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Politics of gender, race

Conventional wisdom holds that the polls were all wrong about Barack Obama having a whopping lead over Hillary Clinton going into New Hampshire.

January 29, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Tom Murphy helped shape state

Every politician is either a person of the times, or a person that makes the times. More than not, most politicians fall in the former category.

January 26, 2008 | By Al Williams Georgia State Representative | Opinion


Tell it to the Marines

It's time for my twice-yearly Reader Mail column. So I reach into the mailbag (nah, I just click the folder), and I come up with ...

January 24, 2008 | By Roger E. Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Make 2008 a year to celebrate

Political reporters love a horse race. Bruising campaigns - with their polls, promises and pandering - offer endless excitement for scribes. By contrast, day-to-day governing - with its conversations, cooperation and compromises - seems boring.

January 24, 2008 | By Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Columnist | Opinion


The curse of Clintonism

It is the curse of Clintonism that it is associated with the Clintons.

January 24, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Roadmap to healthcare reform

We've said this before, but it bears repeating: Small businesses have said consistently for 20 years that access to affordable health care is their biggest concern and the problem is even greater today.

January 22, 2008 | By Todd Stottlemyer Columnist | Opinion


South Georgia should secede

The great water crisis proves at least one thing. Georgia should be divided into two states. The present single-Georgia system is not working.

January 22, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


If you want change vote

Jan. 7 is the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming presidential primary. We urge all who haven't already done so to sign up.

January 22, 2008 | Bryan County News | Opinion


Hands off Pakistan

"The assassination of Benazir Bhutto was not an attack on this brave woman alone; it was an attack upon democracy, freedom and the United States." This statement by Asa Hutchinson, former undersecretary of homeland security, was typical of the reaction of the American political and media establishments.

January 22, 2008 | By Sheldon Richman Columnist | Opinion


Costly wake-up call on climate change

When it comes to progressive climate change initiatives, Georgia's legislators distinguish themselves by leading the opposition. Our state's national reputation hit a new low last year on both environmental and economic development issues when Georgia legislators at the National Conference of State Legislatures refused to adopt or recommend federal measures to address climate change issues, including global warming. Such measures incorporate targets for reducing carbon emission, plus investing in renewable energy and energy conservation.

January 19, 2008 | By David Kyler Columnist | Opinion


Spanish in the workplace

From small time to over the hill, the conservative punditocracy is worried, very worried, that Spanish is taking over. Pretty mad about it, too.

January 19, 2008 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Example of Columbia comeback

MEDELLIN, Colombia - In what was once the most dangerous neighborhood of this, the world's most notorious city, a Sunday afternoon is a bustling, joyful affair. The scampering children and people sitting at tiny sidewalk cafes on the narrow streets would be fit subjects for a Colombian Norman Rockwell.

January 19, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Don't forget the children

We are winding down the holiday season, the time of year when we each celebrate our faith with family and friends. We pause in the busyness of preparations to remember the blessings of togetherness, belonging, and traditions. Yet, there are many children in our state who have not been blessed as so many of us have with those things that we would emphatically say mean the very most to us - the gifts of family, love, security and safety. I'm talking about the many children across our state who have been abused or neglected and now live in foster care.

January 17, 2008 | By Mary Perdue Columnist | Opinion


New Year brings hope for early education

New Year's is a time for reflection on where we've been, the lessons learned, and how we can better ourselves for the future. Unfortunately, many resolutions to help our children better succeed in school have been broken.

January 17, 2008 | By Gregory Taylor Columnist | Opinion


The elephant in the room

During the recent CNN-sponsored Youtube debate, Republican candidates gamely responded to questions from supporters of Bill Richardson, Log Cabin Republicans, and the ubiquitous audience plant from the Clinton camp.

January 17, 2008 | By Nathan Tabor Columnist | Opinion


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Pipeline would be trouble for coast

There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.

April 17, 2015 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Step forward: Lessons from 2015 session

Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.

April 16, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion


Good people still do good things

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hits and misses of legislative session

As expected, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia's legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.

April 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Rumors: Faster than speed of death

Carrie called the other day, and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk. No conversation with Carrie is ever short. Even her voicemails run three to four minutes.

April 14, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Keep storm drains clear

I would love a good, old-fashioned rain - or, as we used to call it, gully washer - this week.

April 14, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


The intolerance of the so-called tolerant

I just finished reading an article written by Valerie Tarico on Yahoo. The story was titled "Right-wing Christianity teaches bigotry: The ugly roots of Indiana's new anti-gay law."

April 13, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Opinion


He's no 'Playtoe,' but still irked by list

Fortune Magazine has announced its list of the World's Greatest Leaders for 2015, and would you believe that I got snubbed again this year?

April 09, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Historic districts, autism bills highlight session

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned last week, and much was accomplished during a very busy session. The following are some of the bills that were agreed upon by both the House and Senate and have been sent to the governor for his approval.

April 08, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Review of Georgia health legislations

With the 2015 General Assembly session ending last week, here's a list of the health-care winners and losers during the 40 days of the Legislature.

April 08, 2015 | By Andy Miller Georgia Health News | Opinion


Take care of our planet hands-on

"The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations, whose words of thanks will not be heard." - Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day

April 07, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


NAACP forum starts dialogue with police

Editor, I want to address the front-page, above-the-fold news story by Randy C. Murray, "Is there racial profiling in Liberty County?" (Wednesday, April 1).

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Celebrate true meaning of Easter

Before Thanksgiving, as I "juned" - a mountain word Mama used to mean "moved faster" - around the kitchen preparing for company, it occurred to me that I should invite Jerry.

April 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Open letter from Faith Baptist pastor

Many are aware that Faith Baptist Christian Academy of Ludowici recently experienced an investigation by the U.S. Homeland Security Department. We wish to express, first of all, our deep regret that such a situation has occurred. It has never been our desire to bring any undue attention or embarrassment to our ministry, our church or our city. We would, however, like to set the record straight on a few items.

April 06, 2015 | By Dr. Terry Sellars Special to the Courier | Opinion


Congress, president should consult and not just on Iran talks

Congress has developed a fondness for open letters when it comes to Iran. First came the warning shot signed by 47 Republican senators that touched off a storm of criticism. Not to be outdone, the House checked in with its own bipartisan and more diplomatically stated letter to the president, warning that its members must be satisfied with any agreement before they'll vote to reduce sanctions.

April 03, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


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