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Unions have outlived usefulness

Are unions obsolete? When the unions first organized in the 1880s, working conditions were not much better than slavery, with low wages, unsafe workplaces and unhealthy circumstances.

October 27, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Cut farm subsidies to save

The U.S. Senate is getting it right. In an effort to lower the nation's costs and debt, it is eliminating farm subsidies for those with adjusted gross annual incomes that exceed $1 million.

October 27, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


'Lock 'em all up' hasn't worked

Georgia's prison population has grown 35 percent during the past decade and is projected to continue growing during the next five years. Public safety is bolstered when offenders who are violent, dangerous or career criminals are put behind bars, but too often lower-level offenders emerge from prison as more hardened criminals.

October 27, 2011 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Occupy Atlanta protesters are unbearable

News bulletin: The state Department of Natural Resources is reporting that black bears in North Georgia seem to be migrating toward the Atlanta area.

October 26, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight: Big banks' new fees fair?

October 25, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Problem is a 'call to action'

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For too many families, awareness of behind-closed-doors abuse is not an issue; they are all too intimately aware of violence at the hands of family members, spouses or intimate partners. They know its pain, its fear, its humiliation and the irrational shame victims often feel. For too many others, it's somebody else's business and somebody else's problem. …

October 24, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Cut pollution, don't feed storm drains

Keep Liberty Beautiful will complete the sixth annual Rivers Alive events this week.

October 24, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


'Fair tax' actually not fair at all

Editor, I worked hard and saved all that I could during my working years. If something needed done and I could do, it I did - from reroofing the house to replacing the brakes on my vehicles. I already have paid income taxes on the money that I've saved, but the fair tax people would have me pay "income" tax on it again if I buy a new set of golf clubs or a boat or anything else. There is nothing fair about that.

October 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Businesses have to pay sales tax, too

Editor, I want to offer a clarification to a statement made by Len Calderone in his column in Wednesday's Coastal Courier on changing the tax code. He favors wiping out the entire income tax code and replacing it with a "consumption tax" or sales tax. He mistakenly states halfway through his commentary that, "Others believe that business owners could make personal purchases and avoid the tax because businesses would be exempt. Businesses are exempt from state sales taxes even now, but they have to prove that what is purchased is for company-only use."

October 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Help to ensure all families enjoy holidays

With the holidays fast approaching, many community members are focusing on hosting and attending parties, buying presents and looking forward to family get-togethers. What many people don't realize is that there are others in our community who worry constantly about how to survive from one month to the next - never mind planning for the upcoming holiday season. That's where our local United Way comes in.

October 24, 2011 | By Kathryn Fox Guest columnist | Opinion


Trading up to parenthood

For the last few nights I've been sleeping like a baby. That's right, I'm up every hour or two, either eating, using the bathroom or just restless for no apparent reason. Who thought "like a baby" was a good way to describe deep sleep, anyway? That's more like sleeping "like a teenager" if you ask me.

October 24, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Global pecan demand good for Georgia

It appears that overseas markets are learning about a good thing - pecans.

October 20, 2011 | By Albany Herald | Opinion


Change the income tax code

U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said, "The federal tax code, with its 44,000 pages, 5.5 million words and 721 different forms, is a patchwork maze of complexity and a testament to confusion over common sense."

October 20, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Health insurance now manadatory, or is it?

National healthcare, ObamaCare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – whatever you refer to it as – the historic legislation passed by Congress in 2010 revolutionizing the American health care system is now law.

October 20, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


It's not government schools, it's stupid government

To quote the Church Lady on Saturday Night Live, "Well, isn't that special?" State School Superintendent John Barge and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., have asked U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a waiver of the controversial No Child Left Behind law and, instead, to measure school performance on a broader basis, consisting of scores on a Criterion-Referenced Competency Test along with other factors in a "performance index."

October 19, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Tempers flare as prayers become personal

The excitement in the Valley was palpable that Tuesday evening as the good folks made their way to the fellowship hall of the Methodist Church ...

September 13, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Little house that raised a Southern columnist

The little house in which I was privileged to be raised, the same one I wrote of recently, needed its annual deep cleaning. This involves ...

September 12, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Life can be beachy on pretty barrier island

Life can be pretty beachy here in Liberty County! One of the prettiest barrier islands on Georgia's coast is right here for us to ...

September 12, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Kaepernick’s stand on flag is wrong

Well, the NFL football season is a week away. Usually at this time of year, NFL fans are being treated to an abundance of coverage ...

September 09, 2016 | By Mike Riddle Guest Columnist | Opinion


Saluting some of Georgia’s unsung heroes

I spoke recently to the Peace Officers' Association of Georgia at their annual conference in Savannah and was privileged to witness a group of dedicated ...

September 09, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Be careful about who you want to send packing

It's a long-established political truism that a presidential race doesn't really start until after Labor Day.

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


For and against SPLOST

Editor:

September 08, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Time to crack down on anonymous companies

The threat from the misuse of anonymous shell companies is real, and routine. Criminals use them to scam consumers, defraud the government, and launder money.

September 07, 2016 | Frank Knapp Guest Columnist | Opinion


Report: 30 percent of adult Georgian’s considered obese

There is a troubling, but not surprising, report out, "State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America," by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that ...

September 07, 2016 | Macon Telegraph Guest editorial | Opinion


Gen. Cooper gets help from Private Ryan

Undoubtedly, the two chief forms of entertainment in my hometown in 1998 were politics and church, in no particular order. If we wanted to bowl ...

September 06, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


It's our turn

Editor:

September 06, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


The two Bibles that sit untouched on the mantle

It was with remarkable bravery that Daddy plunked down $1,000 of hard earned, long saved money in 1956 to buy a few acres of ...

September 06, 2016 | Rhonda Rich Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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