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This time was supposed to be so different

The most-important function Congress serves is to debate and pass the federal budget. I know - it also levies taxes, imposes or relaxes regulations and, once in a while, nudges our social, economic or political order in a meaningful way. But the budget tells the government what to do and makes it possible to do it. Everything else follows from that.

August 07, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion


By popular demand, Junior Lee analyzes races

Please don't say anything to Junior E. Lee about this, but I had several people come up to me after a recent speech to ask why they had not seen his observations in the paper recently. If he knew that, he might ask for a raise.

August 05, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Step right up and place your bets

Casino gambling is coming to Georgia. That is probably the horse to bet on.

August 05, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


When time melts away

It was over Sunday dinner that my sister told me what I did not know. A childhood friend - the red-headed, freckle-faced girl with laughing eyes and the brightest sense of humor possible - was sitting vigil with her husband as death crept close.

August 04, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Don't flick your butts on the rest of us

Cigarette litter is nasty - and unnecessary. So join us in the next few weeks as we remind local smokers, "Don't flick it; dispose of your cigarette litter responsibly."

August 04, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Tax-assessment appeal laws have changed

Georgia legislators this year amended laws governing procedures for appealing county tax assessments on real and personal property. The changes took effect July 1.

August 03, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes | Opinion


Police should not provide hospital security

Editor, I read the article ("Police to provide hospital security," July 22, front page) with much disdain. Certainly, it's a multilayered mistake that could easily be driven by the position that Mayor James Thomas holds on the Liberty County Hospital Authority.

August 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Candidate announces run for city council

Editor, I'm a retired combat veteran and member of the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission, and I'm announcing my intent to run for the District 2 seat on the Hinesville City Council.

August 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Project G.A.N.G thanks numerous supporters

Thank you, Liberty County and surrounding areas. Project Reach G.A.N.G. Inc. and its executive director, Lavonia LeCounte, give all credit to God for inspiring them to host this outstanding event. The attendance at this year's Back to School Rally was 1,500-plus.

August 01, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Middle East troops, not Americans, should fight ISIL

Editor, We committed our infantry on two disastrous Mideast battlefields. You know, those places where Christian churches and Christians are not allowed. The result - many thousands dead and maybe a hundred thousand wounded. Some so horribly, their lives are destroyed. We wasted trillions of dollars. Well, maybe not. They say war is good for business.

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


How to be a liberal in one angry letter

I want you to hear this from me rather than from Donald Trump. I have been outed. I am a "bed-wetting liberal." No longer can I hide in the closet, among my bell-bottom pants and Nehru jackets that I am sure will be making a stylistic comeback one of these days.

July 30, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


How does Georgia stack up against other states?

Georgia is a state where we measure ourselves by how other people think of us.

July 29, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Clerk's office leads way in court technology

I was hired Nov. 13, 1983, as chief deputy clerk of the Office of the Clerk of Courts of Liberty County, having served previously for almost three years as administrator of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit of Georgia's public-defender program and earlier for five years as a high-school mathematics educator. I readily realized how technology could be used in the office to automate redundant and laborious clerical tasks and to increase efficiency of work performed by office staff.

July 28, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tink's quest for a chainsaw

My husband is like a relentless teenager. When he wants something, he persists until it's easier for me to say "yes" just to get him out of my hair.

July 28, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Elect new leaders in Riceboro

Editor, In March, I wrote in to express my horror at the prospect of the Riceboro mayor and City Council voting themselves healthy raises (more than double the current pay). This statement would only become fact if we choose to elect the same slate of officials in November.

July 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


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What about people who don't vote?

The campaigning for next year's elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. Which ...

August 28, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion


What is childhood apraxia of speech?

In recent years, there has been a marked increase in public awareness of childhood apraxia of speech. Despite this awareness, this neuromotor condition remains poorly ...

August 28, 2015 | By Shaunita Woods Guest columnist | Opinion


State must ensure schools don't fail students

In 2016, Georgia voters will have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment creating an Opportunity School District (OSD), which would step in and ...

August 28, 2015 | By Richard Woods Guest columnist | Opinion


Brian Robinson is more than just spokesman

Unless you are one of the intrepid public servants we keep sending back to the Gold Dome to get you out of our hair, or ...

August 27, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Carter shows special kind of courage

When he sat down in a room full of journalists at the Carter Center to talk about the cancer that has spread to several parts ...

August 26, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


HomeProud Homes counter what broken windows bring

This month, we are accepting nominations for HomeProud Homes in Liberty County.

August 25, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


An introduction, Southern style

Back in the autumn - just as the leaves began to hint of the enchanting oranges, yellows and reds to come - we took a Monday off ...

August 25, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Clerks created state authority for residents

Georgia's Uniform Commercial Code provides the process for lenders to secure loans on personal property (i.e., non-real-estate property) by filing with the clerk ...

August 24, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Midway neglecting historic trees

Editor, I think that I shall never see

August 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Free technical school education is great deal

At June's grand opening of Lanier Technical College's new campus in Barrow County, Gov. Nathan Deal talked about one of the best educational ...

August 20, 2015 | By State Rep. Terry England Guest columnist | Opinion


One of Georgia Tech's 'Lost Dodd Boys' reminisces

To say Betty Wallace loves Georgia Tech is to say Romeo loved Juliet or hogs love slop. It is a simple fact. Who else do ...

August 20, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Trump is telling truth about one big issue

Donald Trump's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination seems to defy gravity and all the other laws of nature.

August 19, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Rebel flag does symbolize slavery

Editor, Mr. Calderone, even if "Rebel flag not a symbol of slavery" (Coastal Courier, letter to the editor by Len Calderone, July 26) was not ...

August 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Help recognize attractive homes this month

If we want to improve our overall community, it really does start at home - yours and mine.

August 18, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Vacation Bible school changed us

Coming home one Sunday from the family dinner after church, I said, out of the blue, "I feel like we should volunteer for vacation Bible ...

August 18, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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