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Tighten control of legislative expenses

According to a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution story on travel and expense claims from state lawmakers for times this year when the Legislature was not in session, legislators billed the state's taxpayers for more than $1.3 million from Jan. 1 to Dec. 8.

December 27, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


New spin on Christmas classic

Editor's note: Parts of the following column were taken from and inspired by Clement Clarke Moore's original poem, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

December 23, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Suggestions on moving economy forward

Last week, we learned that farm income in 2011 is forecast to reach an all-time high, up 28 percent over 2010, signaling that American agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation's economy.

December 22, 2011 | By Hobby Stripling Guest columnist | Opinion


Avoid fire hazards this Christmas

Christmas is just days away, and the tree that you so carefully picked out for the holiday is standing tall and proud in your home, beautifully decorated with ornaments and lights. But just because the tree is trimmed doesn't mean it's no longer in need of recurring attention - have you been watering your grand Christmas display?

December 22, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Feds dialing up vehicle cell phone ban

In the race between a fast-spreading and potentially hazardous technology and government attempts to regulate it, the regulators come in a distant second.

December 21, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


2012 will be big for politics, mosquitoes

I am pleased to announce that beginning Jan. 1, Junior E. Lee - general manager of Round or Square Polls, a division of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield - will offer exclusive analysis of the upcoming presidential election that can be seen only in this space.

December 21, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight: Top stories of 2011

December 20, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Give Christmas gifts that give back

I have been blessed. During the holiday season, I am reminded constantly of the blessings I have - a loving husband and family, dear friends, great coworkers, a job I love and the involvement of thousands of local volunteers each year who are a blessing in themselves.

December 19, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Ban on texting while driving needed

Conceding that it's a little disconcerting that the National Transportation Safety Board would use a worst-case scenario to recommend a total ban on texting, emailing or talking on a cellphone - even hands-free devices - while driving, that's not necessarily sufficient reason to reject the recommendation outright.

December 19, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


So you don't believe in all that science stuff

Sometimes irony can be deafening. That's how it seemed to me recently as I listened to a fellow pooh-pooh science.

December 19, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


There are ways to create new jobs

Editor, Why are so many people out of work in Hinesville and Liberty County? I see a lot of open Hinesville jobs posted on the Internet and the Courier also provides help wanted ads. I also see a lot of jobs that businesses won't pay to have done, but that need to be done. Look at all these slum areas in Liberty County and Hinesville. Local governments don't pave roads or put in sidewalks where they are needed.

December 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Opinions of war aside, soldiers deserve welcome

Last week, the United States marked the end of a foreign conflict that claimed the lives of nearly 4,500 American troops and 100,000 Iraqis, wounded thousands more and cost the nation more than $800 billion. The war in Iraq lasted nearly nine bitterly conflicted years, but the flag-retiring ceremony that brought the battle to a close lasted only 45 minutes.

December 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Road trip may test patience, nerves

There's no escaping it now. With Christmas less than a week away, it's time to face the inevitable.

December 19, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Santa, please send jobs to Georgia

This year, 483,605 Georgians have the same item on their Christmas wish list - they want a job.

December 16, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


U.N. considers more rights for Mother Earth

Recently, 192 mostly socialist governments, led by Bolivia, asked the U.N. to create a treaty that would grant the same rights found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to "Mother Nature." The treaty supports a legal system to maintain a balance between human rights and what they perceive as the rights of other elements of the Earth's community - the plants, animals and terrain.

December 14, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


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Recycle It! Fairs in three places Saturday

Calling all pack rats who are looking to reform, next Saturday we will have our quarterly Recycle It! Fairs as well as a Shred It!

February 13, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


The revenge of the nation-state

The start of the Trump administration has been a vindication of the American nation-state.

February 12, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Jury duty can be a hoot when you know people

It was, of all things, a call to jury duty that reminded me powerfully of the beauty of a sweet hometown and the joy that ...

February 11, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump has created his own chaos

Let's take the good with the bad about Donald Trump: On the positive side, he has rendered useless those clocks the news networks like ...

February 11, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


China would win trade war with U.S.

During his election campaign, President Donald Trump threatened to impose 35 to 45 percent tariffs on Chinese imports to force China into renegotiating its trade ...

February 10, 2017 | By Prof. Winter Nie Guest columnist | Opinion


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 ...

February 10, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


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


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