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A cruel budget

It's called a "skinny budget," because it's just a president's blueprint for where the federal money goes, and it doesn't get into details. Those will be fleshed out later. Actually, this one is anorexic, containing the usual bullet points that Donald Trump always prefers rather than getting tangled in the weeds of messy specifics. However, even these budgetary bullet points target the entire notion that the United States has a kindhearted government.

April 01, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Repeal and replace isn't dead, yet

Less than two weeks after the unveiling of the GOP Obamacare replacement, the party is already staring into the abyss. The bill has had the worst rollout of any major piece of legislation in memory, and failure is very much an option. If the proposal falters, it will be a political debacle that could poison President Donald Trump's relationship with Congress for the duration.

March 31, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers need to heed 'forgotten man'

A host of tax bills are up for consideration as the Georgia General Assembly enters its final week: tax breaks for the music industry, tax breaks for big construction projects, tax breaks on jet fuel, taxes on Internet purchases, taxes on ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, and cuts in the individual income tax rate.

March 30, 2017 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


House winds down 2017 Legistuave session

With the last day of the 2017 legislative session on March 30, we spent this past week passing several bills that will improve the lives of Georgians. I will mention a few here but for a complete listing the website is www.house.ga.gov.

March 30, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Three cleanups set for Saturday

Enthusiastic middle school students joined in the Great American Cleanup on Thursday last week. Midway Middle School Green Team members and science class students volunteered to cleanup their campus after school.

March 27, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Many flaws in shore protection bill

Regarding propose amendments to Georgia's Shore Protection Act that were recently tabled by the General Assembly Senate, further details merit consideration.

March 27, 2017 | By David Kyler Guest columnist | Opinion


The worst argument for Trumpcare

Of all the arguments to make for repealing and replacing Obamacare, the very worst is that people don't need health insurance.

March 26, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


GOP deadling with national illness

Many Republican leaders are leery about having their name attached to the GOP's replacement for Obamacare, a health care overhaul they have demonized since it was passed seven years ago. But they're having a devilish time coming up with one of their own that doesn't make things worse.

March 25, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Depend on the one who can help

March Madness is in full swing. Today begins "The Sweet Sixteen." That means that the final 16 teams in the NCAA basketball tournament are playing in order to narrow the field to eight. By Sunday night we will have our "Final Four."

March 24, 2017 | By Pastor Brad Butler Pembroke First Baptist Church | Opinion


Being Dick Yarbrough isn't easy, folks

I regret I won't have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump's shoelaces or what life was like in Mongolia during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Please be patient. I have both subjects at the top of my to-do list in the coming weeks.

March 23, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Senate considers bills, ready to tackle state budget

The Senate spent Days 32-35 of the 2017 legislative session considering bills that passed the House of Representatives.

March 23, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Volunteers do more than pick up trash

We are continuing to participate in the 19th annual Great American Cleanup in Liberty County.

March 21, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


The president's smokescreens

It's early in his presidency, but already Donald Trump has faced one controversy after another. None has been more perilous to him than the accusation that he was elected in large part due to the interference on his behalf by his comrade Vladimir Putin and Putin's agents of the Russian government.

March 21, 2017 | By Bob Franken | Opinion


Enforcing immigration laws is necessary

Editor: News stories from all over the nation are now focused on the fact that President Trump's immigration enforcement is causing problems for illegal victims of borders.

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


More random thoughts on random subjects

After almost two decades of doing this, you think I would have figured out by now what pushes your hot button. For example, I wrote recently about good customer service going the way of the dodo bird after I was stiffed in a sporting goods store by a couple of clerks who were obviously too busy talking to each other to pause for a moment and wait on a customer. Not an interesting column, I said. Too personal, I thought. You aren't interested in my shopping experiences. I was wrong. It seems that many of you have had bad ...

March 17, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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You make it possible to save lives

Editor: For the sixth year, the people of Liberty County have shown their concern and compassion for their brothers and sisters in need by joining ...

April 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hinesville's cleanup is Saturday

Saturday, Keep Liberty Beautiful will partner with the city of Hinesville for the last citywide cleanup in Liberty County for this spring.

April 24, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Playing politics with missiles?

We don't know if President Donald Trump was purely motivated to fire cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield. Was he genuinely horrified by ...

April 23, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Obama a Russian stooge, too?

The circumstantial evidence is mounting that the Kremlin succeeded in infiltrating the U.S. government at the highest levels.

April 22, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


PSC about to face reality of nuclear energy

On St. Patrick's Day in 2009, the Public Service Commission decided one of its most important cases ever.

April 21, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Questions about BoE keep cropping up

Editor: My, oh my, it sure seems as if the dark storm clouds that have settled over the board of education are not soon to ...

April 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Giving Georgia's first ladies their due

You may have read about the sudden resignation of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week. The "Luv Guv" as he was known in the local ...

April 20, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Return insurance regulation to states

Much of the impasse in Washington regarding health care reform relates to health insurance regulation and mandates. There is a very simple solution: Return the ...

April 18, 2017 | Ralph Hudgens | Opinion


Legion here to help with U.S. flag etiquette

Editor: As veterans residing in a military community, we are amazed at the number of unserviceable American flags flying from various flag poles.

April 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trumpism is in crisis already

This isn't a function of poll numbers, or any melodrama of the past months, but something more fundamental: No officeholder in Washington seems to ...

April 15, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Playing the fool

April Fools' Day has come and gone, but on the first of the month, I kept marveling at how - starting even before he ran, continuing ...

April 15, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Thanks for helping students learn to grow

Editor: The Long County High School Career Technical and Agriculture Education Department would like to thank the Coastal Soil and Water Conservation District for their ...

April 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Remembering what Easter week is all about

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

April 14, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Enacted bills impact health care, education jobs

The 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly adjourned during the early morning hours of March 31 and many bills have been sent to Governor ...

April 13, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


GOP in a fight in the sixth

There's never been an off-year election like the one happening in the 6th Congressional District, where voters will pick a replacement for departed congressman ...

April 13, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


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