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Why clerks of superior court are official custodians of land records in Georgia

Georgia's system of state and local government evolved from a long and rigorous series of historical events that occurred in Europe hundreds of years ago, when tyrants ruled absolutely, were often absolutely corrupt and maintained power by force. Under their command, property rights were limited only to what a person could possess, protect and continue to maintain control through might. There were no other property rights per se.

June 08, 2015 | By F. Barry Wilkes | Opinion


‘Justified’ gets the South right

Hollywood, more often than not, gets it wrong about the South in movies and television. When they do get it right, we Southerners are both amazed and appreciative.

June 08, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Opinion


Trade pact would hurt our economy

Editor, In the June 3 edition of the Courier, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation promoted the Trade Promotion Authority in hopes that it will enable passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement being negotiated by 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

June 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Education Reform Commission: Can we talk about how much schooling costs?

The Education Reform Commission established by Gov. Nathan Deal spent a lot of time talking about money in recent months. Its members considered an alternative approach to distributing state funds that gives districts greater flexibility in using those dollars. They also discussed differences in students' needs and changing how funds are allocated based on those needs.

June 05, 2015 | By Claire Suggs Guest column | Opinion


Free-trade bill deserves your support

The congressional debate over trade has been white-hot in recent weeks. With the support of both Georgia senators, Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, the U.S. Senate just approved Trade Promotion Authority, which would help the United States enter into more trade agreements with foreign nations, benefiting people right here in Georgia.

June 05, 2015 | By Brandon Arnold and Benita M. Dodd Georgia Public Policy Foundation | Opinion


Random thoughts on random subjects

• I have the greatest respect for the Georgia State Patrol. Theirs is a tough job with roughly 900 troopers available to cover a state of 59,500 square miles and deal with the kind of carnage they see almost daily on Georgia's highways. If all of this isn't difficult enough, now they are being required to enforce the so-called "slow poke" law. One trooper was quoted recently as saying not enough people are aware of the law. Consider this a public-service announcement, dear reader: If you are going 70 miles per hour in the left lane - the maximum ...

June 05, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Fishing on the Altamaha River was a wonderful memory

Recently, I have been seeing and hearing some great fish tales about large amounts of fish being caught, especially in the rivers.

June 02, 2015 | By Margie Love | Opinion


Why Ga. clerks of superior court are elected

Frequently, I am asked why clerks of superior court in Georgia are elected. The simplest explanation is that having an elected clerk of superior court is for the greater good. However, understanding and appreciating why clerks of superior court are elected requires a more detailed explanation from a historical perspective.

June 02, 2015 | By F. Barry Wilkes | Opinion


When Mama planned on dying

For at least 20 years, maybe 25, Mama planned her home-going to heaven. Not a week - and sometimes not a day - went by when she did not use her impending date with mortality in some way.

June 02, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Opinion


Thanks to all involved in golf tournament

Editor, The 12th annual Scholarship Golf Tournament held last month at the Taylors Creek Golf Course on Fort Stewart was very successful, and I encourage all golfers to take advantage of this great golf course and the staff's extraordinary customer service. The professionalism displayed by the staff, particularly Mr. John Fesperman and Mr. Chuck Graham, was exceptional. They treated us with the utmost respect, and I want to personally thank them for an exceptional customer-service experience - second to none.

June 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


We can do a lot to prevent water pollution

It is raining while I write this. It is a typical summertime thunderstorm. I love a downpour like this. It just kind of refreshes the air even on a hot, humid day.

May 28, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Online schools are key option for students

The classroom is changing.

May 28, 2015 | By Krista Kunkle Guest columnist | Opinion


Christianity under attack in Duggar scandal

This past week, it was reported that Josh Duggar, who is the son of Jim and Michelle Duggar from TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" reality show, molested several girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager.

May 27, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion


Tax policy a quality-of-life topic in 2015

Taxes are nobody's favorite expense. Most people view them as simply a nuisance bill to pay or as an added cost on a major purchase. Average Georgians rarely give state tax policy a second thought, especially compared to critical challenges like education and health care. But few issues matter more to the pocketbooks of Georgia families, the bottom line of Georgia businesses and the ability of state and local governments to fund quality public services.

May 27, 2015 | By Wesley Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion


Teachers share feelings about future

My recent open letter to Georgia's public school teachers produced as much response as I have received in a long time. Teachers from one end of the state to the other have weighed in, and the comments are still coming.

May 27, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Resident says city is muzzling him

Editor, Locked out!

June 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Health-care proposal improves with ages

You've got to give credit to U.S. Rep. Dr. Tom Price, R-Ga.: He introduced his first post-Obamacare bill as early as 2009 and has reintroduced an updated version in every Congress since then. The latest Empowering Patients First Act (House Resolution 2300), introduced this month, is the fourth iteration.

June 12, 2015 | By John Graham Guest columnist | Opinion


'Nam vets getting parade finally

On June 19, a Vietnam veterans welcome-home ceremony will be held at Cottrell Field on Fort Stewart. Many local communities also have designated the day as a time to honor all veterans who served during this war. This ceremony is a great event and one that everyone in the community should make plans to attend.

June 11, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Columnist | Opinion


Feds closely watch columnist, dangling participles

Last week, Congress passed, and President Barack Obama signed, legislation that will alter somewhat how federal law enforcement can monitor our phone calls in the future.

June 11, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Mosquito Control: Stopping the buzz

It's that time of the year again that most coastal communities dread - mosquito season.

June 10, 2015 | By Frasier Sylvers Guest columnist | Opinion


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