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Holidays are times to reflect, help others

As the holidays approach each year, we prepare for family visits, big feasts, gift exchanges and begin to reflect on the past year. Georgia has seen a tough year with the fallen financial and housing markets, job reductions and flooding that destroyed many homes, businesses and land. The affects have left many Georgians preparing a little differently this year.

November 28, 2009 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


New tradition makes Thanksgiving special

This is going to be a special Thanksgiving. My great-grandson Cameron Yarbrough and I are going to begin a new family tradition this week by sharing a birthday celebration. He will hit the ripe old age of 1 tomorrow and two days later I will become slightly older than Kennesaw Mountain.

November 25, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hey, Barack, listen to your heart

"Hey, Barack. It's me, your heart. It might be all the White House pickup basketball games or the imminent prospect of nationalizing American health insurance, but I'm feeling better than ever.

November 25, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Speaker should rethink decision to lead Hosue

Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Dallas, tried to kill himself Nov. 8. A few days later, the former Paulding County attorney issued a news release acknowledging the suicide attempt.

November 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Rules chairman plans to restore teacher funds

Attention, National Board Certified teachers in Georgia who got hosed by the state in the last legislative session: I think I have found the guy in the white hat who plans to ride to the rescue. And he is a good one to have on the horse.

November 23, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Water is more precious than oil

My water utility recently increased rates with tiered pricing: if you use more, you pay more. In so doing, San Francisco joined nearly 200 municipalities across the country.

November 23, 2009 | By Erica Gies Columnist | Opinion


Whatever the tone, town hall meetings needed

Years ago, when I was still in Congress, I pulled up one day to address a public meeting in a remote and very rural part of Indiana. The sheriff, a friend of mine, met me outside the small volunteer firehouse where I was to speak. "The Ku Klux Klan is here in full regalia," he told me. "If you'd like, I'll keep them out of your meeting."

November 20, 2009 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Get involved in your children's education

Thursday was a day I believe most educators are eager to recognize. Nov. 19 was National Parent Involvement Day, a time set aside each year to say an extra-special thank you to parents.

November 20, 2009 | By Kathy Cox Special to the Courier | Opinion


Unlock assets to fund infratstructure priorities

As the painful economic downturn forces businesses to become more efficient and refocus on their mission, state government should be no different. Across-the-board budget cuts are reaching diminishing returns. It's time to look seriously at eliminating programs that no longer serve a core government function.

November 18, 2009 | By Kelly McCutchen Columnist | Opinion


Democrats have voter mandate gap

On Nov. 3, the fairy tale died. The election results in Virginia and New Jersey dismantled the self-satisfied, just-so story that Democrats have been telling themselves about last year's election.

November 18, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


American Muslims want it both ways

There are just a few things you can count on in this world: The sun will rise in the east; nobody will ever sing better than Ray Charles and somebody will try to make a martyr out of that piece of camel dung that killed 13 innocent men and women at Fort Hood, Texas.

November 16, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


It was terrorism

The tragedy at Fort Hood last week is almost beyond comprehension. Other than the 9/11 attack or maybe the Oklahoma City bombing, I can't think of a tragedy in my lifetime that just takes your breath away.

November 13, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Columnist | Opinion


Paying the bankers and the bureaucrats

Members of AIG's financial-products unit should take heart. Yes, Obama administration pay czar Kenneth Feinberg is coming down on them with the awesome power of his czardom, dictating that their pay not exceed $200,000 a year. In Wall Street terms, this is so draconian, they might as well be forced to earn whatever they can get by begging on street corners and finding leftover change in pay phones.

November 11, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Old letter still apt tribute to vetrans

My friend Sam Griffin, the retired publisher of the Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, recently shared a letter written to him in 1942 by his father, Capt. Marvin Griffin, later to be governor of Georgia, as he and his men, members of the Georgia National Guard's 101st Coast Artillery/Anti-Aircraft Battalion, were preparing to embark for Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.

November 09, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


It is time to govern flow of political money

There was a time when I believed that the best way to curtail the impact of money flowing into our political system was to monitor it. Make sure that campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures were reported quickly and accurately, I reasoned, and journalists and the American public could determine for themselves what they could tolerate.

November 06, 2009 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


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No question: Answer Man has answers

Hey, boys and girls! What time is it? It's time for Answer Man! The show where we delve into inquiring minds and show you ...

July 22, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Safer to stay away from a convention

You can understand why people were reluctant to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena this week, or for that matter ...

July 21, 2016 | Tom Crawford The Georgia Report | Opinion


Baton Rouge police shooting needs to unite us all

Last Tuesday, I attended a prayer vigil in Long County that was called by Sheriff Craig Nobles and held at the courthouse in Ludowici.

July 20, 2016 | By Mike Riddle | Opinion


So now she's "Teflon' Hillary

Editor,

July 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Oh to be able to say 'I don't want to'

As the years of Mama's life grew into the long shadows of age, she managed to squeeze every bit of good out of growing ...

July 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Fighting litter improves communities

We do a litter scan around Liberty County every June, rating 240 sites of 1 or more miles.

July 19, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Tree recycling should be year-round

Editor, To recycle or not to recycle, is that the question?

July 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Soulmate memories haunt Claire Paletta

Loneliness lasts. It never completely goes away. It is the one emotion that seems to make its way into the hearts of almost every man ...

July 18, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Clarkston is going down a grassy slope

When Mayor Ted Terry talks about the recent decision by him and the Clarkston City Council to dramatically reduce the penalty for the possession of ...

July 15, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Time to lower rhetoric, start healing

Have we gone totally, completely insane? It is not bad enough that the specter of Islamic terrorism hangs over us like a toxic cloud. Now ...

July 14, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Board pick weighs in on controversy

Editor,

July 14, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Father says son mistreated at jail

Editor, Has the Liberty County Jail turned into Andersonville Prison?

July 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Desperation holler in E. Kentucky

The despair in their eyes haunts me still. The dullness of emotion, the deadness of spirit shall remain forever embedded in my memory.

July 12, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Anyone know about lost school near Midway

Editor, We've been hearing bits and pieces lately about Moose Hill School formerly located in or near Midway.

July 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Conserve precious water

Nothing is more satisfying than a cold glass of water when it is hot, like it has been in recent days. But what if you ...

July 11, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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