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State looking to ban new drug 'spice'

In September, a sheriff's deputy in Statesboro responded to a call of a young man who had nearly beaten his girlfriend to death with a beer mug after both had ingested the drug spice.

November 17, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Can Gingrich pull off a comback?

In Republican counties across Georgia, voters are keeping a close eye on the GOP candidates running for president.

November 17, 2011 | By Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Challenge Ludowici to abide by code of ethics

Editor, On Oct. 26, a resolution was signed at a public meeting in Ludowici City Hall. The mayor, four council members and the city clerk signed the document. The code of ethics is a state law under Georgia Code Title 45 (OCGA 45-10-1) for public officers and employees.

November 17, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Energy Department should be dissolved

Since the country needs to cut its spending, a good place to start is the Department of Energy, which, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget, has a budget of $29 billion a year that I believe it wastes on failed projects, some of which are listed in this column. The DOE was started by President Jimmy Carter to make the U.S. energy dependent. Now we are more dependent than ever on foreign oil.

November 16, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Speaker may spend holiday closer to home

KNOCK! KNOCK! KNOCK!

November 16, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Want to keep driving? Stay in school

"How can we take a bite out of high school truancy, and maybe improve graduation rates in the process?" Hit the hooky players where it hurts.

November 15, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


I'm really gonna miss Andy Rooney

I'm going to miss Andy Rooney. I never met the guy, but it's like we had coffee together on a regular basis. He was a great talent – a Will Rogers sort-of-guy without the horse and lariat.

November 15, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Multi-state approach needed for port

Much has been asserted about the economic benefit of deepening Savannah's harbor – some of it highly speculative and contradicting official analysis by the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

November 15, 2011 | By David Kyler | Opinion


Fight homelessness now, all year long

The city of Hinesville recently observed Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week, which consisted of a town hall meeting, canned food drive and other events designed to shed light on the community's prevention programs and assist members of the population who are in need. Kudos to Homeless Prevention Program coordinator Daisy Jones, who works in the city's Community Development Department, for coordinating the observance, and to the city for supporting it.

November 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Midway, all governments must be accountable

Whether it is the federal government, state, county or city, the government is owned by the people. That's why the U.S. Constitution starts out, "We the People." Often, elected officials perform acts that do not benefit the taxpayers or make commitments that the people cannot afford or do not want to spend money on. After all, the money that government wastes is the taxpayers' money.

November 14, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Support End Veteran Homelessness Act

Editor: As our country celebrates Veterans Day, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all the men and women in our community who have honorably served their country.

November 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


State must use funds as they were intended

Alan Brown's frustration with the way the state has handled a fund that's supposed to support driver education for the state's young people - a fund established under a law carrying the name of his dead son, who hydroplaned on a wet road eight years ago and hit a tree - certainly is understandable.

November 14, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Hinesight: Christmas coming too early?

November 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Husband's commitment is invaluable

After nearly three years as a military spouse, I've grown accustomed to life without family around. I came from a very close-knit family - you know, the kind where grandma phones over when she sees a car she doesn't recognize in the driveway from across the highway. That means it took me a while to get used to this more independent way of living.

November 14, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Take the pledge to start recycling

Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day. Keep Liberty Beautiful is inviting you to take the pledge.

November 14, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | 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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