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Lots to do, but will lawmakers do it?

If you ask a state legislator, particularly one who's been around for a few terms, what their priorities are for the upcoming session, they'll solemnly say something along the lines of, "Pass a balanced state budget."

January 10, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

A young girl and the Georgia Bulldogs

It was an undeniable blessing when I, a college kid and part-time sports writer, was given the assignment to cover a University of Georgia football game. What I didn't know at the time is that that one assignment would provide a springboard to bigger opportunities as well as giving me friendships that remain many years later.

January 08, 2018 | Ronda Rich | Opinion

Let your Christmas tree keep living on

Nothing is worse in January than the sad looking Christmas tree awaiting its fate in the new year.

January 08, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Bottom line on tax bill

To listen to the Democrats, the American middle class will be lucky to survive the Republican tax bill.

January 06, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion

Welcome to the year of the Dog

2018 is the Year of the Dog. That is, if you're Asian and follow the Chinese zodiac. It rotates between the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. And as I mentioned, 2018 is a Dog year. That's a good thing, particularly when us Westerners remember Harry Truman's bromide: "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog."

January 06, 2018 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion

2018 will be a year of change in Georgia

This will be a year of major change in Georgia politics.

January 05, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Next time you see a whale...

Editor: The picture of the whale breaching on the front page of your Dec. 30 edition of the paper is a once in a lifetime shot. I had the opportunity to experience and photograph that amazing event off the coast of Nova Scotia. It is fascinating and humbling to observe those massive creatures frolicking in the ocean.

January 04, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

New approach to an old problem

Why would we try solving society's most ancient problems with worn-out solutions? Sexual harassment and assault are as old as any issue can get. What do you think would have happened if the Garden of Eden had an HR department? Actually, nothing, just like today. These days, however, Eve would have decided that in the process of starting the human species, Adam acted inappropriately when he took a bite from the apple. Adam would be fired, and Genesis would have removed his blog.

December 31, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion

Give Trump credit where it is due

Republicans have tried, on and off, to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling since the 1980s. The effort has always engendered intense opposition and always been abandoned. A provision for drilling in ANWR is included in the Republican tax bill almost as an afterthought.

December 30, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion

As the year swiftly goes bye-bye

Observations at the end of a year, apropos of nothing much.

December 29, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

You can't fix stupid PSC

When Georgia legislators passed a bill a few years ago to make fireworks legal, I remember talking to one of the bill's supporters.

December 29, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Humor: What riding a mechanical bull tells about you

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

December 27, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion

Mulch your tree to stay green

The Christmas tree is such an iconic part of modern Christmas celebrations. Do you ever consider how it became such an integral part of how we celebrate our holidays?

December 26, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Humor: Flying Amtrak, difference in political parties

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

December 25, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion

I wish I had been there

These words are dedicated to the memory of my friend, the late Otis Brumby Jr., publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal. He encouraged me to run this column each Christmas season. It is also dedicated to those who believe.

December 24, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

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Humor: We keep sending them overseas

HOLLYWOOD - God Bless America, and how's everybody?

March 10, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion

‘Old-fashioned’ child rearing really does work

An individual who occupies a fairly high-level position in the mainstream media recently told one of my associates that I'm "old-fashioned."

March 09, 2018 | John Rosemond | Opinion

The Cleveland Brown’s No. 1 pick?

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

March 08, 2018 | Argus Hamilton | Opinion

Commissioners, call Bruce


March 08, 2018 | Bruce McCartney | Opinion

Tax ‘break’ for the rich, not most of us


March 08, 2018 | Dollie Goldman | Opinion

Right thing, wrong reasons

The recent unpleasantness surrounding Delta Air Lines, the NRA, and a foregone tax break are a telling example of how the right thing often gets ...

March 08, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion

Who you calling a fish wrap?

Editor: Obviously the person referring to our Coastal Courier as a fish wrap does not subscribe to it and probably never has. I'm a ...

March 06, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

Senate passes bill creating joint defense commission

This week under the Gold Dome, bills that passed the Senate and the House were sent to the other chamber for consideration on what we ...

March 06, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion

The British are not coming, folks

Editor: The tragedy of repeated school shooting angers and depresses me, as I am sure it does most. I cannot fathom the depth of despair ...

March 05, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

Keep trash out of gutters, let rain have the drain

Storm drains. You may take them for granted but you've just got to love them.

March 05, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Bear, Moe, you will be missed

The past couple of weeks have been tough. Two weeks ago, a friend of mine and former co-worker from the Hinesville Fire Department, George "Bear ...

March 05, 2018 | By Mike Riddle Special to the Courier | Opinion

NRA, Delta is ready when you are

If I were running Delta Airline, I'd end discounted tickets for everybody and blame it on Georgia's Republicans. I'd say I did ...

March 05, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Children would benefit from running their own sports

Thirty years ago, I offered a free (expenses-only) speaking engagement to any community that would abolish adult-organized-and-run children's sports programs (except those run by ...

March 02, 2018 | John Rosemond | Opinion

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