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Is waterboarding torture?

Is waterboarding, known during the Spanish Inquisition as tortura del agua, really torture or not?

January 07, 2008 | By Sheldon Richman Columnist | Opinion


Can there ever be another Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy endured 28 years as Georgia House speaker because he kept his word and never caused his fellow House members to feel shamed.

January 07, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Congress must assert itself

To the casual observer, Congress must seem unusually pushy these days. Its Democratic majority is tussling with the White House over the budget. Senators are investigating the CIA's destruction of interrogation tapes. The House Oversight Committee has accused the White House of systematically impeding scientific inquiry into global warming.

January 05, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


And the Scrooge award goes to...

I never have to check the calendar to see if the Christmas season is approaching. As soon as the "season to be jolly" approaches all those jolly-challenged people begin their sniping. I think Jack Frost is nipping at more than their noses and some people are nipping at more than hot chocolate.

January 03, 2008 | By the Rev. James L. Snyder Columnist | Opinion


Venezuelans' choice

The day after Hugo Chavez's power grab was defeated at the polls, the Man Who Won't Shut Up called the state-owned television network and blamed voters for not being "mature."

January 03, 2008 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Is modern Tea Party needed

There is a great tradition of war tax resistance in the United States. When our political leaders have not listened to the will of the people, individuals have engaged in civil disobedience. By refusing to cooperate, we take away the legitimacy from a reckless state.

January 03, 2008 | By Jodie Evans Columnist | Opinion


The dreaded 'O' factor

Gov. Sonny Perdue announced last week he would be outsourcing state technology jobs in an attempt to save money. The plan is to turn over several technology-related functions to private companies and eliminate about 1,100 jobs.

January 01, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Socialism: Debunking the myth

David Himmelstein and his wife Steffie Woolhandler are associate professors at Harvard Medical School. Together they are a one-couple team, promoting Canadian national health insurance in the United States. They provide the intellectual leadership for the Physicians for a National Health Program. They are about the only academics around whose scholarship routinely gives aid and comfort to the advocates of socialized medicine, unless you count the Commonwealth Fund. They are pleasant (at least to me), they are dedicated and they are wrong.

January 01, 2008 | By John C. Goodman Columnist | Opinion


Why politics is so partisan

On the whole, Americans want their politicians to hew to the political center and govern with a healthy dose of pragmatism. Yet we live in the most bitterly partisan era in memory, when the dominant voices in both parties are more ideological and less willing to compromise, and the politics they practice too often is a mean-spirited, take-no-prisoners enterprise.

December 29, 2007 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Candidate using the 'O' factor

Pundits and pollsters are trying to figure out just how big a plus Oprah Winfrey is to the Barack Obama presidential campaign. They know it's big, they just don't know how big.

December 29, 2007 | By Victor Kamber Columnist | Opinion


The anti-immigrant crisis

To paraphrase Ricky Ricardo, Republicans got a lot of 'splanin' to do.

December 27, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


The elephant in the room

At a CNN-sponsored Youtube debate recently, Republican candidates gamely responded to questions from supporters of Bill Richardson, Log Cabin Republicans and the ubiquitous audience plant from the Clinton camp.

December 27, 2007 | By Nathan Tabor Columnist | Opinion


Progress starting to show in Iraq

Everywhere I go people ask me how I have so much confidence the Army is not breaking, and it is because our magnificent Soldiers are not only taking the fight to the enemy every day, but they are reenlisting in large numbers.

December 26, 2007 | MG Rick Lynch Special to the Courier | Opinion


Shining some light on state spending

"No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!"

December 25, 2007 | By Kelly McCutchen Columnist | Opinion


Smoothing out bumps ahead

The nation's economy looks bumpy for 2008, and Georgia may not be able to avoid the rough ride. A national housing crisis and soaring energy prices combine with a regional drought to signal dread ahead.

December 25, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


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Americans must work for greater good

Editor, "Greater Good" is a point or ideology that has been defined, perceived and twisted. So what does this mean? I wonder if it's even fair to apply this concept because, at the end of the day, the definition is construed. Man is still making that determination.

November 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia on lookout for ebola

In 1976 in the rainforest, a virus was transmitted to people from wild animals, and it spread through the population via human-to-human contact.

November 06, 2014 | By U.S. Rep.-elect Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Fewer than 1% voted on Sunday

Editor, I just spoke with Liberty County Chief Registrar/Elections Supervisor Ella Golden. She reported Sunday voting results as:

November 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Junior E. Lee bullish on election analysis

I called Junior E. Lee and asked when he would have some post-election analysis to share with you. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, in Greater Garfield, Georgia, home of Round-or-Square Polls, whose motto is "You supply the dough and we will cook the results."

November 05, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Choose your way to make a difference

This month, more than 500 local volunteers have made a positive difference for our local waterways by participating in the Statewide Rivers Alive waterway cleanups in Georgia. Over 50 locations in Liberty County have been cleaned up so far by these amazing helpers, who ranged in ages from 2 (yes, they had a little help from their parents) to 80. Several more groups have cleanups scheduled in the next three weeks. Rivers Alive is a statewide effort to preserve and protect our waterways in Georgia. Rivers Alive events also are part of the international efforts of The Ocean Conservancy.

November 04, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Just plant the tree already

That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn't turn out well.

November 04, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Parents are too busy for phone calls

I dislike talking on the phone. For a number of reasons, I've never really been fond of telephone calls or conversations.

November 04, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Tax is a tax, whether SPLOST, LOST or property tax

Editor, I just read Liberty County Administrator Joey Brown's column. Maybe, if government wasn't so secretive, Liberty County citizens would be able to get all of the proper information that Mr. Brown has at his fingertips. I know firsthand how difficult it is to get the government to make records public.

November 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


SPLOST yes vote in county's best interest

Liberty County voters once again will have the option Tuesday to vote to extend the current Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for an additional six years. SPLOST has been around awhile and enables local governments to finance specific capital projects, such as courthouses, roads, bridges, libraries and highways. SPLOST is a 1 percent sales tax that is paid on purchases made in Liberty County.

November 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


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