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Don't congratulate Congress just yet

Now that Congress has its immense, $1.1 trillion bipartisan funding bill in hand, Capitol Hill is breathing easier.

January 27, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


First step is often the hardest

My best friend's grandfather passed away last week from a fall he had in the front yard of his home. He was walking across the lawn to visit with a neighbor and tripped over a landscape brick that was sticking out just far enough to catch his foot. The fall was serious enough that he died within moments of the incident.

January 27, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


'Playing the field' sure isn't easy

I'm not sure how it is with soldiers in non-combat roles.

January 23, 2014 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


Celebrating King's call for unity, opportunity

In 1963, when King gave his "I have a dream" speech, the United States was in civil unrest due to the inequality of treatment of a segment of our society. The following Civil Rights Act legalized the equality our Founding Fathers spoke of, but maybe didn't mean or practice (since they were mostly slave owners).

January 23, 2014 | By Craig and Sharon Butts Columnists | Opinion


Budget recommendations show improvements

Last week under the Gold Dome, the Georgia General Assembly concluded on Friday to complete its first official week of the 2014 legislative session. As this new session begins, please know that, as always, it is an honor and privilege to represent you and your families at our state Capitol.

January 22, 2014 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the News | Opinion


Who wants long life without banana pudding?

I read a news report this week that said while we are living a lot longer in the U.S., people in other countries are living even longer. Bummer.

January 22, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers hit the ground running

Carter, R- Pooler, will report each week during the Legislative Session, which began Jan. 13 and is expected to last until March 1.

January 22, 2014 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Pretty package is as important as gift

The renowned bow-maker in my hometown died. Only in the South would this probably be news, because we Southern women do admire a well-wrapped package.

January 21, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Tempted to follow the flock

Last week, I had my first parental brush with peer pressure. No, my daughter didn't come home from daycare complaining that her 1-year-old classmates are trying to influence her clothing choices or persuade her to join their social cliques. I was the one who felt an urge to conform, or rather, an urge to help my daughter conform. Then I realized that thoughts like the ones swimming through my head very well could be the reason why peer pressure exists in the first place. Kids have to learn it from someone.

January 21, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Trust, but most definitely verify

Of all the numbers thrown at us over the course of last year, one stands out for me. I hope we can avoid repeating it this year.

January 21, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Coping with drama isn't always easy

Did you ever notice how much drama is in the world today?

January 20, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


Stop suppressing the news

Complaints about lost constitutional rights are common these days, especially the six individual rights enumerated in the First Amendment.

January 20, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray Columnist | Opinion


Be careful with online comments

As we see news stories and Facebook posts sharing comments and critiques about recent budget items that directly impact military families' futures, it is easy to sit back, type a snarky comment and continue the sharing train.

January 16, 2014 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


Improper payments costs taxpayers billions

Imagine filling up your gas tank and realizing that the price you were charged was more than the price advertised. What would you do?

January 15, 2014 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Loss of friend reminds of misplaced priorities

If this sounds like name-dropping, I apologize - but I am trying to make a point here.

January 15, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Thoughts inspired while working out

I made my first visit to the workout gym in over a year the other day. As most of my readers know I like to perform my fitness regimen in my garage where it is private, easily accessible…and most important - free! I happened to be out of town and could not fit my garage in my suitcase, so I decided to make a visit to the local gym for some climate-controlled exercise. Who knew exercising in an air-conditioned room could be so nice.

July 08, 2014 | By Rich DeLong | Opinion


More transparency needed, still

As lawmakers continue debating ethics and transparency in Georgia government, with the hourglass emptying fast on the 2013 session, yet another independent nonprofit think tank has given the state a less than encouraging grade.

July 08, 2014 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


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