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U.N. considers more rights for Mother Earth

Recently, 192 mostly socialist governments, led by Bolivia, asked the U.N. to create a treaty that would grant the same rights found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to "Mother Nature." The treaty supports a legal system to maintain a balance between human rights and what they perceive as the rights of other elements of the Earth's community - the plants, animals and terrain.

December 14, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Thanks for helping family of boy in need

Editor, I am a mother of five children, one of whom is very ill, recently became wheelchair-bound and is getting worse daily. I went to a company called JCVisions here in town for assistance because my son's medical bills and my husband's recent layoff make it tough for us to keep up with bills. While I was at JCVisions, I asked the staffers if they knew of any resources for handicap accessories because my family is in need of a wheelchair lift and/or a larger van for our family and a wheelchair ramp for our son.

December 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Shop local stores first

As you're frantically buying gifts and checking names of your holiday lists, please stop for a moment to consider our local stores, businesses and eateries.

December 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


From hips to slips, what's interesting in 2011

Dear valued reader: In appreciation for your loyalty and support this past year, I had planned to thank you by sending each of you your own personalized Dick Yarbrough Christmas card - suitable for framing - that you could proudly show your envious friends. The cards might even become a collector's item some day and you could take them to the Antiques Road Show and make a lot of money which you could then spend on a new Ferrari. It is the least I could do for you.

December 14, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


The infamous Jekyll/Hyde syndrome

I don't like crowds. A family reunion is about as big a group as I want to be in. Forget theme parks and other places where you wish you had the Right Guard franchise. I think this attitude may come with age. And with wisdom.

December 13, 2011 | By Dwain Walden | Opinion


Will cancer recommendations save lives?

Dear editor: Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in men behind lung cancer. The PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test, even with limitations, is the best screening method we have today along with the DRE (digital rectal exam).

December 13, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Coal, jobs and your electric bill

Part of the Public Service Commission's job in Georgia is certifying how and where Georgia Power gets electricity. With ever-changing federal environmental regulations, the PSC soon will have to decide whether to close some of our old coal facilities or bring them into Environmental Protection Agency compliance with new standards by putting controls on them to further remove sulfur, mercury and NOx.

December 13, 2011 | By Tim Echols Special to the Courier | Opinion


EPD should not worry about economic growth

Jud Turner, Gov. Nathan Deal's choice to head the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, will officially succeed EPD Director Allen Barnes in the new year. At Wednesday's meeting of the state Natural Resources Board, Turner pledged to "adopt the policies of his predecessor in trying to keep economic development coming into the state while regulating its impact on the environment."

December 13, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


City should review its own documents

Editor: Since I attended the Nov. 8 Ludowici City Council meeting, there has been much speculation by the public about funds paid to Vanessa Cunningham. This woman is trying against great odds to bring the city into the 21st century by bringing up to date the charter, ordinances and a series of other things as shown in documents signed by the mayor and city clerk. These things, required by state and federal statutory requirements, are not necessarily good for old politics and, in my opinion, this is the reason for all the turmoil unfolding right before the new government begins ...

December 13, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Do Sunday alcohol sales say anything about gambling?

There's talk again in the media and among some politicians of expanding gambling in Georgia to produce another revenue stream for education, trauma care and other needs in our state.

December 13, 2011 | By Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Hinesight questions legislators' worth

December 13, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Whose city is Midway, anyway?

City governments should not be allowed to function with smoke and mirrors. City government and its records must be open to its residents, and the full city council should be part of the decisions made for the city.

December 12, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Lack of information hurt victim's family

Two young, promising lives were taken early this week. Tiffany York, 17, of Midway and Michael Roark, 20, of Fort Stewart died in what police are calling a double homicide.

December 12, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


In-person support beats internet

Virtual support is a trend that is growing more and more popular in the military community. When spouses have questions, they no longer have to rely solely on their family readiness group for answers. Now, with Facebook pages and forums dedicated specifically to military spouse support, it's easy to get instantaneous feedback.

December 12, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Dangers to our liberties lurk in our own desires

As Democrats and Republicans fall all over themselves trying to come up with ways not to raise payroll taxes on millions of Americans - all with an eye toward next fall's elections - there is another, more sinister proposal working its way through Congress.

December 07, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Reflections on Irma's lessons

It is hard to know what to write about when you have been through the likes of Irma. Maybe it was "only" a tropical storm ...

September 22, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Humor: In land of 400 channels, no show is king

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

September 21, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Player in state politics dies

Tommy Irvin always stood out in a crowd.

September 21, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Parents do children no favors idolizing them

I am a member of the last generation of American children who were no big deal.

September 21, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family Psychologist | Opinion


Weather setting new normal for Georgia?

For nearly two decades, Georgia seemed almost bullet proof when it came to hurricanes.

September 19, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Crime reporter's alter ego is superhero fanboy

Hi, my name is Lewis and I'm a workaholic.

September 18, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Columnist | Opinion


Storm focuses 'what ifs' of disability

My family and I transplanted to the Richmond Hill area almost a full year ago, having moved here four days before Hurricane Matthew hit.

September 17, 2017 | By Bridget Gardiner Guest columnist | Opinion


SPLOST reform needed in Georgia

Georgia's special purpose local option sales tax is an optional 1 percent county sales tax used to fund local capital projects for a county ...

September 15, 2017 | BY Ron Sifen and Benita Dodd Guest columnists | Opinion


President Trump gets DACA right

Even in our divided politics, it should be a matter of consensus that the president of the United States can't write laws on his ...

September 15, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Storms show the hypocrits

You may have heard this old saying: There are no atheists in foxholes.

September 13, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Response to video game column proves point of column

Responding to my recent columns on video games and smart phones, a reader asks what the problem is, thus proving that these devices can and ...

September 13, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family psychologist | Opinion


Humor: Was Mother Nature a Clinton supporter?

BEVERLY HILLS--God bless America, and how's everybody?

September 13, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Never is now for statute

When the funeral cortege of Martin Luther King Jr. passed near the Georgia state capitol in 1968, the state's segregationist governor, Lester Maddox, refused ...

September 06, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Letter to Editor: An open letter to President Trump

Dear Mr. President,

September 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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