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Trump has created his own chaos

Let's take the good with the bad about Donald Trump: On the positive side, he has rendered useless those clocks the news networks like to put up as part of their screen clutter. They count down the seconds till some major event occurs, days or even weeks away. But even when President Trump declares when he's going to announce some big decision, that can change the moment he needs to deflect attention from a mess. In other words, his schedule is no schedule.

February 11, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


China would win trade war with U.S.

During his election campaign, President Donald Trump threatened to impose 35 to 45 percent tariffs on Chinese imports to force China into renegotiating its trade balance with the U.S. The immediate result of that would be a fierce trade war that America would almost certainly lose.

February 10, 2017 | By Prof. Winter Nie Guest columnist | Opinion


A.J.'s absence piques newswoman's curiosity

A week had gone by since A.J. Fryerson's letter to the editor concerning Buford Levitt's new gas pumps was published in the Lennox Valley Hometown News. In summary, he said the pumps were cheating the hard-working folks of the Valley.

February 10, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Will Trump sour on Georgia?

For a couple of months, Georgia was probably one of Donald Trump's favorite states.

February 10, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Advice for a journey's beginning

Please allow me a bit of a preamble: Nicholas Sanford Wansley is grandson Number Three chronologically and - pardon a grandfather's pride - a high achiever. After graduation from the University of Georgia, he entered the teaching profession like his dad. Also like his dad, he is a high school science teacher - he teaches International Baccalaureate Physics - and is a cross country coach. This year, his girls' cross country team at South Forsyth High School won the Class 7-A state championship. Nick is scheduled to receive his doctorate at the end of this year. His dad, incidentally, also has a PhD ...

February 09, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Bill would allow medical marijuana for autism

Serving as a state senator is rewarding because I am engaged in the intricate legislative process that often affects and improves the lives of people in our community. When we reconvened this week, we addressed legislation that I believe would be good for individuals in our district.

February 09, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tree give-away for Arbor Day

This month is all about trees. Well, that is not exactly true. We are also all about recycling electronics and household goods and shredding records, too.

February 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Words of thanks seem inadequate

Editor, When the worst disaster in the history of Turner County struck on the afternoon of Jan. 22, the immediate response was beyond anything we ever imagined. Every county surrounding us that was not hit, sent emergency crews. Police, Sheriff and the various EMS responded. The linemen who came were simply amazing.

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


No one has right to enter our country

Editor: For the life of me, I can't figure out the mentality of the protests going on. We finally get a president who wants to protect us and people are complaining. Don't these people want to be safe? Don't they want an atmosphere where illegal aliens are not taking their jobs, or Silicon Valley is not hiring foreigners over Americans?

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why ask a question like that, Courier?

Editor: Why ask a question like that?

February 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Former cop supports fair wage; not SPLOST

Editor: Since my letter to the editor, "Tax For Cop Salaries Doesn't Work For Him," in the Jan. 29 edition of the Courier, I have received several communications from folks thinking I am not in support of a fair wage for police officers.

February 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


A.J.'s enemy list just keeps getting longer

Yes, A.J. Fryerson complained about everything, and the number of folks on his "bad list" increased by the week.

February 05, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Obama's legacy is mostly symbolic

The work of unraveling President Barack Obama's legacy is underway, but even if the Trump administration and a Republican Congress reverse every last law and regulation, they won't be able to touch the core of it.

February 05, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


In praise of bi-vocational preachers

In the months before we married, I sought to show Tink the Southern mountains of my raising.

February 04, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump's odds of staying in office

His "America First, America First, America First" inaugural address is seen by many as divisive, particularly those who are miserable that Donald Trump is actually president of the United States.

February 04, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


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House winds down 2017 Legistuave session

With the last day of the 2017 legislative session on March 30, we spent this past week passing several bills that will improve the lives ...

March 30, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Three cleanups set for Saturday

Enthusiastic middle school students joined in the Great American Cleanup on Thursday last week. Midway Middle School Green Team members and science class students volunteered ...

March 27, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Many flaws in shore protection bill

Regarding propose amendments to Georgia's Shore Protection Act that were recently tabled by the General Assembly Senate, further details merit consideration.

March 27, 2017 | By David Kyler Guest columnist | Opinion


The worst argument for Trumpcare

Of all the arguments to make for repealing and replacing Obamacare, the very worst is that people don't need health insurance.

March 26, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


GOP deadling with national illness

Many Republican leaders are leery about having their name attached to the GOP's replacement for Obamacare, a health care overhaul they have demonized since ...

March 25, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Depend on the one who can help

March Madness is in full swing. Today begins "The Sweet Sixteen." That means that the final 16 teams in the NCAA basketball tournament are playing ...

March 24, 2017 | By Pastor Brad Butler Pembroke First Baptist Church | Opinion


Being Dick Yarbrough isn't easy, folks

I regret I won't have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump's shoelaces ...

March 23, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Senate considers bills, ready to tackle state budget

The Senate spent Days 32-35 of the 2017 legislative session considering bills that passed the House of Representatives.

March 23, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Volunteers do more than pick up trash

We are continuing to participate in the 19th annual Great American Cleanup in Liberty County.

March 21, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


The president's smokescreens

It's early in his presidency, but already Donald Trump has faced one controversy after another. None has been more perilous to him than the ...

March 21, 2017 | By Bob Franken | Opinion


Enforcing immigration laws is necessary

Editor: News stories from all over the nation are now focused on the fact that President Trump's immigration enforcement is causing problems for illegal ...

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


More random thoughts on random subjects

After almost two decades of doing this, you think I would have figured out by now what pushes your hot button. For example, I wrote ...

March 17, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Middlebury College's yowling mob

At Middlebury College earlier this month, Charles Murray needed a safe space - literally.

March 16, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Despite the weather, it’s Sunshine Week

March 12-18 is Sunshine Week. Launched in 2005, the initiative promotes open government and pushes back against "excessive official secrecy."

March 16, 2017 | Benta Dodd Georgia Public Policy Institute | Opinion


Why would Ralston run?

David Ralston is now being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018, which leads to an obvious question.

March 16, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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