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Best way to celebrate Earth Day is quitely

To celebrate Earth Day one year, my husband dressed as a raven and I as an eagle, and we entered the wildlife parade in Sitka, Alaska.

May 10, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Budget wasn't only success of 2008 session

In coffee shops, diners and community meetings, much has been debated about the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session that concluded two week ago. Some have criticized, some have ballyhooed, some jumped for joy, while others registered indifference.

May 10, 2008 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


How to truly cut dropout rate

A Statement by the High School Completion Task Force of the University of Georgia College of Education Policy and Evaluation Center

May 08, 2008 | UGA College of Education | Opinion


What we owe our young people

You cannot step into an American community today without finding a lively conversation about educating our children. How to boost math and science learning, whether our children are reading and writing enough, what constitutes a "quality" education. All of this figures in the national schooling debate and its thousands of local echoes.

May 08, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


DOT: Billion-dollar shortfalls and cupid

Since last fall, Georgians have been treated to a spectacle from our state Department of Transportation. The rancor in the poisonous relationship between Gov. Sonny Perdue and House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, has never been higher than when the two were fighting over the replacement for former Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl.

May 06, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Important legislation passed as session ended

The Georgia General Assembly concluded the business of the state at midnight on Friday, April 4.

May 03, 2008 | By Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Think outside the bottle

When I lived in a city, I liked to take walks, and on recycling day, I was prone to glance at what my neighbors had consumed during the week, as I walked past.

May 03, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Some good did come out of '08 session

Those who watched this year's legislative session as they would a hockey game - waiting for the fight - were not disappointed. Going in, the focus was a "WETT" session: water, education, taxes and transportation. But beneath the political theater, the final score indicates a victory for good public policy.

April 29, 2008 | By Kelly McCutchen Columnist | Opinion


Speaker wins by losing in General Assembly

Let's hear a thunderous round of applause followed by an ear-splitting rebel yell for House Speaker Glenn Richardson. He is clearly the winner of the 2008 legislative wars.

April 29, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Assembly did have accomplishments

The end of session has finally come and gone. Legislators have returned to their families, homes and communities.

April 29, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Aerial dance to benefit Altamaha

At a lecture in Athens more than five years ago I was introduced to a beautiful woman with whom I had in common a river. Susan Majette Murphy was born in Jesup, just down the road from my home in Baxley, and had also grown up swimming, skiing and otherwise loving the Altamaha River.

April 29, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


2008 winners; patients and students

As families struggle with a weak economy due to the high cost of gas, low real estate prices, plus a regional drought, the legislature wanted to do all that we could to help weather the storm.

April 24, 2008 | By Sen. Eric Johnson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Perdue wandering off course

What did I tell you, Sonny? "Don't go to China." And what did you do, Sonny? You went to China. OK, so you made history too.

April 22, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Hope springs eternal this time of year

If I can be so bold as to name a time of full glory for Georgia, spring is it.

April 19, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Brain vitamins for Democrats

Dr. Drew Westen of Emory University may be peddling just the kind of medicine the Democratic Party of Georgia needs, but it's a bit expensive.

April 15, 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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