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SPLOST proposed for regional transportation projects

This week we reached the halfway point of this year's legislative session.

March 11, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier\ | Opinion


Property tax reform is still alive

The 2008 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly has been a busy one so far. The first four weeks have set the stage for what is sure to be an exciting second half of the session.

March 11, 2008 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Border dispute is just a diversion

Every once in a while, a crisis comes along that tells you everything you need to know about the character and courage of our elected leaders. When circumstances collide to create a situation where only tough trade-offs and compromises offer the chance for a real solution to a problem, that's when you can see if the people we have entrusted with elected office are up to the task.

March 11, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Consensus water plan is good for all Georgia

Standing beside West Point Lake in the spring of 2004, Gov. Perdue signed House Bill 237, establishing the State Water Council and requiring it to present to the Georgia General Assembly a statewide water management plan for its approval in the 2008 Session.

March 11, 2008 | By Charles K. Tarbutton Special to the Courier | Opinion


It's time for scholarships for kids in failing schools

Hold on children. Help is on the way!

March 11, 2008 | By Sen. Eric Johnson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Senate searching for property tax relief

As we approach the midpoint of this session of the Georgia General Assembly, the Senate is still hard at work addressing pressing issues facing Georgia residents.

March 04, 2008 | By State Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Democrats back from the dead?

Proponents of a strong two-party state government ought to be jubilant at the outcome of Georgia's Feb. 5 presidential primary.

March 04, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


'Made in China' won't work for American icon

As a teenager on a sweltering August day in 1963, I stood among 250,000 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and listened as a fellow son of Georgia described a dream he had.

March 01, 2008 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


I went to the mountaintop but it was gone

This Valentine's Day I celebrated "I Love Mountains Day." I delivered valentines to politicians who keep allowing King Coal to cut the heads off the oldest mountains in the world.

March 01, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


General Assembly half way through session

The 2008 Georgia General Assembly session is in mid-stream as we have completed its 14th day (Friday).

February 28, 2008 | By Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Conservatives should vote for McCain

Recently, Dr. James Dobson came out publicly and stated that if Arizona Sen. John McCain carries the Republican nomination for the presidency he would not cast a vote in the 2008 presidential election.

February 28, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Columnist | Opinion


Live from the Gold Dome

So far, watching Georgia politics in 2008 has been like having a ringside seat at a professional wrestling match. Legislating sound laws and presenting calm and prudent budget plans have been replaced by threatened body slams and real flying chairs.

February 26, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Measure would reform DOT

The Senate was hard at work again this week, boldly tackling difficult issues facing our state. One of the issues at the top of that list is transportation.

February 26, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Proposal would restire $1.7 million to local schools

Liberty County students and property taxpayers could see some much-needed help under a tax relief bill introduced in the House of Representatives last week.

February 26, 2008 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


I'm voting for Huckabee

I have the distinguished honor of endorsing Gov. Mike Huckabee as the candidate to become the Republican nominee and the next president of the United States. He has extensive leadership experience, and he possesses strong Christian conservative values. He is dedicated to promoting personal responsibility, and believes in less government, less taxes and empowering the family. He is the Republican that I trust with the future of our country.

February 23, 2008 | By State Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Christianity under attack in Duggar scandal

This past week, it was reported that Josh Duggar, who is the son of Jim and Michelle Duggar from TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" reality show, molested several girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager.

May 27, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion


Tax policy a quality-of-life topic in 2015

Taxes are nobody's favorite expense. Most people view them as simply a nuisance bill to pay or as an added cost on a major purchase. Average Georgians rarely give state tax policy a second thought, especially compared to critical challenges like education and health care. But few issues matter more to the pocketbooks of Georgia families, the bottom line of Georgia businesses and the ability of state and local governments to fund quality public services.

May 27, 2015 | By Wesley Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion


Teachers share feelings about future

My recent open letter to Georgia's public school teachers produced as much response as I have received in a long time. Teachers from one end of the state to the other have weighed in, and the comments are still coming.

May 27, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


It all goes by so quickly

A friend said something the other day that has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She's soon to turn 70 and this is what she said:

May 26, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Making military lives matter

Memorial Day weekend, as you've heard time and again, is that long weekend marking the unofficial start of the summer: beaches, boats and barbecue. Fun in the sun. With all the frolicking, many may overlook that Monday is, first and foremost, a special day set aside to remember those Americans who have died serving in our armed forces.

May 26, 2015 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Why let students out of class early?

Editor, Whose great idea was it to let all the high-school students out at lunchtime with no bus service? This is a major issue for those of us who are working and have children.

May 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Don't be complacent about hurricanes

Cumberland Island was struck head-on by a major hurricane 117 years ago. The Category 3 storm pounded the Georgia coast with winds of 135 mph and massive waves, causing a 16-foot storm surge in Brunswick that left much of the city underwater.

May 22, 2015 | By Jim Butterworth Guest columnist | Opinion


What Nobel laureates have incurred should not have occurred

I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for president of the United States (or what's left of it).

May 21, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Moving away from 'funny math methods'

Getting math right for the students and teachers of Georgia has been a priority of mine since day one. One of my first actions as your state school superintendent was working with the State Board of Education to provide a needed choice between integrated mathematics and traditional discrete mathematics (with assessments to match each option) for our schools.

May 20, 2015 | By Richard Woods Guest columnist | Opinion


It's hard to quit your raising

Here, I'll announce something I've never admitted publicly: I love going barefooted. It's how I was raised.

May 19, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


So many volunteers to honor

May is a very hard time for me.

May 19, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Not all buildings are created equal

May is Building Safety Month. Although the Hinesville Department of Inspections focuses on building safety all year long, we want to take the time to highlight some building-safety concerns locally. If an individual, organization or a business is trying to find a location within the Hinesville city limits, there are a few things they should know before signing on the dotted line to buy or lease.

May 18, 2015 | By Steve Welborn Guest columnist | Opinion


Insurers' networks are not so 'narrow'

Premium increases for Georgia's insurance-exchange health plans beat regional and national rates, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute, cited by Georgia Health News.

May 15, 2015 | By Graham Thompson Guest columnist | Opinion


Republican or Democrat: Who are Christians?

I read an opinion piece recently that said Republicans couldn't be Christians because they are too hard and uncompassionate. The piece said that, pretty much, the Democratic Party was the party of Christianity.

May 14, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion


Say no to the Palmetto Pipeline

The public's outcry in opposition to the Palmetto Pipeline has been clear. Voters don't want it and don't think it is needed. And the public doesn't trust the company that wants to build it.

May 14, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


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