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Drawing maps, gnashing teeth

Last week, the Georgia Legislature convened into special session as a result of an official call issued by Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 24, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Wrong route to transportation solutions

An annual survey of the nation's roads by the Reason Foundation reveals a lot about congestion in Georgia. The state is ranked 10th in the nation for spending on maintenance but 39th for capital spending. It was No. 1 for the condition of its interstates, but at 31 in the nation for the percent of urban congestion.

August 23, 2011 | By Benita M. Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Spending more wasn't answer after all

A few months ago, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner predicted with unshakable confidence that there was "no risk" of a downgrade of U.S. debt. In fact, he argued, "things are better than they've been if you want to think about the prospects for improving our long-term fiscal position."

August 23, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Reasonable representation standards

First, let's get the "well, they did it, too" argument out of the way.

August 23, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Pondering obesity, power of suggestion

I would imagine that somewhere in the bowels of federally-funded research someone has examined the "power of suggestion" relative to over-eating and obesity. If not, then let me throw out some thoughts on the subject.

August 22, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers return for political mapping

"Georgia lawmakers return to the Gold Dome in Atlanta for a special legislative session primarily to deal with redistricting." This redistricting session comes up each decade following the completion of the census count.

August 22, 2011 | By Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Promote a healtheir, sustainable lifestyle

Keep Liberty Beautiful hosted the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce Progress through People Luncheon on Thursday. We were honored to have Tommy Linstroth with Trident Sustainability Group as our speaker for the luncheon.

August 22, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Soldiers deserve to keep benefits

Military retirement as we know it may be facing an uncertain future.

August 22, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Thanks for help with July 4 food court

Editor, The Hinesville Military Affairs Committee was responsible for organizing and coordinating local support from the surrounding communities for the food court that provided approximately 12,000 free meals to our soldiers and their families at Fort Stewart's "Worth Fighting For" Independence Day celebration.

August 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


What a fine mess country is in

For the first time in history, the United States lost its highly rated position in the financial markets. Even China is scolding the United States for this mess because what we do financially affects the entire world, and they are suggesting that the world move away from the dollar as the world standard.

August 18, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


News flash: Sharks will eat you

Last week was "Shark Week" on the Discovery Channel. They do this about twice a year. And when a varied assortment of seals had been killed and the one-armed surfers had told their stories and when all of the research had been discussed, the findings were about the same as they have been for many years.

August 18, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Ethics questions valid; not priority

There are serious problems with Georgia's ethics commission - or rather (excuse us), the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. The eligibility of its chairman is not among them.

August 18, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Specialty tiers deny fair health care

The perception of arthritis is often that it typically affects the elderly or injured. However, it is worth noting that in Georgia alone, there are about 9,200 children younger than 16 suffering from the painful joint swelling and stiffness that plagues those with juvenile arthritis. According to The Arthritis Foundation, more than 300,000 children have been diagnosed nationwide.

August 17, 2011 | By Dorothy Leone-Glasser Guest columnist | Opinion


Honest data needed on school testing

Take a look at the Georgia Department of Education's assessment of student performance on this year's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, and you'll read statements like the following:

August 17, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


New role is supposed to speed projects

When trying to finish a job faster, adding more tasks to it wouldn't seem the best approach. Yet, that's exactly what the Georgia Department of Transportation is doing – and early results are promising.

August 17, 2011 | By Gerald Ross and Jeff Baker Guest columnists | Opinion


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Enacted bills impact health care, education jobs

The 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly adjourned during the early morning hours of March 31 and many bills have been sent to Governor ...

April 13, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


GOP in a fight in the sixth

There's never been an off-year election like the one happening in the 6th Congressional District, where voters will pick a replacement for departed congressman ...

April 13, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Hinesville cleanup will be April 29

We are in the middle of our part of the national Great American Cleanup. Hundreds of area residents have joined up to cleanup more than ...

April 11, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


A reason to be 'Liberty County proud'

Editor: The theme for National County Government Month for 2017 is "Brilliant Ideas at Work." This theme could easily have been written to acknowledge the ...

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


In praise of 'Bull Dog' Leon

Editor: My oh my, this BoE fiasco seems to be like the Energizer Bunny - it just keeps going and going and going.

April 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Piling on is fun

Let's dispense with the sanctimony and admit it: Most of us really enjoy piling on. I know I do. There are few things more ...

April 09, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve expanded choice, better VA

During his campaign, President Trump repeatedly made a commitment to our veterans to improve the way our nation takes care of them.

April 08, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson | Opinion


Republicans can't do much worse

There's stumbling out of the gate, and then there's what Republicans just did on health care.

April 08, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve VA that does its job

During his campaign, President Trump repeatedly made a commitment to our veterans to improve the way our nation takes care of them.

April 07, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Brocolli up the nose ends political career

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I inform you today that I am not now nor will I become a candidate for ...

April 07, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


The people don’t matter

I wish I could tell you that Georgia's lawmakers are getting better at the way they handle the people's business, but that would ...

April 06, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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