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There's no debate, this was a great debate

In all the hubbub over the construction of a mosque at Ground Zero in New York City as a reciprocal gesture of friendship to Muslims who have agreed to build the Ali Khamenei Baptist Tabernacle in downtown Tehran, you may have missed the latest debate between Georgia's gubernatorial candidates sponsored by the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in a pool hall in Greater Garfield, Georgia.

September 13, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


State needs innovation

As we close in on November, Georgia's voters are firming up opinions about which Gubernatorial candidate should lead us into the 21st century.

September 08, 2010 | By Tom Greene Guest columnist | Opinion


Jewish New Year is time to reflect

This evening I'll be dipping pieces of apple into honey and wishing my husband and children L'shanah tovah – wishes for a sweet and good year. Later, we'll attend worship services in Savannah and listen to the sound of the shofar (ram's horn) being blown.

September 08, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Staff columnist | Opinion


A rump majority

The frustrations of minority status can drive a political party batty.

September 08, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Enduring spirit of American workers

Labor Day 2010 celebrations will be muted or non-existent for millions of Americans who are unemployed, underemployed or too discouraged to continue the search for work.

September 06, 2010 | By Michael Thurmond Guest columnist | Opinion


States should work together on water

For two decades, Georgia, Alabama and Florida have been battling over future water allocation in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin which straddles their borders. The dispute also involves a number of federal agencies, courts, and mediators. Its outcome is one of the most important issues facing the Southeast.

September 06, 2010 | By Sally Bethea Guest columnist | Opinion


Trip to Beck rally was day of miracles

On Aug. 25, on the Mall in Washington, D.C., around 9:55, I witnessed one of the many miracles that happen on this day 8-28-10. With hundreds of thousands of people as a witness, a flock of geese unafraid flew from the WWII monument down the length of the refection pool and beside the Lincoln Memorial.

September 06, 2010 | By Jennifer Jeffers Guest columnist | Opinion


Old enough to die for country and drink

If you're old enough to fight and die for your country, you're old enough to have a cold beer if you want. And you shouldn't have to worry about getting busted for being underaged.

September 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Step forward to save historic plantation

LeConte-Woodmanston Plantation and Botanical Gardens suffered a serious setback last week when Mary Beth Evans tendered her resignation as the foundation's executive vice president.

September 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Be it ever so humble, no place like Geogia

You can take the boy out of Georgia, but you can't keep him from swelling with pride while he's gone.

September 06, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Plan is to help state transportation needs

A three-year journey came to an end this year as the Georgia State Legislature finally came up with a plan that will address our state's growing transportation needs.

September 01, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Cowboys and Indians

MOULTRIE - Have you ever heard or used the expression, "If I only knew then, what I know now?"

September 01, 2010 | By Dwain Walden Guest columnist | Opinion


Iraq mission is not over yet

TIKRIT, Iraq - Television sets throughout the country are depicting images of American soldiers celebrating the end of combat operations in Iraq. The last combat unit, represented by a convoy of Stryker vehicles, crossed the border into Kuwait as soldiers leave Iraq en route to their awaiting families and friends back home. Now, imagine this television playing in an office, much like any in the United States, cubicles with computers at every desk, and people hard at work. Imagine those people wearing uniforms, with digital camouflage print, and outside the walls of their office building is nothing but sand, heat, and ...

September 01, 2010 | By Capt. Brandy Fargon Guest columnist | Opinion


What do we really know about Obama

There was a time when Barack Obama disavowed his middle name, Hussein. During the 2008 campaign, Obama's aides bristled even at references to him by his initials BHO, so sensitive were they to the offending "H."

September 01, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


A jobs strategy both sides can love

We're nearly three years into the recession – and our economy still shows few signs of life. The Department of Labor just announced that the country shed 131,000 jobs in July. Unemployment now stands at 9.5 percent.

August 30, 2010 | By Douglas E. Schoen 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


The intolerance of the so-called tolerant

I just finished reading an article written by Valerie Tarico on Yahoo. The story was titled "Right-wing Christianity teaches bigotry: The ugly roots of Indiana's new anti-gay law."

April 13, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Opinion


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