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House busy passing, debating bills

Feb. 10: The 2012 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly continues to move forward with 18 legislative days behind us. After leaving the Capitol on Friday of last week and heading home to our districts, the legislature was back in full swing on Monday. This week the General Assembly was in session for four days. Although we will not be in session on Monday and Tuesday, myself and the majority of my colleagues will be back in Atlanta attending committee meetings and debating legislation.

February 15, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Mall a good place for Midway City Hall

Editor, This is in response to Len Calderone's column titled "Midway budget raises some questions."

February 15, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Lets have signing day for academics

Knock! Knock!

February 15, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Emphasis on trees, recycling this month

In February, we are all about trees at Keep Liberty Beautiful because Georgia's State Arbor Day is always the third Friday of the month

February 14, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Ludowici council changing for better

Editor, I am writing in response to the letter, "Mrs. Goode slams new mayor," in the Jan. 24 edition of the Ludowici News. I also attended the first meeting of the new city council Jan. 17 and would like to give my viewpoint from the audience.

February 14, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


HOPE is to keep 'best, brightest' in state

Since its inception in 1993, the HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) scholarship has awarded more than $6.3 billion to more than 1.4 million Georgia students in what many consider to be the most successful merit based scholarship program in the nation.

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


Standard filing system would help city of Midway

There has been a dispute over water and waste-water rates/usage between the city of Midway and the Liberty County Development Authority since 2008. Although meetings regarding the matter reportedly were held June 4, 2010, and Dec. 3, 2010, the council supposedly didn't learn about what had transpired at the meetings until April 11, 2011.

February 13, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


One-way partnership for schools is over

Unless and until the Georgia Constitution is amended, the era of direct or indirect state control over public K-12 education is over.

February 13, 2012 | By James P. Kelly III and Benjamin Scafidi Guest columnists | Opinion


House defeats charter school amendment; common sense alternative offered

A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state government to set up charter schools at the local level and require local school boards to provide funding for those schools failed to receive the required two-thirds vote in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

February 13, 2012 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Military ball is lovely tradition

Friday night's Raider Brigade Ball was a lot of fun. Was it worth $70 and six very long hours away from my daughter? You'd have to ask me in 10 years when I look back on my first and probably only military ball.

February 13, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Time to turn the page on NCLB

Word that Georgia is no longer required to meet requirements of No Child Left Behind is welcome news.

February 13, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Constitutional amendment gives parents education control

Most people agree that local school boards play a critical role in Georgia public education.

February 13, 2012 | By State Rep. Jan Jones Special to the Courier | Opinion


Who will carry GOP banner in November?

The Republican race so far has been topsy-turvy. Rick Santorum won Iowa. Mitt Romney won New Hampshire and Florida. Newt Gingrich won South Carolina. Ron Paul didn't win anything. The race so far has not indicated a clear Republican leader, but I believe that might have changed with Florida - a change brought about by Romney's huge advertising campaign.

February 08, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


State House amends current budget

Feb. 3: The Georgia General Assembly's 2012 Legislative session is moving along quickly - we now are more than one-third of the way through this session.

February 08, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens | Opinion


'State of column' covers important issues

In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, I am required to submit annually a "state of the column" message. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please stand and applaud if you hear something that floats your boat or look bored if you don't. You may be on television.

February 08, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Serving as a state senator is rewarding because I am engaged in the intricate legislative process that often affects and improves the lives of people ...

February 09, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tree give-away for Arbor Day

This month is all about trees. Well, that is not exactly true. We are also all about recycling electronics and household goods and shredding records ...

February 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Words of thanks seem inadequate

Editor, When the worst disaster in the history of Turner County struck on the afternoon of Jan. 22, the immediate response was beyond anything we ...

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


No one has right to enter our country

Editor: For the life of me, I can't figure out the mentality of the protests going on. We finally get a president who wants ...

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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