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Time for Georgia to embrace space race

America said goodbye last week to one of its great national heroes, John Glenn. For many Americans, John Glenn embodied the American spirit. Honorably serving his country as a fighter pilot in two wars, as a Navy test pilot, an astronaut and a United States Senator, John Glenn answered the call every time his nation needed him.

December 17, 2016 | By State Rep. Jason Spencer Guest columnist | Opinion


Vicksburg reminds that war is cruel

It did not turn out as I intended. Somehow, Tink managed to turn it into what he, with gleeful satisfaction - that is the only way to say it with unvarnished truth though he now says otherwise - called "The Victory Tour."

December 17, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Dear Santa, please help our teachers

Dear Santa Claus: I am going to forego my usual letter requesting snarky gifts for the humor-impaired. I expect there will be other opportunities in the future to gig them. One thing about the humor-impaired, they are like houseflies. They never go away.

December 16, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Midway investigation needed

Editor, For three years, I wrote the Midway Perspective, detailing the misdeeds of the mayor and city council. I finally gave up because there was a lack of interest by the citizens of Midway. Because of the failure of the citizens overseeing them, the mayor and city council just does whatever they want even if what they do is not in the best interest of its employees and residents, such as spending $1 million for a city hall that they don't deserve.

December 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Offers the Donfather has refused

Oh, the games the Donfather is playing. He does know how to take his pound of flesh.

December 15, 2016 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Early present for speak Ralston

It isn't quite Christmas Day, but Rep. David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, the speaker of the Georgia House, has already received probably the best gift he ever got in his life.

December 15, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Happenstance or divine intervention?

During my lifetime, I've been invited to the White House for dinner with the president, dated an actual princess from a real country, walked across the Rio Grande to swim in the hot springs of Mexico, lived through two earthquakes and driven through more tornadoes than I can remember.

December 15, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Reduce your risk of toxic exposure

As we count down the days to Christmas, remember that this holiday season creates extra risks of toxic exposure with decorations, candles and wrapping. Here are some ways to reduce those risks:

December 13, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


History's keen sense of humor

President Barack Obama won't explicitly say that Donald Trump is on the wrong side of history, but surely he believes it.

December 13, 2016 | By Rich Lowry | Opinion


Democrats get schooled

Wow, what a surprise the Electoral College was! Who knew that a candidate could win the race for the presidency even though he didn't get a majority of the actual national vote, like Donald Trump did? Somehow, that possibility evaded all the advisers buzzing around Hillary Clinton, who constantly and smugly assured everyone that they were the modern experts with the superior grasp of data, so worry not about Trump defeating Clinton.

December 12, 2016 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Plight of black landowners is real

Editor: Below is an excerpt from an article at www.BBC.com, which was shared this week on Facebook:

December 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


An open letter to Rep. Buddy Carter

Dear Rep. Buddy Carter:

December 10, 2016 | By Roy Hubbard Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tom Price and health care

Back when he was serving in the Georgia Senate, Tom Price acquired a nickname among the capitol crowd: Ned Flanders.

December 09, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Losing home to fire puts life in perspective

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state. A community leader and a successful business man - he is president and CEO of Wilheit Packaging in Gainesville - Wilheit is also one of Gov. Nathan Deal's oldest and closest friends and advisers. He served as chairman of Deal's first gubernatorial campaign in 2010 and now sits as a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

December 08, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Things you rarely hear or see anymore

Editor: What happened to politeness and courtesy? You rarely hear, "please," "thank you," "you're welcome" and "excuse me." People have become so egocentric that they do not consider the feelings of others. When things get complicated during interactions with other people, we tend to forget common courtesy.

December 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


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A.J.'s enemy list just keeps getting longer

Yes, A.J. Fryerson complained about everything, and the number of folks on his "bad list" increased by the week.

February 05, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Obama's legacy is mostly symbolic

The work of unraveling President Barack Obama's legacy is underway, but even if the Trump administration and a Republican Congress reverse every last law ...

February 05, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


In praise of bi-vocational preachers

In the months before we married, I sought to show Tink the Southern mountains of my raising.

February 04, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump's odds of staying in office

His "America First, America First, America First" inaugural address is seen by many as divisive, particularly those who are miserable that Donald Trump is actually ...

February 04, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Taking a slow bus to no where

Varoom! Putt! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Varoom!

February 03, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Marchers only 'pro life' until baby is born

Editor: The Pro Life march in DC on Friday did nothing to advance its cause. I have listened to many of the speeches and scanned ...

February 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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