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State may fund DCS building furniture

Following the presentation of budget proposals by Gov. Nathan Deal for the remainder of this fiscal year and for fiscal year 2013, members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee held joint budget hearings this week at the State Capitol.

January 25, 2012 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Politics do matter, especially to military

It stands to reason that military personnel would want a president who supports the military.

January 25, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


On politics, journalists, special birthday girl

State Sen. Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, one of our two unelected lieutenant governors - Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, is the other - sent out a puff piece taking much credit for authoring a bill to require local school boards to consider a teacher's "effectiveness," not seniority, when getting rid of teachers.

January 25, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Perception of time is in eye of beholder

It's funny how the perception of time so easily plays tricks on our minds. One day the azaleas are just starting to bloom around town, a sure sign that spring is eminent, then next day you're rushing to get your Christmas shopping list finished in time. One day you're in complete disbelief that you might be pregnant, the next you're tying up loose ends at work before taking maternity leave.

January 24, 2012 | By Lori Wynn Staff writer | Opinion


Current primary system favors rich, not voters

Editor, Attack politics, both inter- and intraparty, are as old as this republic. United States history, however, repeatedly demonstrates that what one chooses to attack has often been the bane of the attacker as well as the attacked.

January 24, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


TSPLOST about more than sales tax

Editor, The governor and the General Assembly are attempting to change the time-honored Georgia Constitution, whereas counties are the local constituted authorities for governmental operations, and pass that authority to a regional roundtable. The General Assembly and the governor want to add another layer of government - not elected - called the regional roundtables.

January 19, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Sustainability of HOPE now in real doubt

This is the flaw in the lottery/HOPE Scholarship formula that very few if any among us saw coming.

January 19, 2012 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Time is right to strike at Iran

Many readers might think that I have lost my mind, but the United States is going to have to meet the Iranian nuclear threat at some time. Now is the time. Iran also is testing long-range missiles. If the two elements come together, we have a nation that may destroy Israel and the West, which includes the United States.

January 18, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Senate passes two bills carried over from 2011

Day 1 (Jan. 9): As the second year of our two-year term began, we welcomed two new senators to the Senate. Sen. Mike Crane from Newnan and Sen. John Wilkinson from Toccoa were elected in special elections.

January 18, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


2012 General Assembly gets rolling

The Georgia General Assembly officially has completed its first full week of the 2012 legislative session. The first of the 40 legislative days began Jan. 9.

January 18, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


State's top educator sees teachers as 'life-changers'

State School Superintendent John Barge knows what teachers can do, given the opportunity.

January 18, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Forest Gump takes on Mayan calendar

In the movie "Forrest Gump," Gump and his friend Jenny were at the old house where she grew up and where she was molested by her drunken father. She became angry and began throwing rocks at the house. Then she just sat down on the ground and started crying.

January 17, 2012 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Rich county, poor county

Editor, Much is being made of the TSPLOST vote in 2012, and rightfully so. Georgia's Coastal Region most likely will generate $119 million per year in total tax collections with 25 percent "guaranteed" to be returned immediately to the counties within the region and 75 percent of the collections being sent directly to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

January 17, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Debate over Bible is nothing new

Editor, I have read with some interest the ongoing commentary in Sound off concerning the King James Bible. July 2011 marked the 400th anniversary of this translation of the Bible. There is no doubt that it is the bestselling book in the English language. Its lyrical beauty - especially in Psalms - is without equal. It is much-loved.

January 17, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


State energy sales tax has hidden costs

Georgians have made it clear that attracting and retaining jobs should be the No. 1 priority of every elected official. Removing this tax as an impediment to job growth and creation is a great first step.

January 16, 2012 | By Chuck Eaton Special to the Courier | Opinion


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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


Great American Cleanup starts on east end

What if a million years ago a caveman finished off a soda and he tossed the glass bottle on the ground on the ground?

March 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Perspective on scholarship programs

A recent opinion piece in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked, "Are vouchers a failure?" Any answer requires examining the best evidence on the topic and placing ...

March 07, 2017 | By Benjamin Scafidi Guest columnist | Opinion


Trump's issues with the press

My feelings are hurt. I'm not on President Donald Trump's list of "enemies of the American people." Here is his exact tweet:

March 07, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Immigrants can be bad for a country

As if on cue, riots broke out in a heavily immigrant suburb of Stockholm as soon as the media mocked President Donald Trump for a ...

March 07, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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