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Justice system begging for overhaul

Not guilty! This was the jury decision that took most people by surprise in the Casey Anthony murder trial. Although, in my opinion, the evidence seemed to point to Ms. Anthony as the perpetrator of the hideous murder of little Caylee, the jury found her not guilty.

July 14, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Hard times don't make state less inviting

As most Georgians know all too well, the Great Recession that sapped the nation's economy was especially harsh here. The state's fiscal house sustained even more damage than in most other states, with deep and sometimes devastating cuts in state budgets and huge private sector losses.

July 14, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Gay curriculum in schools?

The phone rang the other day and on the other end of the line was Gay Blade, the world's flaming liberal. Gay spends a lot of time trying to raise my sensitivity toward liberal issues. So far, Gay has not had a lot of luck.

July 13, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


School's out; still on legislators' minds

While school may be out for students and teachers, it does not mean education is not on the mind of Georgia's Legislature.

July 13, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


No good spin on jobs report

Washington officials are famous for forecasting sunny skies when they can look through a window and clearly see it's raining. But even highly-degreed spin doctors inside the beltway will have a hard time making the June jobless report look anything but anemic.

July 13, 2011 | By Albany Herald | Opinion


Supportive soldier softens letdowns

You know those obnoxious people who hold up their hand for a high-five then pull it back at the last minute? In elementary school I had a friend who thought this was the funniest practical joke out there. He'd proudly yell, "Psych!" or "Who's a loser?" like this little stunt made him cool.

July 11, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Gun safety, education paramount

A young life was lost last week and the tragedy could have been avoided. A 14-year-old Hinesville girl and her 16-year-old friend, Ela'na Briona Alisa Poole, who was visiting from the Atlanta area, were tossing around a semiautomatic handgun when the weapon discharged, striking the older girl in the mouth and killing her. The younger teenager said she found the gun in her mother's dresser drawer. She knew enough about firearms to remove the gun's clip, but she did not empty the chamber.

July 11, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


'Victory' is relative to geography

The office of Gov. Nathan Deal called the federal court ruling on Atlanta's access to the waters of Lake Lanier a "total victory" for Georgia.

July 11, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Conserving water is easy, even in summer

"Water, water, everywhere,

July 11, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


I'd rather shoot than run with the bull

It's incredible what one can learn at a breakfast club. Combine a cross section of the community with Droids, Blackberries, iPhones, etc., and there's quite a plethora of entertainment and information to be had.

July 11, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Cheaters deserve to be punished

In a variety show that aired on NBC in the early 1970s, comedian Flip Wilson would step into a woman's dress and bonnet and into the spirited and cheeky fictional character of Geraldine Jones, who invoked this popular comeback whenever caught in a tall tale or in a compromising situation: "The devil made me do it."

July 11, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


Feds must weigh debt-limit options

This is going to be a long, hot summer - and I don't mean the temperature. The debt, deficit and spending fight on Capitol Hill is intense. If the government does not increase the debt limit in August, the United States will default on its bills. The Republicans want Washington to cut its spending to match the revenue (taxes) coming in, and the Democrats want to increase our taxes. Unless the two sides come together with a compromise, our country goes into default.

July 07, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


State parks great, easy on the pizzazz

As far as state parks are concerned, being boring shouldn't always necessarily be seen as a bad thing.

July 07, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


We pay on time, why can't speaker?

I own a vacation home in Dawson County – Big Canoe to be exact. Every year, we get a bill for property taxes and it is paid promptly.

July 06, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


A fundamental, ethical disconnet

I was speaking to a member of the General Assembly last year in the wake of a series of ethics scandals that led to the former speaker of the House resigning, and he said, "We've passed an ethics bill that greatly expands the disclosure of campaign finance and lobbyist spending."

July 06, 2011 | By Todd Rehm Guest columnist | Opinion


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Yes, take Oprah seriously

If Hillary Clinton could deliver a political speech half as effectively as Oprah Winfrey, she might be president today.

January 20, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Humor: More immigrants from Norway

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

January 19, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


More on coming invasion of coast

Editor: There have recently been some interesting events involving the approaching invasion of our coast by seismic testers and oil well drillers.

January 19, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Governor Deal is easing on out

As they near the end of their last term, Georgia's governors usually start running out of gas.

January 18, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Volunteer opportunities abound

We are already two weeks into a new year, so I have to ask you how are those resolutions going? If like many of us ...

January 16, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


What kind of soul does this?

Sometimes there's no news.

January 16, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


The coming invasion of our coast

Editor: There have recently been some interesting events involving the approaching invasion of our coast by seismic testers and oil well drillers.

January 15, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Marsy's Law will help crime victims

When a violent crime occurs in Georgia, the public hears the story of the perpetrator in the local news. However, in the aftermath, victims and ...

January 12, 2018 | By Kay Godwin Guest columnist | Opinion


Midway residents being ignored

Editor: The Nov. 8, 2016, ballot contained a referendum on SPLOST. On the ballot, it stated where the money can be used. The city of ...

January 12, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


County's best is yet to come

Happy New Year, Bryan County. The commissioners, county staff and I hope that you enjoyed your holidays … and the recent snow days as well. While ...

January 11, 2018 | By Carter Infinger Special to the News | Opinion


Funniest jokes of 2017, part 2

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? It's time for a week of the funniest jokes of 2017, our annual Year-in-Review.

January 11, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Our story so far

If you have been reading "The Good Folks of Lennox Valley" since the first installment, I know how you are going to respond to the ...

January 11, 2018 | Kevin Slimp | Opinion


Lots to do, but will lawmakers do it?

If you ask a state legislator, particularly one who's been around for a few terms, what their priorities are for the upcoming session, they ...

January 10, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


A young girl and the Georgia Bulldogs

It was an undeniable blessing when I, a college kid and part-time sports writer, was given the assignment to cover a University of Georgia football ...

January 08, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Opinion


Let your Christmas tree keep living on

Nothing is worse in January than the sad looking Christmas tree awaiting its fate in the new year.

January 08, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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