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Moving toward justice for kids

* A teenage girl who ran away from home to escape years of sexual abuse is picked up by police and locked up for weeks because she refuses to go home.

October 27, 2007 | By Kristen Widner Columnist | Opinion


Cuba criticism made easy

Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque couldn't take President Bush's speech at the U.N. General Assembly, so he walked out.

October 25, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Women's right to know shows positive results

A couple of years ago, the members of the Georgia General Assembly passed the "Women's Right to Know Act," a law that mandates physicians to provide pertinent information 24 hours in advance to women who contemplate terminating their pregnancy so they can make an informed decision.

October 25, 2007 | By state Sen. Tommie Williams Columnist | Opinion


Iran exception cannot stand

When five American soldiers were killed at an Iraqi government building in Karbala in January, Democratic Sens. Chris Dodd and John Kerry erupted in outrage. They both knew one of the soldiers killed, a talented West Point grad.

October 25, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Don't forget to register

Although the municipal elections will take place about a month from now, there's only a couple of days left to register to vote. So, anyone in Allenhurst, Hinesville, Riceboro and Walthourville who wants to voice their choices for mayor and city council in their respective towns must sign up no later than Tuesday.

October 23, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Don't flub case against killer Nichols

A perfect legal storm may be gathering around the Brian Nichols murder case. Georgia could wind up with another national black eye, and justice could be delayed or denied for years.

October 23, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


SCHIP should not be expanded

In Washington, one thing you can always count on is that all legislation is passed for "the children, the seniors, the poor, the family, the environment, mama, and puppies." Politicians are very altruistic with your money. That's why Nancy Pelosi, when lecturing Congress about SCHIP, used the word "children" 44 times.

October 20, 2007 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Motorcycles are not all fun and games

Once thought of as a warm weather enjoyment, motorcycles are becoming more prevalent as regular transportation. The popularity of this mode of transportation is attributed to a number of factors; the low initial cost of a motorcycle, its use as a recreational vehicle and fuel efficiency.

October 18, 2007 | By Dr. Debra Houry Special to the Courier | Opinion


Hillarycare 2.0 — a new ill

When it comes to health care, Hillary Clinton is never going to let her name be associated with the words "radical overhaul" ever again. Or, if she can help it, with massive bureaucracy or new taxes. That's what happened in 1993 with her health-care plan as first lady, and, as she never tires of saying, she has "the scars to prove it."

October 18, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Republicans bullied by own base

It has been more than a month since the first U.S. presidential debate was held in Spanish. So far the republic survives, to the surprise of Republicans.

October 18, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Protect yourself in public

Everyday activities can present life-threatening dangers if you're not prepared for them. The cars that pass you on the street, the blind alley on the way to the store, or the empty parking garage can all be potential threats.

October 16, 2007 | By Steven R. Thompson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Sonny's national strategy

No one chuckled, hooted or even applauded much when Gov. Sonny Perdue started his spiel. By the time he finished, I am told at least two guys had to leave the room to keep from falling down laughing. That may be an exaggeration, but our governor did say some pretty funny things.

October 16, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


On the contrary, nice people finish first

Chances are you've heard the expression, "nice guys finish last." Nothing could be further from the truth.

October 13, 2007 | By Bryan Golden Special to the Courier | Opinion


Questions that beg asking

Republicans were outraged over the full-page ad that the left-wing wackos at MoveOn.org bought in The New York Times that begins by asking the question "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" and ends, unsurprisingly, with the conclusion that "General Petraeus is likely to become General Betray Us."

October 11, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Other opinion

I've seen businesses in one state have supported dangerous measures (measures that can and do take away funding from public services and disrupt other people's quality of life) in other states. It just has to stop.

October 11, 2007 | By Gretchen Sand Kennewick, Wash. | 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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