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Darts and daisies, daisies and darts

At my first paper some 20 years ago there was a middle-aged, bespectacled and be-permed teacher named Ginger something-or-the other who regularly wrote a column called "Darts and Daisies."

March 11, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Learn about the new chamber

As a spouse of a retired U.S. Army veteran, I have traveled the world and in my travels I have achieved many successes.

March 10, 2017 | By Sabrina Newby Guest columnist | Opinion


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


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Get some fried fish, support veterans

Editor: East Liberty County American Legion Post 321 will host an Armed Forces Day fish fry Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 ...

May 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


In this case, Ann Coulter is right

Among my many strong principles is this one: Disagree with whatever Ann Coulter says. Actually, Ann is not the only one; she's really just ...

May 14, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Thoughts from Mr. Murder and Mayhem

I've earned a nickname from my colleagues in the news business over the years and it's not one I really relish, but nonetheless ...

May 14, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Guest columnist | Opinion


Corporations will still game tax system

For all the concerns raised by economists and others about the House tax plan, it is generally assumed that the proposal will reduce the gaming ...

May 12, 2017 | By Gary Kalman Columnist | Opinion


There is hope in fight against seismic testing

The very disturbing process of using seismic testing off the Georgia coast to find oil deposits, as is being proposed, coupled with the absolutely frightening ...

May 11, 2017 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Hogs not happy with comparison to politicians

A few years ago, I decided that what this country needed was an organization that specialized in both in-depth analysis of major political developments as ...

May 11, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Counting the days to failure

Those who worry that they are closed-minded because they can't conceive of agreeing with anything Donald Trump says or does can stop beating up ...

May 09, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Good to see NAACP joining fight

Editor: Sure is good to see someone else joining this fight for the students, teachers, and staff of Liberty County Educators.

May 09, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Food waste is a pressing issue

Recycling is important, but there are two other pieces of stewardship that are equally significant. The wise reuse of resources and household items, and simple ...

May 08, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Trump's saber rattling having effect

Donald Trump's saber rattling may or may not deter Kim Jong Un, but it's had an effect south of the border.

May 06, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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