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Allergy season is nothing to sneeze at

Despite the festivities of St. Patrick Day, which is one of this Irish gal's favorite holidays, this time of the year is the hardest time to live in Georgia - allergy season.

March 19, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Sunshine week reminds open government is best

This week is Sunshine Week, a national initiative to remind Americans that their government is supposed to be open; a government of the people, by the people, for the people.

March 19, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


We should be talking about these schools

At the risk of sounding like Johnny One-Note, let me go back over my concerns one more time about the charter school constitutional amendment bill in the State Senate that may or may not have been passed by the time this gets to you. (My deadlines and legislative deadlines don't always coincide.)

March 19, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Why is United States still in Afghanistan?

President Barack Obama has criticized President George W. Bush because of Bush's war in Iraq. But Obama seems to claim Afghanistan as his war. In a July 12, 2004, speech to the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, Obama said, "Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terrorism have reduced the pace of military transformation and have revealed our lack of preparation for defensive and stability operations. This administration has overextended our military."

March 14, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


St. Pat's arrives early on Isle of Wight

Attendants had trouble getting the little light to come on in the tiara that was presented Saturday to Miss Isle of Wight 2012 during her coronation.

March 14, 2012 | By Pat Watkins Staff writer | Opinion


Senate debates illegal immigration bill

Day 29 (Monday, March 5): In an effort to reach out to those who have opposed legislation dealing with solar power that I am sponsoring, I invited representatives from Georgia Power to meet with me this morning. While we have agreed to disagree on this particular issue, it is important to maintain respectful relationships at the Capitol. Afterward, I meet with a student from Georgia State University to discuss the future of the HOPE Scholarship and to listen to his concerns and suggestions. It is encouraging to hear from young people in our state who have an interest in our ...

March 14, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Ludowici withholding public documents

Editor, Our rights as citizens of Ludowici have been taken away from us.

March 14, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


House passes most important bill, budget

This week during the 2012 Legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly, major milestones were accomplished, including the busiest day of the session thus far for legislators.

March 14, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Corporations pay less than Buffett, Romney

Corporations pay a lower effective tax rate than Warren Buffett and Mitt Romney, but you wouldn't know it from all the complaints that our corporate tax rate puts our country at a competitive disadvantage. Last year, U.S. corporations paid just 12.1 percent of their earnings in federal corporate income taxes. Buffett's tax rate is 17.4 percent; Romney's reported 2010 tax rate was 13.9 percent.

March 13, 2012 | By Scott Klinger Guest columnist | Opinion


Independents should be heard too

Editor, I am an Atlanta native and currently reside there. I am also an independent voter who joins a national conference call every other month with 130 independent voter activists who are working to open up our frozen political process.

March 13, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


College still out of reach for too many

While the Georgia General Assembly continues its politically suspect obsession with creating state-run public schools, a more pressing education issue demands attention.

March 13, 2012 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Midway workers deserve kudos

Not everything with Midway should be complained about. There are people who should be commended for their work on behalf of the citizens. It's the extra service rendered that separates the mediocre from those who receive our gratitude. Therefore, I would like to acknowledge those who have given a little more than expected while working for the citizens of Midway.

March 12, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Go as green as you can on March 17

Green really starts March 17 in Liberty County. However, some volunteers will be wearing green for more than St. Patrick's Day.

March 12, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Military life makes childhood unique

Babies are little grandparent magnets. Ever since we had our Anastasia, my parents count down the days until the next time they get to see her. They, along with all three of my siblings and my sister's boyfriend, all made the trek down from Iowa on Friday and part of Saturday. I've barely held my daughter since.

March 12, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Budget, tax, court reform on House agenda

With a number of issues still to be addressed, including criminal-justice reform, tax reform and the annual budget for fiscal year 2013, this will be a busy week at the Capitol.

March 12, 2012 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Clear out clutter to make room for holiday gifts

What is in your closet? My hall closet is a mysterious place. I do not know what happens every few months. All sorts of things ...

November 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Cutting butter with a nuclear chainsaw

Editor: With abundant justification, much has been written about the colossally expensive, publicly subsidized, 30-billion-dollar fiasco known as the Plant Vogtle nuclear power-plant expansion. That ...

November 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Running from the Russians

Writing about something before it happens for publication after the fact is a pain in the you-know-what, but here I am doing it anyway.

November 06, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Maybe it's not the schools afterall

I am trying to remember when our public school system became an inferior way to learn to read, write and cipher. Maybe public schools have ...

November 04, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Don't punish business with tax reform

As a legislator here in Georgia who chairs a committee dedicated to fostering greater economic development and growth, I am completely behind the concept of ...

November 03, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Bad childhoods can show parents what not to do

I was standing in the lobby of an auditorium in which I'd just spoken, talking with a small group of attendees, when a 30-something ...

November 03, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family Psychologist | Opinion


Humor: Beer can aluminium paying better than bank interest

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

November 02, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Republicans attacking their own party

Several candidates for higher office are employing an old campaign strategy: attack the establishment as being hopelessly corrupt and promise to clean up the mess.

November 02, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Bullies are human, but bullying is not

Bullying is something I know very well. I've experienced every type of bullying you can imagine. I'm still experiencing it to this day.

October 31, 2017 | By De'Lacy Rouse Guest columnist | Opinion


To be understood, seek to understand

In 1943, Abraham Maslow wrote a paper titled "A Theory of Human Motivation." In it, Maslow described a pyramid-shaped figure, representing the most basic needs ...

October 31, 2017 | Patricia Jones Guest columnist | Opinion


Close session tape holds a surprises

Say what you want about the current Hinesville City Council, but it makes for interesting copy.

October 30, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Make Halloween ghoulishly 'green' in '17

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. When the kids were young, I absolutely loved decorating the house inside and out for this creepy day ...

October 30, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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