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• One of the greatest singing voices I ever heard and one of the most talented people I ever knew died last week and, yes, he was a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket through and through. Josh Powell lost his battle with multiple myeloma at the age of 70. He was an outstanding basketball player - a part of Tech's first NCAA tournament team in 1960 and captain in 1962. He was an Emory law graduate who spurned the profession to work with kids through the Josh Powell Summer Day Camp, which he began in 1972 and still is in operation today ...

May 26, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Still looking for 'change we can count on'

I checked my pocket this morning and the only change that I could count on was two dimes and three pennies. Forget looking in my wallet. All that I have there are two $1 bills and family photos.

May 26, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Don't use the 'blame game'

Editor, I read with great interest Len Calderone's article in the Wednesday, May 18, edition of the Coastal Courier titled, "Stand proudly as an 'unhyphenated American.'" I pretty much agreed with everything he said until he ruined it all by blaming liberals for the creation of ethnic "hyphenism" (his word, not mine).

May 26, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Honor appropriate for Judge Sinrich

Editor, On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express congratulations to Hinesville Municipal Court Judge Gary Sinrich, who recently was honored by the placement of his portrait in the city courtroom, recognizing his 23 years of service to the public.

May 26, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Try adoption for charter schools

For years, the charter-school movement was thwarted in Georgia by local school districts that turned down application after application. Many of those denials were for cause. Other charter school applications, however, were turned down for myriad other reasons.

May 26, 2011 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion


Special legislative session looms

The regular session of the 2011 Georgia General Assembly was a mixed bag – some good, some bad, some rancor over both. But the heated partisan debates over things like immigration and tree-cutting end up looking like garden parties compared to what lies ahead in August.

May 25, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


A market approach to health options

Georgians don't just need access to affordable health care; Georgians need greater access to meaningful health care. The free-market principles of competition can help drive down costs, provide for greater accessibility and provide Georgians with more health care options.

May 24, 2011 | By Sen. Chip Rogers and Rep. Matt Ramsey Special to the Courier | Opinion


Thoughts on human software

I was watching this television program on the human brain the other night where the brain was described as a computer that processes lots of information. There is a theory that everything one has ever experienced resides in the human software and can be recalled with the right stimulus.

May 24, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


General Assembly recordings invaluable

Attention, political junkies, policy geeks and pajama-clad denizens of the blogosphere: Georgia Secretary of State might just have become your new best friend.

May 24, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Recycling helps community several ways

Blue is my favorite color. That is not a shock for those who know me.

May 23, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Friends make to-do list easier

It happened just as I feared. Our lease - along with the one-month extension my husband managed to negotiate - is up before we've closed on the house we're buying.

May 23, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Animal abusers deserve harsh punishment

In Georgia, a convicted shoplifter hypothetically could receive a tougher sentence than someone convicted of killing a dog.

May 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Who benefits from state tax policy?

Tax reform - and in politics, that's at best a benefit-of-the-doubt term - apparently is dead for this year in Georgia. Before lawmakers take it up again, and they will, they would do well to pay attention to a new report recently disseminated by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (www.gbpi.org), a nonprofit, nonpartisan economic analysis think tank.

May 23, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Ludowici's ordinances questioned

Editor, After attending a recent city meeting, I don't think the city of Ludowici has adopted a municipal code of ordinances for more than 27 years or longer.

May 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


BoE should rethink its spending

Editor, I think it's a shame that the Liberty County Board of Education is getting ready to invest millions of dollars in a football stadium while our kids are out on teachers' furlough days.

May 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


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