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Exploiting state office for higher one

An intriguing piece of legislation dropped into the hopper in Atlanta this week has, so far, exactly one signature on it - that of its sponsor, Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus). It deserves at least a close look. The essence of the bill, S.B. 175, is that state legislators who run for federal office must either vacate their legislative seats within 30 days after officially declaring their candidacy, or officially end that bid for higher office by notice to the Federal Election Commission before that 30-day period ends.

February 26, 2013 | Columbus Ledger | Opinion


What's coming up in Congress this year

Earlier this year, it seemed there might be some hope for Capitol Hill when Congress dealt easily with raising the debt ceiling. But don't let that single episode fool you. As President Obama and House Republicans circle each other over the forthcoming budget cuts known as the "sequester," it's a reminder that Congress and the White House have a complicated legislative agenda ahead - and that none of the items on it will come easily.

February 25, 2013 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Support KLB's 'Good Neighbors' drive

As if Keep Liberty Beautiful didn't already do enough for the community, the organization is now in the midst of its "Good Neighbors: Keep it Clean, Keep it Green" campaign. The effort focuses on recognizing local residents who realize that their actions - and inactions - on their property and public roads do impact their neighbors. These folks keep their homes and land clean, nicely landscaped and free of clutter. In addition, "good neighbors" won't hesitate to lend a hand to nearby residents who might need help sprucing up their property.

February 25, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Let politicians know how sequestration would hurt

Sequestration. This single word has been the cause of much alarm and frustration for many communities with military installations, such as ours, since August 2011. It is a term that generally means seizure. In this case, though, it means additional cuts in the federal budget for the next 10 years. Sequestration is a complex issue, but the end result is simple - dramatic cuts in both civilian and military personnel budgets as well as a lack of modernization and readiness for the future years. This is cause for concern in regards to our soldiers, jobs, businesses and the future of our ...

February 25, 2013 | By Jim Thomas Guest columnist | Opinion


It's time to revamp State of Union

When the most memorable moment of the Capitol's State of the Union evening involves rising Republican star Marco Rubio lunging for a water bottle, it's a sure sign this tradition is badly in need of rethinking.

February 21, 2013 | Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Court fees, wiretapping on agenda

Monday, Feb. 11: Although we went into session at 10 a.m., we suspended roll call until 11 a.m. in order to allow our newest member, Sen. Dean Burke, R-Bainbridge, to be sworn in and participate in the session. Burke has been a physician for 25 years and brings a wealth of health-care experience to our chamber.

February 20, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Thanks to humor-impaired, column is strong

My fellow Americans: (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!) I come to you today to report on the state of your column - and it is your column because without you, I would be writing to myself which doesn't make any sense. (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!)

February 20, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Car fees, water issues take center stage

The Georgia General Assembly saw the completion of the 18th day of the 2013 legislative session last week as we were in session Monday through Thursday.

February 20, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Embrace all parenting styles

The world of online forums, message boards, social-media networks and blogs would have you believe there are two types of mothers - silky and crunchy.

February 19, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Midway operates in a vacuum

Generally, a mayor is considered the head of a city. He or she runs the day-to-day operations. A mayor should not make decisions in a vacuum. According to section 4 of Midway's city charter, "The government, supervision, powers and control of the city of Midway shall be vested in a mayor and three (now four) councilmen."

February 19, 2013 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Ways to stop litter in its tracks

As we gear up for our annual spring cleanups for the national Great American Cleanup effort, I have litter on the brain.

February 19, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Perspective is like a flyer on the windshield

Observing mankind can be very entertaining. Listening to what people say, how they act and how they react is often worthy of note ... maybe even a reality show.

February 18, 2013 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


AASU campus here is worth fighting for

Local elected officials and leaders have been lobbying lawmakers to make a Hinesville Armstrong Atlantic State University satellite campus a possibility, and it's a project worth fighting for. Seeing the project through to completion, however, may be an uphill battle.

February 18, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Ditch party line for local offices

If there's one thing most of us will probably agree on, it's that many tend to disagree whenever politics enters a discussion.

February 14, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Peaceful rally ends busy week in Atlanta

Friday in the Georgia General Assembly saw the completion of the 14th day of the 2013 legislative session.

February 13, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


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