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Controversial case resurfaces

Leonard Peltier, a well-known Ojibwa (Chippewa) and Vietnam Marine veteran has served 30 years imprisonment in the federal penitentiary for the notorious killings of two FBI agents on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near the village of Oglala in 1975.

March 15, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


Other opinions

Technical schools may be forced to make layoffs

March 13, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Cider House is work of art

With juvenile and gang-related crime on the rise, it is good to know there are people in our community who are trying new approaches to old problem.

March 13, 2007 | Sonya Campbell-Kurth | Opinion


Execution vs. jail time

Death penalty enthusiasts rally America's unquenchable thirst for retribution against the morally inept, erupting in a frenzy with the increasingly high-profiled child sexual predation across the nation!

March 13, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


The nonscandal of CEO pay

High executive pay hasn't quite reached that status of a bipartisan "crisis," but it's approaching it. The Democratic senator from Virginia, Jim Webb, fulminated against it in his response to President Bush's State of the Union address.

March 10, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Other opinions

It's not surprising that a push for four-year terms of office would garner wide support from Georgia's state senators, who are currently up for election every two years. Whether that desire for longer terms should get the OK of Georgia voters is another matter entirely.

March 10, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Big Brother ideology returns

"Government has an obligation to protect its citizenry," Sen. Carl Kruger boldly declares with his recent introduction of legislation in New York, "to ban the use of gadgets such as Blackberry devices and video games while crossing the street" (Reuters 02/07/2007).

March 10, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


American suffering from ADD

America is suffering from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) on a national scale. Maybe it is due to the fact that most Americans today have grown up with television and their attention span runs only a short time due to commercial breaks. Americans expect instant gratification within a very short span of time.

March 08, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Support troops despite war debate

U. S. troops are tasked with a very difficult and vital job, and it is up to us - the American people - to let them know how much we appreciate their sacrifices and efforts on our behalf.

March 08, 2007 | Sonya Campbell-Kurth | Opinion


Advancing student achievement

Only when we design education around the individual needs of children will we achieve excellence. I have visited several schools throughout the state this session to share details of two of my priorities, which revolve around the fundamental belief that no two children learn at the same pace or in the same way.

March 06, 2007 | By Casey Cagle Georgia lieutenant governor | Opinion


Peachtree, a mood changer

Vision is one of those 20th-century words you don't hear much now, at least not in these parts. So when the v-word popped back into the headlines last week, some of us old-timers switched off the Weather Channel and took notice.

March 06, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Other opinions

Once again some members of the Georgia General Assembly are trying to create another hoop for Georgians to jump through to get information that by rights belongs to them.

March 06, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Other opinions

Republican Congressman Charlie Norwood dies at 65

March 03, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Tragic courage of John McCain

A funny thing happened to convention-defying political courage, at least in the case of Sen. John McCain.

March 03, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Weed out Washington polticis

How can you declare a plant that occurs naturally on this planet that is provided by our creator for some divine purpose illegal?

March 03, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


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EPA rules good for business, economy

Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?

July 24, 2014 | By Richard Eidlin | Opinion


Small businesses want higher wages

If Congress actually listened to small-business owners, the minimum wage would be going up.

July 24, 2014 | By Holly Sklar Guest columnist | Opinion


Yet another Georgia river in peril

As far back as 2010, the Ogeechee River has been called one of the most threatened rivers in the country by environmental groups such as the Southeast Environmental Law Center.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Pay for P.O. box on time or face fee

Editor, I never would have thought a small block of wood measuring about 1.5 inches by 2 inches could make me so angry.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Taxpayers on hook for botched ethics probe of governor

In 1997, then-Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term, in which I served until 2002.

July 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Childhood choices affect whole lives

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages of 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom - a driver's license - and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

July 22, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's time to close Southern borders

Editor, Mexico and Guatemala have finalized a deal that will allow Guatemalans (who normally would be arrested and deported or imprisoned in Mexico) to travel on 72-hour passes through Mexico on their way to our Southern border.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Stormwater runoff is good rain gone bad

I love a good rainstorm - I always have. My mother used to check the weather forecast for thunderstorms because I was fascinated by them and wanted to watch them outside. However, it's not really a good idea to sit outside during a thunderstorm.

July 22, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Be flexible with child' milestones

My 2-year-old is a chatterbox. I have no idea where she gets it from. (I'm being sarcastic, of course; it's obviously a trait passed down directly from me.)

July 22, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Once upon a blood moon in Georgia

Not a single person in my breakfast club has mentioned the "blood moon." And that includes me, until now. I wasn't really sure what it was even though my emails from some preacher have hammered me recently with a "better beware" kind of verbiage.

July 22, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Johnson deserves district seat

Editor, Lately your newspaper has printed several letters stating that Buddy Carter is just like Jack Kingston. These claims are extreme exaggerations and pretty farfetched.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Midway needs better fire-protection deal

It's good when the fire department is quiet, but the Midway Fire Department is the busiest department outside of Hinesville. The Midway volunteers do an excellent job with a quick response time. Many residents are not aware of Midway's coverage area, but the Midway Fire Department covers Midway's 4 square miles and 40 square miles of unincorporated areas of Liberty County. It also supports other fire departments when called upon for assistance.

July 17, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


BRAC should be feared in Georgia

Few acronyms raise the concern of elected officials, community leaders and military personnel as much as BRAC does.

July 17, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


The tyranny of automobiles

In the week leading up to Independence Day, several news stories prompted us to contemplate what freedom means in 2014.

July 17, 2014 | By John Bennett Guest columnist | Opinion


Waxing poetic is quite frenetic

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

July 16, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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