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One-way partnership for schools is over

Unless and until the Georgia Constitution is amended, the era of direct or indirect state control over public K-12 education is over.

February 13, 2012 | By James P. Kelly III and Benjamin Scafidi Guest columnists | Opinion


House defeats charter school amendment; common sense alternative offered

A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state government to set up charter schools at the local level and require local school boards to provide funding for those schools failed to receive the required two-thirds vote in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

February 13, 2012 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Military ball is lovely tradition

Friday night's Raider Brigade Ball was a lot of fun. Was it worth $70 and six very long hours away from my daughter? You'd have to ask me in 10 years when I look back on my first and probably only military ball.

February 13, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Time to turn the page on NCLB

Word that Georgia is no longer required to meet requirements of No Child Left Behind is welcome news.

February 13, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Constitutional amendment gives parents education control

Most people agree that local school boards play a critical role in Georgia public education.

February 13, 2012 | By State Rep. Jan Jones Special to the Courier | Opinion


Who will carry GOP banner in November?

The Republican race so far has been topsy-turvy. Rick Santorum won Iowa. Mitt Romney won New Hampshire and Florida. Newt Gingrich won South Carolina. Ron Paul didn't win anything. The race so far has not indicated a clear Republican leader, but I believe that might have changed with Florida - a change brought about by Romney's huge advertising campaign.

February 08, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


State House amends current budget

Feb. 3: The Georgia General Assembly's 2012 Legislative session is moving along quickly - we now are more than one-third of the way through this session.

February 08, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens | Opinion


'State of column' covers important issues

In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, I am required to submit annually a "state of the column" message. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please stand and applaud if you hear something that floats your boat or look bored if you don't. You may be on television.

February 08, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Senate takes up budget issues, more

Day 10 (Monday, Jan. 30): Much of what we do in the Legislature is related to preparation, and this morning was a perfect example: I was at the Capitol at 8 a.m. to review the criminal justice appropriations budget with the Senate budget analyst.

February 08, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Development authority's spending questioned

Editor, I'm a small-business owner in Hinesville and, like many others, I believe I'm struggling to survive in this tough economy because there's virtually no new business.

February 08, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Plant more trees for Arbor Day

Georgia Arbor Day is coming up Feb. 17, the third Friday of the month.

February 07, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Dance classes are great workouts

Editor, I participate in line dancing classes at the Bryan County Recreation Center in Richmond Hill on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. People who want enjoyable exercise should try line dancing.

February 06, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Dance classes are great workouts

Editor, I participate in line dancing classes at the Bryan County Recreation Center in Richmond Hill on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. People who want enjoyable exercise should try line dancing.

February 06, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


President's speech offers encouragement

President Barack Obama delivered his third State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress last week. These are always inspiring events with the House and Senate united in welcoming the president, his cabinet, the justices of the Supreme Court and leaders of our nation's military.

February 06, 2012 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Lawmakers take aim at hunting, fishing laws

The 2012 General Assembly just completed its 14th legislative day this week. We began the week by passing SB 223, also known as the Georgia Government and Accountability Act. If enacted, this legislation would create a joint legislative sunset advisory committee to oversee the effectiveness of government operations and maximize every taxpayer dollar. The passage of this legislation provides a clear solution in addressing how efficient government should operate.

February 06, 2012 | By State Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Hinesville cleanup will be April 29

We are in the middle of our part of the national Great American Cleanup. Hundreds of area residents have joined up to cleanup more than ...

April 11, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


A reason to be 'Liberty County proud'

Editor: The theme for National County Government Month for 2017 is "Brilliant Ideas at Work." This theme could easily have been written to acknowledge the ...

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


In praise of 'Bull Dog' Leon

Editor: My oh my, this BoE fiasco seems to be like the Energizer Bunny - it just keeps going and going and going.

April 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Piling on is fun

Let's dispense with the sanctimony and admit it: Most of us really enjoy piling on. I know I do. There are few things more ...

April 09, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve expanded choice, better VA

During his campaign, President Trump repeatedly made a commitment to our veterans to improve the way our nation takes care of them.

April 08, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson | Opinion


Republicans can't do much worse

There's stumbling out of the gate, and then there's what Republicans just did on health care.

April 08, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve VA that does its job

During his campaign, President Trump repeatedly made a commitment to our veterans to improve the way our nation takes care of them.

April 07, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Brocolli up the nose ends political career

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I inform you today that I am not now nor will I become a candidate for ...

April 07, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


The people don’t matter

I wish I could tell you that Georgia's lawmakers are getting better at the way they handle the people's business, but that would ...

April 06, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Stop stealing from student-athletes

Imagine you start a new company and hire employees. Would you expect them to work for free? Of course, not! So why does the NCAA ...

April 04, 2017 | By Steve Siebold Guest columnist | Opinion


Earth Day is opportunity to learn, have fun

April is Earth Month. A whole month to renew your interest (if needed) in looking for ways to take care of Earth.

April 04, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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