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July 20, 2007 | By Lee H. Hamilton | Opinion


Health care is another flop

I owe Atlanta's Grady Hospital a debt I can never repay. More than 55 years ago, when I was a student at Emory, the Atlanta Journal dispatched me to Grady as a part-time reporter to cover the emergency room on Saturday nights. I would never again witness such bloody chaos and medical heroism as I did during those nights long ago. I learned lessons and saw life-and-death events that have served me throughout my career. Whenever I visit a doctor now and see a Grady training certificate on his wall, I feel more secure. I figure this physician has ...

July 17, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Clinton vs. 'on-your-own' society

Hillary Clinton has identified a grievous flaw in the contemporary American economy: It leaves "it all up to the individual."

July 12, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Remembering the 1996 fiasco

All of the Democratic presidential candidates said they would speak at the nation's largest gathering of Hispanic elected officials at the end of June. All of the GOP candidates said no.

July 12, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Voters, why bet on a loser?

If financial support translates into power and influence, the Territory of Guam would likely have more clout than Georgia in a White House occupied by President Hillary Clinton.

July 10, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Water: Balloons, guns, slides in policy

Don't like the drought-related watering restrictions in your community? Outraged enough to rat out neighbors who violate watering rules? The state's water "wars" could get worse: Watch out for the initial draft of the Statewide Water Management Plan, scheduled to be unveiled June 28.

July 10, 2007 | By Benita M. Dodd Special to the Courier | Opinion


Hatred doesn't require thought

Racists have targeted Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts since he published a column that explores the news reporting of black on white crime and vice versa.

July 10, 2007 | By John Deike Staff writer | Opinion


Cuba, Cubans still stuck

You'd have to be a masochist, a journalist or a CIA analyst to sit through more than 30 seconds of the latest Fidel Castro video appearance.

July 05, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Michael Moore's 'sicko' propaganda

Is all that ails the U.S. health-care system is that it's not run by a communist dictatorship? That has long been a premise of apologists for Fidel Castro who extol the virtues of medical care on his totalitarian island nation.

July 05, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


DOE's formula for failure

Georgia public schools have a long and sorry tradition of high dropout rates, low graduation rates and an education establishment dedicated to masking the truth.

July 03, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Blog: Trip to the big city

I've spent the past week in New York City, watching a nephew's Brooklyn apartment and dog, touring and learning more about City College of New York where R2 will be attending classes starting in August, and hunting for an apartment for him and a couple friends. It's been an education.

July 03, 2007 | By Pat Watkins | Opinion


Freedom marching in reverse

Hugo Chavez may be a thug, but he's no dummy. He knows that with a packed Supreme Court, a rump Congress, a divided opposition and - tragically true - a good deal of support from The People, Venezuela's free press is one of the few remaining institutions strong enough to keep him from realizing his dream of grabbing absolute power.

July 03, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


The untold truth in the Wilson case

The mainstream media is portraying Genarlow Wilson as a victim and Georgia as a backwater state by oversimplifying this case. There is more to this story than a young student getting 10 years in prison for consensual oral sex. A lot more.

July 03, 2007 | By Eric Johnson Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore | Opinion


It's a bird, it's a plane, it's - who?

Nearly every week, there is another super hero featured in a new movie on the big screen. Well, I would like to introduce you to a different kind of super hero, one you probably never saw in the comics when you were growing up.

June 30, 2007 | By Sara Swida Keep Liberty County Beautiful | Opinion


TV ad cooks up less than truth

Buyer Beware: I'm sure most of you have seen the recent ad showing a lady using a device that looks like a small waffle maker. She mixes concoctions quickly and pours them into a cooker and, voila, in minutes she has produced a tasty meal. Well, I wanted one of them and one night the ad said if you call within three minutes, you can buy one and get one free for only $19.95. I called immediately and ordered the pair - one for me and one for my mom. What a shock when the two cookers arrived. They ...

June 30, 2007 | By Dot Moss Columnist | Opinion


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State questions on Nov. 4 ballots

While most voters are familiar with the candidates on the Nov. 4 general-election ballot, many are unaware of the ballot's three referendum questions.

October 23, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Voter apathy should be illegal

Editor, Our country is in a precarious position. Our government is intruding in our personal lives, and our religions are under attack. The government is ignoring the invasion from south of the border, as well as the dangers imposed by ISIS and other terrorist groups.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Governor shares view on education

Last week, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.

October 22, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


News of deaths is good Southern gossip

Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a longtime friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times, I know the person, but sometimes I don't have a clue the person ever existed.

October 21, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Do your part to conserve, clean water

This month, we are making a positive difference for our local waterways by participating in the statewide Rivers Alive waterway cleanups.

October 21, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Protect your family -- get flu shots

Go get a flu shot. Also, make sure you're children get flu shots. It's a plain and simple set of instructions, but following them could save a life. Please, go do it.

October 21, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Nation doesn't need more 'boots on ground'

The talking heads and politicians love to use the term, "boots on the ground." It sounds macho.

October 16, 2014 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Polls shouldn't open on Sunday

Editor, Perhaps Liberty County Commissioners Lovette, Stevens, Frasier and Gilliard need to pause and reflect some before they cast any future votes. I'm referring, of course, to their recent votes to open the polls on Sunday.

October 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gubernatorial candidate talks education

I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public-school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week, the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's turn.

October 15, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Situations are as dramatic as you make them

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to let things roll right off her back.

October 14, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Rivers Alive cleanups coming soon

You drink it. You clean with it. You shower in it. You swim in it. You fish in it. You have fun in it.

October 14, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Even 'educational' TV is questionable

Letting a child watch too much TV may be as bad for parents as it is for little ones. In fact, depending on which shows a child is allowed to watch, it may be worse for parents.

October 14, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Don't vote for SPLOST; property tax hike likely anyway

On Dec. 16, 1773, a group of demonstrators boarded ships in Boston Harbor. They threw chests of tea overboard to protest the British parliament's unfair tax on tea. It's time for the citizens of Midway and Liberty County to borrow a page from Boston's history book.

October 14, 2014 | By Terry Doyle Columnist | Opinion


Port should get money it deserves

Last week, the Georgia Ports Authority approved allocating up to $3 million for maintenance of the shipping channel to the Port of Brunswick, marking the second-straight year the GPA has had to supplement federal funds for this project.

October 10, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Columnist | Opinion


Help soldiers from war room to board room

Over the next three years, as many as 60,000 military members are expected to return to Georgia. Already, 770,000 veterans call Georgia home. In fact, the Peach State is home to the fourth-largest population of veterans nationwide. In addition to those returning to Georgia, more than 10,000 service members will be transitioning from the state's Army installations - 4,000 from Fort Stewart alone.

October 09, 2014 | By James Wilburn Guest columnist | Opinion


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