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It's not government schools, it's stupid government

To quote the Church Lady on Saturday Night Live, "Well, isn't that special?" State School Superintendent John Barge and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., have asked U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a waiver of the controversial No Child Left Behind law and, instead, to measure school performance on a broader basis, consisting of scores on a Criterion-Referenced Competency Test along with other factors in a "performance index."

October 19, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


State should protect families, not criminals

An assistant U.S. District Attorney put into words during the sentencing of a bank robber with a frightening criminal background what many have been thinking or saying all along: Georgia's judicial system leaves much to be desired.

October 18, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


Thanks for supporting ball for Dorchester

Editor, Thank you to everyone who came out in support of our annual Western Ball. The successful event shed light on the increasing awareness of one of our greatest historical landmarks and its importance, Midway's Dorchester Academy. The profits raised will go toward the restoration and upkeep of the center.

October 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Help with Rivers Alive

I like results. I am a product of a generation that wants instant gratification, and I want it now.

October 18, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Consider Chipper's next assignment

Let's talk a little inside baseball today. Let's talk Atlanta Braves baseball and offer an idea for the team as it moves forward from the disappointing late season collapse that kept the Braves out of post-season play.

October 18, 2011 | By Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


'Tis time (already) to think about charity

Even though the Christmas season still is a few months away, it's not too early to start thinking about those who may not be looking forward to the holidays because of financial hardships. Currently, there are many ongoing charitable campaigns in Liberty County. No matter your income level or time restrictions, it's easy to get involved in some way.

October 17, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Ever had one of those epiphanies?

Ever had one of those days when a big word just kept popping up ... a word you have seldom or perhaps never used? But you keep thinking about it until you go look it up just in case you need to toss it out at a reception or some other gathering that you would rather not be attending.

October 17, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Garage sales provide savings, fun

The time is coming soon, and I'm not talking about the birth of my baby. I'm talking about the post-wide garage sale coming up on Saturday. You can bet that if I'm not in the hospital delivering, you'll see me waddling from house to house in search of hidden treasures.

October 17, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Training programs would help jobless

President Barack Obama introduced a jobs bill, for which he can't get support from the Democratic-controlled Senate because his last "shovel-ready" jobs bill was a failure. To combat the high unemployment rate in Georgia, the Department of Labor instituted the Georgia Work$ program in conjunction with various companies. This is a volunteer program where people who are unemployed can work as interns during an eight-week term and learn a new trade. They would collect unemployment benefits during this period and, hopefully, land a job.

October 13, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Stay focused on Georgia's water

Georgia received some welcome news in the recent unanimous refusal by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to hold a new hearing on the approved uses of Lake Lanier. Not surprisingly, the state of Alabama has said it will appeal to the United States Supreme Court. As a result, this issue – only one of many in the ongoing water wars between Georgia, Alabama and Florida – will remain unsettled for at least the near future.

October 13, 2011 | By Chris Clark Guest columnist | Opinion


Can third party help poor, middle class?

Editor, I keep hearing the Republicans in Congress saying that if we put taxes on the rich, they won't be able to put people back to work.

October 12, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Dialing-for-dollars plan is bad idea

It seems as if we only just got the telemarketer nuisance under control, unsolicited calls from insistent salespeople peddling magazine subscriptions, time-shares, can't-miss investment opportunities, mortgage refinancing and a whole cornucopia of sucker deals. Since the telemarketers wanted to call when most people would be at home, they often called at dinnertime. Telemarketing became synonymous with "really irritating."

October 12, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Protesters doing more harm than good

Editor, President Barack Obama, the Democrats and the liberal media have endorsed and encouraged the protesters currently polluting New York City and elsewhere. They are trying to compare the dirty mobs protesting Wall Street to the Tea Party rallies, which are civil and leave their venues all cleaned up. The minority leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, is proud of the rent-a-mobs, the dirty masses of hippies and union thugs trashing the streets as they broadcast their hatred of capitalism and America. They could be called the BEA party, as in "Bathed Enough Already."

October 12, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Proud of past, looking toward future

Thomas David Petite has a very simple view on the immigration issue raging in the United States.

October 12, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


'Don't ask...' repeal is wrong for military

Dear editor: This letter is in response to the column regarding homosexuals in the military and the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." While Christie Schroeder's column sounds good on the surface, showcasing her "tolerance" and "fair-mindedness," the fact is that allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the military is very wrong on many levels.

October 12, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


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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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