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Budget wasn't only success of 2008 session

In coffee shops, diners and community meetings, much has been debated about the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session that concluded two week ago. Some have criticized, some have ballyhooed, some jumped for joy, while others registered indifference.

May 10, 2008 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


How to truly cut dropout rate

A Statement by the High School Completion Task Force of the University of Georgia College of Education Policy and Evaluation Center

May 08, 2008 | UGA College of Education | Opinion


What we owe our young people

You cannot step into an American community today without finding a lively conversation about educating our children. How to boost math and science learning, whether our children are reading and writing enough, what constitutes a "quality" education. All of this figures in the national schooling debate and its thousands of local echoes.

May 08, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


DOT: Billion-dollar shortfalls and cupid

Since last fall, Georgians have been treated to a spectacle from our state Department of Transportation. The rancor in the poisonous relationship between Gov. Sonny Perdue and House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, has never been higher than when the two were fighting over the replacement for former Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl.

May 06, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Important legislation passed as session ended

The Georgia General Assembly concluded the business of the state at midnight on Friday, April 4.

May 03, 2008 | By Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Think outside the bottle

When I lived in a city, I liked to take walks, and on recycling day, I was prone to glance at what my neighbors had consumed during the week, as I walked past.

May 03, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Some good did come out of '08 session

Those who watched this year's legislative session as they would a hockey game - waiting for the fight - were not disappointed. Going in, the focus was a "WETT" session: water, education, taxes and transportation. But beneath the political theater, the final score indicates a victory for good public policy.

April 29, 2008 | By Kelly McCutchen Columnist | Opinion


Speaker wins by losing in General Assembly

Let's hear a thunderous round of applause followed by an ear-splitting rebel yell for House Speaker Glenn Richardson. He is clearly the winner of the 2008 legislative wars.

April 29, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Assembly did have accomplishments

The end of session has finally come and gone. Legislators have returned to their families, homes and communities.

April 29, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Aerial dance to benefit Altamaha

At a lecture in Athens more than five years ago I was introduced to a beautiful woman with whom I had in common a river. Susan Majette Murphy was born in Jesup, just down the road from my home in Baxley, and had also grown up swimming, skiing and otherwise loving the Altamaha River.

April 29, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


2008 winners; patients and students

As families struggle with a weak economy due to the high cost of gas, low real estate prices, plus a regional drought, the legislature wanted to do all that we could to help weather the storm.

April 24, 2008 | By Sen. Eric Johnson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Perdue wandering off course

What did I tell you, Sonny? "Don't go to China." And what did you do, Sonny? You went to China. OK, so you made history too.

April 22, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Hope springs eternal this time of year

If I can be so bold as to name a time of full glory for Georgia, spring is it.

April 19, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Brain vitamins for Democrats

Dr. Drew Westen of Emory University may be peddling just the kind of medicine the Democratic Party of Georgia needs, but it's a bit expensive.

April 15, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


House approves regional road funding

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve legislation that would allow counties to join together to solve regional transportation issues through a special purpose local option sales tax.

April 13, 2008 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Help recognize attractive homes this month

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Vacation Bible school changed us

Coming home one Sunday from the family dinner after church, I said, out of the blue, "I feel like we should volunteer for vacation Bible ...

August 18, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Memorable excuses from potential jurors

One of my statutory jobs as clerk of the courts of Liberty County is to maintain the jury list of the county from which superior ...

August 17, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Carson would make a great president

Editor, "Instead of pointing fingers and creating strife, we should be talking about how to solve the problem of murder in our black communities. ... We ...

August 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Snake oil in the Clean Power Plan

"The most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help,'" Ronald Reagan famously said. After ...

August 13, 2015 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Random thoughts on random subjects

Hooray! The state of Georgia, CSX Transportation, Murray County and the Georgia Ports Authority have announced construction of the Appalachian Regional Port to be built ...

August 13, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


School starts -- and the games begin

Another school year is underway in our state, which means that it's time to start complaining about the Georgia High School Association.

August 12, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Commissioners trying to sneak in SPLOST again

Editor, I really love to watch the "good ol' boy" politicians in Liberty County inveigle money from the taxpayers. If their sneakiness wasn't so ...

August 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


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