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Public officials' private lives

As happens every so often, we have recently been through a spate of embarrassing reports about the lives of prominent public officials. Adulterous affairs by Nevada Sen. John Ensign, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, and former presidential candidate John Edwards, entanglements in prostitution by Louisiana Sen. David Vitter and former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer - these are just the latest in a long line of revelations about people in whom the American voters once put their trust.

July 24, 2009 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


The rosy apocalypse

Barack Obama spent all of 2008 running against the sputtering economy, and warned earlier this year of a crisis "we may not be able to reverse." Yet, as the unemployment rate climbs beyond the administration's projections, Vice President Joe Biden informs us that the administration "misread how bad the economy was."

July 22, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Kids are smarter than school critics

OK, you Neal Boortz Kool-Aid drinkers (including those who wrote to defend your boy and couldn't even spell his name correctly), I have a few questions for you:

July 20, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Technology could help solve transportation woes

To buy and sell goods, make money and interface with others, humans relied on the horse and buggy back in the 18th Century.

July 20, 2009 | By State Rep. Bob Smith Special to the Courier | Opinion


Other opinions

Athlete McNair remembered for good, bad reasons

July 17, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Avoid rental car surprises

Many folks plan summer vacations that involve a lot of driving. For those sticking close to home, gas and maintenance are usually the biggest car-related expenses. But if you're planning to rent a car at your destination, many other factors can influence the overall impact on your travel budget.

July 17, 2009 | Jason Alderman | Opinion


Me and my security blanket

Since I was about 12 years old, I've been trying to figure out how to make a grand living without having to get a job.

July 17, 2009 | Vic Waters | Opinion


Perception of Perdue overshadows deeds

There is a saying in politics that "perception is reality" and my perception of Gov. Sonny Perdue is that he hasn't exactly shot the lights out in his two terms as Georgia's chief executive. There are the publicity stunts too numerous - and too embarrassing - to recount, touting his "Go Fish, Georgia" program in the middle of one of the worst economic periods in decades and some eyebrow-raising land deals which the governor still might be trying to explain if our state's media had an aggressive bone in its investigative body.

July 13, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


State tax incentives are bad for business

Giving a tax incentive to a business to encourage economic development sounds like a great idea. But tax breaks for businesses are little more than corporate welfare at the expense of hard-working Georgians. They amount to subsidies favoring a select few businesses over Georgia's residents and existing businesses.

July 13, 2009 | By Phred Barnet Columnist | Opinion


Radical ideas behind America

Independence Day is one of the most celebrated and important holidays we observe as Americans. Nestled in the beginning of summer and conjuring up memories of fireworks, watermelon and cookouts with friends and family, all to the sound track of Lee Greenwood's "I'm proud to be an American," July 4th is traditionally a joyous and happy time in America and rightly so. Independence Day should also be a time when we make an intentional effort to reflect and remember the story of America and what it means to be citizens of this great country.

July 10, 2009 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Support downtown campus

Only Hinesville has voted in recent weeks to put up money to build and support a downtown campus that Armstrong Atlantic State University could occupy, along with a new public library.

July 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Tax refund delay adds insult to injury

By State Sens. Tim Golden

July 08, 2009 | By state Sens. Tim Golden and Doug Stoner Special to the Courier | Opinion


Save the bill first, then the planet

The cap-and-trade bill passed the House of Representatives shrouded in a fog of willful ignorance and calculated irrationality.

July 08, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


First Amendment belongs to all Americans

Looking around for something appropriate to say as our nation celebrates its 223rd birthday, I happened to run across an old clipping in my files from Eugene Methvin, one of the finest journalists ever from the state of Georgia.

July 06, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


What Georgians really want

Every year after the legislative session ends, I send a newsletter to constituents in my district recapping our work. In an attempt to gain input on certain issues, I also include a few questions and ask them to respond.

July 03, 2009 | By Rep. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


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21-day diet for Congress? No, never mind

MOULTRIE - The first item in my emails today was: "How to get thin quickly."

August 12, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve better care

Our veterans shouldn't need an act of Congress and a presidential signature to get the Veterans Affairs healthcare system up to speed. But that's just what it took.

August 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Litmus test for Pres. Obama on whistleblowers

Whistleblowers, often revered and feared by the Obama administration, have received a special place since the 2011 initiation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global transparency campaign. Their prominence is justified. The OGP will become a magnet for cynicism unless there is safe cover for those who will make it work or fail - whistleblowers on the front lines of fraud, waste and abuse currently sustained through secrecy and enforced by repression.

August 11, 2014 | By Tom Devine and Shanna Devine Guest columnists | Opinion


EPA just making a power grab

According to the Federal Register, on Dec. 7, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency "found" that current and projected concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations. Unfortunately, this finding and the EPA's subsequent action threaten the health and welfare of current and future generations of Georgians far more than greenhouse gases do.

August 07, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


System is fine, officials are the problem

Just when you thought Washington couldn't get any messier, our elected officials in the nation's capital prove it can.

August 06, 2014 | Albany Herald | Opinion


Here's why teaching is a noble career

Dear Georgia public-school teachers, It is new school year but, alas, the same old impediments: an out-of-touch federal bureaucracy, ideological state legislators who choose not to send their kids to public schools but intend to tell you how and what to teach, and a society that values reality television more than quality education. Sometimes, I wonder how you manage.

August 06, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Here's to start of new school year

This week, school bells will ring and the 2014-15 academic year will begin. Some children welcome it, others don't. Parents also likely have mixed feelings about the start of another term.

August 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Positive change starts with individuals

How do you create positive community change? That is a good question. It is one that the national organization, Keep America Beautiful, has been fine-tuning a solution since the 1950s.

August 05, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Memories of hot pink luggage

Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama's house. That's when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.

August 05, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Look at desalination in area

Editor, According to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, our water source is slowly being polluted with saltwater, and the coastal area of Georgia will have to reduce the amount of water that it pulls from the Floridan aquifer by 17 million gallons a day.

August 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why I still have faith in Congress

It's depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans' utter disdain for Congress. But it's my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short.

August 04, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


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