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Pace quickens as session moves on

Monday, Feb. 25 - For the third year in a row, I presented a synthetic-marijuana bill to the Senate. House Bill 57, sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey, R- Peachtree City, already had passed the House and was on the fast tract so that the governor can sign the bill into law and it can become effective immediately. Manufacturers of synthetic marijuana continuously change the chemical make-up of the drug, requiring us to follow suit by adding their most recent formulas to the list of banned substances.

March 06, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


For ethcis reform, party isn't over yet

The Georgia House of Representatives has passed an ethics-reform bill and has sent it on its way to the state Senate for its consideration and action. But don't get out the confetti just yet.

March 06, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Ethics laws, St. Pat's are focus

The 2013 session of the General Assembly continued to push forward toward the finish line with the completion of the 27th day of session. The pace quickens, the days lengthen and pending legislation continues to grow.

March 06, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Lawmaker's bill would requre DNR to notify cities, counties of impending park closures

Friday was the 27th legislative day of the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly.

March 06, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Leveling tax burden is key to future

With what could be an endless series of fiscal crises facing the federal government during the next few months, now is a good time to check where Congress stands in its deficit-reduction efforts. After two years, here's the scorecard: middle-class families and the military, $1.5 trillion in budget cuts and reduced public investments over 10 years; wealthy households, $620 billion in fairer taxes; corporate America, nothing.

March 05, 2013 | By Frank Clemente Guest columnist | Opinion


No right way to do the wrong thing

Imagine a business that oversees massive construction projects but doesn't have to worry about completing them on time or within budget. Hard to believe a company like that could stay in business, right?

March 05, 2013 | By State Rep. Jeff Chapman Guest columnist | Opinion


Lawmaker has park notice bill advance

Friday, March 1, was the 27thlegislative day of the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly. As we close in on the 30th-day "cross-over" deadline for legislation to pass the House of Representatives in time to be considered by the Senate, or vice versa, this year, this has been a busy past week at the committee level. Three bills that I co-sponsored were favorably reported by their respective committees and now await action by the full House.

March 05, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Help recognize attractive places

I am a pretty positive kind of person. At times in my life, I have been called a "Pollyanna" - and I know I date myself a lot mentioning this.

March 04, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Sequestration raises many questions

Why not shut the federal government down? Congress has been shut down for decades now, accomplishing nothing of any real significance in Washington for a very long time, so what would be the big deal? Would anyone really notice?

March 04, 2013 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


Hands off the baby, strangers

I understand babies are adorable, and it's hard to overcome the compulsion to pinch their chubby, pink cheeks and grab their tiny fingers. But for the sake of germ-fearing parents everywhere, I certainly wish people would learn to keep their hands to themselves.

March 04, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Sequester should have been avoided

A pile of automatic spending cuts, commonly known as the sequester, kicked in Friday, and while the impact of the $85 billion in cuts slated for this year won't immediately be felt, the potential for damage to our fragile economy has been done.

March 04, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Government should do more to stop identity theft

Editor, It does no good for the Georgia Department of Driver Services to have a person who is applying for a license or ID card bring in a birth certificate, other identification, address verification and proof of who they are to prevent identify theft, fraud or stolen IDs.

February 28, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Make lawmakers finish their work

Editor, Regarding Sunday's sequestration column - well said, Mr. Mayor.

February 28, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


General Assembly passes mid point

The Georgia General Assembly saw the completion of the 22nd day of the 2013 legislative session, officially crossing through the mid-way point.

February 27, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Teachers make more than money

My recent observations on the lack of respect given public-school teachers in Georgia engendered a lot of responses, but none better than this story sent to me by my friend, David Egan, co-director of the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island and a former educator himself.

February 27, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Responses miss mark on coast

Editor: It was refreshing to see folks responding to my comments about the perils of seismic testing and subsequent drilling for oil off the Georgia ...

February 06, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Let's all hold hands and fight

I love Hinesville. Always have. It's one of those places that sort of gets under your skin after awhile.

February 05, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Is Amazon project worth it?

The push to attract Amazon's second corporate headquarters continues, with no letup.

February 04, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Response to letters on oil exploration

Editor: It was refreshing to see folks responding to my comments about the perils of seismic testing and subsequent drilling for oil off the Georgia ...

February 02, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Marijuana instead of opioids?

Editor: There is an opioid epidemic! At least, that is what the government is telling us. But, the question remains, "Why is there an epidemic?"

February 01, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trump, Clinton and a Texas standoff

HOLLYWOOD - God Bless America, and how's everybody?

February 01, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Another take on Tump's immigrant stance

The world fell on Donald Trump's head - yet again - when he said in a White House meeting that we should be trying to get ...

January 30, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Collect items now for next recycle fair

Did you know that the United States is the No. 1 trash-producing country in the world, generating 1,609 pounds per person per year?

January 30, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Some Zen for this dummy

The way I understand Zen, it boils down to this.

January 29, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Apologies seem to be obscene distortions

Is it me, or has anyone else noticed that when someone is exposed for wrongdoing, the responses all seem similar? No matter whether someone is ...

January 28, 2018 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


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