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Advice for a journey's beginning

Please allow me a bit of a preamble: Nicholas Sanford Wansley is grandson Number Three chronologically and - pardon a grandfather's pride - a high achiever. After graduation from the University of Georgia, he entered the teaching profession like his dad. Also like his dad, he is a high school science teacher - he teaches International Baccalaureate Physics - and is a cross country coach. This year, his girls' cross country team at South Forsyth High School won the Class 7-A state championship. Nick is scheduled to receive his doctorate at the end of this year. His dad, incidentally, also has a PhD ...

February 09, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Bill would allow medical marijuana for autism

Serving as a state senator is rewarding because I am engaged in the intricate legislative process that often affects and improves the lives of people in our community. When we reconvened this week, we addressed legislation that I believe would be good for individuals in our district.

February 09, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tree give-away for Arbor Day

This month is all about trees. Well, that is not exactly true. We are also all about recycling electronics and household goods and shredding records, too.

February 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Words of thanks seem inadequate

Editor, When the worst disaster in the history of Turner County struck on the afternoon of Jan. 22, the immediate response was beyond anything we ever imagined. Every county surrounding us that was not hit, sent emergency crews. Police, Sheriff and the various EMS responded. The linemen who came were simply amazing.

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


No one has right to enter our country

Editor: For the life of me, I can't figure out the mentality of the protests going on. We finally get a president who wants to protect us and people are complaining. Don't these people want to be safe? Don't they want an atmosphere where illegal aliens are not taking their jobs, or Silicon Valley is not hiring foreigners over Americans?

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why ask a question like that, Courier?

Editor: Why ask a question like that?

February 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Former cop supports fair wage; not SPLOST

Editor: Since my letter to the editor, "Tax For Cop Salaries Doesn't Work For Him," in the Jan. 29 edition of the Courier, I have received several communications from folks thinking I am not in support of a fair wage for police officers.

February 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


A.J.'s enemy list just keeps getting longer

Yes, A.J. Fryerson complained about everything, and the number of folks on his "bad list" increased by the week.

February 05, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Obama's legacy is mostly symbolic

The work of unraveling President Barack Obama's legacy is underway, but even if the Trump administration and a Republican Congress reverse every last law and regulation, they won't be able to touch the core of it.

February 05, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


In praise of bi-vocational preachers

In the months before we married, I sought to show Tink the Southern mountains of my raising.

February 04, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump's odds of staying in office

His "America First, America First, America First" inaugural address is seen by many as divisive, particularly those who are miserable that Donald Trump is actually president of the United States.

February 04, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Taking a slow bus to no where

Varoom! Putt! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Varoom!

February 03, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Marchers only 'pro life' until baby is born

Editor: The Pro Life march in DC on Friday did nothing to advance its cause. I have listened to many of the speeches and scanned even more of protest pictures the last couple of days and only come away with more questions than they provide answers.

February 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Congressman Carter is right choice

Editor: Contrary to what a recent letter to the editor said, Congressman Buddy Carter is the representative we need in the First District of Georgia.

February 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


And they're back...

More than a century ago, New York Surrogate Judge Gideon J. Tucker handed down a legal decision that included this observation of state lawmakers: "No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session."

February 02, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


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Muckraking is tradition in America

OK, OK, OK, you say. Enough already. We in the media have made our point. In fact, we have made it ad nauseum. We are ...

March 11, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Darts and daisies, daisies and darts

At my first paper some 20 years ago there was a middle-aged, bespectacled and be-permed teacher named Ginger something-or-the other who regularly wrote a column ...

March 11, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Learn about the new chamber

As a spouse of a retired U.S. Army veteran, I have traveled the world and in my travels I have achieved many successes.

March 10, 2017 | By Sabrina Newby Guest columnist | Opinion


Legislation targets low-performing schools

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law. Last week, the ...

March 10, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


School board has gotta be kidding with payout

Editor: Either your reporting of the "BoE, superintendent to part ways June 30" had an error or this is another one of those "you gotta ...

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Shaking the money tree

The General Assembly session is more than two-thirds done and on track to adjournment.

March 09, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Crossover Day is benchmark for Georgia legislation

The Georgia General Assembly ended the week on what is known as "Crossover Day." This is the 28th legislative day in which bills that passed ...

March 09, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Great American Cleanup starts on east end

What if a million years ago a caveman finished off a soda and he tossed the glass bottle on the ground on the ground?

March 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Perspective on scholarship programs

A recent opinion piece in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked, "Are vouchers a failure?" Any answer requires examining the best evidence on the topic and placing ...

March 07, 2017 | By Benjamin Scafidi Guest columnist | Opinion


Trump's issues with the press

My feelings are hurt. I'm not on President Donald Trump's list of "enemies of the American people." Here is his exact tweet:

March 07, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Immigrants can be bad for a country

As if on cue, riots broke out in a heavily immigrant suburb of Stockholm as soon as the media mocked President Donald Trump for a ...

March 07, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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