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Getting to know Georgia: Andersonville

On the way home after attending a friend's wedding in Americus recently, my wife and I made a small detour through Andersonville, home of the infamous prison during the Civil War.

March 20, 2009 | By Raphael Semmes Columnist | Opinion


Bill to encourage insurance for autism treatment tabled

The Georgia General Assembly worked diligently last week on passing important pieces of legislation before midnight on the 30th legislative day (Thursday). This event represents a milestone in the legislative process as bills must "cross over" into the opposite chamber in order to have the chance to become law this year.

March 18, 2009 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Hey, big spender

When President Barack Obama wanted to push an $800 billion "stimulus" or "recovery" bill through Congress, he thought an atmosphere of economic crisis helped his cause. So he repeatedly warned of "catastrophe," of "a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse."

March 18, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Elephants are evolving

Did I hear somebody say "change?" The word is too mild. Try "train wreck," if you are a Republican. "A new beginning" may fit your feelings better, if you voted Democratic in the last presidential election.

March 16, 2009 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Libert DFCS building in state budget

A narrow majority of members of the House of Representatives unfortunately took another step backward when it comes to education in Georgia on Thursday by eliminating the year-long, rigorous program of National Board Certification for public school teachers and the 10 percent salary increase incentive that goes along with it.

March 16, 2009 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Getting to know Georgia: Americus

My wife and I recently had the opportunity to travel to the southwestern corner of the state to attend a wedding.

March 14, 2009 | By Raphael Semmes Columnist | Opinion


History of colonial era family known for science interwoven with slaves'

It is difficult to reconcile the fact that one of the premier families of 19th century American science and exploration were slaveholders. One can only hope that, 150 years from now, we won't be judged too harshly for our own policies and practices.

March 11, 2009 | By Mary Beth Evans Columnist | Opinion


Obama is magician with financial rhetoric

George H.W. Bush made a "read my lips," no-new-taxes pledge in his acceptance speech at the Republican Convention in August 1988, and broke it two years later. That seemed a fast turnaround, but President Barack Obama has outpaced him by making, and then signaling his intention to break, a no-new-taxes pledge all in the same address.

March 11, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Transportation overhaul more than needed

Thursday, the Senate exercised leadership in making much needed reforms to Georgia's transportation governance. With the passage of SB 200, the Senate voted for a clear funding process to enable transportation dollars to be spent more efficiently, effectively and strategically.

March 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Customary corruption

In 1932, the federal courts affirmed gangster Al Capone's 11-year prison sentence and heavy fine for income tax evasion. He was sent to Alcatraz and then the Atlanta pen before he was given his freedom to die of advanced syphilis.

March 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


The miracle of good vision

It's hard to be vision impaired. People who aren't just don't have a clue how difficult it makes life in so many ways.

March 06, 2009 | By Raphael Semmes Columnist | Opinion


Good government needs effective press

These are extraordinary political and economic times, and even from a distance you can sense the animation on Capitol Hill as Congress watches President Obama distribute the stimulus package, weighs his executive-branch appointments and responds to his various initiatives.

March 06, 2009 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Goodbye, Governator

The Governator: What a sad artifact of a bygone era that moniker is. Arnold Schwarzenegger circa the 2003 "total recall" election was going to sweep all before him as California governor, bringing the same elan and toughness he had on the big screen to fighting special interests and restoring his beloved state to competitiveness.

March 04, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Budget still dominating session

As the sixth week (24th legislative day) of Georgia's legislative session wraps up, many necessary items on the agenda were accomplished. The House passed out the mid-year budget this week, which is a relief for some. Overall, the bills that were passed covered a wide variety of issues.

March 02, 2009 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Take the money and stay

If I were advising the national Republican Party on how to regain its footing, I would begin with a simple statement: "Take the money."

March 02, 2009 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


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Plant a tree for Arbor Day

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February 02, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


On being orphaned late in life

No one, regardless of how old we are, likes to be an orphan. It feels oddly like a ship that has been securely moored in ...

February 02, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's probably best to stay on Claire's good side

Perry Pratt was the kind of man everyone would want living in their hometown. As owner of Valley Country Store, Perry was a friend of ...

February 01, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Grumpy pol seeks to support disabled people

Republican State Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia's 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician ...

January 28, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Who wins in this fight over freedom?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be ...

January 27, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Here is why your tax bill is late

Editor, The end of the year comes with the very important duty for the Tax Commissioner's Office to issue property tax notices to our ...

January 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hollywood gets it wrong -- again

It was a rare, precious afternoon for me. Dixie Dew and I were settled deeply into an easy chair with legs flopped across the ottoman ...

January 26, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


De-clutter your life for a fresh new year

This is a great month for de-cluttering your life. Although any month will do, January is a fresh year.

January 26, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Radio host calms listeners' nerves

Her intentions were innocent enough as Claire Lapella purchased her very first copy of The Lennox Valley Hometown News on Tuesday, May 5, 1998. She ...

January 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Jefferson's words continue to ring true

Editor, One of the greatest statesmen this country has ever known is Thomas Jefferson, who lived from April 13, 1743, to July 4, 1826. He ...

January 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gov. Deal backs away on teacher pay issue

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session ...

January 22, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


State of the Column: Never stronger!

My fellow Georgians, now that President Barack Obama has delivered his final soppy State of the Union address (Yay! Hooray!) and Gov. Nathan Deal has ...

January 22, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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