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Democrats back from the dead?

Proponents of a strong two-party state government ought to be jubilant at the outcome of Georgia's Feb. 5 presidential primary.

March 04, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


'Made in China' won't work for American icon

As a teenager on a sweltering August day in 1963, I stood among 250,000 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and listened as a fellow son of Georgia described a dream he had.

March 01, 2008 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


I went to the mountaintop but it was gone

This Valentine's Day I celebrated "I Love Mountains Day." I delivered valentines to politicians who keep allowing King Coal to cut the heads off the oldest mountains in the world.

March 01, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


General Assembly half way through session

The 2008 Georgia General Assembly session is in mid-stream as we have completed its 14th day (Friday).

February 28, 2008 | By Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Conservatives should vote for McCain

Recently, Dr. James Dobson came out publicly and stated that if Arizona Sen. John McCain carries the Republican nomination for the presidency he would not cast a vote in the 2008 presidential election.

February 28, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Columnist | Opinion


Live from the Gold Dome

So far, watching Georgia politics in 2008 has been like having a ringside seat at a professional wrestling match. Legislating sound laws and presenting calm and prudent budget plans have been replaced by threatened body slams and real flying chairs.

February 26, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Measure would reform DOT

The Senate was hard at work again this week, boldly tackling difficult issues facing our state. One of the issues at the top of that list is transportation.

February 26, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Proposal would restire $1.7 million to local schools

Liberty County students and property taxpayers could see some much-needed help under a tax relief bill introduced in the House of Representatives last week.

February 26, 2008 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


I'm voting for Huckabee

I have the distinguished honor of endorsing Gov. Mike Huckabee as the candidate to become the Republican nominee and the next president of the United States. He has extensive leadership experience, and he possesses strong Christian conservative values. He is dedicated to promoting personal responsibility, and believes in less government, less taxes and empowering the family. He is the Republican that I trust with the future of our country.

February 23, 2008 | By State Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Democrats offer school tax relief

This week, Georgia House Democrats announced two legislative proposals that would put a stop to school funding cuts and relieve the burden of nearly $1.6 billion in tax shifts from local property owners. The plans provide fiscally sound property tax relief by fully funding the Quality Basic Education (QBE) Act.

February 23, 2008 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Deficits, Federal Reserve causing meltdown

Make no mistake about it, the central economic problem facing the United States is out-of-control federal spending and the massive federal debt that continues to pile up.

February 23, 2008 | By Jacob C. Hornberger Columnist | Opinion


Country needs youth to learn democracy

If, by chance, you have visited a presidential campaign headquarters, you might have noticed one of the more striking aspects of the various campaigns - how young their foot-soldiers are. You see them in the background in many campaigns.

February 23, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Nunn or Roy for VP, too?

presidential nominee that we overlooked two obvious Georgia possibilities as the Democratic running mate - former Gov. Roy Barnes or former Sen. Sam Nunn.

February 23, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Why I drive a hybrid car

Five years ago one person in Appling County owned a hybrid car. That was a man who had been mayor, a munificent ambassador who went around with pockets full of tie pens that read "Baxley."

February 21, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Vets want victory in Iraq, support for troops

The lack of support shown by national lawmakers to give troops the support needed to achieve their mission has become egregious. Americans wag at political assertions of troop support as the mission is obstructed.

February 21, 2008 | By LTC (ret.) Steven Russell Columnist | Opinion


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Legislative session was an embarrassment

Having had time to reflect on the recently completed 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly, it is with great regret that I have to say it was the most embarrassing performance by your state legislature that I can remember.

April 02, 2014 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Congratulations to HomeProud winners

Sometimes, I think I focus too much on the litter. But it is the nature of what I do.

April 01, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Long County, let us have our guns

Editor, I travel a lot and have written on the subject of gun rights before. Recently in Atlanta, they locked down a school because a neighbor was squirrel hunting nearby. Those people in Sandy Hook, Conn., are getting a new school because one of their own citizens committed murder there. Pretty soon, local commissioners are going to be sending drones through the community to look for zoning violations.

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


April is Month of the Military Child

Editor, April marks the nation's "Month of the Military Child" - a time to honor youth and their service to our country. On Tuesday, April 15, as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices, the public is invited to "Purple Up! For Military Kids." Everyone in the community is encouraged to wear purple shirts, scarves, shoes, buttons and pants. If it's purple, or can be turned purple, make it happen.

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Losing friends hurts; laughter will return

It happened recently - the 20th anniversary of stock-car racer Davey Allison's death. Maybe you remember him. Maybe you don't. But I shall never forget him.

April 01, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Put kids' safety above all else

There is nothing more important than the safety and protection of innocent children. Not constitutional rights, not animal rights, not thoughts, opinions, feelings or political beliefs. The lives of children must be given top priority.

April 01, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Carter flip-flopping should raise flags

Editor, Call me what you want for changing my mind on who I want to support in the upcoming 1st Congressional District primary, but I can no longer say I will be voting for state Sen. Buddy Carter.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


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