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Government is shredding our Constitution

More than 200 years ago, the framers of the Constitution lived under the tyranny of the king of England and his laws and whims. When they revolted and formed a new government, they wrote a document designed to prevent this same tyranny from happening to the citizens of the United States.

February 23, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


NAACP: More investigations justified

Editor, On Friday, Feb. 17, the Liberty County branch of the NAACP met with an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in response to a request for an investigation into possible civil rights violations by local county agencies.

February 23, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Liberty officials discuss education with senator

Day 19 (Wednesday, Feb. 15): Without question, in my eight years that I have served in the Legislature, this has been the busiest time that I have ever experienced. While I am happy that leadership is trying to get us out by the end of March, the pace by which we have been operating has been very trying and exhausting.

February 22, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Defeat attempt to take control from local BoEs

The old saw, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again," is well known by state legislators Jan Jones, R-Milton; Brooks Coleman R-Duluth; Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta; Margaret Kaiser, D-Atlanta; Alisha Morgan, D-Austell; and Matt Hatchett, R-Dublin. They are the sponsors of House Resolution 1162 that would put on the ballot a constitutional amendment question that, if approved, would take local control away from elected school boards when it comes to approving charter schools.

February 22, 2012 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion


House bills focus on tax code, education

Feb: 17: The 2012 Legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly is now officially over half way through the 40 of session under the Gold Dome in Atlanta.

February 22, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


State lobbying laws should make you mad

I seem to have an innate ability to make folks mad. Usually, it is the humor-impaired and special-interest twits. Today, I hope to make everybody mad, no matter your race, creed, color or university affiliation. This diatribe is for all.

February 22, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Get your green on for cleanup

Green starts here this spring.

February 21, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


We surround ourselves with lots of stuff

MOULTRIE - Through the years I have collected an assortment of stuff, and occasionally I look around at all these items in my office and reminisce as to how I came into their possession. Many of them have stories associated with them while others offer much less drama, but they made good paperweights ... so I kept them.

February 21, 2012 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Nobles’ family thankful to community

Editor, We would like to thank all of our many friends in Long County and the surrounding communities for their heartfelt expressions of condolence during our recent loss of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

February 21, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


House defeats charter-school amendment

A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state government to set up charter schools at the local level and require local school boards to provide funding for those schools failed to receive the required two-thirds vote of approval in the House of Representatives on Feb. 8.

February 20, 2012 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Living a dog's life sure is good

If you really want to know who loves you the most - your wife or the dog - try this little experiment.

February 20, 2012 | By Vic Waters Guest columnist | Opinion


Training is to keep soldiers safe

I've had a lot of trouble understanding why Fort Stewart continues to train soldiers so intensely for the heavy methods of combat, like tanks, when it's clear most everyone is about to deploy to Afghanistan where those methods are unusable. A tank isn't practical in those mountains, and I've really struggled over why it's so important to keep the guys away from their families to train on something that seems so moot. I understood training for Afghanistan, but sometimes this heavy training seemed obsolete and unnecessary.

February 20, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Who are the president's policy makers?

Today we hear the term "czar" used a lot in government. The people who we call czars actually are policy directors for different segments of the government. Because of their power, the media uses the term czar, which is actually an old title for a Russian ruler and translates from Caesar, which was what Roman rulers were called.

February 16, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


High court rules for transparency

This one should have been a no-brainer. At least the court's 4-3 ruling leaned in the direction of public accountability.

February 16, 2012 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


House busy passing, debating bills

Feb. 10: The 2012 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly continues to move forward with 18 legislative days behind us. After leaving the Capitol on Friday of last week and heading home to our districts, the legislature was back in full swing on Monday. This week the General Assembly was in session for four days. Although we will not be in session on Monday and Tuesday, myself and the majority of my colleagues will be back in Atlanta attending committee meetings and debating legislation.

February 15, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


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A.J.'s absence piques newswoman's curiosity

A week had gone by since A.J. Fryerson's letter to the editor concerning Buford Levitt's new gas pumps was published in the ...

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Will Trump sour on Georgia?

For a couple of months, Georgia was probably one of Donald Trump's favorite states.

February 10, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Advice for a journey's beginning

Please allow me a bit of a preamble: Nicholas Sanford Wansley is grandson Number Three chronologically and - pardon a grandfather's pride - a high achiever ...

February 09, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Bill would allow medical marijuana for autism

Serving as a state senator is rewarding because I am engaged in the intricate legislative process that often affects and improves the lives of people ...

February 09, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tree give-away for Arbor Day

This month is all about trees. Well, that is not exactly true. We are also all about recycling electronics and household goods and shredding records ...

February 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Words of thanks seem inadequate

Editor, When the worst disaster in the history of Turner County struck on the afternoon of Jan. 22, the immediate response was beyond anything we ...

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


No one has right to enter our country

Editor: For the life of me, I can't figure out the mentality of the protests going on. We finally get a president who wants ...

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why ask a question like that, Courier?

Editor: Why ask a question like that?

February 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Former cop supports fair wage; not SPLOST

Editor: Since my letter to the editor, "Tax For Cop Salaries Doesn't Work For Him," in the Jan. 29 edition of the Courier, I ...

February 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


A.J.'s enemy list just keeps getting longer

Yes, A.J. Fryerson complained about everything, and the number of folks on his "bad list" increased by the week.

February 05, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Obama's legacy is mostly symbolic

The work of unraveling President Barack Obama's legacy is underway, but even if the Trump administration and a Republican Congress reverse every last law ...

February 05, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


In praise of bi-vocational preachers

In the months before we married, I sought to show Tink the Southern mountains of my raising.

February 04, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump's odds of staying in office

His "America First, America First, America First" inaugural address is seen by many as divisive, particularly those who are miserable that Donald Trump is actually ...

February 04, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Taking a slow bus to no where

Varoom! Putt! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Varoom!

February 03, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Marchers only 'pro life' until baby is born

Editor: The Pro Life march in DC on Friday did nothing to advance its cause. I have listened to many of the speeches and scanned ...

February 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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