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State is undermining public education

The state of Georgia is undermining our public schools. This may seem like an exaggeration, but the facts are clear.

April 16, 2012 | By Joseph G. Martin Jr. Guest columnist | Opinion


Budget, schools were session priorities

Looking back over the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly, we legislators worked hard to achieve the goals that we set.

April 13, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Fix Georgia's health care at home

After a historic three days of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, the fate of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known as ObamaCare lies in the hands of nine justices. Until the expected high court ruling in June, pundits and policy wonks will pick apart the questions and answers in the oral arguments. But Americans know that whether the law stands, crumbles or collapses, health care policy in these United States needs a fix.

April 12, 2012 | By Benita M. Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Obama's Supreme Court challenge questionable

I've said it before and I'll say it again: President Barack Obama thinks that he is the supreme leader of the United States. If you studied your history - or lived it - you know of other "supreme leaders" that have arisen in other countries from time to time. That didn't turn out so good.

April 12, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Daydreaming about wished-for headlines

I tend to daydream. Sometimes I look at the shape of the clouds above me and I can see a tea kettle or maybe the little fat guy that runs North Korea. And then sometimes I just close my eyes and think of headlines I would like to see, such as:

April 11, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Questionable things going on in Midway

Liberty County collects property taxes from the citizens of Midway. I still do not understand why this is. I would like to know what services are performed by the county for the city. Personally, I think the county collects more taxes than it spends on city services. In other words, the county may be ripping off the city, and no one seems to be doing anything about it.

April 10, 2012 | By Len Calderone | Opinion


Litter prevention, accountability

I believe in miracles. I know many people do not, but Easter is a wonderful time to remember that miracles do happen. I have experienced several in my lifetime - some that were big and incredible and that I know made a life-changing impact on me. I also experience many small miracles that confirm how good life is just when I need a gentle reminder that this world is full of wonderful things.

April 10, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Beware, it's not always in the name

MOULTRIE - Ever noticed how you can read the name or title of something and immediately you draw an impression of what it's about, but then you find out it's something totally different?

April 09, 2012 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


'Spice' prompts changes in drug laws

Editor, The Georgia General Assembly recently changed the current criminal-code section that deals with synthetic marijuana or "spice" as it commonly is known.

April 09, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Teach true meaning of holidays

My husband thinks it's wrong to lie to one's kids. On the surface, that seems just dandy, but you might be surprised how common lying to kids really is.

April 09, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Come enjoy magic in Hinesville

Editor, The city of Hinesville is joining cities across Georgia to celebrate Georgia Cities Week on April 22-28. This week is set aside by the Georgia Municipal Association to recognize the many services, programs and events city governments provide and their contribution to a better quality of life in Georgia. This year's theme, "The Magic of Cities," highlights the ways cities continue to transform to meet the needs of residents.

April 05, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


President killing pipeline to raise gas prices

Despite having spent a record three years reviewing the Keystone XL permit, including two comprehensive environmental evaluations, the Obama administration recently deferred a decision on the permit until after the 2012 presidential election.

April 04, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Legislators don't always do what they say they'll do

Do you really think if the state takes control away from local school boards to establish charter schools as the upcoming constitutional amendment proposes, they will do it better? If so, you are smoking rope. Once our legislators get control of the process, there is no guarantee that they will do what they say.

April 04, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Share your sole in upcoming shoe drive

More than 300 million children worldwide are without shoes. I don't mean they have no Sunday shoes or no good school shoes - I mean they absolutely have no shoes.

April 03, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Be sure to jot this down

I've been writing this column for six years now, and it still mystifies me that someone actually would read it. Before this, the only thing I had ever written was "home for money."

April 03, 2012 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


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Green up the area with native plants

We are celebrating National Planting Day through September. In the next few weeks, as we enter the cooler temperatures of fall (thank goodness), we are ...

September 26, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Trump needs to stop watching TV

Donald Trump is the first president in U.S. history to have been baited into undermining his own negotiating position by negative TV coverage.

September 26, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Should parents take 4-year-old to counselor?

Q: Over the past year, our 4-year-old has developed several fears that have become quite disruptive. It started with a fear of dogs, which is ...

September 26, 2017 | John Rosemond Family psychologist | Opinion


Letter: City retirement increase just greedy

Editor, My take on the Hinesville mayor and council voting themselves a nice fat retirement pay increase is they are just plain greedy.

September 26, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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