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Is Congress up to its duty?

I arrived in Congress in 1965, as President Lyndon Johnson's transformation of government was getting under way. It was an extraordinary time, as LBJ sent to Capitol Hill proposals for Medicare, Medicaid, aid to education, the Voting Rights Act and a host of other bills that reshaped the nation's life. The United States was a different country by the time Congress finished.

April 01, 2009 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Waiting for Sam and Roy

Sam Olens might be hard to beat for governor next year, if he had a $10 million-plus campaign war chest and established statewide fame.

March 30, 2009 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers want school to test fitness

Here in Georgia, we're making tremendous strides to improve education, provide better access to scholarship opportunities, and the hiring and retention of quality teachers. The Senate has also been focused on ensuring that no other school board loses accreditation.

March 30, 2009 | By State Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Lawmakers look to boost economy

As the 37th legislative day comes to an end on Thursday, we are now officially one week away from the end of the 40 day session.

March 30, 2009 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


L-W Plantation relies on volunteers

April is National Volunteer Month. The LeConte-Woodmanston Foundation, like most nonprofit organizations, is able to exist because of good people who give of their time and talents for something they believe in and want to be a part of.

March 27, 2009 | By Mary Beth Evans Columnist | Opinion


Budget proposal raises property tax on homeowners

A majority of the House of Representatives voted Thursday to adopt an $18.6 billion annual state budget for fiscal year 2010, which begins July 1. In the House plan, a $3 billion shortfall in state tax revenues is offset by $1.6 billion in spending cuts from the governor's original proposal and $1.4 billion in additional funding from the federal stimulus package.

March 25, 2009 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Earn extra cash this summer

Warmer weather is just around the corner - and so is your chance to make some extra money. It's not too early to get started on a plan. Here are some ideas.

March 25, 2009 | By David Uffington Dollars and sense | Opinion


At least he is calm

Last fall, Barack Obama was deemed by all the great and good as the man to save the country from its financial crisis because of his calm. As John McCain flailed around, Obama stayed steady, and commentators ascribed to him the most extraordinary leadership qualities based merely on his equipoise.

March 25, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Tight budget passes

As we end the 34th legislative day of the General Assembly on Friday, the end of the 2010 session is in sight. The highlight of the week was House passage of the 2010 budget.

March 23, 2009 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Unlike feds, state plan creates jobs

As a leader in the state Senate, I often reflect on the vision of our nation's founders and, on occasion, will even go back and read The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States.

March 23, 2009 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Getting to know Georgia: Andersonville

On the way home after attending a friend's wedding in Americus recently, my wife and I made a small detour through Andersonville, home of the infamous prison during the Civil War.

March 20, 2009 | By Raphael Semmes Columnist | Opinion


Bill to encourage insurance for autism treatment tabled

The Georgia General Assembly worked diligently last week on passing important pieces of legislation before midnight on the 30th legislative day (Thursday). This event represents a milestone in the legislative process as bills must "cross over" into the opposite chamber in order to have the chance to become law this year.

March 18, 2009 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Hey, big spender

When President Barack Obama wanted to push an $800 billion "stimulus" or "recovery" bill through Congress, he thought an atmosphere of economic crisis helped his cause. So he repeatedly warned of "catastrophe," of "a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse."

March 18, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Elephants are evolving

Did I hear somebody say "change?" The word is too mild. Try "train wreck," if you are a Republican. "A new beginning" may fit your feelings better, if you voted Democratic in the last presidential election.

March 16, 2009 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Libert DFCS building in state budget

A narrow majority of members of the House of Representatives unfortunately took another step backward when it comes to education in Georgia on Thursday by eliminating the year-long, rigorous program of National Board Certification for public school teachers and the 10 percent salary increase incentive that goes along with it.

March 16, 2009 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Quit depriving vets wounded before 9/11

Editor, Veterans, did you know that when Congress passed legislation to provide caregiver assistance to our nation's most severely disabled warriors, they instituted willful discrimination the likes of which hasn't been seen since the oppressive days of Jim Crow laws?

September 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Minimum wage doesn't buy what it did in '60s

I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today.

September 18, 2014 | By Roger Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal-justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds, and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.

September 18, 2014 | By Mike Klein Guest columnist | Opinion


Road trips can lead to great food finds

Seven or eight years ago, as our nest became empty, my wife and I began taking short road trips to destinations as far as three hours from home.

September 18, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Opinion


Senator wrong on VA claims wait time

Editor, In the recent Courier article announcing Sen. Isakson's visit to Hinesville on Sept. 5, Isakson was quotes as saying, "As you may know, it takes the VA an average 478 days to make a determination on a VA claim. That's more than a year. Although there are signs of improvement, it's still taking too long."

September 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trying to find positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Regrouping on a particular philosophy

I've always been one of those persons who won't hire someone to do something for me if I can do it myself, such as painting my house, building a deck, building a utility barn, caring for my own lawn, installing new flooring, etc. It was just the way I was raised. And it stuck.

September 16, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


You can't put a price tag on loyalty

When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.

September 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Confidence can trump conformity

Most mornings, I spend about five minutes pulling my freshly washed hair into a ponytail. It's easy, it's efficient, and, I like to tell myself, it's even chic. When I know I'll be meeting important people or attending special events, however (like, say, the United Way annual campaign kick-off party or a chamber of commerce breakfast), I break out the products and utensils and spend an extra 20 minutes or so coaxing my locks into what I hope is a more professional-looking style.

September 16, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Green space as industrial recruiter

I am superficial. I know that looks matter - when it comes to our community's appearance, that is.

September 15, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Local governments spending way too much

Editor, I'm appalled - to say the least - at the extravagant salary paid to Liberty County School System Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee.

September 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Behold, fat men in the woods

I'm not sure how many wilderness survival shows there are on television right now, but it appears there is some kind of obsession going on with this type of programming. And they are running the gamut from being naked in the wild to being fat in the wild. That's right, there's a show now titled "Fat Guys in The Woods." Fortunately, they keep their britches on.

September 11, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Decisions loom on Export-Import Bank

• President Ronald Reagan, Jan. 30, 1984: "Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Import Bank contributes in a significant way to our nation's export sales."

September 11, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


AUSA leader wants sequestration ended

Editor, The following is an open letter on sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, from retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, head of the Association of the United States Army:

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Meal time needs to return to being family time

Some of my favorite Norman Rockwell prints all have something to do with eating, but not for the reasons you might think.

September 11, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Opinion


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