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High-speed rail is pie-in-the-sky plan

One of the more fiscally irresponsible components of President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 is the plan to increase surface "transportation" spending by more than 84 percent - from $58 billion to $107 billion - over FY 2010 spending levels.

March 21, 2011 | By Ronald Utt | Opinion


Lawmakers refill Sunday sales bill

In a remarkable resurrection, the bill that would allow alcohol sales on Sunday, passed the very body – the state Senate – that had vowed to let it languish in committee. And languish it did for a month before its recovery last week.

March 21, 2011 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion


What is your environmental IQ?

How "green" are you? These days there is a barrage of information out there on TV, the Internet, in magazines and in newspapers telling you that you ought to be "green" and think "green." But how much do you really know? I am sharing a simple quiz from the Environmental Protection Agency that will help you compare your basic environmental knowledge with the knowledge of citizens around the country. Let's see how you do!

March 21, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Numbers in from 'Round or Square Polls'

I called Junior E. Lee, vice president and general manager of Round or Square Polls Inc., a subsidiary of The Yarbrough Multinational Media and Pest Control Co., located over a pool hall in Greater Garfield, Ga., to see who he thinks might be running for president in 2012.

March 16, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Expect huge shift in taxes if bill passes

There is a 127-page bill, House Bill 385, moving through the Georgia Legislature that would, if passed, shift the tax burden drastically on to the backs of consumers. In its opening paragraphs it states that the purpose of the bill is to "implement the recommendations of the 2010 Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians." ... At least one member of the committee said the bill doesn't look anything like what they recommended. ...

March 16, 2011 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion


Deal changes plan amid public outcry

Responding to the voices of educators, parents and lawmakers from across the state, including the calls and e-mails from the more than 125 people who attended our town hall meeting in the Liberty County commissioners boardroom March 4, Gov. Nathan Deal has reversed course on his proposal to reduce the instruction day for Georgia's pre-kindergarten students from six and a half hours to four hours.

March 16, 2011 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Ludowici case closed; not clearned

Editor, In response to the Courier article published March 11:

March 16, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


House passes budget, talks health care

After four full days of session, the Georgia General Assembly finished its 28th legislative day Friday. With only 12 days of session left, the Capitol is full of activity as members of the legislature continue with our responsibility of completing the people's work.

March 16, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Senate honors 10th Amendment Day

Day 25 (March 7): Today was 10th Amendment Day in the Senate as we took up three bills aimed at strengthening the rights of the state of Georgia under federal law. The 10th Amendment says the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution or prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states.

March 16, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Do your part for Global Youth Service Day

This year, Keep Liberty Beautiful and the local United Way office are teaming up to participate in Global Youth Service Day, which is actually a three-day celebration that runs from April 15-17.

March 14, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Planting season is memorable

No one can complain about the beautiful warm weather we are having these days. It is so good to be able to walk around outside without freezing. I noticed our plum tree had one tiny bloom on it one day, and the next day it looked like a white cloud. We have at least 25 camellia bushes in bloom at this time and each one is my favorite. People say "Just wait for the Easter snap." Well, it may snap later, but right now everything is beginning to pop open. This time of the year reminds me of Daddy and ...

March 14, 2011 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion


Hello, Ray, are you still out there?

I've noticed that the older we get, the more we wonder about what happened to some of those people we grew up with. I think we are curious to know how many of them are still with us ... if we won the race, so to speak, or if we should have a reunion do we need to reserve more than one table.

March 14, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Bill would help keep public in dark

Isn't there enough secrecy in government? Apparently not, according to Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, who earlier in the current legislative session introduced a bill that would curtail transparency in government by allowing governmental and quasi-governmental agencies to keep certain information from the public.

March 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Understand ESPLOST before voting Tuesday

On Tuesday, March 15, the citizens of Liberty County will have the opportunity to continue their support for public education in Liberty County by renewing the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for education (ESPLOST). This is not a new tax, but rather a vote to continue the one-cent sales tax that currently is in place in Liberty County and supporting the Liberty County School System.

