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Good luck, Gov. Deal, you've got a handful

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal was inaugurated to lead a state mired in hard times. The hopes of almost 10 million Georgians for better things are now his burden, his responsibility and his opportunity. There could hardly be a better way to begin a new era, or to dispel the ethics cloud that hung over his head as a candidate, than for this governor to take the lead in real ethics and accountability reform in state government. The token gestures to come from the Capitol of late have been feeble and suggest that Republican rule has so far been no improvement ...

January 12, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Resolutions seem a bit thin this year

We're ankle deep in January and for some reason I haven't heard much about New Year's resolutions. Usually by this time, I've heard about diets, exercise, yoga, guitar lessons and improved church attendance just to name a few. But this year, it's almost like everything is being kept secret.

January 11, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


The tax plan ahead

In what may well be the single most significant report made to the General Assembly this session, a panel charged with reviewing the state's tax code and making recommendations regarding it will present its findings to legislators and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on Monday.

January 11, 2011 | Albany Herald | Opinion


Hinesight: Staff curses the weather, response

January 10, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Getting back to life's realities

I've gained 12 pounds since my husband's return. Twelve pounds. That means that all of the hard work I put into diet and exercise to impress him lasted for all of that one welcome home night before the effects started to quickly disappear.

January 10, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Relationships: A resolution with a purpose

Many people are welcoming 2011 with hope and optimism by taking on New Year's resolutions to improve the quality of their lives. Our society has put a lot of emphasis on New Year's - new beginnings and starts, makeovers, new relationships, new cars, habits, weight loss, optimism, achievement and other initiatives for self-improvement. Between 40 and 45 percent of all Americans set New Year's resolutions, but statistically only 8 percent succeed. Maybe that's because people overlook the best resolutions, which focus on improving the quality of our existing relationships.

January 10, 2011 | By John Scherer Columnist | Opinion


Don't leave society out of school evaluations

Oh great. Now, the Obama administration is getting involved in public education in Georgia. That's all we need. The deft touch of an inept federal government.

January 10, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Dispose of old phone books the right way

I love the first of the year. It is fresh. It is a really good time to throw out the old and bring in the new. Phone books are a good place to start. The new ones should be here in a few days and the old ones must look pretty raggedy by now. It is time to give that old book the boot and make room for a new book in your life. But don't just toss them in the trash. Turn your phone books in so they can be recycled.

January 10, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Jan. 10 is a big day for Georgia

On Jan. 10, Nathan Deal will be sworn in as the 82nd governor of Georgia.

January 05, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


We must account for the rule of Sebelius

The text of ObamaCare is dry and legalistic, except when it summons the majesty of the King James Bible to intone imperiously, "the secretary shall ..."

January 05, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight: Don't smoke 'em

January 03, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Goodbye to 2010, hello to good friends

Good grief! I haven't gotten used to writing 2010 yet and 2011 is here.

January 03, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Deal seems to be preparing for the tough days ahead

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal has surveyed the state government's bleak financial outlook and declared that layoffs of state employees will be part of the answer to closing a nearly $2 billion hole in next year's budget.

January 03, 2011 | Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Don't mess with New Year's traditions

"Do you have your pot of 'hoppin' john' cooking?"

January 03, 2011 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion


This is the year to get into volunteering

Do you have room to add one more New Year's Resolution to your list? I have a really good one for you. Set a goal this year to volunteer! There are many good reasons to do so. You can help others and make our community a better place. However, you may not realize how good volunteering is for you, too!

January 03, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


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Business beats tradition in battle over flag

Some wars are not fought on battlefields these days. They are fought on social networks with the weapons of Twitter feeds and Facebook memes.

July 16, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


School employees deserve break from rising premiums

Georgia recently released a 24-page report examining the costs of the State Health Benefit Plan, the health-insurance plan for state employees, including school-district employees.

July 14, 2015 | By Timothy Sweeney Guest columnist | Opinion


My husband's chainsaw assault

To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried. My husband, raised not in the South or in the country ...

July 14, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Program promotes N.E.A.T. neighbhorhoods

An essential element of a vibrant, attractive community is clean, inviting, thriving neighborhoods.

July 14, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Clerks commission notaries in Georgia

Superior-court clerks in Georgia wear a lot of hats and perform numerous statutory duties.

July 13, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Special to the Courier | Opinion


Didn't voters reject SPLOST

Editor, I voted no on the 1-cent sales tax and thought it was over. Now, I hear they are going to have a vote on ...

July 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gun-free zones invite mass shootings

Editor, Bring your gun to church. Bring your gun to the movie theater. Teachers, take your gun to school. Don't leave home without it.

July 09, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


'Occasional' column now going on 17 years

It was supposed to be one and done, but it didn't work out that way.

July 09, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Where should you get water?

This is what's happening in California as the state tries to cope with a record-breaking drought that is now in its fourth year.

July 08, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Remember environment when battling bugs

I love summer, but something's really been bugging me - bugs.

July 07, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Miss Elinor's special 'thank you'

It often amazes me how many words of kindness and encouragement I receive for the stories I tell. Often, a reader will write, "You don ...

July 07, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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