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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


Watch your back, Glenn

If Gov. Sonny Perdue had been speaker of the House last week, he could have easily passed SR 796, a proposed constitutional amendment to remove property taxes from cars, trucks and motorcycles.

March 25, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Show us the money

"We might hope to see the finances of the Union as clear and intelligible as a merchant's books, so that every member of Congress and every man of any mind in the Union should be able to comprehend them, to investigate abuses and consequently to control them." -- President Thomas Jefferson to Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin in 1802.

March 22, 2008 | By Kelly McCutchen Special to the Courier | Opinion


Counting too few indigo snakes

An indigo snake is the most beautiful thing you'd ever want to see. It is deep purple and midnight blue, iridescent. It is long and graceful.

March 22, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


English-only fails as constitutional amendment

A legislative effort to amend the state Constitution and make English the official language of Georgia failed Tuesday in the House.

March 22, 2008 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Congress can reassert authority with budget

No sooner had President Bush proposed his final federal budget than commentators began suggesting it had no chance of passing Congress.

March 22, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


The fourth branch of government

Georgia needs a new constitution. We haven't adopted a new one since 1983. Before that, the Peach State regularly rolled out new constitutions at the rate of one about every 20 years since the Civil War.

March 18, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Leave no child inside

I remember one Sunday when my son Silas was about six years old. He and I spent the entire day in the woods.

March 18, 2008 | By Janisse Ray | Opinion


State looks to help soften impact of explosion

Our state's lingering drought has Georgia lawmakers coming up with some creative solutions this session.

March 18, 2008 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Bill will attract innovative cancer centerr

The 2008 session wore on this week and Crossover Day is now upon us. Crossover Day comes on the 30th legislative day, and it is when bills must cross over to the other legislative body for passage during this session. As I write, we have completed Day 26 and Senate committees are working hard deliberating bills that will have a great impact on the citizens of Georgia.

March 18, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Look fore candidates who respect Congress

You might not have noticed, given the media's fascination with the presidential campaign, but there are 435 U.S. House contests and 35 U.S. Senate races taking place this year.

March 13, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


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Thanks to all who helped with appreciation

Editor, On behalf of the St. James Community Church family, we would like to give thanks to everyone for coming out to our church-appreciation banquet that was held Saturday, Dec. 6.

January 14, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Lawmaker wants to legalize medical marijuana

Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed this year after suffering a setback in 2014 when the House and Senate got into a bit of political brinksmanship at the last minute and failed to pass his bill, which had sailed through the House with only four negative votes.

January 14, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Recycle phone books, save some trees

I know, most resolutions are already ditched by Jan. 8, but if recycling more or being more environmentally minded was one of your resolutions (and it should have been), then I have an opportunity for you.

January 13, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Don't apologize for not being 'cool'

My parents, according to the world's definition of "cool," were not. Neither drank, nor did either ever possess a credit card. Groceries and clothing were paid for in cash, utilities paid by check, and the only monthly payments they ever allowed themselves were a mortgage for a house, a short-term loan for another farm, and a couple of cars bought, over time, and paid for quickly.

January 13, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


NAACP aims to boost involvement

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in 1909. It is the nation's oldest and largest civil-rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the pre-eminent advocates for civil and human rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal-opportunity enforcement in the public and private sectors.

January 13, 2015 | By Graylan Quarterman Special to the Courier | Opinion


It shouldn't take years for city to act

"What I am saying is, we spend too much time, we waste time, the city's time that the people have us up here to do. We waste that time. We looked at it the first of October and November and December, we're still going over the same stuff. Why don't we go on and do what we're supposed to do? Get it approved and move on to the next issue that this council is supposed to be doing".

January 12, 2015 | By Terry Doyle Columnist | Opinion


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