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House approves $21 billion budget

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve a $21.2 billion annual state budget for fiscal year 2009, which begins July 1. The total spending plan reflects a reduction of about $245 million from Gov. Sonny Perdue's original proposal due to lower revenues caused by the state's recent economic downturn.

April 08, 2008 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


The importance of great school boards

School boards don't usually grab the good headlines.

April 05, 2008 | By Kathy Cox Special to the Courier | Opinion


Don't be in the dark about what's around us

One evening when I was a young woman, I was caught on Springer Mountain in Georgia when darkness fell.

April 05, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Aiming at debate on gun rights

Over the past eight years, out-of-control spending, Iraq, economic concerns, and the culture wars have eclipsed gun control in the public debate over politics.

April 05, 2008 | By Nathan Tabor Columnist | Opinion


A day in the life of an Iraqi

My husband and his brother had gone out to the mosque when they came.

April 05, 2008 | Amanda Cox Columnist | Opinion


Budget, tax work now dominate session

The General Assembly is approaching the final stretch of the 2008 session.

April 03, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tax reform is still alive

Your Georgia General Assembly is moving into the final quarter of the 2008 Assembly session as last week we completed 31 days of the no-more-than 40 legislative day session.

April 03, 2008 | By Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Five years later 3rd ID still improving Iraq

Five years ago, the first unit to cross the Kuwait-Iraq border was the 3rd Infantry Division's 3rd Squadron, 7th Calvary Regiment. The days following were the most rapid advance in the 3rd ID history, outpacing even the World War II invasions of Sicily when the Division advanced 100 miles in 12 days, and southern France when the Division advanced 400 miles in a month. By March 31, 2003, the 3rd ID was within 50 miles of Baghdad.

April 03, 2008 | By MG Rick Lynch Special to the Courier | Opinion


How to shut a liberal up, lose an election

If Sen. John McCain shocked the world and decided to pick disgraced New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer as his running mate ...

April 01, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Schools can help keep kids fit

Sixty-six million Americans are overweight or obese, putting themselves at risk for type II diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea and a host of other medical problems.

March 29, 2008 | By Tom Rawlings Special to the Courier | Opinion


To understand government learn what lobbying really is

When news about questionable doings on Capitol Hill appears these days, more often than not they involve lobbyists. Think of Jack Abramoff and his many spinoffs, or the ruckus over the New York Times story about John McCain and his dealings with one particular lobbyist.

March 29, 2008 | BY Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Make a butterfly happy

My grandmother was a simple, practical woman who did not escape passion. She was crazy about flowers.

March 29, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Lawmaker voted for speaker's tax plan

Editor's note: The column was written over the weekend.

March 27, 2008 | By Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Assault on local control doomed tax plan

Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson has talked for nearly a year about an ambitious plan to eliminate property taxes in Georgia.

March 25, 2008 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


General Assembly is functioning effectively

What would Congress be like if Republicans and Democrats chose to be concerned with their constituents rather than their own incumbency, ego, or campaign war chest? What if the party in the majority allowed, with regularity, the party in the minority to bring decent and significant legislation to the floor for debate or even to chair committees that shape bills before the whole body considers them?

March 25, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Tales, myths evolve; legends live on

Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more because their stories would read like a page-turning novel.

July 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Make healthy cooking, eating fun

I've always heard and read that it's a good idea to involve children in meal-preparation efforts, because they're more likely to eat dishes that they helped cook. That makes sense.

July 15, 2014 | Hollie Barnidge | Opinion


Cure rude behavior with all-day room confinement

Q: The sassiness that I have heard so much about from my friends started a few months ago with my 5-year-old daughter.

July 13, 2014 | By John Rosemond Parenting Columnist | Opinion


State still leads on immigration

Politically speaking, perhaps the biggest news story this election cycle is the historic loss of U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary election.

July 10, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Renewables offset high gas prices

As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4 per gallon.

July 10, 2014 | By Bob Dinneen Guest columnist | Opinion


Hinesville needs own Fourth celebration

Editor, I saw an item in Friday's paper informing me about the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Cottrell Field on Fort Stewart. Having been raised here, I already knew that, but was surprised to see they were shooting off their fireworks at 9:30 p.m., instead of closer to July 5, if you catch my drift. As I reflected on years gone by, my blood began to boil.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Thoughts on Ogeechee, riverkeeper

Ogeechee Riverkeeper Day is Saturday over at Loves Seafood. That's a good thing.

July 09, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Opinion


Force county to cut spending or face tax increases

Editor, The special purpose local option sales tax is another example of Liberty County spending taxpayers' money before it is even collected, making the taxpayers liable for county expenditures.

July 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Polls and pests all in same business

With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield, Georgia, to get his thoughts on the various races and to see who he thinks will make it to the finals of the November general election and who will be eliminated this round.

July 09, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Candidate best-equipped to represent us has military experience

Editor,

July 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Parents differ on bedtimes

My toddler has a late bedtime. I may even be playing it fast and loose with the term "bedtime." My husband and I try to get our 2-year-old to bed by 9 p.m., but really, what time she actually goes to sleep is anybody's guess.

July 07, 2014 | Hollie Moore Barnidge Courier managing editor | Opinion


Beware of crazy — it runs in the genes

My grandmother - Daddy's mother - sometimes was called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label because it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee-and-cake conversation.

July 07, 2014 | Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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