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Budget work dominates week

This session has started off extremely busy as the senate is already considering and tackling major issues, including a statewide water management plan, gun rights and the budget.

February 12, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


More victims of immigration control

More victims of immigration control

February 12, 2008 | By Sheldon Richman Columnist | Opinion


Governor's school cuts put burden on local taxes

This week, the Georgia General Assembly was in official recess, but House and Senate Appropriations Committee members heard from state department heads on their budget requests for the remainder of the current fiscal year as well as fiscal year 2009, which begins July 1.

February 12, 2008 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Rethinking a McCain presidency

The election cycle of 2008 has been characterized by longshot candidates and miraculous comebacks.

February 12, 2008 | By Nathan Tabor Columnist | Opinion


The suckers are still biting

First, it was the all-out rush to enact legislation to stop gay marriages. But gay marriages were already illegal.

February 05, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


House overrides a dozen vetoes

On the first day of the 2008 session of the Georgia General Assembly, the House of Representatives made history by voting overwhelmingly to override Gov. Sonny Perdue's vetoes of 12 bills adopted during the 2007 session.

February 05, 2008 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Water, transportation, education to get attention

Continuing to advance his vision for a growing, safer, healthier, and more educated Georgia, Gov. Sonny Perdue unveiled his budget agenda during his State of the State address to the joint session of the General Assembly. Some of the priorities the governor's agenda focused on were water, trauma, transportation, public safety and marketing Georgia to the rest of the world to keep our state on the cutting edge of the global economy.

February 03, 2008 | By State Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


When assassins succeed

The roll call of U.S. allies in the Middle East and its neighborhood has always read like a target list: Maliki, Karzai, Sistani, Musharraf. One bullet or one suicide blast could wipe out all our work and rip apart a strategically important country.

January 31, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Action needed in Atlanta

Word out of Atlanta that State House members voted to override a dozen vetoes in about two hours Monday, the first day of the 2008 General Assembly, and then that the Senate sent the overrides into committee for study does not bode well for Georgians who had hoped the current session would be productive.

January 31, 2008 | Staff Report | Opinion


Politics of gender, race

Conventional wisdom holds that the polls were all wrong about Barack Obama having a whopping lead over Hillary Clinton going into New Hampshire.

January 29, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Tom Murphy helped shape state

Every politician is either a person of the times, or a person that makes the times. More than not, most politicians fall in the former category.

January 26, 2008 | By Al Williams Georgia State Representative | Opinion


Tell it to the Marines

It's time for my twice-yearly Reader Mail column. So I reach into the mailbag (nah, I just click the folder), and I come up with ...

January 24, 2008 | By Roger E. Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Make 2008 a year to celebrate

Political reporters love a horse race. Bruising campaigns - with their polls, promises and pandering - offer endless excitement for scribes. By contrast, day-to-day governing - with its conversations, cooperation and compromises - seems boring.

January 24, 2008 | By Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Columnist | Opinion


The curse of Clintonism

It is the curse of Clintonism that it is associated with the Clintons.

January 24, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Roadmap to healthcare reform

We've said this before, but it bears repeating: Small businesses have said consistently for 20 years that access to affordable health care is their biggest concern and the problem is even greater today.

January 22, 2008 | By Todd Stottlemyer Columnist | Opinion


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Funding the state transporation bill

The transportation bill received much attention this past legislative session, and rightfully so. It doesn't take long for one to drive anywhere in Georgia before noticing that our roads, interstates, and bridges are in terrible disrepair.

June 18, 2015 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


The American dream thrives

You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes, I agree with that disagreement.

June 17, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Clerk of courts discusses his position

Many years ago, at the conclusion of the longest criminal jury trial in Liberty County's history, I overheard an attorney's son, who sat through several days of presentation of evidence during the trial, tell his father that, of all the jobs of court officials involved, he wanted my job as clerk of superior court.

June 16, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Special to the Courier | Opinion


Make your vacations eco-friendly

Are you planning your summer vacation? I hope you don't think you have to toss out all your good green and sustainable habits when you travel!

June 16, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


W-ville mayor responds to Courier article

Editor, The following is written in response to your article on June 10, 2015, discussing the indictment of Crystal Tilley. The Coastal Courier called the City of Walthourville earlier in the week seeking comments on the indictment. Then, as now, it would have been inappropriate for the city to officially comment on this matter. There is an ongoing criminal case, and current city officials and employees may be witnesses or called to give testimony.

June 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Resident says city is muzzling him

Editor, Locked out!

June 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Health-care proposal improves with ages

You've got to give credit to U.S. Rep. Dr. Tom Price, R-Ga.: He introduced his first post-Obamacare bill as early as 2009 and has reintroduced an updated version in every Congress since then. The latest Empowering Patients First Act (House Resolution 2300), introduced this month, is the fourth iteration.

June 12, 2015 | By John Graham Guest columnist | Opinion


'Nam vets getting parade finally

On June 19, a Vietnam veterans welcome-home ceremony will be held at Cottrell Field on Fort Stewart. Many local communities also have designated the day as a time to honor all veterans who served during this war. This ceremony is a great event and one that everyone in the community should make plans to attend.

June 11, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Columnist | Opinion


Feds closely watch columnist, dangling participles

Last week, Congress passed, and President Barack Obama signed, legislation that will alter somewhat how federal law enforcement can monitor our phone calls in the future.

June 11, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Mosquito Control: Stopping the buzz

It's that time of the year again that most coastal communities dread - mosquito season.

June 10, 2015 | By Frasier Sylvers Guest columnist | Opinion


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