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Put politics aside and move on with business of running the nation

Barring a repeat of the 2000 presidential election, with its hanging chads and recounts, the worst of this election season is over. Thank heavens for an end to robo calls and TV ads and a mailbox full of promises from candidates of all political stripes.

November 07, 2012 | Courier opinion | Opinion


Maybe mom isn’t always right

I think my husband and my daughter's pediatrician are in cahoots. Before I elaborate, let me stress that I like our pediatrician very much. He's been practicing for more than 20 years and has raised five healthy children of his own. He previously served as chairman of Memorial University Medical Center's Department of Pediatrics and definitely seems to know his stuff.

November 06, 2012 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Well, now who’s your English-speaking daddy?

I was rumaging through an old box of pictures and useless memorabilia yesterday and found my senior year report cards. Yes, I had two of them - one for the regular school year and one for summer school, which I had to attend in order to get my diploma signed by the school system superintendent. I flunked English and, unless I made up for it, I wasn't going to graduate. Oh the humility.

November 05, 2012 | Vic Waters Guest columnist | Opinion


Retired educators do not support charter-school amendment

The Liberty/Long Retired Educators Association would like to go on the record as recommending a "no" vote on the charter-school amendment. The following news release from the Georgia PTA outlines some reasons why voters should join us in our fight to defeat this attempt to divert needed funds from our local school boards.

November 05, 2012 | Don Melton President, Liberty/Long Retired Educators Association | Opinion


Medicare Part D needs to be left alone

Democrats in Washington, D.C., aren't being honest with the American people. Medicare is in big trouble. According to the latest report from the program's Trustees, Medicare is facing a $38 trillion shortfall and will be out of money in just 12 years.

November 01, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


Ten reasons to vote ‘no’ on charter-school amendment

The charter school amendment will be decided Nov. 6. If it doesn't pass, it will be the greatest upset since David conked Goliath with a rock.

October 31, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Let’s ‘STEM’ the tide of joblessness

As the first report cards are handed out for the 2012-13 school year, parents should pay attention. It's not just about the grades; it's about what courses the grades are in. And while we want our children to grow up to be productive, taxpaying citizens, to reach that goal begins very early.

October 31, 2012 | Macon Telegraph | Opinion


Teachers union supports charters schools, opposes amendment

We were glad that State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge came out in opposition to the constitutional amendment on charter schools that will be on the November ballot. We were equally glad that he made a strong statement of support for "high quality charter schools." Both views are ones that we share at the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. We consistently have supported charter schools and are proud of our charter school members. We cannot support the amendment.

October 30, 2012 | Dr. Allene Magill Guest columnist | Opinion


American citizens, not a candidate, lost political debates

If you are a political junkie like me, you likely just watched all the presidential and vice presidential debates. So, did they change your mind regarding which candidate gets your vote? My mind was made up long ago, and the debates did little to validate or detract from my choice.

October 30, 2012 | Len Calderone Guest columnist | Opinion


Motorists beware — deer on the move

Deer are beautiful animals, but they also are a pain for many of us.

October 29, 2012 | Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


‘Uncool’ parents aren’t doomed yet

I'm not cool. I listen almost exclusively to classic rock, and I cannot pass up a "Golden Girls" rerun marathon. I don't have a sophisticated cell phone, iPad, mp3 player, gaming console, GPS, TiVo or any other trendy electronic devices. Now, I'm not a total cave-dweller; I do have a computer, a simple cell phone, a television and a DVD player, but that's about it. And I'm fine with that.

October 29, 2012 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Learn what sequestration really will mean for area

From 1990-91, the 24th Infantry Division, assigned to Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield prior to 3rd Infantry Division, was called in its entirety to deploy during the Gulf War. During that time, Liberty County - without the presence of the soldiers - experienced economic hardship that it barely survived.

October 25, 2012 | Monica Eusebio Guest columnist | Opinion


Voting no on charter-school amendment a step in right direction

Editor, A "no" vote on the Georgia Charter Schools Amendment is a vote for local control.

October 24, 2012 | Dr. Judy Scherer Liberty County School System superintendent | Opinion


Columnist didn’t explain concerns of charter-school amendment supporters

Editor, Dick Yarbrough's recent column failed to accurately explain the concerns of charter-school amendment proponents regarding the future ability of the state school board to handle charter-application appeals absent this constitutional amendment.

October 24, 2012 | State Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta Georgia House majority whip | Opinion


Charter-school amendment more about ‘how’ than ‘what’

Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, majority whip in the Georgia House of Representatives, said he finds himself bordering between "amused and disturbed" by opponents of the charter-school amendment, which is set for a vote Nov. 6. Specifically, he doesn't like the assertion that the state school board retains the power to overrule on appeal a local school board's decision to deny a charter school after the Supreme Court's ruling on the subject in May 2011.

October 24, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


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By now, you've likely read about the Liberty County sheriff's deputy who cuffed a kid as part of a career day demonstration.

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Miller left his mark on state

Zell Bryan Miller, the late governor and senator from Georgia, was known throughout his political career by the nickname "Zig-Zag Zell." It was a moniker ...

March 30, 2018 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


There goes the neighborhood

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March 29, 2018 | Argus Hamilton | Opinion


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