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We must encourage children to read

Editor, I have been very pleased to see your series on recent efforts to get parents involved with teaching their kids to read. Learning to read perhaps is the most important skill anyone can learn, as it opens the door to a virtual wealth of knowledge.

April 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Skeeter takes a look at current events

It has been more than a year since I have talked to Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in greater metropolitan Pooler.

April 14, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Patients endangered by lack of transparency

One of the most widely debated topics today is health care. Between physicians and patients, the dialogue is markedly louder. In an ideal world, physicians successfully could manage their patients' individual health, based on years of medical training using prescribed treatments determined by examinations, appropriate tests, diagnoses and patient histories.

April 14, 2011 | By Dr. Christina Mayville Guest columnist | Opinion


Tax reform, budget were top House goals

The Georgia General Assembly was not officially in session last week; however, work still took place on behalf of the people. With only three days remaining of the 2011 legislative session, several items still are on the agenda. The No. 1 priority is the passage of the upcoming budget for Fiscal Year 2012. In addition to the budget, numerous other highly publicized and debated issues have yet to pass this session, including tax-reform legislation, the local option for Sunday sales of packaged adult beverages and immigration legislation.

April 14, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


What? Is it National Lick a Stick Week

This week I got several e-mails from various associations encouraging me to become a vegetarian ... to swear off meat. I didn't read too far into any of them because it ain't gonna happen. And besides, I was taught not to swear.

April 11, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Guest columnist | Opinion


A yawning political loophole

The glaring exception in Georgia's lobbyist disclosure requirements is not the kind of thing for which any state should want to be singled out. Yet Peggy Kerns, director of the Center for Ethics in Government at the National Conference of State Legislatures, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution she knows of no other state where that exception applies.

April 11, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Invest in schools now or pay later

Much has happened since the Georgia Board of Education unanimously adopted the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Both a new governor and new state school superintendent have come on board, and we will receive a $400 million Race to the Top grant to help improve our public schools.

April 11, 2011 | By Helen Butler and Adelina Nicholls Guest columnists | Opinion


Would they really have held up GIs' pay?

Buried beneath all of the political ploys and nearly 14 trillion dollars of debt are members of the United States military and their families, all deeply concerned for their futures.

April 11, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Students, parents must respect teachers

A couple years ago, officials in Georgia thwarted an alleged plot by a group of third-grade special-education students to kill their teacher. According to the story, various versions of which were published by news outlets and websites across the state, administrators at Waycross' Center Elementary School learned of the plan when a student told authorities about it.

April 11, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Simplifying taxes is complicated

Just hearing the words "dependent exemption," "itemized deductions" and "tax credit phase out" makes most of us want to run screaming to our friendly CPA for help. As policy collides with politics in the tax debate, these concepts have moved to center stage.

April 11, 2011 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Disabled vets earn special parking

Editor, I am so tired of the dirty looks we get when we park in the handicapped parking and get out of our vehicles. We have D.V. tags on our vehicles. My husband is a D.V. - disabled veteran.

April 11, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Family thankful for kindness

Editor, We are grateful to our many friends who have been so kind and thoughtful during the passing of our loved one, Dea Clinton Richardson. Your prayers, visits, calls, cards, flowers, food and all other acts of kindness have given us strength and inspiration.

April 11, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Eco education cleverly disguised as fun

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel through a storm drain? Well, on Earth Day, which is April 22, attendees will have the opportunity to find out for themselves. Normally, the only things that travel through our storm drains are rain water and, unfortunately, litter and debris that accumulate in areas around the drains.

April 11, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Many believe ObamaCare celebrates not-so-happy birthday

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ObamaCare, was signed into law March 23, 2010. More than one year later, the law remains unpopular with the public and a core fiscal concern for many voters, while many are learning just how intrusive the government mandates are.

April 06, 2011 | By Ronald S. Bachman Guest columnist | Opinion


From anvil floats to paradise

Let's dip into the mailbag today, boys and girls, and see what is on the minds of discerning readers.

April 06, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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It's our turn to defend them

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Valley clergy unite; evil must be stopped

Every fifth Friday of the month, which generally comes around about four times most years, the clergy of the Valley would gather together for lunch ...

August 08, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


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