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The president's smokescreens

It's early in his presidency, but already Donald Trump has faced one controversy after another. None has been more perilous to him than the accusation that he was elected in large part due to the interference on his behalf by his comrade Vladimir Putin and Putin's agents of the Russian government.

March 21, 2017 | By Bob Franken | Opinion


Enforcing immigration laws is necessary

Editor: News stories from all over the nation are now focused on the fact that President Trump's immigration enforcement is causing problems for illegal victims of borders.

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


More random thoughts on random subjects

After almost two decades of doing this, you think I would have figured out by now what pushes your hot button. For example, I wrote recently about good customer service going the way of the dodo bird after I was stiffed in a sporting goods store by a couple of clerks who were obviously too busy talking to each other to pause for a moment and wait on a customer. Not an interesting column, I said. Too personal, I thought. You aren't interested in my shopping experiences. I was wrong. It seems that many of you have had bad ...

March 17, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Middlebury College's yowling mob

At Middlebury College earlier this month, Charles Murray needed a safe space - literally.

March 16, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Despite the weather, it’s Sunshine Week

March 12-18 is Sunshine Week. Launched in 2005, the initiative promotes open government and pushes back against "excessive official secrecy."

March 16, 2017 | Benta Dodd Georgia Public Policy Institute | Opinion


Why would Ralston run?

David Ralston is now being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018, which leads to an obvious question.

March 16, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


So if Dr. Lee gets $190,000, what about...

Editor: Just wondering if Dr. Lee gets $190,000 for three years of turmoil and discontent, then what does Mr. Carrier get for 33 years of faithful service?

March 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Volunteer to help clean up the county

The last few weeks have been busy for Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers.

March 14, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Changing consumer protection is bad idea

Editor: Senators Isakson and Perdue have proposed a bill for turning control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) over to Congressional oversight rather than leave it as an independent federal agency. The bill is titled, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Accountability Act of 2017.

March 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Deconstruct the administrative state

Steve Bannon blew a dog whistle for constitutional conservatives when he spoke of "deconstructing the administrative state" at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

March 12, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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 alarmed over Donald Trump's vicious descriptions of us. Besides, our precious little feelings are hurt. According to our current president, we are "dishonest." He also implies we are in cahoots with terrorists when we refuse to report on their violence. We are particularly all atwitter over his declaring us "enemy of the American people."

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 called "Darts and Daisies."

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 Georgia House of Representatives passed HB 338 by a vote of 138-37. That is a margin of roughly 73 percent. (You might want to double-check my figures. I am, after all, a product of the public education system in Georgia.) The measure got strong bipartisan support, including Democratic House Minority Leader Stacy Abrams.

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 be kidding me" moments.

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Humor: Is Dennis Rodman the only one who can save the world?

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

August 10, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


It’s a mad, mad, mad world

Every time you turn around these days it seems somebody's mad at somebody, or mad about something somebody else is doing.

August 09, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Managing Editor | Opinion


Commissioner explains resignation

Editor:

August 08, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Some on both sides want to stifle the press

A new Economist/YouGov poll shows that 45 percent of Republicans favor using the courts to "shut down" media outlets that publish "biased or inaccurate ...

August 04, 2017 | By Eric Schulzke Guest columnist | Opinion


Humor: Where to film the sequel to ‘Animal House’

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

August 04, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Humor: Russia behind missing socks

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

August 03, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Help homeless kids in our region

Editor:

August 03, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


From television star to preacher

Mama was always proud for people who pulled themselves up and did well in life. She rooted for them, bragged on them and delighted in ...

August 03, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Buddy Carter’s big moment

The biggest political story in the nation, the defeat of Obamacare repeal legislation, featured an unlikely appearance by a person you would never expect to ...

August 02, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Lead, follow or get out of the way

Is it just me? Is it my imagination that since the slow poke law was enacted last year, more drivers took it to mean they ...

August 01, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Columnist | Opinion


Downside of heavy rain is stormwater runoff

I have never seen this much rain in the summer. Brief summer thunderstorms are certainly common, but these recently are gullywashers and go on for ...

August 01, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Reading is fundamental to liberty

"Reading is fundamental" was a popular slogan when I was an elementary student in Los Angeles during the 1970s. Today, parents, teachers and tutors stress ...

August 01, 2017 | By Gerard Robinson Guest columnist | Opinion


The knot that tolls for thee

Uh-oh. U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter said somebody needs to snatch a what out of who?

July 31, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


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