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Help make Saturday night electric

Taped next to a light switch in my house is a photo of an Appalachian mountain that has been mined for coal by blowing off its peak. That photo reminds me to keep the light off as much as I can.

April 12, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Crunch time in Atlanta

We have completed 34 of the no more than 40 days of the 2008 Georgia General Assembly. As allowed by the Georgia Constitution, the only item we must complete is enacting a balanced budget for the operations of the state. We completed that last week and now the Senate will consider it.

April 10, 2008 | By Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Government's chickens are back

When a private company screws up, there is no shortage of people demanding more government intrusion in the marketplace. But when the government screws up, they don't call for less government. They call for more.

April 10, 2008 | By Sheldon Richman Columnist | Opinion


Tax reform is needed

Last week, the Senate gave careful consideration to two issues that will significantly affect you and every Georgian - tax reform and the state budget.

April 10, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Terrorists everyone is afraid to talk about

Nothing hurts parents as deeply as news of the violent death of a child. Over time, the grief subsides slightly but it never goes away - not after a year or a decade or even a quarter of a century.

April 08, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


House approves $21 billion budget

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve a $21.2 billion annual state budget for fiscal year 2009, which begins July 1. The total spending plan reflects a reduction of about $245 million from Gov. Sonny Perdue's original proposal due to lower revenues caused by the state's recent economic downturn.

April 08, 2008 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


The importance of great school boards

School boards don't usually grab the good headlines.

April 05, 2008 | By Kathy Cox Special to the Courier | Opinion


Don't be in the dark about what's around us

One evening when I was a young woman, I was caught on Springer Mountain in Georgia when darkness fell.

April 05, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Aiming at debate on gun rights

Over the past eight years, out-of-control spending, Iraq, economic concerns, and the culture wars have eclipsed gun control in the public debate over politics.

April 05, 2008 | By Nathan Tabor Columnist | Opinion


A day in the life of an Iraqi

My husband and his brother had gone out to the mosque when they came.

April 05, 2008 | Amanda Cox Columnist | Opinion


Budget, tax work now dominate session

The General Assembly is approaching the final stretch of the 2008 session.

April 03, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tax reform is still alive

Your Georgia General Assembly is moving into the final quarter of the 2008 Assembly session as last week we completed 31 days of the no-more-than 40 legislative day session.

April 03, 2008 | By Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Five years later 3rd ID still improving Iraq

Five years ago, the first unit to cross the Kuwait-Iraq border was the 3rd Infantry Division's 3rd Squadron, 7th Calvary Regiment. The days following were the most rapid advance in the 3rd ID history, outpacing even the World War II invasions of Sicily when the Division advanced 100 miles in 12 days, and southern France when the Division advanced 400 miles in a month. By March 31, 2003, the 3rd ID was within 50 miles of Baghdad.

April 03, 2008 | By MG Rick Lynch Special to the Courier | Opinion


How to shut a liberal up, lose an election

If Sen. John McCain shocked the world and decided to pick disgraced New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer as his running mate ...

April 01, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Schools can help keep kids fit

Sixty-six million Americans are overweight or obese, putting themselves at risk for type II diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea and a host of other medical problems.

March 29, 2008 | By Tom Rawlings Special to the Courier | Opinion


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21-day diet for Congress? No, never mind

MOULTRIE - The first item in my emails today was: "How to get thin quickly."

August 12, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve better care

Our veterans shouldn't need an act of Congress and a presidential signature to get the Veterans Affairs healthcare system up to speed. But that's just what it took.

August 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Litmus test for Pres. Obama on whistleblowers

Whistleblowers, often revered and feared by the Obama administration, have received a special place since the 2011 initiation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global transparency campaign. Their prominence is justified. The OGP will become a magnet for cynicism unless there is safe cover for those who will make it work or fail - whistleblowers on the front lines of fraud, waste and abuse currently sustained through secrecy and enforced by repression.

August 11, 2014 | By Tom Devine and Shanna Devine Guest columnists | Opinion


EPA just making a power grab

According to the Federal Register, on Dec. 7, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency "found" that current and projected concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations. Unfortunately, this finding and the EPA's subsequent action threaten the health and welfare of current and future generations of Georgians far more than greenhouse gases do.

August 07, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


System is fine, officials are the problem

Just when you thought Washington couldn't get any messier, our elected officials in the nation's capital prove it can.

August 06, 2014 | Albany Herald | Opinion


Here's why teaching is a noble career

Dear Georgia public-school teachers, It is new school year but, alas, the same old impediments: an out-of-touch federal bureaucracy, ideological state legislators who choose not to send their kids to public schools but intend to tell you how and what to teach, and a society that values reality television more than quality education. Sometimes, I wonder how you manage.

August 06, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Here's to start of new school year

This week, school bells will ring and the 2014-15 academic year will begin. Some children welcome it, others don't. Parents also likely have mixed feelings about the start of another term.

August 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Positive change starts with individuals

How do you create positive community change? That is a good question. It is one that the national organization, Keep America Beautiful, has been fine-tuning a solution since the 1950s.

August 05, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Memories of hot pink luggage

Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama's house. That's when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.

August 05, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Look at desalination in area

Editor, According to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, our water source is slowly being polluted with saltwater, and the coastal area of Georgia will have to reduce the amount of water that it pulls from the Floridan aquifer by 17 million gallons a day.

August 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why I still have faith in Congress

It's depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans' utter disdain for Congress. But it's my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short.

August 04, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


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