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Cheating by Georgia’s school systems is not acceptable

Gov. Nathan Deal says he is "alarmed" by a recent state report on cheating on national standardized tests in Georgia's public schools, this time in Dougherty County. Investigators digging around found evidence of cheating in nearly one-half of the 26 schools in the system of 16,000 students on Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in 2009.

December 28, 2011 | Brunswick News Other opinion | Opinion


Thanks for helping sick child’s family

I would like to take a moment to say thank you to all the kindhearted and loving people in our community who have helped my daughter, Victoria Marie Hall. She likes to be called Vicky.

December 27, 2011 | Mark Hall - Ludowici | Opinion


Thumbs up / thumbs down

Here's what we thought worked this week and what didn't:

December 27, 2011 | Staff report | Opinion


Let’s thank those who spend the holidays hard at work

Not everyone was home on Christmas Eve, snug in their beds with visions of sugarplums dancing through their heads. And while many families enjoy traditional holiday activities, get-togethers, religious services and leisurely breakfasts the morning after Santa visits their homes, others won't have that luxury.

December 27, 2011 | Courier Opinion | Opinion


Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Editor's note: This editorial, originally by Francis P. Church, first appeared in the New York Sun in 1897.

December 27, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tighten control of legislative expenses

According to a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution story on travel and expense claims from state lawmakers for times this year when the Legislature was not in session, legislators billed the state's taxpayers for more than $1.3 million from Jan. 1 to Dec. 8.

December 27, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


New spin on Christmas classic

Editor's note: Parts of the following column were taken from and inspired by Clement Clarke Moore's original poem, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

December 23, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Suggestions on moving economy forward

Last week, we learned that farm income in 2011 is forecast to reach an all-time high, up 28 percent over 2010, signaling that American agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation's economy.

December 22, 2011 | By Hobby Stripling Guest columnist | Opinion


Avoid fire hazards this Christmas

Christmas is just days away, and the tree that you so carefully picked out for the holiday is standing tall and proud in your home, beautifully decorated with ornaments and lights. But just because the tree is trimmed doesn't mean it's no longer in need of recurring attention - have you been watering your grand Christmas display?

December 22, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Feds dialing up vehicle cell phone ban

In the race between a fast-spreading and potentially hazardous technology and government attempts to regulate it, the regulators come in a distant second.

December 21, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


2012 will be big for politics, mosquitoes

I am pleased to announce that beginning Jan. 1, Junior E. Lee - general manager of Round or Square Polls, a division of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield - will offer exclusive analysis of the upcoming presidential election that can be seen only in this space.

December 21, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight: Top stories of 2011

December 20, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Give Christmas gifts that give back

I have been blessed. During the holiday season, I am reminded constantly of the blessings I have - a loving husband and family, dear friends, great coworkers, a job I love and the involvement of thousands of local volunteers each year who are a blessing in themselves.

December 19, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Ban on texting while driving needed

Conceding that it's a little disconcerting that the National Transportation Safety Board would use a worst-case scenario to recommend a total ban on texting, emailing or talking on a cellphone - even hands-free devices - while driving, that's not necessarily sufficient reason to reject the recommendation outright.

December 19, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


So you don't believe in all that science stuff

Sometimes irony can be deafening. That's how it seemed to me recently as I listened to a fellow pooh-pooh science.

December 19, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


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