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Education struggle continues

After hearing and seeing decades of philosophizing about the need to protect the traditional public school system's funds and institutional prerogatives, and looking past the expressed concerns about a Jeffersonian separation of church and state, it is clear the real issue in America is not choice - it is who has it! Those of us with money already have parental choice and have no intention of relinquishing it. If schools fail to properly educate our children, we have at least two choices: We can move to communities where public schools do work or we enroll our children in private schools ...

April 17, 2007 | By Howard Fuller Special to the Courier | Opinion


The St. Simons endeavor

As I crept into the lion's den among the public officials, they collectively eyed me down, while I cautiously stepped toward them.

April 14, 2007 | By John Deike Staff writer | Opinion


GOP's core values being tested on budget

The impending showdown between the Georgia House and the state Senate over the 2007 supplemental budget is far more than just the usual political skirmish over who gets to take home how much.

April 12, 2007 | By Robert Williams Jr. Columnist | Opinion


Democrats vs. secret ballot

Behold, the self-styled friends of American labor. They are now trying to relieve the American worker of what they consider the unreasonable burden of the secret ballot, which is only one of the cardinal principles of free and fair elections.

April 12, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Flag burning is treason

While I am appreciative of the emotional response that the anti-war protesters are expressing with their dissatisfaction of the Iraq war quagmire, I could not stand idly by while watching a news broadcast on Fox News on March 26, depicting Americans swathed in garments covering their faces - a cowardly act in an of itself - burn an American flag to express their hostility toward our commander-in-chief's misguided efforts in Baghdad.

April 12, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


Bipartisan support for state contrition

I am honored to be working with Senate President Pro-tem Eric Johnson (R-Savannah), in true bipartisan spirit, to introduce a resolution calling for the state to apologize for its complicity in supporting the institution of slavery, legalizing segregation and forcing Native Americans off their historic lands.

April 10, 2007 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Adultery, anyone?

Newt Gingrich told a Vanderbilt University audience last week that the personal lives of presidential candidates should not become an issue in the 2008 campaigns.

April 10, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Giuliani and allure of executive prowess

Rudy Giuliani might have been an inspiration in the days after 9/11, but what relevance does that have now? He might have cleaned up New York City, but why should most Americans care whether, say, Bryant Park is a drug-dealer-infested nightmare or a pleasant place for office workers on a lunch break? The power of Giuliani's presidential candidacy is in neither of these things per se, but in the allure of executive prowess.

April 07, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Congress should vote its conscience

Around the time Congress convened this year, a Republican member of the House reflected to a newspaper reporter that there was a silver lining to the party's new minority status.

April 05, 2007 | By Lee Hamilton Special to the Courier | Opinion


Removing flag doesn't change history

Removing the Dixie flag from the South Carolina Capitol grounds did not change history nor erase it from our minds.

April 05, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


Where has all the water gone?

It is impossible to use up water. When it is used, it doesn't disappear. There is as much water on this planet today as there was thousands of years ago. When it rains, the water evaporates or it runs to streams or underground reservoirs. It's hard to make it do anything else, except temporarily. Likewise, when water from a stream is used, it returns to a stream or evaporates.

April 05, 2007 | By Harold Brown Georgia Public Policy Foundation | Opinion


Other opinions

Time is now for legislators to be vigilant

April 05, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Prepare now for disasters

An article in the Coastal Courier about Liberty County being left out of a statewide tornado alarm and disaster drill (Exercise in disaster, Feb. 25) has proven to be very ironic.

April 03, 2007 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Opinion


Repercussions of an apology

The governor is flapping around like a headless chicken begging the feds for money to keep alive Georgia's health insurance program for children in need. The transportation nightmare in metro Atlanta could not get worse. Water polluters and land despoilers are pushing enough legislation to fill two freight cars. Loan sharks with fresh ideas for predation are circling the Statehouse. The tax code, the criminal defense system and flagging economic development require immediate attention.

April 03, 2007 | By Bill Shipp | Opinion


Drop in interethnic marriage

Once upon a time, there was trouble if you married outside of your ethnic group. It wasn't until 1967 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional, and not everybody loved Lucy and Ricky.

March 31, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


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Veterans deserve better care

Our veterans shouldn't need an act of Congress and a presidential signature to get the Veterans Affairs healthcare system up to speed. But that's just what it took.

August 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Litmus test for Pres. Obama on whistleblowers

Whistleblowers, often revered and feared by the Obama administration, have received a special place since the 2011 initiation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global transparency campaign. Their prominence is justified. The OGP will become a magnet for cynicism unless there is safe cover for those who will make it work or fail - whistleblowers on the front lines of fraud, waste and abuse currently sustained through secrecy and enforced by repression.

August 11, 2014 | By Tom Devine and Shanna Devine Guest columnists | Opinion


EPA just making a power grab

According to the Federal Register, on Dec. 7, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency "found" that current and projected concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations. Unfortunately, this finding and the EPA's subsequent action threaten the health and welfare of current and future generations of Georgians far more than greenhouse gases do.

August 07, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


System is fine, officials are the problem

Just when you thought Washington couldn't get any messier, our elected officials in the nation's capital prove it can.

August 06, 2014 | Albany Herald | Opinion


Here's why teaching is a noble career

Dear Georgia public-school teachers, It is new school year but, alas, the same old impediments: an out-of-touch federal bureaucracy, ideological state legislators who choose not to send their kids to public schools but intend to tell you how and what to teach, and a society that values reality television more than quality education. Sometimes, I wonder how you manage.

August 06, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Here's to start of new school year

This week, school bells will ring and the 2014-15 academic year will begin. Some children welcome it, others don't. Parents also likely have mixed feelings about the start of another term.

August 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Positive change starts with individuals

How do you create positive community change? That is a good question. It is one that the national organization, Keep America Beautiful, has been fine-tuning a solution since the 1950s.

August 05, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Memories of hot pink luggage

Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama's house. That's when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.

August 05, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Look at desalination in area

Editor, According to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, our water source is slowly being polluted with saltwater, and the coastal area of Georgia will have to reduce the amount of water that it pulls from the Floridan aquifer by 17 million gallons a day.

August 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why I still have faith in Congress

It's depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans' utter disdain for Congress. But it's my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short.

August 04, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Christian educators should model faith

Area schools start classes back this week and next. For both students and educators, the new year brings many challenges.

July 31, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion


Volunteers, community support made Special Olympics successful

Editor, I would like to personally thank Fort Stewart EFMP, Reaching Milestones and all the wonderful military and civilian volunteers who came out to support our annual Special Olympics Spring Games. The competition would not have been successful without such tremendous support from the Hinesville and Fort Stewart community.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


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