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House defeats charter-school amendment

A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state government to set up charter schools at the local level and require local school boards to provide funding for those schools failed to receive the required two-thirds vote of approval in the House of Representatives on Feb. 8.

February 20, 2012 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Living a dog's life sure is good

If you really want to know who loves you the most - your wife or the dog - try this little experiment.

February 20, 2012 | By Vic Waters Guest columnist | Opinion


Training is to keep soldiers safe

I've had a lot of trouble understanding why Fort Stewart continues to train soldiers so intensely for the heavy methods of combat, like tanks, when it's clear most everyone is about to deploy to Afghanistan where those methods are unusable. A tank isn't practical in those mountains, and I've really struggled over why it's so important to keep the guys away from their families to train on something that seems so moot. I understood training for Afghanistan, but sometimes this heavy training seemed obsolete and unnecessary.

February 20, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Who are the president's policy makers?

Today we hear the term "czar" used a lot in government. The people who we call czars actually are policy directors for different segments of the government. Because of their power, the media uses the term czar, which is actually an old title for a Russian ruler and translates from Caesar, which was what Roman rulers were called.

February 16, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


High court rules for transparency

This one should have been a no-brainer. At least the court's 4-3 ruling leaned in the direction of public accountability.

February 16, 2012 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


House busy passing, debating bills

Feb. 10: The 2012 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly continues to move forward with 18 legislative days behind us. After leaving the Capitol on Friday of last week and heading home to our districts, the legislature was back in full swing on Monday. This week the General Assembly was in session for four days. Although we will not be in session on Monday and Tuesday, myself and the majority of my colleagues will be back in Atlanta attending committee meetings and debating legislation.

February 15, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Mall a good place for Midway City Hall

Editor, This is in response to Len Calderone's column titled "Midway budget raises some questions."

February 15, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Lets have signing day for academics

Knock! Knock!

February 15, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Emphasis on trees, recycling this month

In February, we are all about trees at Keep Liberty Beautiful because Georgia's State Arbor Day is always the third Friday of the month

February 14, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Ludowici council changing for better

Editor, I am writing in response to the letter, "Mrs. Goode slams new mayor," in the Jan. 24 edition of the Ludowici News. I also attended the first meeting of the new city council Jan. 17 and would like to give my viewpoint from the audience.

February 14, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


HOPE is to keep 'best, brightest' in state

Since its inception in 1993, the HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) scholarship has awarded more than $6.3 billion to more than 1.4 million Georgia students in what many consider to be the most successful merit based scholarship program in the nation.

February 14, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Standard filing system would help city of Midway

There has been a dispute over water and waste-water rates/usage between the city of Midway and the Liberty County Development Authority since 2008. Although meetings regarding the matter reportedly were held June 4, 2010, and Dec. 3, 2010, the council supposedly didn't learn about what had transpired at the meetings until April 11, 2011.

February 13, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


One-way partnership for schools is over

Unless and until the Georgia Constitution is amended, the era of direct or indirect state control over public K-12 education is over.

February 13, 2012 | By James P. Kelly III and Benjamin Scafidi Guest columnists | Opinion


House defeats charter school amendment; common sense alternative offered

A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state government to set up charter schools at the local level and require local school boards to provide funding for those schools failed to receive the required two-thirds vote in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

February 13, 2012 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Military ball is lovely tradition

Friday night's Raider Brigade Ball was a lot of fun. Was it worth $70 and six very long hours away from my daughter? You'd have to ask me in 10 years when I look back on my first and probably only military ball.

February 13, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


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Learn about the new chamber

As a spouse of a retired U.S. Army veteran, I have traveled the world and in my travels I have achieved many successes.

March 10, 2017 | By Sabrina Newby Guest columnist | Opinion


Legislation targets low-performing schools

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law. Last week, the ...

March 10, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


School board has gotta be kidding with payout

Editor: Either your reporting of the "BoE, superintendent to part ways June 30" had an error or this is another one of those "you gotta ...

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Shaking the money tree

The General Assembly session is more than two-thirds done and on track to adjournment.

March 09, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Crossover Day is benchmark for Georgia legislation

The Georgia General Assembly ended the week on what is known as "Crossover Day." This is the 28th legislative day in which bills that passed ...

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


Great American Cleanup starts on east end

What if a million years ago a caveman finished off a soda and he tossed the glass bottle on the ground on the ground?

March 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Perspective on scholarship programs

A recent opinion piece in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked, "Are vouchers a failure?" Any answer requires examining the best evidence on the topic and placing ...

March 07, 2017 | By Benjamin Scafidi Guest columnist | Opinion


Trump's issues with the press

My feelings are hurt. I'm not on President Donald Trump's list of "enemies of the American people." Here is his exact tweet:

March 07, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Immigrants can be bad for a country

As if on cue, riots broke out in a heavily immigrant suburb of Stockholm as soon as the media mocked President Donald Trump for a ...

March 07, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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