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Thanks for helping family of boy in need

Editor, I am a mother of five children, one of whom is very ill, recently became wheelchair-bound and is getting worse daily. I went to a company called JCVisions here in town for assistance because my son's medical bills and my husband's recent layoff make it tough for us to keep up with bills. While I was at JCVisions, I asked the staffers if they knew of any resources for handicap accessories because my family is in need of a wheelchair lift and/or a larger van for our family and a wheelchair ramp for our son.

December 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Shop local stores first

As you're frantically buying gifts and checking names of your holiday lists, please stop for a moment to consider our local stores, businesses and eateries.

December 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


From hips to slips, what's interesting in 2011

Dear valued reader: In appreciation for your loyalty and support this past year, I had planned to thank you by sending each of you your own personalized Dick Yarbrough Christmas card - suitable for framing - that you could proudly show your envious friends. The cards might even become a collector's item some day and you could take them to the Antiques Road Show and make a lot of money which you could then spend on a new Ferrari. It is the least I could do for you.

December 14, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


The infamous Jekyll/Hyde syndrome

I don't like crowds. A family reunion is about as big a group as I want to be in. Forget theme parks and other places where you wish you had the Right Guard franchise. I think this attitude may come with age. And with wisdom.

December 13, 2011 | By Dwain Walden | Opinion


Will cancer recommendations save lives?

Dear editor: Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in men behind lung cancer. The PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test, even with limitations, is the best screening method we have today along with the DRE (digital rectal exam).

December 13, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Coal, jobs and your electric bill

Part of the Public Service Commission's job in Georgia is certifying how and where Georgia Power gets electricity. With ever-changing federal environmental regulations, the PSC soon will have to decide whether to close some of our old coal facilities or bring them into Environmental Protection Agency compliance with new standards by putting controls on them to further remove sulfur, mercury and NOx.

December 13, 2011 | By Tim Echols Special to the Courier | Opinion


EPD should not worry about economic growth

Jud Turner, Gov. Nathan Deal's choice to head the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, will officially succeed EPD Director Allen Barnes in the new year. At Wednesday's meeting of the state Natural Resources Board, Turner pledged to "adopt the policies of his predecessor in trying to keep economic development coming into the state while regulating its impact on the environment."

December 13, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


City should review its own documents

Editor: Since I attended the Nov. 8 Ludowici City Council meeting, there has been much speculation by the public about funds paid to Vanessa Cunningham. This woman is trying against great odds to bring the city into the 21st century by bringing up to date the charter, ordinances and a series of other things as shown in documents signed by the mayor and city clerk. These things, required by state and federal statutory requirements, are not necessarily good for old politics and, in my opinion, this is the reason for all the turmoil unfolding right before the new government begins ...

December 13, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Do Sunday alcohol sales say anything about gambling?

There's talk again in the media and among some politicians of expanding gambling in Georgia to produce another revenue stream for education, trauma care and other needs in our state.

December 13, 2011 | By Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Hinesight questions legislators' worth

December 13, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Whose city is Midway, anyway?

City governments should not be allowed to function with smoke and mirrors. City government and its records must be open to its residents, and the full city council should be part of the decisions made for the city.

December 12, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Lack of information hurt victim's family

Two young, promising lives were taken early this week. Tiffany York, 17, of Midway and Michael Roark, 20, of Fort Stewart died in what police are calling a double homicide.

December 12, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


In-person support beats internet

Virtual support is a trend that is growing more and more popular in the military community. When spouses have questions, they no longer have to rely solely on their family readiness group for answers. Now, with Facebook pages and forums dedicated specifically to military spouse support, it's easy to get instantaneous feedback.

December 12, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Dangers to our liberties lurk in our own desires

As Democrats and Republicans fall all over themselves trying to come up with ways not to raise payroll taxes on millions of Americans - all with an eye toward next fall's elections - there is another, more sinister proposal working its way through Congress.

December 07, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Who cares that UGA lost the SEC championship?

In case you have been vacationing on the moon, you may have missed the news that the student-athletes from the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, came up a wee bit short in attaining the football championship of the Southeastern Conference. That honor went to the young men of Louisiana State University, who, having observed them in post-game interviews, are destined to become either, you know, great orators or, you know, quantum physicists.

December 07, 2011 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


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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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