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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


A little efficiency...

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

June 21, 2010 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Hinesight looks at city reparation request

June 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


It's put-up or shut-up time for teachers

OK, teachers. It is put-up or shut-up time.

June 21, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Ethics obviously no priority

When news of former House Speaker Glenn Richardson's alleged affair with a lobbyist broke late last year, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle beat the drum for tougher ethics laws. In fact, you could hardly turn around without hearing a candidate for governor talking about ethics.

June 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Guns and crime in Georgia

States with weak gun laws supply guns to criminals in other states at a rate five times higher than dealers in states with stronger gun laws, according to a Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence analysis of newly released crime gun trace data.

June 16, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Hinesight discusses tuition for illegal immigrants

June 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Closing the 'doughnut hole' in Medicaid

Next week, Georgia's seniors will receive a $250 rebate check from the federal government to pay for some lifesaving medications if they fall within the Medicare Part D coverage gap known as the "donut hole." That $250 check is the beginning of the end for the donut hole – and was made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

June 14, 2010 | By Jane Kidd Guest columnist | Opinion


Let's end expansion of nuclear power

According to current nuclear industry proposals, over two dozen new nuclear reactors would be constructed in the United States, the vast majority in the Southeast and Texas. President Obama recently offered $8.3 billion worth of taxpayer-backed loan guarantees to two of them in Georgia, which could be the first to be built in the U.S. in nearly four decades.

June 14, 2010 | By John DeCock Guest columnist | Opinion


Tommy the swami...

OK, class. Our word this week is Kakistocracy.

June 14, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Arbor Day celebrates trees

This coming Friday, we will celebrate Georgia Arbor Day. If you love and appreciate trees like I do, then please join us in celebration of trees this week by planting a tree and increasing our community tree canopy.

February 17, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Oppose proposed transportation funding bill

Editor, There is a new House bill going through the state at a very fast pace, and it's not even being discussed like any local gossip would. This is a very important issue for the entire state of Georgia. This bill proposes to take fuel tax off of your local SPLOST, ESPLOST and LOST revenue, which means a significant change in the operations of the county.

February 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Make decisions with family in mind

Twelve years ago, I made a decision to follow my head, not my heart, and put my career first. I'd just completed my first post-college internship at the Abilene Reporter-News in Texas and, having impressed my supervisor, was offered full-time employment at the end of my three-month stint.

February 16, 2015 | Hollie Barnidge | Opinion


Eventually we'll sign over wages to government

Editor, On Dec. 16, 1773, demonstrators destroyed an entire shipment of tea in the Boston Harbor in protest of taxation without representation. Today, we have ultra-taxation with representation. At the rate that we are going, we will just sign over our employment checks and accept the spending money that our government gives us.

February 11, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Shady antics on the field, halls of power

If you watched the Super Bowl a couple of weeks ago - and reports say that 114 million of us did - perhaps you saw a portion of the reprehensible behavior of Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin who, after scoring a touchdown, proceeded to mime pulling down his pants and squatting as if on a commode, before dropping the ball to the ground as if using the restroom. The NFL fined Baldwin $11,000, which has to be chump change to this boor. Astonishingly, the incident has gotten very little mention in the media. You can bet this kind of obscene showboating ...

February 11, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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


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