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New budget continues irresponsible path

A majority of the House of Representatives voted this week to approve a $17.8 billion state budget for fiscal year 2011. I was among the 52 House members voting against the spending plan because it is a continuation of the misguided priorities and fiscal irresponsibility that have plagued Georgia for the last eight years.

April 21, 2010 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Insurance we can't afford to be without

Every year, millions of Georgia drivers engage in a behavior almost as risky as texting or talking on their cell phones. And they may not even know it -- until it's too late.

April 19, 2010 | By George Israel Guest columnist | Opinion


Encouragement is one leg supporting education

As we all commit to helping our youth, we find that encouragement is needed at all levels of development, starting at home, in the schools and the community. I will engage on the second of the three-legged stool as it relates to the importance of our educational system. That is commitment.

April 19, 2010 | By Lily Baker, Liberty BoE chairwoman Guest columnist | Opinion


UGA president's chances for NCAA panned

Bob Ryan, noted sports columnist for the Boston Globe recently ripped the National Collegiate Athletic Association for considering University of Georgia president Michael Adams as CEO of that organization to succeed the late Myles Brand, saying it would be a "colossal mistake." The NCAA search is being conducted by Parker Executive Search of Atlanta, the same firm that recommended Adams for the UGA job.

April 19, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


State gets a bit of good financial news

The Easter bunny was good to Georgia last week as he brought us the news that March revenue collections were up from a year ago, marking the first monthly increase in revenues since November of 2008.

April 15, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Oil drilling will be a good deal

Most of the hoopla about off-shore drilling is born from an absence of the facts, or political posturing. For example, Florida bristles at offshore drilling. It's political positioning and nothing more. They already have a plan for a pipeline to connect them directly with inshore drilling platforms suggested for adjoining states along the Gulf Coast. A perfect example of the "not in my back yard" mindset. It's a way to get the oil and the votes at the same time.

April 15, 2010 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


A fix for the free market

Years of research by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation have yielded a sad truth: If free market academics are few and far between in Georgia, free market economists have been scarcer than hen's teeth.

April 15, 2010 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion


Thoughts inspired by 'Life'

If you haven't seen the Discovery Channel documentary "Life," it's worth a watch.

April 15, 2010 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


English-only driver test about safety

A bill currently before the Georgia Legislature that would require testing potential drivers in English only is fanning flames on both sides of the always-heated immigration debate. However, the proposed requirement should have nothing to do with racial discrimination - as some opponents claim - and everything to do with safety.

April 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Census important for Georgia, Liberty County

This year, the federal government is conducting the 2010 Census. The Census is a count of everyone residing in the United States. All U.S. residents must be counted, including citizens and non-citizens.

April 14, 2010 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


National health care a bargain for state

For more than a year, federal efforts at reforming the nation's health insurance system have been controversial to say the least. Now that the president has signed health reform into law, the partisan debate should come to an end.

April 12, 2010 | By Timothy Sweeney and Alan Essig Special to the Courier | Opinion


Communities must help educate children

While reading a recent report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, I found a statement regarding school reform that provides advice about the importance of our educational system. It notes that "If schools don't work, the city does not work."

April 12, 2010 | By Lily Baker, Liberty BoE chairwoman Guest columnist | Opinion


The customer comes first

Sometime ago I mentioned the worst customer service and the best customer service I ever received - all in the same week. I reprise the saga because the hero of the story recently and tragically died.

April 12, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Remember the sacrifices they make

Since the tragedy of 9/11, our nation and its communities have experienced a heightened awareness of the sacrifice and service of military members and emergency response personnel. Americans as a whole are a charitable and thoughtful people, and always seem generous with our time and outpourings of goodwill towards those who serve.

April 07, 2010 | By Maj. Jeff Allen Guest columnist | Opinion


Tax Freedom Day

Tax Freedom Day in Georgia falls on April 8 this year, according to the Tax Foundation. That's the 98th day of the year and the day when we Georgians will have worked enough to pay our share of federal, state and local taxes for 2010.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Quit depriving vets wounded before 9/11

Editor, Veterans, did you know that when Congress passed legislation to provide caregiver assistance to our nation's most severely disabled warriors, they instituted willful discrimination the likes of which hasn't been seen since the oppressive days of Jim Crow laws?

September 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Minimum wage doesn't buy what it did in '60s

I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today.

September 18, 2014 | By Roger Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal-justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds, and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.

September 18, 2014 | By Mike Klein Guest columnist | Opinion


Road trips can lead to great food finds

Seven or eight years ago, as our nest became empty, my wife and I began taking short road trips to destinations as far as three hours from home.

September 18, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Opinion


Senator wrong on VA claims wait time

Editor, In the recent Courier article announcing Sen. Isakson's visit to Hinesville on Sept. 5, Isakson was quotes as saying, "As you may know, it takes the VA an average 478 days to make a determination on a VA claim. That's more than a year. Although there are signs of improvement, it's still taking too long."

September 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trying to find positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Regrouping on a particular philosophy

I've always been one of those persons who won't hire someone to do something for me if I can do it myself, such as painting my house, building a deck, building a utility barn, caring for my own lawn, installing new flooring, etc. It was just the way I was raised. And it stuck.

September 16, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


You can't put a price tag on loyalty

When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.

September 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Confidence can trump conformity

Most mornings, I spend about five minutes pulling my freshly washed hair into a ponytail. It's easy, it's efficient, and, I like to tell myself, it's even chic. When I know I'll be meeting important people or attending special events, however (like, say, the United Way annual campaign kick-off party or a chamber of commerce breakfast), I break out the products and utensils and spend an extra 20 minutes or so coaxing my locks into what I hope is a more professional-looking style.

September 16, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Green space as industrial recruiter

I am superficial. I know that looks matter - when it comes to our community's appearance, that is.

September 15, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Local governments spending way too much

Editor, I'm appalled - to say the least - at the extravagant salary paid to Liberty County School System Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee.

September 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Behold, fat men in the woods

I'm not sure how many wilderness survival shows there are on television right now, but it appears there is some kind of obsession going on with this type of programming. And they are running the gamut from being naked in the wild to being fat in the wild. That's right, there's a show now titled "Fat Guys in The Woods." Fortunately, they keep their britches on.

September 11, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Decisions loom on Export-Import Bank

• President Ronald Reagan, Jan. 30, 1984: "Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Import Bank contributes in a significant way to our nation's export sales."

September 11, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


AUSA leader wants sequestration ended

Editor, The following is an open letter on sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, from retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, head of the Association of the United States Army:

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Meal time needs to return to being family time

Some of my favorite Norman Rockwell prints all have something to do with eating, but not for the reasons you might think.

September 11, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Opinion


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