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Eleven ways to be a better American

July Fourth certainly is the most patriotic of our national holidays. American Flags, parades on Main Street, and bursting fireworks provide us with a spirit of pride and celebration. It is also a time to reflect on our rights and responsibilities as American Citizens. There is always room for our voice to be heard and perhaps now more than ever we need to join hands in taking the lead.

July 05, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Vote will reveal congressional values

It's not enough that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have topped $1 trillion. Now there is a supplemental appropriations bill awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives that will add $37 billion more, plus some other odd bedfellows.

July 05, 2010 | By Susan Shaer Guest columnist | Opinion


It's about more than fireworks, barbecue

"America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact- the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality."

July 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Will Warren County join list of shame?

Of some 15,000 school systems in the United States only one has lost accreditation in the past four decades. In August 2008, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools denied accreditation to Clayton County.

July 05, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


New driving laws take effect

Beginning Thursday, local and state authorities will begin enforcing a handful of new driving laws.

July 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Career academy makes sense

In July 2007, my family and I relocated to Richmond Hill from South Florida. After five back to back hurricanes that literally nearly took our lives, we were done with Florida and relocated to Richmond Hill, primarily for its excellent educational reputation and small town charm. I am the mother of three children in the school system, a local real estate agent and the advocacy coordinator for the Bryan County arm of Atlantic Area Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA, Inc. My involvement in advocating for our children who find themselves in state care due to experiencing the life-shattering affects of ...

July 01, 2010 | By Amy Tavio Guest columnist | Opinion


Great essay shot dead

In this time of free market bailouts, in this time when "drill baby drill" is mocked because of British Petroleum's oil spill, politicians and pundits often quote from these passages written in the fall of 1778, by Alexander Hamilton.

July 01, 2010 | By Alford Hardy Columnist | Opinion


Just a little efficiency really can go a long way

"If freedom were not so economically efficient it certainly wouldn't stand a chance." - Milton Friedman

June 30, 2010 | By Harold Brown | Opinion


Let's talk a bit about the great disenchantment

The BP spill won't destroy Barack Obama's presidency. It won't even significantly dent his standing in polls, if current trends hold. But it should mark the end of a period of unbridled liberal presumption that began with his rise in 2007.

June 30, 2010 | By Rich Lowry | Opinion


Random thoughts on some random topics

Not only is Vince Dooley a hall of fame football coach but he is a master gardener, too. I just got a copy of his new book, "Vince Dooley's Garden: The Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach."

June 28, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Saving money easier said than done

When trying to find the bright side of a deployment, military spouses will often agree that the advantage lies in the extra income. Along with the obvious tax-free combat pay, there are extra pays, lowered interest rates on loans and credit cards and improved investment and savings opportunities.

June 28, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna | Opinion


We must uphold Declaration at all costs

"Decades later the Declaration of Independence was canonized as American scripture," the vinegary historian Walter McDougall writes of the nation's founding document, "but in 1776 it was generally read once - in army camps, taverns and village greens - cheered, and forgotten."

June 23, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Twenty-two bills vetoed this year

Every year the Georgia State legislature passes hundreds of bills and sends them to the Governor for his consideration. The Governor can sign the bill into law, veto the bill or do neither and allow the bill to become law without his signature.

June 23, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


Time to face realities of oil

In spite of overwhelming facts, wishful thinkers still call for more drilling off our coastline.

June 21, 2010 | By David Kyler Guest columnist | Opinion


Have your say

Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the coming July primary. Hopefully, you've already signed up to cast your ballot. If not, you still have time.

June 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Lawmakers hear State of Courts Address

The Georgia Senate had a busy week. We held numerous committee meetings to review legislation and listen to testimony either opposing or supporting bills being considered. The committee process is where the bills are vetted before being considered by the Senate, and it is a crucial part of the legislative process.

February 11, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Citizen protection should be up to police

What mystical powder or elixir anoints our elected officials with the knowledge contained in the Encyclopedia Britannica and all the experience amassed by mankind since Adam and Eve? Apparently, the substance - whatever it is - imparts this knowledge and experience within the first 30 seconds of being sworn into office.

February 10, 2015 | By Terry Doyle Columnist | Opinion


Don't bother remaking an established image

A few years back, someone I knew ever so slightly died. Though I didn't know him well, I knew him to be mean, egoistical and quite a bully.

February 10, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


In the end, parents are usually right

A conversation I had with a co-worker a week ago left me feeling glad I don't have to make the tough decisions and unpopular calls that will be necessary when my daughter becomes a teenager.

February 10, 2015 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


A tree-mendous time for Arbor Day

This month, we celebrate trees in Georgia.

February 09, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Expand health care, not government

It's official: Indiana has given in and adopted ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion. Before jumping into the weeds of Indiana's Medicaid-expansion agreement with the Obama administration, it is important to realize the agreement still fails some basic principles of reform.

February 05, 2015 | By Nina Owcharenko Guest columnist | Opinion


County imposing unnecessarily high taxes

Editor, I saw the movie "Selma" on Sunday night and was inspired anew by the courage and conviction shown by one man. His actions impacted a nation - actually, the world - for generations to come. I am no Martin Luther King Jr., that's for sure, but I hate seeing people placed under unnecessarily heavy burdens, particularly in this great country of ours.

February 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


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