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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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Republican or Democrat: Who are Christians?

I read an opinion piece recently that said Republicans couldn't be Christians because they are too hard and uncompassionate. The piece said that, pretty much, the Democratic Party was the party of Christianity.

May 14, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion


Say no to the Palmetto Pipeline

The public's outcry in opposition to the Palmetto Pipeline has been clear. Voters don't want it and don't think it is needed. And the public doesn't trust the company that wants to build it.

May 14, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Lawmaker has area's interest at heart

Editor, Recently, in letters to the editor, some have questioned U.S. Congressman Buddy Carter's loyalty with respect to eminent domain and the Palmetto Pipeline.

May 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Thank you, teachers, for all your efforts

Dear public-school teachers in Georgia: Congratulations on surviving another year in the classroom.

May 13, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Mama B -- a most memorable woman

It was at lunch after a morning revival service last summer that a few of us sat around, munching on Southern casseroles and talking about one of the most memorable mothers any of us had ever known.

May 12, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Volunteers are priceless for service organizations

There are organizations that estimate the value of the average volunteer, like www.independentsector.org, which currently values their time at $22.55 an hour.

May 12, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Lawmaker right about Opportunity School District

Editor, State Rep. Valencia Stovall, D-Lake City, was "right on" concerning the need for the Opportunity School District legislation (Coastal Courier op-ed, Wednesday, May 6). If you look who is objecting to this legislation, I am sure you will find the self-serving teachers' union. They object to anything that will improve our children's education if it means they will not control the schools and add to their coffers.

May 11, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia moms earn, deserve tax credit

Working moms are the bedrock of so many Georgia families. Between raising kids, contributing to their communities and holding down one or more jobs, moms put in a lot more than a full day's work.

May 11, 2015 | By Wesley Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion


Don't miss small business conference

Editor, National Small Business Week was May 4-9, but the must-attend event for small business entrepreneurs this month is the Mayor's Small Business Conference on May 20.

May 11, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


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