks the obvious. These slackers, people who don't do their jobs because they don't want to and feel they don't have to, are often fodder for deep analysis that often has citizens of this nation wondering if they and their government are from the same planet.

April 25, 2011 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


House adjourns sine die

Sine die! It is now official, the Georgia General Assembly has completed the 2011 legislative session. The session began on Jan. 10 with an icy snow storm that blanketed much of our state, including the Capitol. However, that did not deter the members of the legislature from doing their job and serving on your behalf. Forty legislative session days later, the adjournment of the 2011 session ended at around 11:40 p.m. April 14.

April 20, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Recognizing the session's servants

Ladies and gentlemen, the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield is pleased to recognize members of the 2011 General Assembly who gave so much so that we could get so little. Please hold your applause until all our honorees have been recognized. Otherwise, we could be here until the Legislature returns in August. Nobody wants that.

April 20, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hire new people, don't change rules

That's just like the federal government - instead of assigning blame, instead of acknowledging that there really is such a thing as intentionally underperforming individuals, it overlooks the obvious. These slackers, people who don't do their jobs because they don't want to and feel they don't have to, often are fodder for analysis that has citizens of this nation wondering if they and their government are from the same planet.

April 20, 2011 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


Lawmakers sprint through final days

• Day 38 (Monday, April 11): After a week off for spring break, we returned to work this morning knowing full well that these final days of the session would be a sprint to the finish line. We didn't go in until 1 p.m. this afternoon, which is normal for Mondays but especially was necessary today because all bills had to be approved through committees before the start of the 38th day.

April 20, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Breaking out in flowers and poetry

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Sure enough. I have no idea how it got that way, but I looked it up, and someone has proclaimed it thusly.

April 20, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Military support is more than a slogan

This community is well aware of the sacrifices of the volunteer military force that protects the rest of us. Right now, even at a time of overlapping wars, about 1 percent of the population of this country is doing all the fighting, and sometimes dying, for the other 99. Yet America's treatment of its veterans, both young and old, and of soldiers' families has too often been a shameful failure on multiple levels.

April 20, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Children embrace 'green' status

So much litter, so little time. Litter is challenging. There is plenty to clean up. Liberty County is a large county, stretching about 40 miles in length and covering more than 519 square miles.

April 18, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


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Lucky to be alive, and grateful

I owe you an explanation about where I have been or not been - as on these pages. To mangle a bit of Charles Dickens, these ...

August 18, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Humor: Circus went out of business for lack of clowns

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

August 17, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Georgia's two Staceys could split Dems

Georgia's Democratic voters will have their choice of two Staceys in next year's primary for governor: state Rep. Stacey Abrams of Atlanta or ...

August 17, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Pragmatism should prevail on spaceport

Realistic assessment of options and alternatives for coastal job-creation do not substantiate support for the Camden spaceport. Wishful thinking only goes so far.

August 15, 2017 | By David Kyler Guest columnist | Opinion


Help save bees in your landscape

I wish I was the queen. I am not talking about the one across the pond that has her pocketbook permanently attached to her arm ...

August 15, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Buddy is no buddy to district

Editor: At the town hall in Homerville last evening, Congressman Carter touted his horn on his recent vote to deny all federal funding for sanctuary ...

August 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


The Hinesville three and me, what is to be?

Old news, new news, etc. This whole Billy Edwards thing is still giving me headaches.

August 15, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


The rains came and went, but...

The Board of Directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County, Inc. would like to thank the community for supporting our Annual Back-to-School Rally.

August 14, 2017 | By Gary Gilliard Guest columnist | Opinion


Empowering our community's youth

One of my great passions in life is empowering our community's youth. I was raised to believe in the mentality that raising a child ...

August 12, 2017 | By Kenneth Howard Special to the Courier | Opinion


Nelson: Choice, voice, change

Choice, voice, change. These things are never easy! While campaigning for Hinesville City Council District 3, my slogan was "Your Choice, My Voice." The slogan ...

August 11, 2017 | By Vicky Nelson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Covering crime can wear you out

Covering crime can be a tiring and frustrating business, and here's why.

August 11, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Senior contributor | Opinion


Bad news for utility, taxpayers

When it comes to the nuclear reactors Georgia Power has been trying to build at Plant Vogtle, there never seems to be any good news ...

August 11, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Lot of activity in Sept.

We are finally on the downside of summer. Hopefully, there will not be too many more oppressively hot days.

August 10, 2017 | By Sara Swida KLB Director | Opinion


Humor: Is Dennis Rodman the only one who can save the world?

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

August 10, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


It’s a mad, mad, mad world

Every time you turn around these days it seems somebody's mad at somebody, or mad about something somebody else is doing.

August 09, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Managing Editor | Opinion


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