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American way of life coming apart at seams

The size of government threatens the American way of life as we know it. The solution is straightforward - cut government. A vibrant grass-roots movement insists that it happen, and Washington is lousy with rival plans for how to go about it.

April 25, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Dreams don't focus on impending birth

I was sitting in the backseat of my car with a lifelong friend, waiting for my husband to finish his quick trip inside the store. My small Iowa hometown looked just like it always had, no stoplights and no traffic.

April 25, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


A real favor of high school students

As its unanimous vote tends to reflect, the state school board was right in deciding to phase out administration of the Georgia High School Graduation Test, a battery of exams in English, math, science and social studies that includes a writing assessment.

April 25, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Ever had a mayonnaise sandwich?

It seems a consensus of my breakfast club that we have too many television channels. Metaphorically speaking, producers are struggling to find something to put between two slices of bread. In others words, they are giving us mayonnaise sandwiches.

April 25, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Funding to bring opportunity to rural Georgia

Last week U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a long-anticipated round of funding, designed to spur economic development in rural areas while providing a much needed upgrade to dated electric transmission infrastructure.

April 25, 2011 | By Johnathan Hladik Guest columnist | Opinion


It's time to wake federal government up

That's just like the federal government – instead of assigning blame, instead of acknowledging that there is really such a thing as intentionally underperforming individuals, it overlooks the obvious. These slackers, people who don't do their jobs because they don't want to and feel they don't have to, are often fodder for deep analysis that often has citizens of this nation wondering if they and their government are from the same planet.

April 25, 2011 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


House adjourns sine die

Sine die! It is now official, the Georgia General Assembly has completed the 2011 legislative session. The session began on Jan. 10 with an icy snow storm that blanketed much of our state, including the Capitol. However, that did not deter the members of the legislature from doing their job and serving on your behalf. Forty legislative session days later, the adjournment of the 2011 session ended at around 11:40 p.m. April 14.

April 20, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Recognizing the session's servants

Ladies and gentlemen, the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield is pleased to recognize members of the 2011 General Assembly who gave so much so that we could get so little. Please hold your applause until all our honorees have been recognized. Otherwise, we could be here until the Legislature returns in August. Nobody wants that.

April 20, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hire new people, don't change rules

That's just like the federal government - instead of assigning blame, instead of acknowledging that there really is such a thing as intentionally underperforming individuals, it overlooks the obvious. These slackers, people who don't do their jobs because they don't want to and feel they don't have to, often are fodder for analysis that has citizens of this nation wondering if they and their government are from the same planet.

April 20, 2011 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


Lawmakers sprint through final days

• Day 38 (Monday, April 11): After a week off for spring break, we returned to work this morning knowing full well that these final days of the session would be a sprint to the finish line. We didn't go in until 1 p.m. this afternoon, which is normal for Mondays but especially was necessary today because all bills had to be approved through committees before the start of the 38th day.

April 20, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Breaking out in flowers and poetry

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Sure enough. I have no idea how it got that way, but I looked it up, and someone has proclaimed it thusly.

April 20, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Military support is more than a slogan

This community is well aware of the sacrifices of the volunteer military force that protects the rest of us. Right now, even at a time of overlapping wars, about 1 percent of the population of this country is doing all the fighting, and sometimes dying, for the other 99. Yet America's treatment of its veterans, both young and old, and of soldiers' families has too often been a shameful failure on multiple levels.

April 20, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Children embrace 'green' status

So much litter, so little time. Litter is challenging. There is plenty to clean up. Liberty County is a large county, stretching about 40 miles in length and covering more than 519 square miles.

April 18, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Yard sales unite civilians, military

My first post-wide yard sale taught me a few things. It taught me that even after having been stationed at Fort Stewart for almost two years, I still have no idea how to get around post. It taught me that the threat of rain seriously reduces garage sale prices. It also taught me that a few hours out with good friends can make up for a too-long series of bad days.

April 18, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Georgia DOT says it's delivering results

Some three years ago, a seemingly never-ending series of studies, audits and reports criticized the Georgia Department of Transportation on a variety of fronts. Harsh comments made headlines across the state. Georgians were left to wonder if the DOT was an unaccountable, broken, unfixable bureaucracy.

April 18, 2011 | By Vance C. Smith Jr. Guest columnist | Opinion


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Commissioner explains resignation

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August 08, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Some on both sides want to stifle the press

A new Economist/YouGov poll shows that 45 percent of Republicans favor using the courts to "shut down" media outlets that publish "biased or inaccurate ...

August 04, 2017 | By Eric Schulzke Guest columnist | Opinion


Humor: Where to film the sequel to ‘Animal House’

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

August 04, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Humor: Russia behind missing socks

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

August 03, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Help homeless kids in our region

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August 03, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


From television star to preacher

Mama was always proud for people who pulled themselves up and did well in life. She rooted for them, bragged on them and delighted in ...

August 03, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Buddy Carter’s big moment

The biggest political story in the nation, the defeat of Obamacare repeal legislation, featured an unlikely appearance by a person you would never expect to ...

August 02, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Lead, follow or get out of the way

Is it just me? Is it my imagination that since the slow poke law was enacted last year, more drivers took it to mean they ...

August 01, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Columnist | Opinion


Downside of heavy rain is stormwater runoff

I have never seen this much rain in the summer. Brief summer thunderstorms are certainly common, but these recently are gullywashers and go on for ...

August 01, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Reading is fundamental to liberty

"Reading is fundamental" was a popular slogan when I was an elementary student in Los Angeles during the 1970s. Today, parents, teachers and tutors stress ...

August 01, 2017 | By Gerard Robinson Guest columnist | Opinion


The knot that tolls for thee

Uh-oh. U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter said somebody needs to snatch a what out of who?

July 31, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Fighting family violence

Wearing the uniform, the respect, the benefits, the purpose; serving in the United States military is a commitment that comes with great admirability. Military families ...

July 30, 2017 | By Misti Darden Guest columnist | Opinion


Were it not for 'Trees,' this might not be

If you are a regular observer of this space, you are no doubt familiar with the story I am about to share. I have told ...

July 29, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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