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A look back at 2011 General Assembly

It was a successful 2011 legislative session for my colleagues and me at the Georgia General Assembly. We accomplished many items on our agenda for this year, and some will be worked on and tackled during the next legislative session.

April 27, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Plenty to do in next session

About the best possible outcome from the latest session of the Georgia General Assembly was that lawmakers would, for another year, find ways to keep the state treading water until better times take firm root.

April 27, 2011 | By Atlanta Journal Constitution | Opinion


Still time to volunteer for clean up

I need to get out my calculator. We are halfway through our annual Great American Cleanup effort, which runs through May 31. Keep Liberty Beautiful documents participation at all roadside and citywide cleanup events, campus cleanups, Adopt Liberty Cleanups, education- and public-awareness efforts, recycling events, neighborhood projects and beautification projects because I begin to lose track in my head at about this point in the "season."

April 25, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Highway program shortchanges Georgia

Under the laws governing the federal highway program, the federal fuel taxes paid into the trust fund by motorists (18.3 cents per gallon) and truckers are returned to the states by a series of mathematical formulas that attempt to match the scope and usage of each state's surface-transportation system with payments received from the trust fund. These formulas, however, embody a number of serious flaws that cause many states (called donors) to consistently receive shares that are less than they pay in, while others (called donees) consistently receive more.

April 25, 2011 | By Dr. Ron Utt Special to the Courier | Opinion


AG fighting for transparency in government

San Olens, Georgia's new attorney general, has hit the ground running and he's making great strides in the matter of transparency in government.

April 25, 2011 | By Americus Times-Record | Opinion


American way of life coming apart at seams

The size of government threatens the American way of life as we know it. The solution is straightforward - cut government. A vibrant grass-roots movement insists that it happen, and Washington is lousy with rival plans for how to go about it.

April 25, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Dreams don't focus on impending birth

I was sitting in the backseat of my car with a lifelong friend, waiting for my husband to finish his quick trip inside the store. My small Iowa hometown looked just like it always had, no stoplights and no traffic.

April 25, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


A real favor of high school students

As its unanimous vote tends to reflect, the state school board was right in deciding to phase out administration of the Georgia High School Graduation Test, a battery of exams in English, math, science and social studies that includes a writing assessment.

April 25, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Ever had a mayonnaise sandwich?

It seems a consensus of my breakfast club that we have too many television channels. Metaphorically speaking, producers are struggling to find something to put between two slices of bread. In others words, they are giving us mayonnaise sandwiches.

April 25, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Funding to bring opportunity to rural Georgia

Last week U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a long-anticipated round of funding, designed to spur economic development in rural areas while providing a much needed upgrade to dated electric transmission infrastructure.

April 25, 2011 | By Johnathan Hladik Guest columnist | Opinion


It's time to wake federal government up

That's just like the federal government – instead of assigning blame, instead of acknowledging that there is really such a thing as intentionally underperforming individuals, it overlooks the obvious. These slackers, people who don't do their jobs because they don't want to and feel they don't have to, are often fodder for deep analysis that often has citizens of this nation wondering if they and their government are from the same planet.

April 25, 2011 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


House adjourns sine die

Sine die! It is now official, the Georgia General Assembly has completed the 2011 legislative session. The session began on Jan. 10 with an icy snow storm that blanketed much of our state, including the Capitol. However, that did not deter the members of the legislature from doing their job and serving on your behalf. Forty legislative session days later, the adjournment of the 2011 session ended at around 11:40 p.m. April 14.

April 20, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Recognizing the session's servants

Ladies and gentlemen, the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield is pleased to recognize members of the 2011 General Assembly who gave so much so that we could get so little. Please hold your applause until all our honorees have been recognized. Otherwise, we could be here until the Legislature returns in August. Nobody wants that.

April 20, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hire new people, don't change rules

That's just like the federal government - instead of assigning blame, instead of acknowledging that there really is such a thing as intentionally underperforming individuals, it overlooks the obvious. These slackers, people who don't do their jobs because they don't want to and feel they don't have to, often are fodder for analysis that has citizens of this nation wondering if they and their government are from the same planet.

April 20, 2011 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


Lawmakers sprint through final days

• Day 38 (Monday, April 11): After a week off for spring break, we returned to work this morning knowing full well that these final days of the session would be a sprint to the finish line. We didn't go in until 1 p.m. this afternoon, which is normal for Mondays but especially was necessary today because all bills had to be approved through committees before the start of the 38th day.

April 20, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Why ‘religious freedom’ bill failed

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April 15, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


What’s wrong with Ted Cruz?

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181st school district changing young lives

Even the most casual reader of this space knows that I am bullish on public education. But there is one school system in Georgia that ...

April 15, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Elected officials want to keep you in the dark

Editor's note: This column,which was completed Sunday, was revised to indicate that Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 323 into law Monday.

April 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers declare their independence

This year's General Assembly session could be described as the one where legislators started to declare their independence from Gov. Nathan Deal.

April 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Hateful rhetoric has consequences

Editor,

April 14, 2016 | By Staff Report | Opinion


It’s the principle, not the individual

Editor's note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Washington Examiner.

April 14, 2016 | Sen. David Perdue | Opinion


McKoon defends ‘religious freedom’ bill

A couple of weeks ago, I was highly critical of the efforts of proponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and particularly of state Sen ...

April 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Earth Day will be a blowout with your help

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April 12, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


What is worse than a cranky Yankee

A few years ago, a gentleman went to a lot of trouble to write me a simple letter that he sent to the newspaper where ...

April 12, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Spring is in air; get busy on your garden

Editor, Greetings, all you seed savers and plant rooters.

April 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


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