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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


Belle of military ball is all hyped up

It started out as a tiny thought buried deep in my subconscious just over three years ago. Over time it evolved into a dream, then a deep-seeded desire.

February 06, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


DUIs still a problem in Georgia

You might think that DUIs would be on the downswing in Georgia, thanks to harsher penalties, increased public enlightenment and the efforts of groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

February 06, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Government stupidity is everywhere

I usually pick on the federal government for doing stupid things, but stupidity can be found in all forms of government, including international. It is hard to believe that intelligent people do such stupid things, but it keeps happening. Here are some examples - besides last summer's Midway lemon stand debacle.

February 02, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


House bill promotes career education

The 2012 legislative session continues to move forward as legislation and committee meetings increase.

February 01, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Keep Georgia a shinning economic star

In his State of the State address, Gov. Nathan Deal looked to the heavens and the travels of legendary explorers to describe Georgia's voyage through the darkness of the Great Recession and toward brighter days ahead.

February 01, 2012 | By Atlanta Journal Constitution | Opinion


Thanks for helping woman in need of care

Editor, On Dec. 2, our friend, Regina Keys, was diagnosed with a condition that, according to her doctor, required immediate surgery. Having no insurance, Regina had to apply for financial aid before she could undergo the surgery to remove life-threatening tumors from her body. At this point, the only thing she thought she had to battle was the medical condition. Little did she know that what was about to unfold would baffle an entire community.

February 01, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Southern Baptist leader speaks from heart

Whew! That was close! I almost became a Baptist the other day. Not just any Baptist, but a (gulp!) Southern Baptist.

February 01, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


There should by an ode to fried chicken

It is estimated that on Super Bowl game day, Americans will consume 1.25 billion chicken wings. In other words, 625 million chickens will have contributed to the culinary delights of that day.

January 31, 2012 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Professor stressed crucial role of media

You may never have met or heard of Conrad Fink, but you've no doubt seen his handiwork - albeit through the hands of others.

January 31, 2012 | By Augusta Chronicle | Opinion


Trees make community better

Trees are essential to life. Most trees and shrubs in cities or communities are planted to provide beauty or shade.

January 31, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Flu vaccine is best protection

Editor, Each year for the past 35 years, the flu has peaked in February. There is no evidence that this season will be any different.

January 30, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Husbands need a little TLC, too

While I was back in Iowa over the holidays, a friend of mine told me about a tradition she and her husband had developed for bonding after each child's birth. Once the new baby had reached around 3 months of age, they would leave the baby, along with their other children, with her parents and go for a couple's weekend to regroup in their marriage. At the time, and even still, the idea of leaving my baby behind for a weekend seemed outrageous.

January 30, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Courts, colleges come before lawmakers

Day 6 (Monday, Jan. 23): After a long weekend, we're back in session today. We got right to work debating two bills. HB46, the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act, will streamline discovery in cases involving out-of-state decisions by allowing depositions and discovery taken in other states to be admissible in Georgia courts. While HB46 passes easily, SB203, a bill that was passed by the Senate last year but had changes made by the House, didn't make it through the Senate. The bill now will go back to the House, where members will either accept the bill as-is ...

January 30, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Some speech is no longer free

The Supreme Court just put a price tag on some formerly free speech.

January 26, 2012 | By Ken Paulson Special to the Courier | 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


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