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Youth beauty pageants should be banned

She has long blond hair that flows in curls over her shoulders. Her bright blue eyes sparkle under the lights. She flutters her long, dark lashes as she cocks her head to one side in a flirtatious, come-hither manner. Her bow-shaped lips are a beautiful, rich cherry red. Her baby blue sequined dress flows to the floor, settling around patent leather Mary Jane shoes. She is only 6 years old.

June 16, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

Fire responders did great job

Editor, It is 5 a.m. and I have had the luxury of four hours of sleep. As I look out my window, I see smoke all around my neighborhood and the reality of the past 14 hours fills my thoughts. I keep thinking of two small words - thank you. I'm sure residents of Smiley Cross, Wilderness and Jake Lucas roads and all other affected areas also are repeating those words.

June 16, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Thanks to all who worked BRAG

Editor, Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) came to Liberty County on Friday, June 10 and headed out Saturday, June 11. The 1,200 cyclists who had been riding across the state all week stayed at Snelson-Golden Middle School, camping out across the grounds and inside the school itself.

June 16, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Leroy, Louise may already be winners

When I heard Newt Gingrich's campaign staff had resigned, I called the premier political analyst in the country to get the low-down on what really happened. That would be Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Co., located in Greater Garfield, Ga.

June 15, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

From the mouths of constituents

Every year after the legislative session ends, I send out a newsletter to constituents reporting on the activities of our session and asking for feedback on issues important to them.

June 15, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion

A good place to begin tax reform

If the issue of major tax reform, which stalled in the recent session of the Georgia General Assembly, isn't taken up in a special session, it will almost certainly resurface in 2012. Before lawmakers go back to spectacularly bad ideas like reimposing the state sales tax on food, they might want to make major adjustments to a loophole through which tens of millions are pouring out of Georgia's coffers, and for the benefit of a select few.

June 15, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion

If only Custer had hired such trackers

Yep, this is about Bigfoot again. Please bear with me.

June 13, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion

All generations should be patriotic

Like most people in their 20s, I often forget how much I have to learn. Self-absorption and arrogance pollute my generation and prevent many of us from seeing anything beyond ourselves.

June 13, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion

Preparing for storms now saves time later

It's summertime and the livin' is easy - that is until a tropical storm or hurricane starts bearing down on the East Coast. And if an evacuation is called, the living can get panicky and chaotic.

June 13, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Rail faces hurdles in funding, habits

There are several things standing in the way of Georgia's development of high-speed rail service and other transportation alternatives, but two are perhaps the most obvious.

June 13, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion

Who will oversee the overseers?

Oversight is one of Congress' most important functions. When there is a major blunder - the federal regulatory lapses that led to the BP oil spell being a good example - it can often be traced to a lack of congressional oversight. At its most basic level, oversight insures that federal agencies are doing their jobs efficiently and well.

June 13, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion

Presidential candidate must hit books

Study up, Mr. Cain

June 13, 2011 | By Reid Wilborn Guest columnist | Opinion

Prescription for healthier planet

Medicines play an important role in treating certain conditions and diseases, but they should be taken with care and disposed of with care. Unused portions of these medicines must be disposed of properly to avoid harm to wildlife, pets and people.

June 13, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion

Plan, funding needed for music hall

There's an old adage that "possession is nine-tenths of the law." And as far as Athens-Clarke County is concerned, news that the Georgia Music Hall of Fame's collection of memorabilia (or at least that portion of the collection that won't be returned to the almost-shuttered Macon facility's donors) is coming to the University of Georgia could make possession "nine-tenths of a local attraction."

June 08, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion

Don't sacrifice services to protect illegals

We are being invaded. Not by a foreign country or aliens from another world, but by people who want free education, free health care and jobs - with a few potential terrorists and drug smugglers thrown in.

June 08, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

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No SPLOST until debt service gone

Editor: Are you for or against SPLOST? I suggested in a previous letter to the editor that the county commissioners remove the debt service from ...

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Work needed to make Liberty beautiful

Editor: I read, with interest, two articles in Sunday's Courier and would like to give my views on both. The front page article entitled ...

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