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Relationships: A resolution with a purpose

Many people are welcoming 2011 with hope and optimism by taking on New Year's resolutions to improve the quality of their lives. Our society has put a lot of emphasis on New Year's - new beginnings and starts, makeovers, new relationships, new cars, habits, weight loss, optimism, achievement and other initiatives for self-improvement. Between 40 and 45 percent of all Americans set New Year's resolutions, but statistically only 8 percent succeed. Maybe that's because people overlook the best resolutions, which focus on improving the quality of our existing relationships.

January 10, 2011 | By John Scherer Columnist | Opinion


Don't leave society out of school evaluations

Oh great. Now, the Obama administration is getting involved in public education in Georgia. That's all we need. The deft touch of an inept federal government.

January 10, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Dispose of old phone books the right way

I love the first of the year. It is fresh. It is a really good time to throw out the old and bring in the new. Phone books are a good place to start. The new ones should be here in a few days and the old ones must look pretty raggedy by now. It is time to give that old book the boot and make room for a new book in your life. But don't just toss them in the trash. Turn your phone books in so they can be recycled.

January 10, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Jan. 10 is a big day for Georgia

On Jan. 10, Nathan Deal will be sworn in as the 82nd governor of Georgia.

January 05, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


We must account for the rule of Sebelius

The text of ObamaCare is dry and legalistic, except when it summons the majesty of the King James Bible to intone imperiously, "the secretary shall ..."

January 05, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight: Don't smoke 'em

January 03, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Goodbye to 2010, hello to good friends

Good grief! I haven't gotten used to writing 2010 yet and 2011 is here.

January 03, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Deal seems to be preparing for the tough days ahead

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal has surveyed the state government's bleak financial outlook and declared that layoffs of state employees will be part of the answer to closing a nearly $2 billion hole in next year's budget.

January 03, 2011 | Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Don't mess with New Year's traditions

"Do you have your pot of 'hoppin' john' cooking?"

January 03, 2011 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion


This is the year to get into volunteering

Do you have room to add one more New Year's Resolution to your list? I have a really good one for you. Set a goal this year to volunteer! There are many good reasons to do so. You can help others and make our community a better place. However, you may not realize how good volunteering is for you, too!

January 03, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Ring in New Year’s financial resolutions

Now that 2011 is almost here, you may want to make some New Year's resolutions. Planning to volunteer? Go to the gym more often? Learn a new language? All worthy ambitions, of course, but this year, why not add some financial resolutions as well?

December 30, 2010 | Matt Cardella | Opinion


President Obama had a Mitterrand moment

In 1981, Francois Mitterrand swept to power in France in a watershed election. He united the left and fired the imagination of the country's youth, who danced in the streets on election night in a frenzy of revolutionary anticipation.

December 29, 2010 | Rich Lowry | Opinion


Baby steps in ethics reform

Whether the old Legislature's new legislation is a significant improvement in Georgia ethics law or mere political cosmetics depends on whom you ask.

December 29, 2010 | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Here's to all the winning teams

My days of being a football widow are numbered. The bowl game season is upon us and the Super Bowl is right around the corner.

December 29, 2010 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


People who care needed for LeConte board

I gave up the right to whine when I resigned my position as executive director of the LeConte-Woodmanston Foundation in October. Citing health and personal reasons, I knew I could not continue on at the pace of the past three years. So much work to do and so few laborers.

December 27, 2010 | Mary Beth Evans Guest columnist | Opinion


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Beloved legacy of Don Light

Many people have crossed the path of my life, but only one crossed it from three different directions. Don Light, one of Nashville's most admired powerbrokers and star-makers, was meant to be part of my life. I said this repeatedly because I encountered him through friends in country music, Southern gospel and NASCAR racing.

April 22, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


When a man finds his destiny

Sometimes a man, despite his best efforts, doesn't find his destiny. Try as he might, down through the earnest years of his life, he chases it and even can believe he has it, only to awaken one morning and discover he doesn't - that what he has is an illusion, a mirage that he tried to turn into reality.

April 21, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Legislator gives view of 2015 session

The activity surrounding each legislative session is always a combination of fast action with periods of slow-moving, tedious meetings as legislation is researched, deliberated and reconciled before the actual vote. This session was no different, and each day was used to the fullest as we set our sights on tackling some tough issues for the betterment of our state. The following is a summary of some of the major accomplishments and most-significant legislation passed this session.

April 20, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Celebration is education disguised as fun

On Wednesday, Liberty County residents will join millions of people around the world in celebrating the Earth on Earth Day.

April 20, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Pipeline would be trouble for coast

There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.

April 17, 2015 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Step forward: Lessons from 2015 session

Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.

April 16, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion


Good people still do good things

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hits and misses of legislative session

As expected, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia's legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.

April 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Rumors: Faster than speed of death

Carrie called the other day, and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk. No conversation with Carrie is ever short. Even her voicemails run three to four minutes.

April 14, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Keep storm drains clear

I would love a good, old-fashioned rain - or, as we used to call it, gully washer - this week.

April 14, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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