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How to shut a liberal up, lose an election

If Sen. John McCain shocked the world and decided to pick disgraced New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer as his running mate ...

April 01, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Schools can help keep kids fit

Sixty-six million Americans are overweight or obese, putting themselves at risk for type II diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea and a host of other medical problems.

March 29, 2008 | By Tom Rawlings Special to the Courier | Opinion


To understand government learn what lobbying really is

When news about questionable doings on Capitol Hill appears these days, more often than not they involve lobbyists. Think of Jack Abramoff and his many spinoffs, or the ruckus over the New York Times story about John McCain and his dealings with one particular lobbyist.

March 29, 2008 | BY Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Make a butterfly happy

My grandmother was a simple, practical woman who did not escape passion. She was crazy about flowers.

March 29, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Lawmaker voted for speaker's tax plan

Editor's note: The column was written over the weekend.

March 27, 2008 | By Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Assault on local control doomed tax plan

Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson has talked for nearly a year about an ambitious plan to eliminate property taxes in Georgia.

March 25, 2008 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


General Assembly is functioning effectively

What would Congress be like if Republicans and Democrats chose to be concerned with their constituents rather than their own incumbency, ego, or campaign war chest? What if the party in the majority allowed, with regularity, the party in the minority to bring decent and significant legislation to the floor for debate or even to chair committees that shape bills before the whole body considers them?

March 25, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Watch your back, Glenn

If Gov. Sonny Perdue had been speaker of the House last week, he could have easily passed SR 796, a proposed constitutional amendment to remove property taxes from cars, trucks and motorcycles.

March 25, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Show us the money

"We might hope to see the finances of the Union as clear and intelligible as a merchant's books, so that every member of Congress and every man of any mind in the Union should be able to comprehend them, to investigate abuses and consequently to control them." -- President Thomas Jefferson to Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin in 1802.

March 22, 2008 | By Kelly McCutchen Special to the Courier | Opinion


Counting too few indigo snakes

An indigo snake is the most beautiful thing you'd ever want to see. It is deep purple and midnight blue, iridescent. It is long and graceful.

March 22, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


English-only fails as constitutional amendment

A legislative effort to amend the state Constitution and make English the official language of Georgia failed Tuesday in the House.

March 22, 2008 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Congress can reassert authority with budget

No sooner had President Bush proposed his final federal budget than commentators began suggesting it had no chance of passing Congress.

March 22, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


The fourth branch of government

Georgia needs a new constitution. We haven't adopted a new one since 1983. Before that, the Peach State regularly rolled out new constitutions at the rate of one about every 20 years since the Civil War.

March 18, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Leave no child inside

I remember one Sunday when my son Silas was about six years old. He and I spent the entire day in the woods.

March 18, 2008 | By Janisse Ray | Opinion


State looks to help soften impact of explosion

Our state's lingering drought has Georgia lawmakers coming up with some creative solutions this session.

March 18, 2008 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Hard city surfaces play rough with streams

Usually, when we picture streams, we are thinking more of a pastoral landscape.

July 27, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers try to defuse explosive issue

With the legalization of fireworks this year, Georgia residents had a blast over the Fourth of July weekend - literally.

July 24, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Expiring federal tax credit threatens solar industry

With the state's Solar Power Free Market Financing Act now law, Georgia is expected to have a banner year for new solar installations in 2015. But after that, the future begins to look murky because of the looming expiration of the federal investment-tax credit for solar energy.

July 23, 2015 | By Rhone Resch Guest columnist | Opinion


Blessed are the peacemakers, who state the obvious

Blessed are we, the peacemakers. Ours is a lonely lot. I had hoped I could cut back on pacifying petulant poops and spend more time on my latest passion - learning to play the flugelhorn. Alas, it is not to be. My skills as a peacemaker are once again required. And wouldn't you know it? I had just mastered the aria "Lascia ch'io pianga" from Handel's opera "Rinaldo." Rats.

July 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


With ISIL, diplomacy is not an option

As the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known by the acronym ISIL, continues to grow and advance in the Middle East and even in our homeland, it is clear that we are not doing enough to eliminate these radical Islamic terrorists.

July 21, 2015 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson Guest columnist | Opinion


The fire: 'I refuse to cry'

My sister and I stood in the charred remains of a life that once was and said not a word. What was there to say? Finally, I spoke.

July 21, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Rebel-flag column 'mostly wrong'

Editor, Regarding the Confederate battle flag, Tom Crawford gets it mostly wrong in his opinion piece in the Coastal Courier of July 15.

July 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


How you are summoned for jury duty

One of the most important statutory jobs that the clerk of superior court has is custodianship of the county's jury lists. Ultimately, the clerk is charged by law with protecting and preserving grand- and trial-jury lists so that no one can alter them or do anything to them that would give anyone an unfair advantage during jury selection for civil or criminal cases.

July 20, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


How to safely dispose of medicines

Using medicines safely includes proper disposal of them.

July 20, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Store thanks customers, will close soon

Editor, It's not easy to say goodbye to Hinesville. But, after 32 years in business, we are sad to announce that Freedom Home & Electronics will end operations at all of our retail locations, and our online store, later this month.

July 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Jekyll Island deer welcome now being official

In the midst of all the turmoil over recent Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and gay marriage as well as the furor over the Confederate battle flag, you may have missed the big news. The white-tailed deer has been selected the official mammal of the state of Georgia.

July 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Business beats tradition in battle over flag

Some wars are not fought on battlefields these days. They are fought on social networks with the weapons of Twitter feeds and Facebook memes.

July 16, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


School employees deserve break from rising premiums

Georgia recently released a 24-page report examining the costs of the State Health Benefit Plan, the health-insurance plan for state employees, including school-district employees.

July 14, 2015 | By Timothy Sweeney Guest columnist | Opinion


My husband's chainsaw assault

To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried. My husband, raised not in the South or in the country, wanted a chainsaw - a farm accessory that has brought down many a man. From an early age, I was taught respect for that chewing, sawing, respect-for-no-man power tool.

July 14, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Program promotes N.E.A.T. neighbhorhoods

An essential element of a vibrant, attractive community is clean, inviting, thriving neighborhoods.

July 14, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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