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Obama needs new czar, the perfect choice is...

Dear Mr. President:

September 21, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lawmaker travel expensive; needed

Spooked by the public outcry, the House of Representatives has canceled its order for four military jets that would have been used occasionally to ferry members of Congress around the world. Even so, you shouldn't expect that the next time you fly, your seatmate in coach will be some humbled congressman on a fact-finding mission.

September 18, 2009 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


What would Bush do?

If he wants to prevail in Afghanistan, Barack Obama needs a George W. Bush moment. He'll have to ignore the polls, brush aside doubters in his own party and reinforce a failing war effort.

September 16, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Reflections on the loss of a young, promising life

If you will allow me a moment of personal privilege, it has been one year since our grandson, Zack Wansley, collapsed and died while training for the Thanksgiving Day Marathon in Atlanta. He was 22.

September 14, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Mother of all slush funds

Now that Congress is back in session and President Obama has spoken, Washington's focus on the various health plans will intensify. But health legislation passing through Congress has nothing to do with health reform, or even health care. It is about raw political power.

September 14, 2009 | By Ronald E. Bachman Special to the Courier | Opinion


Congress needs five-day work week

Looking at ways to make Congress a stronger, more effective institution, it's easy for reformers to get dispirited by the sheer complexity of the task. How do you even begin to fix the budget process, or reduce the hold of campaign money on members' attention, or change the lopsided power equation between Congress and the White House? Yet there is one small improvement that Congress could put into effect that would go a long way toward making it a more successful body: extend the congressional work week.

September 11, 2009 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Williams should settle state tax debt

Al Williams, Liberty County's only member of the Georgia General Assembly, has a gift for oration but the Midway Democrat also has a financial problem that is staining his reputation and adding to statewide image problems for the county.

September 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Harsh interrogation works

If Dick Cheney had a fantasy scenario for how the Bush administration interrogation program worked, it might go like this: A top-level al-Qaida operative is captured, but resists traditional interrogation. He is then waterboarded, after which he becomes an invaluable resource. Eventually, the terrorist conducts tutorials on al-Qaida doctrine and operations for the benefit of American intelligence officers.

September 09, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Emergency drills for businesses, families

It has been eight years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington killed some 3,000 innocent people. How soon we forget.

September 07, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Sound students hear Obama?

Perhaps you've heard about President Barack Obama's planned speech to the nation's schoolchildren on Tuesday. If so, you probably also heard that it has created controversy, which comes as no surprise.

September 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


We need to keep jobs in Georgia

Some of my fondest memories growing up are of vacations my family and I spent at a Georgia State Park, camping at Elijah Clark State Park near Lincolnton.

September 04, 2009 | By State Rep. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Convincing the dimwits

The Obama team is saddled with a foundering health-care strategy. But it has a fallback plan - relying on the sheer dimwitted gullibility of the American public. How stupid do they think we are?

September 02, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Etiquette at the store

When I was at UGA, many years ago, I took a biology class as part of the required curriculum. One day, the professor asked the 300 of us in the class what we thought was the most important organ in the human body.

September 02, 2009 | By Rafe Semmes Columnist | Opinion


Thoughts on grinches, values, sweet tea

Sometimes you just can't help but feel sorry for Malfunction Junction, aka, the city of Atlanta.

August 31, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Learning to live with bipolar disorder

Learning to live with bipolar disorder has been a long and difficult struggle. It took three hospitalizations and several different diagnoses to get the proper diagnosis of dipolar disorder type 2.

August 28, 2009 | By Martha Lavigne Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Arbor Day celebrates trees

This coming Friday, we will celebrate Georgia Arbor Day. If you love and appreciate trees like I do, then please join us in celebration of trees this week by planting a tree and increasing our community tree canopy.

February 17, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Oppose proposed transportation funding bill

Editor, There is a new House bill going through the state at a very fast pace, and it's not even being discussed like any local gossip would. This is a very important issue for the entire state of Georgia. This bill proposes to take fuel tax off of your local SPLOST, ESPLOST and LOST revenue, which means a significant change in the operations of the county.

February 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Make decisions with family in mind

Twelve years ago, I made a decision to follow my head, not my heart, and put my career first. I'd just completed my first post-college internship at the Abilene Reporter-News in Texas and, having impressed my supervisor, was offered full-time employment at the end of my three-month stint.

February 16, 2015 | Hollie Barnidge | Opinion


Eventually we'll sign over wages to government

Editor, On Dec. 16, 1773, demonstrators destroyed an entire shipment of tea in the Boston Harbor in protest of taxation without representation. Today, we have ultra-taxation with representation. At the rate that we are going, we will just sign over our employment checks and accept the spending money that our government gives us.

February 11, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Shady antics on the field, halls of power

If you watched the Super Bowl a couple of weeks ago - and reports say that 114 million of us did - perhaps you saw a portion of the reprehensible behavior of Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin who, after scoring a touchdown, proceeded to mime pulling down his pants and squatting as if on a commode, before dropping the ball to the ground as if using the restroom. The NFL fined Baldwin $11,000, which has to be chump change to this boor. Astonishingly, the incident has gotten very little mention in the media. You can bet this kind of obscene showboating ...

February 11, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers hear State of Courts Address

The Georgia Senate had a busy week. We held numerous committee meetings to review legislation and listen to testimony either opposing or supporting bills being considered. The committee process is where the bills are vetted before being considered by the Senate, and it is a crucial part of the legislative process.

February 11, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


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