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Senate passes two bills carried over from 2011

Day 1 (Jan. 9): As the second year of our two-year term began, we welcomed two new senators to the Senate. Sen. Mike Crane from Newnan and Sen. John Wilkinson from Toccoa were elected in special elections.

January 18, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


2012 General Assembly gets rolling

The Georgia General Assembly officially has completed its first full week of the 2012 legislative session. The first of the 40 legislative days began Jan. 9.

January 18, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


State's top educator sees teachers as 'life-changers'

State School Superintendent John Barge knows what teachers can do, given the opportunity.

January 18, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Forest Gump takes on Mayan calendar

In the movie "Forrest Gump," Gump and his friend Jenny were at the old house where she grew up and where she was molested by her drunken father. She became angry and began throwing rocks at the house. Then she just sat down on the ground and started crying.

January 17, 2012 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Rich county, poor county

Editor, Much is being made of the TSPLOST vote in 2012, and rightfully so. Georgia's Coastal Region most likely will generate $119 million per year in total tax collections with 25 percent "guaranteed" to be returned immediately to the counties within the region and 75 percent of the collections being sent directly to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

January 17, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Debate over Bible is nothing new

Editor, I have read with some interest the ongoing commentary in Sound off concerning the King James Bible. July 2011 marked the 400th anniversary of this translation of the Bible. There is no doubt that it is the bestselling book in the English language. Its lyrical beauty - especially in Psalms - is without equal. It is much-loved.

January 17, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


State energy sales tax has hidden costs

Georgians have made it clear that attracting and retaining jobs should be the No. 1 priority of every elected official. Removing this tax as an impediment to job growth and creation is a great first step.

January 16, 2012 | By Chuck Eaton Special to the Courier | Opinion


Ring in the year with recycling resolutions

Ring in the New Year right by recycling your old phonebooks and those gazillion sales catalogs that you received during the holiday season.

January 16, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Drug-testing legislation could get interesting

If it gets a serious hearing in the state legislative session, a bill filed by a Democratic state legislator in the Republican-dominated Georgia General Assembly could have some interesting implications for the state's open-records laws.

January 16, 2012 | By Marrietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Stand behind a new type of green

Being married to an Army soldier, I see a lot of green. No, I'm not talking about money (obviously). It's the endless laundry piles of green camouflaged uniforms with their pungent smells and specific washing and drying instructions. During the past few years, however, there has been a rise in popularity in yet another type of green. Once again, I'm not talking about cash. As far back as I can remember that's always been popular.

January 16, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Legislature opens with prayer convocation

On Sunday, Jan. 8, the afternoon prior to the first day of the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly, I was honored to preside over the second annual Eugene C. Tillman Sr. Memorial Prayer Convocation at the Capitol.

January 16, 2012 | State Rep. Al Williams | Opinion


Obama's plan is not exactly a secret

Is it possible to have a dictator in the United States? It doesn't seem possible, but it can happen, just like it did in Venezuela when Hugo Chavez took the presidency in 1999 with a socialist agenda. He established class resentment, taking from the rich and giving free services to the "poor."

January 11, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Job report underlies need for policy

The December jobs report issued last week by the Department of Labor found that the nation added 200,000 jobs in the last month of the year and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 8.5 percent. This marks the 35th consecutive month in which the unemployment rate remained higher than 8 percent, the benchmark set by President Obama while campaigning for his failed stimulus package.

January 11, 2012 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Bowl proved phrases don't go out of style

The folks at Lake Superior State University in Michigan just released their recommendation for words and phrases that should be erased from our vocabulary in its annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.

January 11, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Postal cuts would hurt service, hike unemployment

Editor, The postal service is closing the Savannah plant and distribution facility, and eventually there will be no more United States Postal Service.

January 11, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


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‘Act green’ over summer to keep Liberty beautiful

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World’s greatest preacher retiring

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