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A letter in support of Obama

Former Sen. Sam Nunn is leading a group of big hitters in the Atlanta business community in a campaign to recruit support and raise cash for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. They're asking for contributions of $5,000 to $30,000 from each for the Obama Victory Fund.

November 04, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Remember the tortoises' home

One fall morning I was running on the road when nine wild turkeys crossed in front of me. Uncle Bill and the other farmers were pulling corn nearby, and the turkeys must have been gathering spillage. While I was gaping at them, anticipating their flight, a sharp-shinned hawk rushed from the woods and flew directly over me.

November 01, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Congress needs to make hard decisions

As Congress struggled to stave off financial meltdown recently, it was hard to imagine that it could ever face a more serious issue. Yet from time to time it does: When it ponders whether or not to send young Americans to war.

October 30, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


The grand illusion

The Bush years will be remembered for the cruel triumph of realism over illusion.

October 30, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


State buildings chief says budget cuts are pratical

The belt-tightening called for by Gov. Sonny Perdue is being accomplished with some astonishingly commonsense measures in Georgia government. The Georgia Building Authority followed the example of ordinary Georgians, who often must implement simple cost-cutting measures to make ends.

October 28, 2008 | By Steve Stancil Special to the Courier | Opinion


Election year nuttiness arrives

Never pay a root doctor in another state with a rubber check for casting a voodoo curse on a political rival. If you do, the dark spell is liable to bounce back, just like the check.

October 28, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Doing right by the right whales

Any day now, pregnant right whales will arrive in the shallow waters off the coast of southern Georgia and northern Florida, their calving grounds. Between 20 and 35 females and juveniles make the journey south each fall.

October 25, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Don't take anything off table

What it really comes down to is osmosis.

October 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Opinion


Is Jekyll development to serve incurred debt, or needs of visitors?

The latest efforts by consultants working for the Jekyll Island Authority are all too familiar in government programs when there is a basic disconnect between the mission of the agency and the motives of those in charge. The fallacies in this venture are perhaps best captured by the classic diagnosis, "The tail wagging the dog."

October 21, 2008 | By David Kyler Special to the Courier | Opinion


Bailout was needed; shows big problems

Congress has passed a bill that we're told was needed to save our economy. And it probably was, but taxpayers should still keep their eyes on several fundamental truths.

October 21, 2008 | Staff Report | Opinion


All is mostly quite along Georgia front

Both presidential candidates may be running on platforms of change. But the odds against change infecting Georgia's congressional delegation on Election Day are at least 100 to 1.

October 21, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Checks drawn on the river bank

I have been very interested these past few months in the economic crisis that has come to roost in the financial palaces of America. This is because for years now I have possessed a fundamental disagreement with our economic system.

October 18, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Public doesn't trust Congress

Congress will never regain the faith of ordinary Americans until its members win their trust. This appears to be a long way off.

October 18, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


McCain's 'scandal'

A crucial turning point in the presidential race came when the McCain campaign ended its candidate's habitual informal interactions with the press. The area of the McCain campaign plane where a couch had been installed so the Arizonian could hold court with journalists was cut off with a dark curtain, marking the end of an era.

October 16, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


How the money crisis came to Georgia

When Congress gets around to investigating the genesis of the current financial crisis, former Gov. Roy Barnes and Gov. Sonny Perdue may be among the first witnesses called to Washington to testify.

October 14, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


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The life and legacy of a great journalist

Last week, I was at the sausage-making plant better known as the Georgia General Assembly. I was there for a good cause.

March 19, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Resolution encourages displaying flag

For our great nation, the symbol of our hard-fought freedom is our flag. I believe our flag should be flown with respect for our forefathers, the veterans and current servicemen and women who protect our freedom, and as a reminder of what we stand for as a nation.

March 19, 2014 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Final days of 2014 session getting busy

March 10 - We headed into the home stretch and, as always, things started to get hectic at the Capitol.

March 19, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Honor those who help community look good

How our community looks, from our gateways to our business districts and our neighborhoods, defines what our community is all about.

March 18, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Candidates's record proves he's qualified

Editor, I believe our country is at a crossroads that will determine the course of our future. As we stand at this fork in the road, I find myself frightened because I do not trust that those who are choosing our path as a nation will fight for myself and other vet-

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Where Congress falls short, where it doesn't

At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I'd sum up my views on Congress.

March 18, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Not much has changed since rural raising

Most husbands, if they carry a photo of their wives, like for it to be one of glamour and beauty. That would not be my husband.

March 18, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Car shopping with a kid in mind

My husband and I are about to make our first big purchase since Reese joined our family. Don't get me wrong - with the amount of clothes, food and miscellaneous supplies a baby needs, a trip to the local big-box discount store does, on occasion, makes me feel like I've been taken to the cleaners. Technically, though, I think our seemingly imminent acquisition of a new vehicle would count as our family's first major expenditure, post-child.

March 18, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Lawmaker forgets there are 50 states

Editor, This letter is in response to state Rep. Al Williams' column in Wednesday's paper. I believe he missed the point with the two House bills that he opposes concerning the Affordable Care Act, i.e. Obamacare. The issue is not that the state should or should not support such a law for partisan reasons, but that Georgia is an independent sovereign state and should not be forced to do the will of any federal president or Congress without the state's approval.

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Figure out how to tax trailers already

Editor, Having been a Liberty County resident off and on since 1975, I find it totally amusing that we still are discussing how to keep track of and collect taxes. Having never seen so many trailers until I got here, you would think we would have figured out how to tax them by now.

March 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Midway budget is not a piggy bank

Ross Perot once said, "The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, the public debt should be reduced and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled." On the surface, the Midway revenue appears to balance with the expenditures. But in my opinion, the expenditures have been inflated to equal the revenue.

March 13, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Legislature solves nonexistent problem

The scene: I-16 near Dublin.

March 13, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Senate works through bills as end nears

March 3: While serving on the Appropriations Committee is a great honor, it is also a big responsibility. While most legislators went home last Thursday and Friday, me and other members of the Appropriations Committee remained in Atlanta working on the 2015 budget.

March 12, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


House majority attacks ACA, Georgians suffer

March 3 was the 30th legislative day of the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly, the final day for legislation to pass either the House of Representatives or the Senate in time to be considered by the other chamber this year.

March 12, 2014 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Southerners are family, all understand

The woman looked over the selection of books, picked up four and smiled.

March 11, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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