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Flu vaccine is best protection

Editor, Each year for the past 35 years, the flu has peaked in February. There is no evidence that this season will be any different.

January 30, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Husbands need a little TLC, too

While I was back in Iowa over the holidays, a friend of mine told me about a tradition she and her husband had developed for bonding after each child's birth. Once the new baby had reached around 3 months of age, they would leave the baby, along with their other children, with her parents and go for a couple's weekend to regroup in their marriage. At the time, and even still, the idea of leaving my baby behind for a weekend seemed outrageous.

January 30, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Courts, colleges come before lawmakers

Day 6 (Monday, Jan. 23): After a long weekend, we're back in session today. We got right to work debating two bills. HB46, the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act, will streamline discovery in cases involving out-of-state decisions by allowing depositions and discovery taken in other states to be admissible in Georgia courts. While HB46 passes easily, SB203, a bill that was passed by the Senate last year but had changes made by the House, didn't make it through the Senate. The bill now will go back to the House, where members will either accept the bill as-is ...

January 30, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Some speech is no longer free

The Supreme Court just put a price tag on some formerly free speech.

January 26, 2012 | By Ken Paulson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Midway Police deserve respect

Editor, Midway has real C-O-P-S, "courageous officers providing security!" Not exactly what you expected? Think about it, and you'll realize that is exactly what police officers do.

January 26, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Ludowici's new officials revert to old tactics

Editor, Jan. 17, 2012, the first meeting of the new city council was held. I will be using names and only because the newspapers will have articles that do. My view point is from the audience. I apologize ahead of time to the innocent family members of this council.

January 26, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Let's hire an experienced executive

"It's not my fault." Can you imagine if the president of a major corporation said this to the stockholders when the company is doing badly?

January 25, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Our mission, should you decide to accept...

There have been a lot of spy movies lately, like the most recent installment in the Mission Impossible series.

January 25, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


State may fund DCS building furniture

Following the presentation of budget proposals by Gov. Nathan Deal for the remainder of this fiscal year and for fiscal year 2013, members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee held joint budget hearings this week at the State Capitol.

January 25, 2012 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Politics do matter, especially to military

It stands to reason that military personnel would want a president who supports the military.

January 25, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


On politics, journalists, special birthday girl

State Sen. Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, one of our two unelected lieutenant governors - Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, is the other - sent out a puff piece taking much credit for authoring a bill to require local school boards to consider a teacher's "effectiveness," not seniority, when getting rid of teachers.

January 25, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Perception of time is in eye of beholder

It's funny how the perception of time so easily plays tricks on our minds. One day the azaleas are just starting to bloom around town, a sure sign that spring is eminent, then next day you're rushing to get your Christmas shopping list finished in time. One day you're in complete disbelief that you might be pregnant, the next you're tying up loose ends at work before taking maternity leave.

January 24, 2012 | By Lori Wynn Staff writer | Opinion


Current primary system favors rich, not voters

Editor, Attack politics, both inter- and intraparty, are as old as this republic. United States history, however, repeatedly demonstrates that what one chooses to attack has often been the bane of the attacker as well as the attacked.

January 24, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


TSPLOST about more than sales tax

Editor, The governor and the General Assembly are attempting to change the time-honored Georgia Constitution, whereas counties are the local constituted authorities for governmental operations, and pass that authority to a regional roundtable. The General Assembly and the governor want to add another layer of government - not elected - called the regional roundtables.

January 19, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Sustainability of HOPE now in real doubt

This is the flaw in the lottery/HOPE Scholarship formula that very few if any among us saw coming.

January 19, 2012 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


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Trump should expect little honeymoon

Forget about the honeymoon being over. There won't be any honeymoon.

January 14, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


It's time to defund the United Nations

We've come a long way from Daniel Patrick Moynihan excoriating the UN's 1975 "Zionism is racism" resolution in one of the finer exhibits ...

January 13, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Keep them honest in 2017

When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he pledged he would "drain the swamp" in Washington and put an end to all the influence peddling ...

January 13, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Uh-oh, it’s time to hide the silverware

To Arms! To Arms! The Legislature is coming, the Legislature is coming!

January 13, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Spring County Fair calms Valley atmosphere

The mayoral election seemed a million miles away on Friday night at the Spring County Fair. With "Silver Tongue" firmly entrenched in his role as ...

January 12, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers start 2017 session with work to do

On Monday, the Georgia General Assembly began the 2017 session and I am honored that you place trust in me to represent you in the ...

January 12, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Good luck Mike, you’re going to need it

Mike Riddle was a pretty good Long County correspondent for the Coastal Courier for a lot of years.

January 12, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Frequent Midway critic at it again

Editor: As the city turns. In our last episode, the suspense was high as the city council reprimanded two outstanding employees unjustly. The council also ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Resolve to help the environment

If you are still having trouble firming up some New Year's resolutions that you can actually keep, consider recycling.

January 10, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Seconds count in opoid overdose

Editor: The use of Naloxone can save a life. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an opioid antagonist used in opioid overdoses to counteract the ...

January 09, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


The Old Lady is going home

Henry Ford converted a 1937 For pickup truck into a fire truck to be used in Way's Station, now Richmond Hill.

January 07, 2017 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Valley residents respond to challenger's whisper-thin defeat

The morning following "The Great Valley Runoff" was perhaps the oddest moment of my growing-up years. It was as if we were surrounded by fog ...

January 06, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


All Trump, 24/7

My loyal readers, both of them, possibly remember that I've long championed some outside-the-box ways to reduce the deficit before we're overwhelmed with ...

January 06, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


2016 had its positives

The year 2016 is over, but I want to start 2017 by looking back at some of the positive things from last year.

January 06, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Who's the boss? It remains to be seen

Donald Trump was supposed to take over the Republican Party, but the question going forward will be whether the Republican Party takes over him.

January 05, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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