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Congress' job is to watch over presidents

I'm as interested as the next person in how Washington will work with Barack Obama in the White House, but there's an important question that's been missing. It has to do not so much with the new president as with the new Congress, and it should be high on every citizen's list of concerns: Will Congress live up to its responsibility to exercise robust oversight over the new administration?

December 18, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion

Lobbyists will love Obama

Barack Obama promised the end of the era of lobbying as we know it during the campaign, but the National Marine Manufacturers Association didn't get the message. Nor did the National Automobile Dealers Association. Nor did anyone else who can make a case for getting any precious drops of the bailout money sloshing around Washington.

December 18, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion

Joy and sadness at holidays

"I hope you have a lonely Thanksgiving," Ken no-last-name e-mailed me last week. He said he was a supporter of Sen. Saxby Chambliss. He was really mad at me for suggesting that old Sax might not be another Daniel Webster or Sam Nunn. I suppose Ken didn't read that I am betting a wad ($50) on his guy Saxby to win the runoff election against Democratic iron man "Boss Jim" Martin.

December 16, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion

Country buys $700 billion alarm clock

It was not Webvan or this time. It was Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, AIG and Wachovia. Gone or sold for pennies on the dollar. It was $700 billion - taxpayer dollars - rushed through Congress to avert the "greatest crisis of our time." What actually happened, and what can we learn from it?

December 13, 2008 | By Kelly McCutchen Columnist | Opinion

Let me introduce my superhero

December 1 is a special day on my calendar. It's the birthday of one of my heroes, a man I've admired since we met exactly a decade ago. He's a champion of rivers, conqueror of polluters and destroyers, defender of wild things, campaigner for justice.

December 13, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion

Clearing road to transparency

For any Georgians still wondering about the need to see what government is up to with their tax dollars, it's highlighted by a Cobb County's special election on extending a Special Local Option Sales Tax this fall. How special? Scheduled on an "off" day, it cost taxpayers $500,000 or so, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.

December 11, 2008 | By Benita Dodd Columnist | Opinion

Infrastructure spending to nowhere

Democrats see the road to economic recovery, and it has been bulldozed, flattened out by a road grader and covered with pavement.

December 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Opinion

Do nothing formula for victory

The buzz is getting louder. Former Gov. Roy Barnes is said to be thinking of running again.

December 09, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion

Detroit comes begging

One of Barack Obama's acts of courage as a presidential candidate, his campaign maintained, was to give a speech in Detroit excoriating the auto industry for its carbon-emitting sins. Obama noted how the industry had long played "typical Washington politics" with an "army of lobbyists."

December 04, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion

DOT boss hurting state work

The past week has seen new revelations in the ongoing saga of Gena Evans, nee Abraham, the woman whom Gov. Sonny Perdue put in charge of the state Department of Transportation. Perdue pushed Evans for the job supposedly to clean up a deeply troubled agency, which is facing a staggering funding shortfall in excess of $7 billion over the next six years for needed road construction and improvements. According to DOT's own estimate, its expected funding shortfall over the next 25-30 years is an almost incomprehensible $51 billion.

December 02, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion

Congress should not defer agenda to president solely

Once he is sworn in on Jan. 20, our new president will command all eyes. After a long campaign during which he and his rival traded policy prescriptions and accusations about their respective flaws, the country will be anxious to see the White House's agenda. Congress, it seems safe to say, will be an afterthought, its views given weight only insofar as they might hinder or abet the president's plans.

November 27, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion

End of free trade era

All hail the end of the Reagan era! That's the cry going up throughout liberaldom as the financial crisis and the Democratic electoral sweep threaten the Reaganite troika of deregulation, low taxes and free trade.

November 27, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion

Leftovers from the election

Unintended consequences: Sen. Saxby Chambliss would have won re-election without a runoff if his fellow Republicans in the Legislature had not messed with election rules in a misguided effort to help the GOP.

November 25, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion

A family tradition of service

On Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), my father, brother Christopher and I will be conducting a wreath laying ceremony at the two tombs of our grandfathers in Arlington National Cemetery. I have planned this visit for over a year now as a respectful gift to my father Adna Romanza Chaffee IV.

November 25, 2008 | By Daniel V. Chafee Special to the Courier | Opinion

Seven ways to cut your utility bills

I want endless summer.

November 22, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion

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Remembering Georgians in Iraq

What a difference a decade makes.

October 08, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Georgia colleges should be open to undocumented students

Many Georgia students started college for the first time this fall.

October 07, 2015 | By Melissa Johnson Guest columnist | Opinion

Fighting for opportunity: I can't forget their faces

For a moment, let's forget the pie charts, trend lines, new census poverty data and the research. I want to remember their faces. Fact ...

October 06, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion

What Mama taught stays with me

There's not a day goes by that I don't think of Mama and do something the way she taught me to do it.

October 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Test your water smarts during Rivers Alive Month

"Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink" - "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel T. Coleridge

October 06, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Reader questions SPLOST

Editor, I read the article ("State of roads tops SPLOST discussion," July 29, front page) and have several questions and comments I would like Liberty ...

October 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Does Midway councilman feel left out?


October 01, 2015 | By Staff Report | Opinion

This legislator’s gift will matter

If you tried to find a state legislator who opposed the HOPE Scholarship, you couldn't do it.The lottery-funded program that pays college tuition ...

October 01, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Opinion

Aliens reluctant to invade Earth

Knock! Knock! "Open the door, please!"

October 01, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Tax credits help lead the fight against poverty

When Georgians think about the best ways to fight poverty and help more families climb the economic ladder, tax credits probably aren't the first ...

September 26, 2015 | By Wesley Tharpe Georgia Budget and Policy Institute | Opinion

Citizen-review panel helps children in need

Every child deserves a safe, permanent home. Unfortunately, an estimated 9,000 children in Georgia are removed annually from their family homes because of abuse ...

September 26, 2015 | By F. Barry Wilkes For the Record | Opinion

What it means to be ‘out-snuckered’

It is a blessing of a life to know common-man philosophers - those people, though not formally educated, who are plenty smart when it comes to ...

September 26, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion

High-school fishing clubs growing in Ga.

Mark Gintert might just have the best job in America. An avid outdoorsman and a successful businessman, Gintert is the national youth director of The ...

September 23, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

US is going the way of the Roman Empire


September 23, 2015 | Len Calderone | Opinion

Parties seek the right path on immigration

It was one of those pleasant September afternoons when you can feel the heat of summer giving way as the seasons change.

September 23, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Opinion

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