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Legislation targets low-performing schools

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law. Last week, the Georgia House of Representatives passed HB 338 by a vote of 138-37. That is a margin of roughly 73 percent. (You might want to double-check my figures. I am, after all, a product of the public education system in Georgia.) The measure got strong bipartisan support, including Democratic House Minority Leader Stacy Abrams.

March 10, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


School board has gotta be kidding with payout

Editor: Either your reporting of the "BoE, superintendent to part ways June 30" had an error or this is another one of those "you gotta be kidding me" moments.

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Shaking the money tree

The General Assembly session is more than two-thirds done and on track to adjournment.

March 09, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Crossover Day is benchmark for Georgia legislation

The Georgia General Assembly ended the week on what is known as "Crossover Day." This is the 28th legislative day in which bills that passed the Senate and the House "crossover" to the other chamber for consideration before becoming law. There were many bills that passed the Senate on a wide variety of issues ranging from education to healthcare.

March 09, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Perspective on scholarship programs

A recent opinion piece in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked, "Are vouchers a failure?" Any answer requires examining the best evidence on the topic and placing research results into a reasonable policy context.

March 07, 2017 | By Benjamin Scafidi Guest columnist | Opinion


Great American Cleanup starts on east end

What if a million years ago a caveman finished off a soda and he tossed the glass bottle on the ground on the ground?

March 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Trump's issues with the press

My feelings are hurt. I'm not on President Donald Trump's list of "enemies of the American people." Here is his exact tweet:

March 07, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Immigrants can be bad for a country

As if on cue, riots broke out in a heavily immigrant suburb of Stockholm as soon as the media mocked President Donald Trump for a vague warning about immigration-related problems in Sweden.

March 07, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Great American Cleanup starts here in March

The 2017 Great American Cleanup kicks off in March in Liberty County! Keep America Beautiful launches the 19th annual Great American Cleanup this spring. The Great American Cleanup is the country's largest community improvement program. It engages more than 4 million volunteers in more than 20,000 communities. Counting you this spring, it will be 4,000,001.

February 28, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Casino gambling will have negative impact

Casino owners are betting on Georgia, and their lobbyists are doubling-down on policy makers across the state. Before we go all-in on their gold-plated plans, let's count the costs you may not hear that much about.

February 27, 2017 | By Tim Echols Guest columnist | Opinion


News conference sheds no light on A.J.'s disappearance

As was usual in late September, leaves and temperatures were falling as the Good Folks of Lennox Valley woke on Wednesday morning.

February 27, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Getting to know a sewing machine, shotgun

It was when I was approaching 7 and about to wrap up the first grade, where I reigned as the number one reader of books, as well as the number one talker, that Daddy decided it was time to teach me a skill that he determined would be as necessary to me in life as reading and talking.

February 26, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump relation with son-in-law too much

For those of us who have found it difficult to say anything nice about Donald Trump, here's something: He clearly is a family man. No, that is not a joke about any of the mafia associations he inevitably accumulated during his rough-and-tumble construction days in New York and elsewhere. Nor is it a snarky comment about his cavalier approach to his various marriages. That's his business.

February 26, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Trump tweet exposes judiciary

As you might have heard, Donald Trump tweeted at a judge.

February 25, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


It would be better to have Russia as a friend

Editor: We need to ask ourselves if Russia is really our enemy? During WWII, they were our ally. While we attacked Germany from the west, Russia advanced on them from the east, causing Hitler's downfall. Then, while General MacArthur was planning the invasion of Japan, Russia moved against Japanese forces in Manchuria.

February 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Thanks for helping students learn to grow

Editor: The Long County High School Career Technical and Agriculture Education Department would like to thank the Coastal Soil and Water Conservation District for their ...

April 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Remembering what Easter week is all about

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

April 14, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Enacted bills impact health care, education jobs

The 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly adjourned during the early morning hours of March 31 and many bills have been sent to Governor ...

April 13, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


GOP in a fight in the sixth

There's never been an off-year election like the one happening in the 6th Congressional District, where voters will pick a replacement for departed congressman ...

April 13, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Hinesville cleanup will be April 29

We are in the middle of our part of the national Great American Cleanup. Hundreds of area residents have joined up to cleanup more than ...

April 11, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


A reason to be 'Liberty County proud'

Editor: The theme for National County Government Month for 2017 is "Brilliant Ideas at Work." This theme could easily have been written to acknowledge the ...

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


In praise of 'Bull Dog' Leon

Editor: My oh my, this BoE fiasco seems to be like the Energizer Bunny - it just keeps going and going and going.

April 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Piling on is fun

Let's dispense with the sanctimony and admit it: Most of us really enjoy piling on. I know I do. There are few things more ...

April 09, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve expanded choice, better VA

During his campaign, President Trump repeatedly made a commitment to our veterans to improve the way our nation takes care of them.

April 08, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson | Opinion


Republicans can't do much worse

There's stumbling out of the gate, and then there's what Republicans just did on health care.

April 08, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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