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A bipartisan case for cynicism about government

Two state officials, two states, different political parties. Their sins are of vastly different degrees of seriousness. But they both illustrate vividly why citizens, who are supposed to be responsibly represented by people who allegedly serve at our pleasure and on our behalf, have become so cynical and exasperated.

November 28, 2011 | Staff report | Opinion


Holiday brings welcome change

Thursday marked the first Thanksgiving I've spent away from my family back in Iowa. That being said, this Thanksgiving probably was the best I've had yet.

November 28, 2011 | Joselynn McKenna | Opinion


Wood-dwelling pests not always cause for concern

You may have noticed little insects fluttering around the past couple of days. Are those termites? Yep. As a homeowner, it's natural to want to put up a protective dome around your home when termites swarm. Do you need to panic or do something immediately? No.

November 28, 2011 | Robert E. Bell Guest columnist | Opinion


Junior is taking credit for Gingrich campaign upsurge

Junior E. Lee is one of my most valued associates, but he can be a load to manage and a bit of a know-it-all. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga. He has two primary responsibilities: First, keep as many bugs as possible out of Emanuel County - particularly at Arveen Ridley's farm - and then to help us all make more informed political decisions. The exterminating profession doesn't seem to have a lot in common with the democratic process, but when you have someone of ...

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Bad economy puts damper on birth rate

Nothing puts a damper on prospects more than a down economy, and apparently that extends to the area of starting or expanding families.

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


U.S. Senate needs to pass House-approved bills

If our economy is going to make a comeback, the U.S. Senate must start acting like it wants to create more jobs and pass the bills that already have been passed by the House of Representatives. The Democratic Senate is sitting on more than 18 bills that could jumpstart the economy and produce jobs.

November 23, 2011 | Len Calderone | Opinion


Being thankful is a family tradition

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November 23, 2011 | Letters to the editor | Opinion


Congrats, United Way, on exceeding goal

Congratulations to the United Way of Liberty County, which last week exceeded its 2011 fundraising campaign goal of $181,000 by raising $185,026 - up $64,026 from the $121,000 raised last year.

November 21, 2011 | Staff report | Opinion


Some legislation is better left alone

The pre-filing period for legislation to be considered in the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly began Nov. 14. Georgia's two-year legislative cycle means bills introduced but not passed in 2011 officially still are on the agenda.

November 21, 2011 | Staff report | Opinion


It’s almost time to fly solo

For the first time since Anastasia's birth, I'm preparing to do it on my own. Between my husband's 10 days of paternity leave and the nearly constant presence of family, I've always had some kind of help.

November 21, 2011 | Joselynn McKenna | Opinion


State looks to take new drug ‘spice’ off the rack

In September, a sheriff's deputy in Statesboro responded to a call and found a young man who reportedly had nearly beaten his girlfriend to death with a beer mug after both had ingested the drug spice.

November 21, 2011 | Senator Buddy Carter | Opinion


State looking to ban new drug 'spice'

In September, a sheriff's deputy in Statesboro responded to a call of a young man who had nearly beaten his girlfriend to death with a beer mug after both had ingested the drug spice.

November 17, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Can Gingrich pull off a comback?

In Republican counties across Georgia, voters are keeping a close eye on the GOP candidates running for president.

November 17, 2011 | By Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Challenge Ludowici to abide by code of ethics

Editor, On Oct. 26, a resolution was signed at a public meeting in Ludowici City Hall. The mayor, four council members and the city clerk signed the document. The code of ethics is a state law under Georgia Code Title 45 (OCGA 45-10-1) for public officers and employees.

November 17, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Energy Department should be dissolved

Since the country needs to cut its spending, a good place to start is the Department of Energy, which, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget, has a budget of $29 billion a year that I believe it wastes on failed projects, some of which are listed in this column. The DOE was started by President Jimmy Carter to make the U.S. energy dependent. Now we are more dependent than ever on foreign oil.

November 16, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


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Volunteer to help clean up the county

The last few weeks have been busy for Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers.

March 14, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Changing consumer protection is bad idea

Editor: Senators Isakson and Perdue have proposed a bill for turning control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) over to Congressional oversight rather than ...

March 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Deconstruct the administrative state

Steve Bannon blew a dog whistle for constitutional conservatives when he spoke of "deconstructing the administrative state" at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

March 12, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Muckraking is tradition in America

OK, OK, OK, you say. Enough already. We in the media have made our point. In fact, we have made it ad nauseum. We are ...

March 11, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


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


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