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Bury me naturally

Here's an idea to ponder. How does even our death affect the environment?

December 27, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Obama's new Clinton administration

Barack Obama has succeeded where Hillary Clinton failed. She hoped to win a third Clinton term, but it is her vanquisher who is reconstituting the Clinton administration.

December 25, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Plant better than individual treatment

If you accept the predictions that huge growth is on its way to the eastern part of Liberty County the plan to build a sewage plant in the Tradeport East Business Center should be welcomed.

December 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Opinion


Now it's Democrats turn

Georgia reporters, pundits, bloggers and political junkies are all trying to assess the meaning of the result of Tuesday's U.S. Senate runoff, which Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss won by an unexpectedly large margin. Chambliss, who fell just short of 50 percent on Nov. 4, bested Democrat Jim Martin by 14 points.

December 23, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


How to forgive for clear cutting

My friend Cody Laird is so passionate about longleaf pine forests that his wife sometimes wishes she were a longleaf pine.

December 20, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Congress' job is to watch over presidents

I'm as interested as the next person in how Washington will work with Barack Obama in the White House, but there's an important question that's been missing. It has to do not so much with the new president as with the new Congress, and it should be high on every citizen's list of concerns: Will Congress live up to its responsibility to exercise robust oversight over the new administration?

December 18, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Lobbyists will love Obama

Barack Obama promised the end of the era of lobbying as we know it during the campaign, but the National Marine Manufacturers Association didn't get the message. Nor did the National Automobile Dealers Association. Nor did anyone else who can make a case for getting any precious drops of the bailout money sloshing around Washington.

December 18, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Joy and sadness at holidays

"I hope you have a lonely Thanksgiving," Ken no-last-name e-mailed me last week. He said he was a supporter of Sen. Saxby Chambliss. He was really mad at me for suggesting that old Sax might not be another Daniel Webster or Sam Nunn. I suppose Ken didn't read that I am betting a wad ($50) on his guy Saxby to win the runoff election against Democratic iron man "Boss Jim" Martin.

December 16, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Country buys $700 billion alarm clock

It was not Webvan or Pets.com this time. It was Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, AIG and Wachovia. Gone or sold for pennies on the dollar. It was $700 billion - taxpayer dollars - rushed through Congress to avert the "greatest crisis of our time." What actually happened, and what can we learn from it?

December 13, 2008 | By Kelly McCutchen Columnist | Opinion


Let me introduce my superhero

December 1 is a special day on my calendar. It's the birthday of one of my heroes, a man I've admired since we met exactly a decade ago. He's a champion of rivers, conqueror of polluters and destroyers, defender of wild things, campaigner for justice.

December 13, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Clearing road to transparency

For any Georgians still wondering about the need to see what government is up to with their tax dollars, it's highlighted by a Cobb County's special election on extending a Special Local Option Sales Tax this fall. How special? Scheduled on an "off" day, it cost taxpayers $500,000 or so, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.

December 11, 2008 | By Benita Dodd Columnist | Opinion


Infrastructure spending to nowhere

Democrats see the road to economic recovery, and it has been bulldozed, flattened out by a road grader and covered with pavement.

December 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Opinion


Do nothing formula for victory

The buzz is getting louder. Former Gov. Roy Barnes is said to be thinking of running again.

December 09, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Detroit comes begging

One of Barack Obama's acts of courage as a presidential candidate, his campaign maintained, was to give a speech in Detroit excoriating the auto industry for its carbon-emitting sins. Obama noted how the industry had long played "typical Washington politics" with an "army of lobbyists."

December 04, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


DOT boss hurting state work

The past week has seen new revelations in the ongoing saga of Gena Evans, nee Abraham, the woman whom Gov. Sonny Perdue put in charge of the state Department of Transportation. Perdue pushed Evans for the job supposedly to clean up a deeply troubled agency, which is facing a staggering funding shortfall in excess of $7 billion over the next six years for needed road construction and improvements. According to DOT's own estimate, its expected funding shortfall over the next 25-30 years is an almost incomprehensible $51 billion.

December 02, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


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House majority votes to expand carry rights for gun owners

A majority of House members voted Feb. 18 in favor of legislation to expand the number of places where licensed persons can legally carry firearms. HB 875 includes the following provisions:

February 27, 2014 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Bill protects gun owners' rights

The return of spring-like weather allowed Georgia's legislators to reconvene at our state's capitol last week and attend to much pertinent business.

February 26, 2014 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Senate looks at alcohol bill for St. Pat's

Day 22 (Feb. 17): Today we celebrate President's Day. While we would normally be off in order to observe the holiday, we are in session today to make up for some of the time that last week's inclement weather caused us to miss.

February 26, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Easing restrictions on sex offenders a bad joke

The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District House seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes … watch out. You have been warned!"

February 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Deputies should be in neighborhoods, not on interstate

Editor, The Liberty County Sheriff's Office's Tag Reader System would be better used in Hinesville on Highway 196, or on Highway 17 or even Highway 84 - anywhere these highways cross Liberty County.

February 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


An alternative to the imperial presidency

In his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, President Obama drew widespread attention for pledging to use his executive authority to advance his priorities.

February 25, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Medical costs should make people want to be their own doctors

Editor, I fear that military members and civilians may end up being their own primary-care doctors.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Make a career decision

Mama had great stories. My favorite was the only one I asked often for her to repeat. It has become something of an anthem in my life.

February 25, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Discipline is easier said that done

My daughter takes after her father in nearly every respect, especially when it comes to the traits and characteristics my husband exhibited as a child. From her sandy blonde hair to her blue eyes and left-handedness, Reese and Noell are two peas in a pod. I'd even go so far as to say she gets her fiery temperament from her dad, although I'm sure he'd say it's from me.

February 25, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Great American Cleanup starts in March

There is one thing about Southerners that you can bet on: We know how to make just about anything fun!

February 25, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Kids more important than guns in church

Let me run some numbers by you:

February 19, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Second ice storm slows activity

State business was halted again last week due to winter storm Pax that barreled its way through the South and eventually the Northeast.

February 19, 2014 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Bad weather shortens legislator's` week

Monday, Feb. 10 marked the halfway point of our 40-day legislative session, and we are flying through it faster than any other session I have been involved with in the past 10 years.

February 19, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Legislature passes half way mark

Georgia's second winter storm of the year caused an interruption in the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 17, for the 22ndlegislative day.

February 19, 2014 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Work to keep dream alive

We happened upon him in a small gift shop. The clerk recognized me, laughed and said, "What a coincidence! She just bought a copy of your book!" She gestured toward a small woman browsing through a group of men's sweaters.

February 17, 2014 | Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion


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