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Changing consumer protection is bad idea

Editor: Senators Isakson and Perdue have proposed a bill for turning control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) over to Congressional oversight rather than leave it as an independent federal agency. The bill is titled, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Accountability Act of 2017.

March 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Deconstruct the administrative state

Steve Bannon blew a dog whistle for constitutional conservatives when he spoke of "deconstructing the administrative state" at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

March 12, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Muckraking is tradition in America

OK, OK, OK, you say. Enough already. We in the media have made our point. In fact, we have made it ad nauseum. We are alarmed over Donald Trump's vicious descriptions of us. Besides, our precious little feelings are hurt. According to our current president, we are "dishonest." He also implies we are in cahoots with terrorists when we refuse to report on their violence. We are particularly all atwitter over his declaring us "enemy of the American people."

March 11, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Darts and daisies, daisies and darts

At my first paper some 20 years ago there was a middle-aged, bespectacled and be-permed teacher named Ginger something-or-the other who regularly wrote a column called "Darts and Daisies."

March 11, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


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 Georgia House of Representatives passed HB 338 by a vote of 138-37. That is a margin of roughly 73 percent. (You might want to double-check my figures. I am, after all, a product of the public education system in Georgia.) The measure got strong bipartisan support, including Democratic House Minority Leader Stacy Abrams.

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 be kidding me" moments.

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 the Senate and the House "crossover" to the other chamber for consideration before becoming law. There were many bills that passed the Senate on a wide variety of issues ranging from education to healthcare.

March 09, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | 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 research results into a reasonable policy context.

March 07, 2017 | By Benjamin Scafidi Guest columnist | 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


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 vague warning about immigration-related problems in Sweden.

March 07, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Great American Cleanup starts here in March

The 2017 Great American Cleanup kicks off in March in Liberty County! Keep America Beautiful launches the 19th annual Great American Cleanup this spring. The Great American Cleanup is the country's largest community improvement program. It engages more than 4 million volunteers in more than 20,000 communities. Counting you this spring, it will be 4,000,001.

February 28, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Casino gambling will have negative impact

Casino owners are betting on Georgia, and their lobbyists are doubling-down on policy makers across the state. Before we go all-in on their gold-plated plans, let's count the costs you may not hear that much about.

February 27, 2017 | By Tim Echols Guest columnist | Opinion


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Things to remember from past Septembers

As September makes its annual appearance my thoughts go to two events .

September 03, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Columnist | Opinion


Tough situation for Long County Board of Education

Benjamin Franklin wrote "in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

September 03, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Managing Editor | Opinion


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