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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


Iran exception cannot stand

When five American soldiers were killed at an Iraqi government building in Karbala in January, Democratic Sens. Chris Dodd and John Kerry erupted in outrage. They both knew one of the soldiers killed, a talented West Point grad.

October 25, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Don't forget to register

Although the municipal elections will take place about a month from now, there's only a couple of days left to register to vote. So, anyone in Allenhurst, Hinesville, Riceboro and Walthourville who wants to voice their choices for mayor and city council in their respective towns must sign up no later than Tuesday.

October 23, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Don't flub case against killer Nichols

A perfect legal storm may be gathering around the Brian Nichols murder case. Georgia could wind up with another national black eye, and justice could be delayed or denied for years.

October 23, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


SCHIP should not be expanded

In Washington, one thing you can always count on is that all legislation is passed for "the children, the seniors, the poor, the family, the environment, mama, and puppies." Politicians are very altruistic with your money. That's why Nancy Pelosi, when lecturing Congress about SCHIP, used the word "children" 44 times.

October 20, 2007 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Motorcycles are not all fun and games

Once thought of as a warm weather enjoyment, motorcycles are becoming more prevalent as regular transportation. The popularity of this mode of transportation is attributed to a number of factors; the low initial cost of a motorcycle, its use as a recreational vehicle and fuel efficiency.

October 18, 2007 | By Dr. Debra Houry Special to the Courier | Opinion


Hillarycare 2.0 — a new ill

When it comes to health care, Hillary Clinton is never going to let her name be associated with the words "radical overhaul" ever again. Or, if she can help it, with massive bureaucracy or new taxes. That's what happened in 1993 with her health-care plan as first lady, and, as she never tires of saying, she has "the scars to prove it."

October 18, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Republicans bullied by own base

It has been more than a month since the first U.S. presidential debate was held in Spanish. So far the republic survives, to the surprise of Republicans.

October 18, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Protect yourself in public

Everyday activities can present life-threatening dangers if you're not prepared for them. The cars that pass you on the street, the blind alley on the way to the store, or the empty parking garage can all be potential threats.

October 16, 2007 | By Steven R. Thompson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Sonny's national strategy

No one chuckled, hooted or even applauded much when Gov. Sonny Perdue started his spiel. By the time he finished, I am told at least two guys had to leave the room to keep from falling down laughing. That may be an exaggeration, but our governor did say some pretty funny things.

October 16, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


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State may get transportation funding right

In politics, you must take advantage of windows of opportunity. Sometimes good ideas are sidetracked by unfortunate events, a bad economy or even personality conflicts among political leaders. Given the risk of delaying decisions, Georgia needs to address its transportation shortfall quickly and practically.

January 22, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Column has never been stronger

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!) I do that gladly today. For one thing, this will be a lot shorter and less boring than the State of the Union address (Boooo!) and, also, we don't have to endure a bunch of fawning politicians trying to be seen on national television. (Yay! Ha! Ha! Ha!)

January 22, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


'Green' volunteer opportunities abound

Ready to start this new year right?

January 21, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


At least one lawmaker supports pre-9/11 veterans, caregivers

Editor, Since Georgia's own Sen. Johnny Isakson voted for discriminating against pre-9/11 veterans and later against ending this discrimination, I've penned and sent the following to then-Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-VT, who introduced the Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act of 2013:

January 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Things to love about the South abound

It happened the other day. It's funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets that are tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.

January 20, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Why rush? Stop and enjoy the day

Two weeks ago, my husband, daughter and I struggled to come up with a fun way to pass a Sunday afternoon. My mother-in-law had just been staying with us, and she left that morning to head back to Florida. Since I'd given our house a good, thorough "pre-mother-in-law-visit" cleaning before she arrived, I was completely caught up on chores and housework.

January 20, 2015 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Protest was against injustice, not police

Editor, In an attempt to somewhat clarify and somewhat respond to the recent letters to the editor, the online opinion poll question in the Coastal Courier and subsequent results of said poll, I want to say that the protests (locally and nationally) are not anti-police, as some have and continue to misinterpret them to be.

January 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Officials should show support for police

Editor, In recent weeks, more than 20 police officers have been killed or wounded by fanatics and/or terrorists on this planet. This would be a great time for Rep. Al Williams, Mayor Pro Tem Charles Frasier, Commissioner Gary Gilliard, Councilwoman Luciria Luckey Lovette, et al., to make a statement of recognition and support for police officers - wherever they serve. This exercise of their rights would go a long way to heal the wound of what was interpreted by many to be anti-police sentiment last month.

January 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia needs fiscal prudence, innovation

With major policy decisions on transportation, education, health care and tax reform on the legislative agenda, Georgia should think beyond the traditional approach of spending more money as the solution for every problem. Focusing on ways to enhance economic opportunity and empower individuals beats doubling down on the status quo.

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


Wounded Warrior Project is too top heavy

Editor, I read Mr. Bruce McCartney's letter to the editor regarding the Wounded Warrior Project. He is totally correct. The project is top-heavy with a greedy group of executives. The top 10 officers have a compensation package from $150,000 to $333,000 a year. The remaining funds are disbursed to over 40 distribution organizations with similar management configurations.

January 14, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Thanks to all who helped with appreciation

Editor, On behalf of the St. James Community Church family, we would like to give thanks to everyone for coming out to our church-appreciation banquet that was held Saturday, Dec. 6.

January 14, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Lawmaker wants to legalize medical marijuana

Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed this year after suffering a setback in 2014 when the House and Senate got into a bit of political brinksmanship at the last minute and failed to pass his bill, which had sailed through the House with only four negative votes.

January 14, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Recycle phone books, save some trees

I know, most resolutions are already ditched by Jan. 8, but if recycling more or being more environmentally minded was one of your resolutions (and it should have been), then I have an opportunity for you.

January 13, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Don't apologize for not being 'cool'

My parents, according to the world's definition of "cool," were not. Neither drank, nor did either ever possess a credit card. Groceries and clothing were paid for in cash, utilities paid by check, and the only monthly payments they ever allowed themselves were a mortgage for a house, a short-term loan for another farm, and a couple of cars bought, over time, and paid for quickly.

January 13, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


NAACP aims to boost involvement

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in 1909. It is the nation's oldest and largest civil-rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the pre-eminent advocates for civil and human rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal-opportunity enforcement in the public and private sectors.

January 13, 2015 | By Graylan Quarterman Special to the Courier | Opinion


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