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Senate addresses unemployment, drug update

Day 22 (Tuesday, Feb. 21): Although it made for a late-night drive, I was delighted to join the Skidaway Island Republican Club on Feb. 20 for its annual Presidents Day dinner, where we heard from Home Depot cofounder Bernie Marcus. Marcus's story is that of the true American dream, and he certainly is an inspiration to many of us.

February 29, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Legislators 'cut and run' on public schools

Dear Public School Teachers: The "school choice" crowd in the General Assembly is after you again. I am beginning to think this is all your fault.

February 29, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Learn the facts about pollution, take action

Part of 'being green' is understanding the facts that affect our environment. Let's get real here. The following phenomenons, from www.epa.gov/enviroed, actually are caused by the everyday choices we make. So get the facts - and then do something about them.

February 28, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Regulation essential to protect small business

A guy walks into a bar and says, "Ouch."

February 28, 2012 | By Brian McGregor Guest columnist | Opinion


Senator dealing with budgets, presents bills

• Day 19 (Wednesday, Feb. 15): Without question, in the eight years that I have served in the Legislature, this has been the busiest time that I have ever experienced.

February 28, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Alternative medicine makes sense

I've never been big on medicine. It's rare that I ever reach for the ibuprofen in the cabinet and even more unlikely that I'll go for anything stronger. That's not to say that I'm a "suck-it-up" kind of person. I'm also not big on pain and do my best to avoid it. The way I've reconciled these two is with preventative care.

February 27, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Coverage of priest's removal unfair

Editor, It appears gossip and trash without evidence takes precedence when it comes to the group of SNAP.

February 27, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Help starting hydropnic gardens

Editor, Your recent article about our hobby farm in the Trade Hill community has brought a bunch of calls and folks stopping by to take a look. For those who are seeking information on Autopots and other hydroponic "stuff," the information can be found online at www.autopot.co.uk

February 27, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Reprehensible? Yes. Lying about service is not a crime

As the U.S. Supreme Court hears the case of a California man accused of lying about his military service and record, it's worth noting that lies and crimes aren't necessarily the same thing.

February 27, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


CSI: McIntosh is on the case

When I was out doing my daily exercise one day last week, I was nearly run over by four - count 'em, four - squad cars going about 75 miles per hour on Johnson Drain Road.

February 27, 2012 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


Government is shredding our Constitution

More than 200 years ago, the framers of the Constitution lived under the tyranny of the king of England and his laws and whims. When they revolted and formed a new government, they wrote a document designed to prevent this same tyranny from happening to the citizens of the United States.

February 23, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


NAACP: More investigations justified

Editor, On Friday, Feb. 17, the Liberty County branch of the NAACP met with an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in response to a request for an investigation into possible civil rights violations by local county agencies.

February 23, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Liberty officials discuss education with senator

Day 19 (Wednesday, Feb. 15): Without question, in my eight years that I have served in the Legislature, this has been the busiest time that I have ever experienced. While I am happy that leadership is trying to get us out by the end of March, the pace by which we have been operating has been very trying and exhausting.

February 22, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Defeat attempt to take control from local BoEs

The old saw, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again," is well known by state legislators Jan Jones, R-Milton; Brooks Coleman R-Duluth; Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta; Margaret Kaiser, D-Atlanta; Alisha Morgan, D-Austell; and Matt Hatchett, R-Dublin. They are the sponsors of House Resolution 1162 that would put on the ballot a constitutional amendment question that, if approved, would take local control away from elected school boards when it comes to approving charter schools.

February 22, 2012 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion


House bills focus on tax code, education

Feb: 17: The 2012 Legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly is now officially over half way through the 40 of session under the Gold Dome in Atlanta.

February 22, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Why would Ralston run?

David Ralston is now being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018, which leads to an obvious question.

March 16, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


So if Dr. Lee gets $190,000, what about...

Editor: Just wondering if Dr. Lee gets $190,000 for three years of turmoil and discontent, then what does Mr. Carrier get for 33 years ...

March 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Volunteer to help clean up the county

The last few weeks have been busy for Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers.

March 14, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Changing consumer protection is bad idea

Editor: Senators Isakson and Perdue have proposed a bill for turning control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) over to Congressional oversight rather than ...

March 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Deconstruct the administrative state

Steve Bannon blew a dog whistle for constitutional conservatives when he spoke of "deconstructing the administrative state" at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

March 12, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Muckraking is tradition in America

OK, OK, OK, you say. Enough already. We in the media have made our point. In fact, we have made it ad nauseum. We are ...

March 11, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Darts and daisies, daisies and darts

At my first paper some 20 years ago there was a middle-aged, bespectacled and be-permed teacher named Ginger something-or-the other who regularly wrote a column ...

March 11, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Learn about the new chamber

As a spouse of a retired U.S. Army veteran, I have traveled the world and in my travels I have achieved many successes.

March 10, 2017 | By Sabrina Newby Guest columnist | Opinion


Legislation targets low-performing schools

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law. Last week, the ...

March 10, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


School board has gotta be kidding with payout

Editor: Either your reporting of the "BoE, superintendent to part ways June 30" had an error or this is another one of those "you gotta ...

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Shaking the money tree

The General Assembly session is more than two-thirds done and on track to adjournment.

March 09, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Crossover Day is benchmark for Georgia legislation

The Georgia General Assembly ended the week on what is known as "Crossover Day." This is the 28th legislative day in which bills that passed ...

March 09, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


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