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A fighter smart and loyal

"I wondered how much I had changed. I had gone to Washington a hero, described by many in the media as a 'genius.' I was returning to Georgia a loser. The green bird turned west toward Plains, lifted quickly into the dark sky, and was gone."

June 12, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Obama the patriot

Everybody knows about the two speeches Barack Obama needed to get past, or at least try to get past, his pastor problem.

June 12, 2008 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


The four-corner offense

Raving against the shortcomings of government is as easy as eating ice cream. Governing itself is as painful as walking on hot nails.

June 05, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


What tornadoes and coal plants have in common

Last Sunday morning my weather radio went crazy. It's supposed to warn me if the nuclear plant I live near melts down, so I pay close attention when it sounds its siren inside my house.

June 05, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


CRCT results worrying officials statewide

Liberty County's and other school systems across the state have not received results from this year's Criteria-Referenced Competency Tests yet. But they apparently are going to be bad news when they are released next month.

June 05, 2008 | Staff Report | Opinion


Thank a teacher

Over the last five years, I have visited more than 500 schools, including at least one in every Georgia school district. I've discovered that each of our schools is unique and has its own character and its own challenges.

June 05, 2008 | By Kathy Cox Georgia Superintendent of Schools | Opinion


Political skills we most need now

In challenging and divided times, it is imperative to find consensus-builders. Americans want results from Washington on the important issues before the country. Making progress on these issues means hammering out solutions that command broad support, and we need the politicians who can do it.

May 29, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Could Nunn help Obama?

COULD SAM HELP OBAMA?

May 27, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Public areas no place for guns

In my 15 years of advocating for gun violence prevention, I have never witnessed such an intense public debate about firearms policy. It is a crucial conversation that impacts all Georgians.

May 27, 2008 | By Alice Johnson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Three of a kind

Every time I see the Rev. Jeremiah P. Wright holding forth on TV, I think of Jimmy Carter and Zell Miller.

May 22, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Shining sunlight on Georgia's child welfare system

Sometimes it takes someone from the outside making noise to draw our attention to necessary changes. And that's just what a national child advocacy organization did last week when it issued a report critiquing all 50 states' laws on the release of information about deaths and serious injuries from child abuse.

May 22, 2008 | By Tom Rawlings Columnist | Opinion


Following dolphins home

My friend, Elizabeth Johnson, is a boat captain on Tybee Island. For a living she takes anglers 50 to 75 miles off the coast and tells them how to bait up and where to cast and how to reel in.

May 22, 2008 | By Janissa Ray Columnist | Opinion


U.S.'s one-party system

I can predict the winner of the presidential election even now; the government. In a one-party system, that's how things work.

May 22, 2008 | By Sheldom Richman Columnist | Opinion


Congress must rebuild itself

With their promise of new energy on Capitol Hill, congressional elections are always a time for hope. This year's contests will be especially significant, for Congress is listing and the nation desperately needs it to right itself.

May 22, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


How lucky can Republicans be?

Bill Shipp column for April 27, 2008

May 13, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


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Arbor Day celebrates trees

This coming Friday, we will celebrate Georgia Arbor Day. If you love and appreciate trees like I do, then please join us in celebration of trees this week by planting a tree and increasing our community tree canopy.

February 17, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Oppose proposed transportation funding bill

Editor, There is a new House bill going through the state at a very fast pace, and it's not even being discussed like any local gossip would. This is a very important issue for the entire state of Georgia. This bill proposes to take fuel tax off of your local SPLOST, ESPLOST and LOST revenue, which means a significant change in the operations of the county.

February 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Make decisions with family in mind

Twelve years ago, I made a decision to follow my head, not my heart, and put my career first. I'd just completed my first post-college internship at the Abilene Reporter-News in Texas and, having impressed my supervisor, was offered full-time employment at the end of my three-month stint.

February 16, 2015 | Hollie Barnidge | Opinion


Eventually we'll sign over wages to government

Editor, On Dec. 16, 1773, demonstrators destroyed an entire shipment of tea in the Boston Harbor in protest of taxation without representation. Today, we have ultra-taxation with representation. At the rate that we are going, we will just sign over our employment checks and accept the spending money that our government gives us.

February 11, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Shady antics on the field, halls of power

If you watched the Super Bowl a couple of weeks ago - and reports say that 114 million of us did - perhaps you saw a portion of the reprehensible behavior of Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin who, after scoring a touchdown, proceeded to mime pulling down his pants and squatting as if on a commode, before dropping the ball to the ground as if using the restroom. The NFL fined Baldwin $11,000, which has to be chump change to this boor. Astonishingly, the incident has gotten very little mention in the media. You can bet this kind of obscene showboating ...

February 11, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers hear State of Courts Address

The Georgia Senate had a busy week. We held numerous committee meetings to review legislation and listen to testimony either opposing or supporting bills being considered. The committee process is where the bills are vetted before being considered by the Senate, and it is a crucial part of the legislative process.

February 11, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


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