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Feds must weigh debt-limit options

This is going to be a long, hot summer - and I don't mean the temperature. The debt, deficit and spending fight on Capitol Hill is intense. If the government does not increase the debt limit in August, the United States will default on its bills. The Republicans want Washington to cut its spending to match the revenue (taxes) coming in, and the Democrats want to increase our taxes. Unless the two sides come together with a compromise, our country goes into default.

July 07, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


State parks great, easy on the pizzazz

As far as state parks are concerned, being boring shouldn't always necessarily be seen as a bad thing.

July 07, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


We pay on time, why can't speaker?

I own a vacation home in Dawson County – Big Canoe to be exact. Every year, we get a bill for property taxes and it is paid promptly.

July 06, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


A fundamental, ethical disconnet

I was speaking to a member of the General Assembly last year in the wake of a series of ethics scandals that led to the former speaker of the House resigning, and he said, "We've passed an ethics bill that greatly expands the disclosure of campaign finance and lobbyist spending."

July 06, 2011 | By Todd Rehm Guest columnist | Opinion


Deal gets gas tax right this time

Gov. Nathan Deal has had a welcome change of heart about another hike in the state tax on gasoline after reaping a windfall from a formula-induced jump of nearly 28 percent less than two months ago.

July 06, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Immigration law worth headaches, hoopla

After hearing arguments last week from a coalition of immigration attorneys and civil-rights organizations seeking to block implementation of Georgia's new immigration law (HB 87), which went into effect July 1, U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash issued his ruling Monday afternoon.

July 05, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion


Headed home together for Fourth

Oh, I love it when I have happy news! It looks like after a wait that seemed to go on forever Josh and I will finally close on our house this week.

July 05, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Follow CRC's alternative-fuel lead

The Coastal Regional Commission recently unveiled a tentative plan to retrofit 13 of its coaches to run on compressed natural gas or propane. The change, of course, was designed as a cost-saving measure as alternative fuels cost between $1.75 and $2 per gallon compared with gas prices of around $3.50 per gallon. But let's not forget the strategy's added benefit of being environmentally friendly. The CRC should be commended for using energy conservation to help save money and the planet, and more mass transit systems should follow the commission's lead - it may not be all ...

July 05, 2011 | | Opinion


Road work to preserve state's assets

Each year, more than three trillion miles are traveled on America's roads, with a considerable amount of those - more than 113 billion -- occurring right here in Georgia. Our location and excellent road network means Georgia serves as a prime connecting route for vacationers and for freight movement. Georgia is the main route by which tourists from all over the USA and Canada reach popular year-round southern vacation destinations. And when we add the increasing numbers of tractor trailers traveling throughout the state, our roads are usually crowded.

July 05, 2011 | By Vance C. Smith Jr. Guest columnist | Opinion


A strange thing happened at breakfast

This morning I was staring at my biscuit, wondering if it was a Christian biscuit or not.

July 05, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


One new law will save lives

Sixty-five new laws took effect in our state on Friday. New laws like immigration and Sunday alcohol sales have gotten much media attention since they were approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

July 05, 2011 | By Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Fourth is more than hot dogs, fireworks

July 4, 1776. On this date, we became "We the People." Thirteen colonies declared their independence from England, becoming the United States of America; and it is the only country to be organized where the people are in charge, not the government. The people of this country do not answer to a king, emperor or emir.

June 30, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


'Biased' professional opposes landfill

While making a project presentation some years ago, a person in the audience commented that I was biased. Initially, I interpreted the comment as being negative or that my professional ethics needed to be reexamined.

June 29, 2011 | By Kirk Nivens Guest columnist | Opinion


Help children prepare for future

Family is such an important part of my life. As a mother of four and a grandmother of six, much of my life's focus has been spent working to create a bright future for them.

June 29, 2011 | By Sandra Deal Special to the News | Opinion


Judge was legislating from bench

After hearing arguments last week from a coalition of immigration attorneys and civil rights organizations seeking to block implementation of Georgia's new immigration law, HB 87, set to go into effect Friday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash issued his ruling Monday afternoon.

June 29, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


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'Did your dad play football?'

The other day I came across my father's 1944 high school yearbook. It was his senior year and like most annuals, the senior class was highlighted in many different activities of the school.

September 22, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Quit depriving vets wounded before 9/11

Editor, Veterans, did you know when Congress passed legislation to provide care-giver assistance to our nation's most severely disabled warriors they instituted willful discrimination the likes of which haven't been seen since the oppressive days of Jim Crowe laws.

September 22, 2014 | | Opinion


Get ready for the Pumpkin Patch

Editor: Pumpkins and mums, games for fun, face painting and good food, home and garden decorations-that's what you'll find at this year's Pumpkin Patch, sponsored by the Richmond Hill Garden Club. A tradition for 15 years now, this year's event will be held in the pavilion in J. F. Gregory Park on Saturday, October 4, from 9-1. Admission is free. Tickets ($1 each) must be purchased to play games, buy food, or have faces painted.

September 19, 2014 | | Opinion


Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal-justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds, and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.

September 18, 2014 | By Mike Klein Guest columnist | Opinion


Minimum wage doesn't buy what it did in '60s

I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today.

September 18, 2014 | By Roger Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


GOP to rally Saturday

Editor: I was raised in a very loving family where family and Christian values were our way of life. We openly respected the American Flag, parents, teachers, elders, and government. I am proud to be an American and respect the foundation that our fore fathers used as a blueprint to form our government. They were Americans that established laws to protect the citizens and insure that our country was governed to the highest standards possible.

September 18, 2014 | | Opinion


Trying to find positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


You can't put a price tag on loyalty

When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.

September 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Many days to make one happy

I happen to love the song "Happy" from the movie soundtrack, "Despicable Me 2."

September 16, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Confidence can trump conformity

Most mornings, I spend about five minutes pulling my freshly washed hair into a ponytail. It's easy, it's efficient, and, I like to tell myself, it's even chic. When I know I'll be meeting important people or attending special events, however (like, say, the United Way annual campaign kick-off party or a chamber of commerce breakfast), I break out the products and utensils and spend an extra 20 minutes or so coaxing my locks into what I hope is a more professional-looking style.

September 16, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Regrouping on a particular philosophy

I've always been one of those persons who won't hire someone to do something for me if I can do it myself, such as painting my house, building a deck, building a utility barn, caring for my own lawn, installing new flooring, etc. It was just the way I was raised. And it stuck.

September 15, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Not all critics are racists

Editor, This is an open letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


YMCA appreciates support

Editor, It seems like we just cut the ribbon to our new location at 154 Thunderbird Drive. Our brand new 10,000 square foot facility seemed so BIG next to our little white building on 10055 Ford Ave. Site 3B, where the YMCA had resided in for the previous 10 years. We moved with excitement, added more equipment, larger classes, and exciting new family programs.

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


Behold, fat men in the woods

I'm not sure how many wilderness survival shows there are on television right now, but it appears there is some kind of obsession going on with this type of programming. And they are running the gamut from being naked in the wild to being fat in the wild. That's right, there's a show now titled "Fat Guys in The Woods." Fortunately, they keep their britches on.

September 11, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Decisions loom on Export-Import Bank

• President Ronald Reagan, Jan. 30, 1984: "Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Import Bank contributes in a significant way to our nation's export sales."

September 11, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


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