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Dethroning Georgia's mullet kingdom

A man cannot be trusted if he has one or all of the following traits - no trace of sideburns, a given name composed of two first names or a mullet.

April 21, 2007 | By John Deike Staff writer | Opinion


Education can protect children from predators

One of the perils of communicating with strangers on the Internet is that you really have no idea who you are talking to. The anonymity that is meant to shield the innocent from online dangers often results in children and teenagers conversing openly with predators skilled at misrepresenting themselves.

April 19, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Giuliani and the abortion flip-flop

Rudy Giuliani has made a strategic choice in the Republican primary contest. He will stay pro-choice on the issue of abortion, and thus avoid the flip-flopper label that has so harmed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

April 19, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Advisor panels offers glimmer of hope

Have an issue, concern, complaint or question about Liberty County? Where does one go to have residents' needs addressed with personal attention that is deserving of our constituents' concerns?

April 19, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


PeachCare cuts will hurt Georgia

Tuesday, March 27, was "crossover day" for the 2007 session of the Georgia General Assembly. As the 30th legislative day of the session, it was the deadline for measures to be sent from either the House of Representatives or the Senate for consideration by the other chamber this year.

April 17, 2007 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Playing the percentages

April Fools' weekend may not be an ideal time to play the percentages on what's just around the bend in state and national politics, but here goes anyway.

April 17, 2007 | By Bill Shipp | Opinion


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


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Minimum wage doesn't buy what it did in '60s

I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today.

September 18, 2014 | By Roger Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal-justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds, and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.

September 18, 2014 | By Mike Klein Guest columnist | Opinion


Road trips can lead to great food finds

Seven or eight years ago, as our nest became empty, my wife and I began taking short road trips to destinations as far as three hours from home.

September 18, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Opinion


Senator wrong on VA claims wait time

Editor, In the recent Courier article announcing Sen. Isakson's visit to Hinesville on Sept. 5, Isakson was quotes as saying, "As you may know, it takes the VA an average 478 days to make a determination on a VA claim. That's more than a year. Although there are signs of improvement, it's still taking too long."

September 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trying to find positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Regrouping on a particular philosophy

I've always been one of those persons who won't hire someone to do something for me if I can do it myself, such as painting my house, building a deck, building a utility barn, caring for my own lawn, installing new flooring, etc. It was just the way I was raised. And it stuck.

September 16, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


You can't put a price tag on loyalty

When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.

September 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Confidence can trump conformity

Most mornings, I spend about five minutes pulling my freshly washed hair into a ponytail. It's easy, it's efficient, and, I like to tell myself, it's even chic. When I know I'll be meeting important people or attending special events, however (like, say, the United Way annual campaign kick-off party or a chamber of commerce breakfast), I break out the products and utensils and spend an extra 20 minutes or so coaxing my locks into what I hope is a more professional-looking style.

September 16, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Green space as industrial recruiter

I am superficial. I know that looks matter - when it comes to our community's appearance, that is.

September 15, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Local governments spending way too much

Editor, I'm appalled - to say the least - at the extravagant salary paid to Liberty County School System Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee.

September 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Behold, fat men in the woods

I'm not sure how many wilderness survival shows there are on television right now, but it appears there is some kind of obsession going on with this type of programming. And they are running the gamut from being naked in the wild to being fat in the wild. That's right, there's a show now titled "Fat Guys in The Woods." Fortunately, they keep their britches on.

September 11, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Decisions loom on Export-Import Bank

• President Ronald Reagan, Jan. 30, 1984: "Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Import Bank contributes in a significant way to our nation's export sales."

September 11, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


AUSA leader wants sequestration ended

Editor, The following is an open letter on sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, from retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, head of the Association of the United States Army:

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Meal time needs to return to being family time

Some of my favorite Norman Rockwell prints all have something to do with eating, but not for the reasons you might think.

September 11, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Opinion


Dalton State key to economic rebound

Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could"? That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of northwest Georgia, not far from the Tennessee line.

September 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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