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Shaping policy is hard work

You can interpret the Senate's recent rejection of the immigration reform compromise several ways.

August 07, 2007 | By Lee Hamilton Special to the Courier | Opinion


Burying the 'N-word'

I'm sure, by now, many of you have seen it, read it or heard about it.

August 02, 2007 | By Andrea Washington Staff Writer | Opinion


Learning to identify a xenophobe

I've been getting a ton of mail about my column of last week. My main point: "All the posturing about illegal immigrants is really an attack aimed at everybody whose name ends in 'ez.'"

August 02, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Civilization tipping toward catastrophe

In the 16th and 17th centuries, the West was convulsed by religious wars that, in the words of historian Paul Johnson, "were without redeeming features and were destructive of the Christian faith itself, as well as human life and material civilization."

August 02, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Our Dr. Phil goes to war

Congressman Phil Gingrey phoned the other night to tell me and a few dozen other folks the war in Iraq was going a lot better than we had been led to believe.

July 31, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Structural imbalance of talk radio

Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk-radio pioneer, has been called many nasty things before, but never a "structural imbalance." That's the fancy term a liberal think tank uses to characterize his success - and to dress up its proposal for counteracting that success through new government regulation.

July 26, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Xenophobia: Fear of 'the others'

A supposed letter to the editor making the rounds of the Internet compares today's immigrants (bad) with the immigrants of yesteryear (good). A good response to that fantasy is a Teddy Roosevelt quote that several readers have sent me:

July 26, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Eminent domain protection meek

This month marks the second anniversary of the infamous Kelo v. New London decision, a case where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the taking of private property (the practice known as eminent domain) from an individual or a group of individuals and giving it to a private entity on the basis of economic development is a legitimate function of government.

July 24, 2007 | By Jason Pye On behalf of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation | Opinion


LCHS classmates reunite

By Marjory Varnedoe

July 24, 2007 | By Marjory Varnedoe Guest Columnist | Opinion


Inevitability of the auto

Americans have arrived at an answer to high gas prices and concerns about global warming - buy more cars.

July 21, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Blog: Patronizing local establishments

July 20, 2007 | realucky42 Blogger | Opinion


July 4 celebration comes a little early

July 20, 2007 | By Trevor Thomas Gainesville Times Community Columnist | Opinion


3rd ID teams up with Iraqi divisions

July 20, 2007 | By Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch | Opinion


Our future depends on dialogue

July 20, 2007 | By Lee H. Hamilton | Opinion


Health care is another flop

I owe Atlanta's Grady Hospital a debt I can never repay. More than 55 years ago, when I was a student at Emory, the Atlanta Journal dispatched me to Grady as a part-time reporter to cover the emergency room on Saturday nights. I would never again witness such bloody chaos and medical heroism as I did during those nights long ago. I learned lessons and saw life-and-death events that have served me throughout my career. Whenever I visit a doctor now and see a Grady training certificate on his wall, I feel more secure. I figure this physician has ...

July 17, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


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Bora Bora doesn't care about the game

This was written in a cave somewhere in greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper.

December 03, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Food tastes are in the genes

One afternoon, I had a hankering - a primal-like craving - for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.

December 02, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Cutting cooking simplifies holidays

I didn't cook Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. My husband, daughter and I went to a restaurant in Richmond Hill that offered all the traditional holiday fare at a reasonable price. It was the first time in my life I did not eat a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving.

December 02, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Beware, taxpayers -- bills are due

Editor, Supposedly, taxes are going up again because SPLOST was voted down. Don't you know that taxes are raised whether or not SPLOST is approved? Taxes also will be raised no matter how many concerned citizens attend the three public hearings on the proposed millage-rate hikes.

December 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Liberty celebrates America Recycles Day

We believe that every day should be about recycling. It's one easy action that everyone can do to help our environment. But America Recycles Day, celebrated Nov. 15 this year, is designated to educate and motivate people on recycling.

December 02, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


County should live within means, and not count on SPLOST

Editor, To SPLOST or not to SPLOST - that was the question ... and SPLOST lost! The citizens of Liberty County finally got tired of unconstrained spending and spoke up the only way they could - through the ballot box.

December 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Cartoon symbolic of those who let Obama ruin our country

Editor, An editorial cartoon by R. McKee serves as a modern take on the old Hans Christian Anderson tale about the emperor who was swindled by to weavers who promise to make him a suit of clothes that is invisible to people who are stupid and incompetent. When the emperor and his cabinet members cannot see the clothes, they pretend to be able to see them for fear of being deemed unfit for their positions. In reality, the swindlers only pretended to make the suit and clothe the emperor. He isn't wearing anything.

November 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Restaurant chain quickly corrected issue

Editor, Today, I was nursing Gauge, my 2-month old son, at the Dunkin' Donuts in Hinesville. I have nursed in public like this numerous times. I sat in the corner and even had my friend stand in front of me to make sure nobody saw anything. As I was leaving and getting Gauge buckled into his car seat, an employee followed me to my car and told me that from now on when I nursed in the donut shop, I needed to cover up because customers complained.

November 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Outlaw policing for profit in Georgia

Back in 1966, Bobby Fuller sang about, "Robbin' people with a six-gun, I fought the law and the law won." And rightfully so - robbery is a crime. But what happens when it's the law doing the robbing and the law wins?

November 26, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Carl Sanders: A great man did great things

On my "to-do" list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for UGA's former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. I knew he would like the idea and perhaps could jerk a few chains I seem to have been unable to rattle thus far.

November 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Looking for businesses with holiday shine

I love this time of year. All the lights and decorations really can make our community look pretty. It would be wonderful if we all made that kind of effort all year long.

November 25, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Holiday is for catching up

It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren't planned. They're born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.

November 25, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Moms may be afraid to take breaks

Moms want everything and nothing at all. We want to be everywhere at once and also nowhere to be found. We want to impress everyone, handle every chore imaginable and spend every waking second bonding with our children. We also want to totally escape from life. Failure to accomplish this leads to immense guilt and, occasionally, foul moods.

November 25, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Voters showed annoyance with spending

Editor, In my humble opinion, the failure of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax was not a criticism of the tax, but rather of the excessive - and perhaps arrogant - spending of our tax dollars by our elected officials. The threat of the new Transportation SPLOST, another tax, was maybe another factor.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Common Core doesn't teach reading for enjoyment

Editor, "it's gr8 dy.h.a mtg @ d mal l8r"

November 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


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