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Why politics is so partisan

On the whole, Americans want their politicians to hew to the political center and govern with a healthy dose of pragmatism. Yet we live in the most bitterly partisan era in memory, when the dominant voices in both parties are more ideological and less willing to compromise, and the politics they practice too often is a mean-spirited, take-no-prisoners enterprise.

December 29, 2007 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Candidate using the 'O' factor

Pundits and pollsters are trying to figure out just how big a plus Oprah Winfrey is to the Barack Obama presidential campaign. They know it's big, they just don't know how big.

December 29, 2007 | By Victor Kamber Columnist | Opinion


The anti-immigrant crisis

To paraphrase Ricky Ricardo, Republicans got a lot of 'splanin' to do.

December 27, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


The elephant in the room

At a CNN-sponsored Youtube debate recently, Republican candidates gamely responded to questions from supporters of Bill Richardson, Log Cabin Republicans and the ubiquitous audience plant from the Clinton camp.

December 27, 2007 | By Nathan Tabor Columnist | Opinion


Progress starting to show in Iraq

Everywhere I go people ask me how I have so much confidence the Army is not breaking, and it is because our magnificent Soldiers are not only taking the fight to the enemy every day, but they are reenlisting in large numbers.

December 26, 2007 | MG Rick Lynch Special to the Courier | Opinion


Shining some light on state spending

"No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!"

December 25, 2007 | By Kelly McCutchen Columnist | Opinion


Smoothing out bumps ahead

The nation's economy looks bumpy for 2008, and Georgia may not be able to avoid the rough ride. A national housing crisis and soaring energy prices combine with a regional drought to signal dread ahead.

December 25, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Knieval's legacy lives on

This past Friday, Evel Knieval finally could cheat death no more, as passed away at his home in Clearwater, Fla. He was 69.

December 22, 2007 | By Mike Riddle Columnist | Opinion


Science trumps politics

The "sideshow" has become the main event. For years, we've been told that only stem-cell research that destroys human embryos is worth pursuing. Everything else is a diversion, driven by fanatical religious opposition to the progress of science.

December 20, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


How to stop Chavez

Hugo Chavez continues to keep pushing Latin America into the pits of resentful Third-Worldism.

December 20, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Symbol of 'new' South

During the past several months, we've learned exactly how Georgia's elected officials perceive their mandate from the voters. Our leaders' view of where we want them to go is changed considerably from where we wanted to go in Georgia during the second half of the 20th century.

December 20, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Iraq 3.0 Lowered expectation

One gets the feeling that even the White House realizes the mess it's made of Iraq.

December 20, 2007 | By Sheldon Richman Columnist | Opinion


Building green isn't easy

In these times of combined threat from climate change, peak oil, pollution and toxic waste, green home building not only makes sense, it is imperative.

December 20, 2007 | By Glenn Scherer Columnist | Opinion


Empower with energy solutions

Given the misguided energy bills under consideration in our nation's capital, Congress should actually embrace the label "Do Nothing" as a badge of honor and statesmanship if current energy legislation fails.

December 20, 2007 | By Benita Dodd and Margo Thorning Columnists | Opinion


Spending is missing from tax debate

Like love and marriage, tax and spending go together like the proverbial horse and carriage. Absent spending controls, any major "reform" proposal in Georgia's tax code - particularly a shift in revenues among different levels of government - becomes a masquerade that would increase the size of government.

December 20, 2007 | By Kelly McCutchen Columnist | Opinion


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Polls shouldn't open on Sunday

Editor, Perhaps Liberty County Commissioners Lovette, Stevens, Frasier and Gilliard need to pause and reflect some before they cast any future votes. I'm referring, of course, to their recent votes to open the polls on Sunday.

October 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gubernatorial candidate talks education

I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public-school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week, the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's turn.

October 15, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Situations are as dramatic as you make them

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to let things roll right off her back.

October 14, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Rivers Alive cleanups coming soon

You drink it. You clean with it. You shower in it. You swim in it. You fish in it. You have fun in it.

October 14, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Even 'educational' TV is questionable

Letting a child watch too much TV may be as bad for parents as it is for little ones. In fact, depending on which shows a child is allowed to watch, it may be worse for parents.

October 14, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Don't vote for SPLOST; property tax hike likely anyway

On Dec. 16, 1773, a group of demonstrators boarded ships in Boston Harbor. They threw chests of tea overboard to protest the British parliament's unfair tax on tea. It's time for the citizens of Midway and Liberty County to borrow a page from Boston's history book.

October 14, 2014 | By Terry Doyle Columnist | Opinion


Port should get money it deserves

Last week, the Georgia Ports Authority approved allocating up to $3 million for maintenance of the shipping channel to the Port of Brunswick, marking the second-straight year the GPA has had to supplement federal funds for this project.

October 10, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Columnist | Opinion


Help soldiers from war room to board room

Over the next three years, as many as 60,000 military members are expected to return to Georgia. Already, 770,000 veterans call Georgia home. In fact, the Peach State is home to the fourth-largest population of veterans nationwide. In addition to those returning to Georgia, more than 10,000 service members will be transitioning from the state's Army installations - 4,000 from Fort Stewart alone.

October 09, 2014 | By James Wilburn Guest columnist | Opinion


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