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Allergy season is nothing to sneeze at

Despite the festivities of St. Patrick Day, which is one of this Irish gal's favorite holidays, this time of the year is the hardest time to live in Georgia - allergy season.

March 19, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Sunshine week reminds open government is best

This week is Sunshine Week, a national initiative to remind Americans that their government is supposed to be open; a government of the people, by the people, for the people.

March 19, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


We should be talking about these schools

At the risk of sounding like Johnny One-Note, let me go back over my concerns one more time about the charter school constitutional amendment bill in the State Senate that may or may not have been passed by the time this gets to you. (My deadlines and legislative deadlines don't always coincide.)

March 19, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Why is United States still in Afghanistan?

President Barack Obama has criticized President George W. Bush because of Bush's war in Iraq. But Obama seems to claim Afghanistan as his war. In a July 12, 2004, speech to the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, Obama said, "Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terrorism have reduced the pace of military transformation and have revealed our lack of preparation for defensive and stability operations. This administration has overextended our military."

March 14, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


St. Pat's arrives early on Isle of Wight

Attendants had trouble getting the little light to come on in the tiara that was presented Saturday to Miss Isle of Wight 2012 during her coronation.

March 14, 2012 | By Pat Watkins Staff writer | Opinion


Senate debates illegal immigration bill

Day 29 (Monday, March 5): In an effort to reach out to those who have opposed legislation dealing with solar power that I am sponsoring, I invited representatives from Georgia Power to meet with me this morning. While we have agreed to disagree on this particular issue, it is important to maintain respectful relationships at the Capitol. Afterward, I meet with a student from Georgia State University to discuss the future of the HOPE Scholarship and to listen to his concerns and suggestions. It is encouraging to hear from young people in our state who have an interest in our ...

March 14, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Ludowici withholding public documents

Editor, Our rights as citizens of Ludowici have been taken away from us.

March 14, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


House passes most important bill, budget

This week during the 2012 Legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly, major milestones were accomplished, including the busiest day of the session thus far for legislators.

March 14, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Corporations pay less than Buffett, Romney

Corporations pay a lower effective tax rate than Warren Buffett and Mitt Romney, but you wouldn't know it from all the complaints that our corporate tax rate puts our country at a competitive disadvantage. Last year, U.S. corporations paid just 12.1 percent of their earnings in federal corporate income taxes. Buffett's tax rate is 17.4 percent; Romney's reported 2010 tax rate was 13.9 percent.

March 13, 2012 | By Scott Klinger Guest columnist | Opinion


Independents should be heard too

Editor, I am an Atlanta native and currently reside there. I am also an independent voter who joins a national conference call every other month with 130 independent voter activists who are working to open up our frozen political process.

March 13, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


College still out of reach for too many

While the Georgia General Assembly continues its politically suspect obsession with creating state-run public schools, a more pressing education issue demands attention.

March 13, 2012 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Midway workers deserve kudos

Not everything with Midway should be complained about. There are people who should be commended for their work on behalf of the citizens. It's the extra service rendered that separates the mediocre from those who receive our gratitude. Therefore, I would like to acknowledge those who have given a little more than expected while working for the citizens of Midway.

March 12, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Go as green as you can on March 17

Green really starts March 17 in Liberty County. However, some volunteers will be wearing green for more than St. Patrick's Day.

March 12, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Military life makes childhood unique

Babies are little grandparent magnets. Ever since we had our Anastasia, my parents count down the days until the next time they get to see her. They, along with all three of my siblings and my sister's boyfriend, all made the trek down from Iowa on Friday and part of Saturday. I've barely held my daughter since.

March 12, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Budget, tax, court reform on House agenda

With a number of issues still to be addressed, including criminal-justice reform, tax reform and the annual budget for fiscal year 2013, this will be a busy week at the Capitol.

March 12, 2012 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Enacted bills impact health care, education jobs

The 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly adjourned during the early morning hours of March 31 and many bills have been sent to Governor ...

April 13, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


GOP in a fight in the sixth

There's never been an off-year election like the one happening in the 6th Congressional District, where voters will pick a replacement for departed congressman ...

April 13, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Hinesville cleanup will be April 29

We are in the middle of our part of the national Great American Cleanup. Hundreds of area residents have joined up to cleanup more than ...

April 11, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


A reason to be 'Liberty County proud'

Editor: The theme for National County Government Month for 2017 is "Brilliant Ideas at Work." This theme could easily have been written to acknowledge the ...

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


In praise of 'Bull Dog' Leon

Editor: My oh my, this BoE fiasco seems to be like the Energizer Bunny - it just keeps going and going and going.

April 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Piling on is fun

Let's dispense with the sanctimony and admit it: Most of us really enjoy piling on. I know I do. There are few things more ...

April 09, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve expanded choice, better VA

During his campaign, President Trump repeatedly made a commitment to our veterans to improve the way our nation takes care of them.

April 08, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson | Opinion


Republicans can't do much worse

There's stumbling out of the gate, and then there's what Republicans just did on health care.

April 08, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve VA that does its job

During his campaign, President Trump repeatedly made a commitment to our veterans to improve the way our nation takes care of them.

April 07, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Brocolli up the nose ends political career

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I inform you today that I am not now nor will I become a candidate for ...

April 07, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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