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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


Shame on Joint Chiefs

In his classic book on the Vietnam War, "Dereliction of Duty," H.R. McMaster excoriates the Joint Chiefs of Staff for acceding to President Lyndon Johnson's flawed war plan and his dishonest salesmanship of it. McMaster dubs them "the five silent men."

October 09, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Help save Fort Morris from budget cuts

There are organizations mounting campaigns to keep Fort Morris off the chopping block of state efforts to cut spending.

October 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Opinion


The death of a cliche

Something is missing from this year's election campaign cycle. No principal candidate from either major party has dared use that trusted cliché of past stump speeches: "Elect me, and I'll run your government like a business."

October 09, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Choosing Trig

Perhaps nothing Sarah Palin said in her boffo address at the Republican Convention had as much resonance as her statement that "sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge."

October 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Opinion


Undoing Cumberland, you don't know, Jack

I've always been wild.

October 04, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


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Strong candidate not running for president

My fellow Americans, it is with a heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016.

April 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


How can we trust the BoE?

Editor, It is mindboggling to me to hear Liberty County Board of Education members and Liberty County School System administrators talk of the millions of dollars tossed about our school district's budget during school-board meetings, work sessions and public forums as if it's no big deal. According to information presented by the district, our revenues for the 2013-14 school year were $92,203,140, and our expenditures were $98,130,080 - meaning, our school board authorized $5,926,940 in overspending. However, the board continued to operate in the same manner for the first half of the 2014-15 ...

April 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Beloved legacy of Don Light

Many people have crossed the path of my life, but only one crossed it from three different directions. Don Light, one of Nashville's most admired powerbrokers and star-makers, was meant to be part of my life. I said this repeatedly because I encountered him through friends in country music, Southern gospel and NASCAR racing.

April 22, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


When a man finds his destiny

Sometimes a man, despite his best efforts, doesn't find his destiny. Try as he might, down through the earnest years of his life, he chases it and even can believe he has it, only to awaken one morning and discover he doesn't - that what he has is an illusion, a mirage that he tried to turn into reality.

April 21, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Legislator gives view of 2015 session

The activity surrounding each legislative session is always a combination of fast action with periods of slow-moving, tedious meetings as legislation is researched, deliberated and reconciled before the actual vote. This session was no different, and each day was used to the fullest as we set our sights on tackling some tough issues for the betterment of our state. The following is a summary of some of the major accomplishments and most-significant legislation passed this session.

April 20, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Celebration is education disguised as fun

On Wednesday, Liberty County residents will join millions of people around the world in celebrating the Earth on Earth Day.

April 20, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Pipeline would be trouble for coast

There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.

April 17, 2015 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Step forward: Lessons from 2015 session

Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.

April 16, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion


Good people still do good things

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hits and misses of legislative session

As expected, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia's legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.

April 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


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