March 14, 2011 | By Dr. Judy Scherer Special to the Courier | Opinion


A baby is going to change everything

Life is ironic sometimes, isn't it? I decide to write a series on children, since it's a topic I rarely write about since I, myself, have no children.

March 14, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


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Seven Ministries thankful for support

Editor, The board of directors of Seven Ministries Inc. would like to thank the community for its support of our annual fundraiser, The Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship Walk-A-Thon. We had a record turnout and raised enough funds to award scholarships as well as help support our other programs.

July 04, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Former UGA prexy heads back to Malibu, all is well

Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, located in the wilds of Malibu, California, to become chancellor effective Aug. 1. He had once been that institution's vice president of university affairs.

July 02, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Motorcycles disturb quiet neighborhood

Editor, On the afternoon of June 20, my quiet neighborhood of Sharon, Lesa and Elaine streets bordering the usually serene Irene B. Thomas Park was basically "occupied" by a large, loud motorcycle group. I called the Hinesville Police Department and was informed by the HPD that about four or five people called about this incident. The motorcycle group involved about 30-40 motorcycles and had two individuals on private property on Sharon Street near the park entrance videotaping their entrance. Thankfully, the Hinesville police responded in force, and the "occupying force" quieted down and left in an orderly manner.

July 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Three new chapters in America's story

You won't often see so many history-making events crammed into such a small period of time, but that was the case last week with three huge stories breaking in a little less than 30 hours - a bonanza for those of us who work in the news industry.

July 01, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Clerk's staff can't practice law

O.C.G.A. § 15-6-51 makes the unauthorized practice of law illegal. Specifically, it bars any person other than a duly licensed attorney at law of this state from rendering or furnishing legal services "of any kind in any actions or proceedings of any nature."

June 30, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Everything works out if you let it

A friend of mine - long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations - called one day to announce happily that she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."

June 30, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


No butts about it, cigarette litter is nasty

One of the most challenging elements that businesses have to grapple with in maintaining attractive venues is the cigarette litter that people dispose of in parking areas and sidewalks.

June 30, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


MaMa Irene thanks group for assistance

Editor, I'm coming to our community to say thanks for all of your help and assistance. So many of you have given in the past years to MaMa Irene's Outreach. Through all of you, I was able to help a countless number of families who were in need with clothes, furniture, appliances, Christmas toys, Easter baskets and school supplies.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Now, Georgia can close insurance gap

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court again upheld a key component of the Affordable Care Act against a politically driven effort to dismantle the law through the court system. The King v. Burwell ruling protects tax credits in states such as Georgia that chose to use the federal healthcare.gov marketplace rather than create their own state-based health-insurance exchange.

June 29, 2015 | By Timothy Sweeney Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks from Manna House

Editor, The Board of Directors of Liberty County Manna House would like to acknowledge and thank: Hinesville Rotary Club, GeoVista Credit Union, Coldwell Banker Holtzman Realtors, City of Hinesville and Liberty Regional Medical Center for their efforts in collecting and donating more than 500 jars of peanut butter and jelly. A special thanks to the Rev. Doug Harn, who graciously allowed us to use his truck to move all this food.

June 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Five young men help define successful life

Five young men, ages 18-23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

June 25, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


The great EPA ozone-asthma caper

The first ozone alert of 2015 was issued June 17 amid 90-degree temperatures in metro Atlanta, a "Code Orange" warning children and "sensitive" individuals to "limit prolonged outdoor exertion."

June 25, 2015 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Poverty increases demand for feeding programs

Georgia summer nutrition programs served about 18,000 more children in July 2014 than in July 2013. That's the good news. The bad news is that these programs still served less than 1 in 6 needy children in 2014, according to a recent report by the Food Research and Action Center.

June 24, 2015 | By Melissa Johnson Guest columnist | Opinion


Honor businesses that have clean facilities

Creating an attractive Liberty County is good for all of us who live here. Attractive and clean communities attract new businesses and residents, and are healthier places for all of us to grow and thrive.

June 23, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


A father to remember

It happens all the time: Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.

June 23, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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