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Vote no on Opportunity School District

In November, voters will decide whether the Georgia Constitution should be amended to allow Gov. Nathan Deal to create the Opportunity School District, or OSD. This proposed state takeover of struggling, high-poverty schools uses scores from the College and Career Ready Performance Index, or CCRPI, to justify the power grab. The CCRPI derives its scores primarily from student performance on standardized tests. If you've kept abreast of the issue, you know that standardized testing in Georgia has earned low marks for reliability. We also know that low test scores are, more than anything, a direct reflection of poverty in ...

July 09, 2016 | By Dr. Alleen Magill Guest columnist | Opinion


Supreme Court sends a message

More than four decades have passed since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortions legal, but the pro-life movement is still trying to find a way to reverse that.

July 08, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Helen Walker loves to scream 'bingo!'

With the news surrounding Sarah Hyden-Smith, first female pastor in Lennox Valley, and Raymond Cooper's conversion at the Lutheran church, one might think the other churches on the town square took a back seat during the summer of 1998. But the good Lord works in mysterious ways, and during the summer of '98, it was truer in the Valley than in most places.

July 07, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


As nation turns 240, prayer is much needed

On Monday, our country celebrated her 240th birthday. With all of the celebrations, many groups sang "God Bless America."

July 06, 2016 | By Mike Riddle | Opinion


We can brag about our state parks

I am late getting to this subject with summer whizzing along, but not so much so that we can't still squeeze it in the state of Georgia's brag book, along with Vidalia onions, St. Simons sunsets, rainbow trout and Ray Charles Robinson. I am talking about our state parks.

July 06, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Support urged for surviving military spouses

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July 01, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Reader states case against gun-free zones

Editor,

June 30, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


2 Ga. senators give politics a good name

This is a bit weird. I find myself in the position of having to defend politicians. Well, not all of them, just the good ones.

June 30, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Maybe David Shafer should run for president

As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their national nominating conventions next month, it's clear that this has become one of the strangest - and most entertaining - presidential campaigns since at least 1912.

June 29, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Cigarette litter is not 'pleasing'

Cigarette litter is ugly but, more than that, it is nasty and unhealthy.

June 28, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Celebrate the Fourth safely and legally

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, the Hinesville Fire Department wants to remind the public that while fireworks can be fun, they can also be quite dangerous. Be sure to follow these important safety measures:

June 28, 2016 | By Kristian M. Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion


Truth shall set radio show host, candidate free

The ladies in Caroline's Beauty Salon were on pins and needles after hearing Raymond Cooper, host of the daily radio talk show, "Renderings with Raymond," utter the chilling words, "I have the biggest news flash in Lennox Valley history," just after Vera Penrod announced that Elbert Lee Jones and Marvin Walsh were scurrying into the radio station across the street.

June 27, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Honoring the greatest of all time

On Friday, June 10, I had the distinct honor of attending the public memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali. I was accompanied by life long friends Quinton Lewis, Jackie Scott and Marc Anderson. The trip began on a whim, and somewhat a response to a dare. Ali died June 3, and the following day, after attending the funeral of a family friend, I casually mentioned that once the funeral arrangements were made, that we should go. Accepting my dare, the guys said yes.

June 27, 2016 | By Gary Gilliard Guest columnist | Opinion


Georgia can learn something from Louisiana

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana.

June 24, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Daddy's ugly shed will stay with me

Behind the little house in which I spent a happy childhood - where I toted books from one room to another, where I knelt by my bed nightly to pray, where homemade biscuits buttered and sprinkled with sugar were a favorite treat - is a little shed that, to the outside world, is noted for its ugliness.

June 22, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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Seeing red flags

There is a really good reason to support Senate confirmation of Rex Tillerson to be President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state: Tony Perkins opposes ...

December 29, 2016 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Christ still found in Christmas

Wow! I hadn't noticed, how much things had changed during Christmas, until Friday night after a drive in Ludowici, where I live. Boy, was ...

December 28, 2016 | Carolyn Leonard | Opinion


Christmas isn't over until tree is mulched

Merry Christmas to all! If you are feeling a little down already because you think the holiday is drawing to an end, rejoice. The Twelve ...

December 27, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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