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Editor, The following is a letter to Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga.: Dear Congressman Kingston, In January 2010, I wrote to you to report my problems with the Diversity Health Center in Ludowici. The letter I'm sending you now is to report on the events that have occurred since that time

August 31, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Georgia needs unity

Our economy is at best stubbornly stuck in neutral, and too many elected leaders seem to agree only that the best way forward involves little more than pointing fingers and shouting accusations. That backdrop made it especially heartening to observe the more than 200 Georgians who traveled to Pine Mountain recently to discuss the future.

August 31, 2011 | By Atlanta Journal Constitution | Opinion

Man of the cloth wants piece of the action

A man of the cloth by the name of Markel Hutchins is suing the estate of the late Kathryn Johnston for a half-million dollars.

August 31, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Hinesight takes on government dependency

August 30, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Make smarter everyday choices

Every day we make dozens of choices that impact our environment. There are many different ways to handle simple chores and tasks. When you make these everyday choices, are you really making the smartest decisions? And, for that matter, do you know why certain choices are better than others? You might be surprised. Here are some handy facts about things you don't even think about, but likely do all the time.

August 30, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion

Redrawing districts not easy for lawmakers

Recently, the Georgia Legislature convened for a special session as a result of an official call issued by Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 30, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion

Finding the value of family in politics

Have you ever taken a trip as part of your job and taken a family member with you? You go to meetings or do your work and they meet with friends or family and go sight-seeing or shopping. That's usually how it works, and it happens all the time, right? Not so fast if you are a public official though.

August 29, 2011 | By PSC Commissioner Tim Echols Guest columnist | Opinion

Back-to-school spending is big

Americans may be worrying about layoffs and a second recession, but it's made them only moderately less openhanded in back-to-school spending, which has quietly assumed the status of a major economic barometer and event.

August 29, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion

Tech education fills need for skilled workers

The conclusion of the Southern Governors Association meeting in Asheville, N.C., coincided - well, almost - with the debut of Columbus Technical College's new semester curriculum. One has nothing to do with the other, except that the solution to a problem under discussion in Asheville is most likely to be found at institutions like this one in Columbus.

August 29, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion

Firth Rixson's growth is welcome sign

The economy certainly has seen better days. As the prices of goods and services rise and families struggle to make ends meet, it's no secret that budgets are tight these days. Which is why, when we are accustomed to more bad news, it was good to hear that Firth Rixson plans to create 75-100 jobs by expanding its metal forging operation in Midway.

August 29, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Getting ready for baby and boards

After a month of helping my husband study for his upcoming promotion board, I'm confident I'm ready to be a non-commissioned officer.

August 29, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion

Raising taxes in Liberty is not acceptable

Editor, It is with great concern that I read in last Sunday's Courier the article about Liberty County being short $1.6 million. What is even more disturbing is Ms. McGlothlin being quoted on page three as having said that this is not good news for homeowners and that it is too soon to say whether this shortage will affect the millage rates for the 2011 tax year.

August 29, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Here's to a great season

Thursday night marked the beginning of an annual rite of fall, one every bit as ingrained into our collective consciousness in the South as pumpkin patches before Halloween and the story of the Mayflower at Thanksgiving.

August 29, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Tough times or not, parents pay for school

Americans may be worrying about layoffs and a second recession, but it's made them only moderately less openhanded in back-to-school spending, which has quietly assumed the status of a major economic barometer and event.

August 25, 2011 | By Marrietta Daily Journal | Opinion

Dependence on government must stop

Our forefathers were strong, independent entrepreneurs, who made their own way and depended on no one to survive. These pioneers raised their own food, hunted or trapped the meat that they put on the tables and delivered their own babies. If they had extra vegetables or meat, they would trade for weapons, tools or cloth to make their clothing. Yes, life was tough, but these were proud, self-determined people.

August 25, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

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Transparency is vital to good government

The average Georgian has never been under the Gold Dome. Many have vague memories of a two-headed calf on display during a State Capitol school ...

March 20, 2018 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion

Clean up your block for Great American Cleanup

In the spring, we annually participate in the national Great American Cleanup, which is the largest community improvement effort in America. More than 20,000 ...

March 20, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Senate hears veterans foundation, rural health bills

Last week in the Senate, we continued to work in committees considering the bills that were passed by the House of Representatives. With only two ...

March 20, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion

St. Patrick's Day is too much fun

The question almost always comes up.

March 19, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Protest should have been allowed

Editor: I was across the street from Bradwell Institute at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14.

March 19, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

Humor: We keep sending them overseas

HOLLYWOOD - God Bless America, and how's everybody?

March 17, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion

Voters to get choices in 2018 elections

There have been many predictions in the national media that we are potentially headed for a "blue wave" election year at the state and local ...

March 16, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Guns in classroom are not smart


March 15, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

Let's talk about gun control

Editor: Let's talk about gun control. Since three of the top 10 deadliest gun massacres in U.S. history have occurred since October of ...

March 13, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

We need to control people, not guns

Editor: We don't need gun control - we need people control. This starts in school. There is no discipline in today's schools. The students ...

March 13, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

'Plogging' improves you, your community

I have been helping with volunteer litter cleanups since I was in my mid-20s, which was a long, long, long time ago.

March 13, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Delta execs can’t seem to navigate turbulence of external environment

For a number of years, I supervised a staff in Washington - first with BellSouth Corporation and then with Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games - and ...

March 13, 2018 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

How HB 831 made it to the Senate

At this point in the session, bills are flying back and forth between chambers in a constant state of change. Rather than my usual list ...

March 13, 2018 | Sen. Blake Tillery | Opinion

Senate welcomes Malcom J. Mitchell, Father Schreck

This week in the Senate was spent working in our respective committees considering the bills that were passed by the House of Representatives.

March 13, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion

Second guessing the second-guessers

Allow me to play devil's advocate. It's what I do as a journalist, plus I personally enjoy taking on orthodoxy, particularly when it ...

March 12, 2018 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion

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