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Forecasting hurricanes is exercise in futility

In an affluent country, government can afford to do many unnecessary things, and do them in complex and impressive ways. One example in the United States is the predilection for predicting the number of hurricanes in the upcoming season.

September 06, 2011 | By R. Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Renewing spouse ID is frustrating

Editor, On July 5, I set up an appointment for my wife at the Fort Stewart ID card section. I was told what forms were needed and I scheduled the appointment for Aug. 29. Spouse IDs are only made 60 days prior to expiration. My spouse's ID will expire six days after our appointment date.

September 06, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Support schools' recycling programs

I constantly am amazed at the creative ways to recycle and reduce waste that increasingly are available, particularly in our schools. A number of our schools have recycling programs and even more are setting them up this year.

September 06, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Life challenging for everyone, not just military

There's nothing like an inconveniently scheduled field exercise to put a rumple in our plans for the baby's arrival.

September 06, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Americans do have right to own guns

Some paranoia is justified. Are American gun owners paranoid? Yes. Is someone out to get them? Yes. Personal liberty and guns go hand in hand. I know that a lot of people will disagree with this, but look at the world around you. We are the freest country in the world and the most armed.

September 01, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Impacts felt by developmentally disabled

In times like these, we've all learned to do more with less. The truth is, that's nothing new for those of us who provide quality and caring services to the thousands of Georgia citizens who have developmental disabilities.

September 01, 2011 | By Ralph Herndon Guest columnist | Opinion


Infrastructure bank would be another misfire

"President Barack Obama has been shooting mostly blanks when it comes to finding ways to reignite the stalled economy." And his latest proposal - the creation of an "infrastructure bank" to loan money to finance public works projects - not only would be more of the same, but would target taxpayers as well.

September 01, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Health center dedicated to good care, service

Editor, The following is a letter to Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga.: Dear Congressman Kingston, In January 2010, I wrote to you to report my problems with the Diversity Health Center in Ludowici. The letter I'm sending you now is to report on the events that have occurred since that time

August 31, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia needs unity

Our economy is at best stubbornly stuck in neutral, and too many elected leaders seem to agree only that the best way forward involves little more than pointing fingers and shouting accusations. That backdrop made it especially heartening to observe the more than 200 Georgians who traveled to Pine Mountain recently to discuss the future.

August 31, 2011 | By Atlanta Journal Constitution | Opinion


Man of the cloth wants piece of the action

A man of the cloth by the name of Markel Hutchins is suing the estate of the late Kathryn Johnston for a half-million dollars.

August 31, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight takes on government dependency

August 30, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Make smarter everyday choices

Every day we make dozens of choices that impact our environment. There are many different ways to handle simple chores and tasks. When you make these everyday choices, are you really making the smartest decisions? And, for that matter, do you know why certain choices are better than others? You might be surprised. Here are some handy facts about things you don't even think about, but likely do all the time.

August 30, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Redrawing districts not easy for lawmakers

Recently, the Georgia Legislature convened for a special session as a result of an official call issued by Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 30, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Finding the value of family in politics

Have you ever taken a trip as part of your job and taken a family member with you? You go to meetings or do your work and they meet with friends or family and go sight-seeing or shopping. That's usually how it works, and it happens all the time, right? Not so fast if you are a public official though.

August 29, 2011 | By PSC Commissioner Tim Echols Guest columnist | Opinion


Back-to-school spending is big

Americans may be worrying about layoffs and a second recession, but it's made them only moderately less openhanded in back-to-school spending, which has quietly assumed the status of a major economic barometer and event.

August 29, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


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Volunteer to help clean up the county

The last few weeks have been busy for Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers.

March 14, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Changing consumer protection is bad idea

Editor: Senators Isakson and Perdue have proposed a bill for turning control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) over to Congressional oversight rather than ...

March 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Deconstruct the administrative state

Steve Bannon blew a dog whistle for constitutional conservatives when he spoke of "deconstructing the administrative state" at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

March 12, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Muckraking is tradition in America

OK, OK, OK, you say. Enough already. We in the media have made our point. In fact, we have made it ad nauseum. We are ...

March 11, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Darts and daisies, daisies and darts

At my first paper some 20 years ago there was a middle-aged, bespectacled and be-permed teacher named Ginger something-or-the other who regularly wrote a column ...

March 11, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Learn about the new chamber

As a spouse of a retired U.S. Army veteran, I have traveled the world and in my travels I have achieved many successes.

March 10, 2017 | By Sabrina Newby Guest columnist | Opinion


Legislation targets low-performing schools

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law. Last week, the ...

March 10, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


School board has gotta be kidding with payout

Editor: Either your reporting of the "BoE, superintendent to part ways June 30" had an error or this is another one of those "you gotta ...

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Shaking the money tree

The General Assembly session is more than two-thirds done and on track to adjournment.

March 09, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Crossover Day is benchmark for Georgia legislation

The Georgia General Assembly ended the week on what is known as "Crossover Day." This is the 28th legislative day in which bills that passed ...

March 09, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Great American Cleanup starts on east end

What if a million years ago a caveman finished off a soda and he tossed the glass bottle on the ground on the ground?

March 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Perspective on scholarship programs

A recent opinion piece in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked, "Are vouchers a failure?" Any answer requires examining the best evidence on the topic and placing ...

March 07, 2017 | By Benjamin Scafidi Guest columnist | Opinion


Trump's issues with the press

My feelings are hurt. I'm not on President Donald Trump's list of "enemies of the American people." Here is his exact tweet:

March 07, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Immigrants can be bad for a country

As if on cue, riots broke out in a heavily immigrant suburb of Stockholm as soon as the media mocked President Donald Trump for a ...

March 07, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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