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Governor promotes education as future

Working to improve educational opportunities for all Georgia students is a never-ending task. Over the last eight years, we have focused on creating a "lifetime of learning" culture in Georgia, starting from early childhood to late in life. We have placed as a priority improving SAT scores and student achievement, lowering the dropout rate and sending more of our students to college.

December 13, 2010 | By Gov. Sony Perdue Guest columnist | Opinion


Why the flu should end with with you

Why do I get my flu shot? It's probably not the answer you think. Two words: "herd immunity." They are strange words, but let me explain.

December 13, 2010 | By Lori Gaylor Guest columnist | Opinion


Federal center works to make us safer

Two things keep me awake at night: The threat of terrorism and wondering what, if anything, our federal government is doing about it.

December 08, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Is port project spending pork?

No more federal earmarks!

December 08, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Columnist | Opinion


WikiLeaks founder is anti-American

If electing a black president with the middle name Hussein was supposed to assuage anti-Americanism around the world, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange didn't get the message.

December 08, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Simple words; some very deep thought

I've noticed along my journey that sometimes a single, brief comment from someone can greatly impact one's day.

December 07, 2010 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Election respect and gratitude

It's only taken the better part of an entire year, but the 2010 election season has finally come to a close. And while all but one seat on two local boards that were up for grabs was uncontested, elections here in Bryan County were definitely interesting, if not exciting, with a three-way race for District 4 commissioner that ended Tuesday with the runoff.

December 07, 2010 | | Opinion


Attorney general is losing his war

The Obama administration wants us to believe that one out of 285 ain't bad.

December 01, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


'Tis the season for something positive

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states clearly that nobody can infringe on my right of free speech. You can get in serious trouble for that.

December 01, 2010 | | Opinion


News should have dont better

The Nov. 20 edition of the Bryan County News included a letter to the editor that insinuated unethical behavior by several local elected officials and endorsed a candidate in the coming runoff election. As with any letter published, the opinions expressed were clearly those of the writer, not the Bryan County News.

November 29, 2010 | | Opinion


A first step on the debt

Nancy Pelosi is remarkably consistent. During the election campaign, she attacked Republicans for proposals to tackle the nation's fiscal problems. After the election, she is attacking the co-chairmen of President Barack Obama's fiscal commission for the same offense.

November 24, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Reminding us what is important

This is an opportune time of year to take stock of our blessings. Actually, everyday should be a time of thanksgiving, but it seems we are too busy being too busy to appreciate just how blessed we are.

November 24, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Don't look now, sky is falling

Question: What two things do Athens, Atlanta, Carrollton, Commerce, Gainesville, Hull, Rome and Winterville have in common?

November 24, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


Maybe I don't understand 'colonization'

I've just read that story about a couple of scientists who think we are about ready to send people to Mars on a one-way trip.

November 22, 2010 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


New governor's transition team missing out

Rats. It looks as though I have not been selected to be a member of Gov.-elect Nathan Deal's transition team. Frankly, this is getting old. I am told that both Roy Barnes and George E. Perdue didn't pick me when forming their administrations because they both thought my advice wasn't worth a jar of warm spit. That may be the only thing the two men ever agreed on.

November 17, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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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


How we respond determines who wins

Win at life! Isn't that what we all want to do? That is the headline gracing one of the magazines sitting on our coffee table. I guess the real question is, "what defines winning at life?" After all, life has a pretty broad playing field. Maybe what best defines winning in life is society's dire need to be in control. Everyone values their independence and sense of control, right?

September 11, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


What were they thinking?

Editor, Recently, I've spotted some news headlines - around the region, state and country - that I never thought I'd see. It really makes me wonder, "Whatever were they thinking?"

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


AUSA leader wants sequestration ended

Editor, The following is an open letter on sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, from retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, head of the Association of the United States Army:

September 11, 2014 | | Opinion


Dalton State key to economic rebound

Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could"? That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of northwest Georgia, not far from the Tennessee line.

September 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Turn your life into art

Lately, I've been thinking about the treasure trove that can be found in life's challenging times - the wisdom, the victories, the emotional muscle built and, of course, the stories. As those who know me well often say with a smile, "It's always about the story with her."

September 09, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's different when I want to know

I realize, perhaps better than anyone, that it's not polite to ask others about their reproductive plans. I've long ranted about how much it annoyed me when friends, family members and even perfect strangers would inquire about a possible plunge into parenthood. Even now, as most of my readers know, I get aggravated when people ask whether my 2-year-old daughter, Reese, will ever be a sister.

September 09, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


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