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South Georgia should secede

The great water crisis proves at least one thing. Georgia should be divided into two states. The present single-Georgia system is not working.

January 22, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


If you want change vote

Jan. 7 is the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming presidential primary. We urge all who haven't already done so to sign up.

January 22, 2008 | Bryan County News | Opinion


Hands off Pakistan

"The assassination of Benazir Bhutto was not an attack on this brave woman alone; it was an attack upon democracy, freedom and the United States." This statement by Asa Hutchinson, former undersecretary of homeland security, was typical of the reaction of the American political and media establishments.

January 22, 2008 | By Sheldon Richman Columnist | Opinion


Costly wake-up call on climate change

When it comes to progressive climate change initiatives, Georgia's legislators distinguish themselves by leading the opposition. Our state's national reputation hit a new low last year on both environmental and economic development issues when Georgia legislators at the National Conference of State Legislatures refused to adopt or recommend federal measures to address climate change issues, including global warming. Such measures incorporate targets for reducing carbon emission, plus investing in renewable energy and energy conservation.

January 19, 2008 | By David Kyler Columnist | Opinion


Spanish in the workplace

From small time to over the hill, the conservative punditocracy is worried, very worried, that Spanish is taking over. Pretty mad about it, too.

January 19, 2008 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Example of Columbia comeback

MEDELLIN, Colombia - In what was once the most dangerous neighborhood of this, the world's most notorious city, a Sunday afternoon is a bustling, joyful affair. The scampering children and people sitting at tiny sidewalk cafes on the narrow streets would be fit subjects for a Colombian Norman Rockwell.

January 19, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Don't forget the children

We are winding down the holiday season, the time of year when we each celebrate our faith with family and friends. We pause in the busyness of preparations to remember the blessings of togetherness, belonging, and traditions. Yet, there are many children in our state who have not been blessed as so many of us have with those things that we would emphatically say mean the very most to us - the gifts of family, love, security and safety. I'm talking about the many children across our state who have been abused or neglected and now live in foster care.

January 17, 2008 | By Mary Perdue Columnist | Opinion


New Year brings hope for early education

New Year's is a time for reflection on where we've been, the lessons learned, and how we can better ourselves for the future. Unfortunately, many resolutions to help our children better succeed in school have been broken.

January 17, 2008 | By Gregory Taylor Columnist | Opinion


The elephant in the room

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

January 17, 2008 | By Nathan Tabor Columnist | Opinion


Remember our many blessings

The holidays offer a special time to remember our many blessings as Americans - perhaps chief among them are the dedicated soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who protect our nation. Since assuming this post a year ago, I have been awed and humbled by our men and women in uniform who are carving for themselves a noble place in American history.

January 17, 2008 | By Robert Gates U.S. Secretary of Defense | Opinion


Culture, character and ads

Last week, Mike Huckabee's Christmas ad generated an extraordinary amount of buzz among the national news media when Huckabee wished voters a "Merry Christmas" and referenced the "season of Christ's birth."

January 15, 2008 | By Nathan Tabor Columnist | Opinion


A new year, a new beginning

The New Year is a time of resolutions. It's a time when people commit to making a change in their life. Losing weight, changing jobs, saving money, making money, a new relationship, getting in shape, going back to school, or giving up smoking, are just some of the goals people set for themselves on Jan. 1.

January 15, 2008 | By Bryan Golden Columnist | Opinion


The sad field of Republicans

It was not without humor that in the recent Spanish-language presidential debate, all but one of the Republican candidates pretended they did not know the ongoing verbal assault on immigrants is driving Hispanics away from the GOP.

January 12, 2008 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Explaining the Giuliani fade

The National Intelligence Estimate arguing Iran gave up its nuclear-weapons program in 2003 went public last month, instantly lessening the urgency of the domestic debate over how to handle Iran.

January 12, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Challenges create opportunity to shape future

Most of the time, it takes a crisis or a near crisis situation to concentrate our thinking. It's amazing what human beings are capable of when faced with big problems. All we know at the time is that we need answers. These answers may not be obvious, but, the industrious people that we are, we go right to work looking for them.

January 10, 2008 | By Georgia Israel Columnist | Opinion


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VA working to improve services

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, we have one of the most noble and inspiring missions in government. I accepted this job and joined this mission to better serve you - our veterans - and improve the delivery of the care and benefits you have earned. It is our privilege to serve you, and I have made clear that as we move forward as a department, we will judge the success of all our efforts against a single metric - the outcomes we provide for veterans.

November 12, 2014 | By Robert A. McDonald Special to the Courier | Opinion


Support leads to success

Over the years, I've crossed paths with many who were extremely successful as well as some who were such miserable failures that, as Mama liked to say, they "ain't worth the breath they draw."

November 11, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Parents don't have to always be late

I recently saw a meme posted to a social-media site that said something along the lines of "Having children: Your way of showing the world you no longer intend to be on time - ever."

November 11, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Recycle at upcoming recycling fairs

America Recycles Day is coming up this Saturday and is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products.

November 10, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Water rates show no compassion

In September 2009, I wrote a letter to the editor that began like this:

November 10, 2014 | By Terry Doyle Columnist | Opinion


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


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