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Vouchers or school choice?

The voters of Utah said no to school vouchers on Tuesday. More than 60 percent of voters refused to ratify a bill passed earlier by the state legislature. It would have provided taxpayer-funded vouchers for each government-school student, ranging from $500 to $3,000, depending on family income. Students currently in private schools, unless they came from low-income families, would have been ineligible.

November 29, 2007 | By Sheldon Richman Columnist | Opinion


Defeat of Dream Act is no joke

If you don't know whether to laugh or cry about the absurdities of anti-immigrant hysterics, the recent antics of anti-immigrant hysteric Tom Tancredo will have you doing both.

November 29, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


On the path to good citizenship

"My job is to make the country work, and help it to come together."

November 27, 2007 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Running for a bad job

By this time next year, the United States will have elected a new president, and Georgia will probably have the same two senators.

November 27, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


JFK"s assassination changed liberalism

From a distance of nearly 50 years, the liberalism of 1960 is hardly recognizable. It was comfortable with the use of American power abroad, unabashedly patriotic and forward-looking. But that was before The Fall.

November 24, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Woodstock was a life saver

John McCain scored a standing ovation at the last Republican presidential debate when he attacked Sen. Hillary Clinton for proposing - unsuccessfully - to spend a million taxpayer dollars on a museum commemorating the 1969 Woodstock festival.

November 24, 2007 | By Sheldon Richman Columnist | Opinion


Bush blunder prolongs Castros tyranny

Not the least of the Bush administration's foreign-policy fiascos is its inability to influence change in Cuba in a period when Cubans are pleading for change.

November 22, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


'Why don't you people understand'

By now you have probably figured out the mussels in Apalachicola Bay are really red herrings.

November 22, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Drowning in Georgia's water woes

"It is remarkable how many political 'solutions' today are dealing with problems created by previous political 'solutions'," conservative commentator Thomas Sowell wrote recently on the fires in Southern California. Sowell could have been talking about Anyplace, USA, but his point certainly is especially poignant when it comes to Georgia's ongoing water challenges.

November 22, 2007 | By Benita M. Dodd and Harold Brown Special to the Courier | Opinion


Establish a national valor database

After watching the film "Saving Private Ryan," that showed scenes of the U.S. cemetery in Normandy, France, Monty McDaniel became curious about the grave of his uncle, who is buried there.

November 17, 2007 | By Army Times | Opinion


A learning paradise

Since its 1956 opening as an affiliated school to Hangzhou University in China, Xuejun High School has evolved into an award-winning provincial model school in the city of Hangzhou, one of China's most important tourist venues about 120 miles southwest of Shanghai.

November 17, 2007 | By Dr. Holly Robinson Columnist | Opinion


FBI"s right to threaten torture defended

A federal appeals court has concludedan FBI agent must go to trial on charges he coerced a false confession out of a prime suspect in the 9/11 attacks. But the FBI still insists its agent did nothing wrong. And the feds swayed the court to suppress that portion of a recent decision detailing how the FBI agent used the threat of torture to break an innocent man.

November 15, 2007 | By James Bovard Columnist | Opinion


Democrats children's crusade

Democrats are altogether too modest in the claims they make for the SCHIP children's health-insurance program. They talk only about what it does to cover needy families with uninsured kids, but never about all the wondrous things it can do for middle-class families with their own private insurance.

November 15, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


More than one dummy

Some people in upscale Madison, N.J., were screaming so loudly they couldn't hear their neighbors. Worse, they couldn't even hear themselves.

November 15, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


A tale of two scandals

Like so many national stories these days, the deepening scandal surrounding the Bush administration's unforgivable politicization of the U.S. Department of Justice seems to pass Georgia right by.

November 13, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


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Show you care, always share

Please, thank you and excuse me are some of the first words a child should learn, and I've tried to put that belief into practice with my daughter - once she mastered "mama," of course.

March 11, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Do something about city's eyesores

Editor, The Hinesville City Council should be commended for its wish to improve the city's "curb appeal," but before enacting additional regulations (such as those concerning polycarts), they should enforce the regulations already on the books.

March 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Advanced classes should be for everyone

As the chairman of the House appropriations committee, I clearly recognize the financial challenges of bringing economic vitality to all parts of our state.

March 10, 2014 | By Rep. Terry England Special to the Courier | Opinion


Healthy living gets boost in Coastal Empire

A month ago, a friend of mine told me she went to work out at a local gym one morning in early January, but it was so crowded, she couldn't find a machine to use.

March 06, 2014 | By Jim Healy Guest columnist | Opinion


House bill adjusts state funds to schools

As I recently reported, one of the most important requirements of the Legislature is to set a budget for the state each year.

March 05, 2014 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Assembly passes fiscal 2014 budget

I started Feb. 24 with a meeting with my Senate budget analyst to review the public safety fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. After welcoming the anesthesiology assistants who were visiting the Capitol, I went to our caucus meeting before going into session.

March 05, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Improving Common Core Standards

As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.

March 05, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Honor beautiful businesses

This month, we will accept nominations for attractive local businesses in Liberty County.

March 04, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Time nigh to bid farewell to 2nd Brigade

This time next year, we will say goodbye to the 2nd Brigade on Fort Stewart.

March 04, 2014 | By Anita Hughes Southeast Georgia Friends of Fort Stewart | Opinion


Speaker Ralston's failed leadership

Editor, Speakers are elected by House members to lead and serve them. Speakers tend to shape the majority agenda and protect their party's interests.

March 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Some things so ugly you can't give them away

Any self-respecting Southern woman has a list of casserole recipes a mile long ready to bake at a moment's notice. You got a sickness or a death in your family? We've got just the casserole for you.

March 04, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Take an interest in education

When it comes to parenting, there's a fine line between active participation and overinvolvement. That said, I am of the believe that moms and dads should take an interest in what their children are doing, from infancy into adulthood.

March 04, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Chamber takes stance on business legislation

Editor, As an integral part of the business community in Liberty County, the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce has taken an official position in favor of two key pieces of legislation. During the last board meeting, the chamber's board of directors considered the legislation for the Georgia Full Accountability in Collection Taxes (FACT) Act of 2014 and the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013. The board voted to support both bills.

March 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Candidate believes in term limits

Editor, As a resident of Georgia's 1st Congressional District, I am an ardent supporter of term limits. I don't believe our nation's founders would like the idea of a man elected to represent the people making a career out of that trust.

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Local governments need to cut spending

Editor, In the recent editions of the Courier, I have read, with some remorse, articles about the proposed Hinesville bypass, tax dollars going to the MidCoast Regional Airport, a new SPLOST and renewed world-wide travel.

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


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