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State House approves numerous bills

In session for three days this week, the General Assembly finished its sixteenth legislative day on Thursday. The legislation heard on the House floor continues to increase and much of our time is consumed with committee meetings and preparing for the bills awaiting our vote in the House. Things are moving along as we are already more than a third through with the 2011 legislative session.

February 23, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Senate talks alcohol, Widespread Panic, more

Day 14 (Feb. 15): The Capitol was abuzz today with the disappointing news that the president's budget did not include funding for the deepening of the Savannah Harbor.

February 23, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Pro athletes no match for real heroes

Professional athletes are not heroes. Some, depending on the way they live their lives, could perhaps be considered role models, but idolatry should go no further than that.

February 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Daniels won't pander to conservative base

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels did not get the memo about CPAC, the annual gathering of conservatives in Washington. The etiquette is that presidential wannabes should hew to a narrow band of harsh and harsher denunciations of liberalism, or anything suspected of having a liberal taint.

February 23, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


South will mourn loss of radio show host

Radio has an abundance - an overabundance, some say - of big mouths, fire-breathers, ego-trippers and chest-pounders.

February 23, 2011 | Augusta Chronicle | Opinion


He's right, we do have too much stuff

There's was this guy on television walking around on stage giving advice to his audience. And since I'm often told that I need advice, I decided to listen.

February 22, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight: What's wrong with Sunday sales?

February 21, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


'Green up' with Great American Cleanup

It actually felt like spring last week, which means the annual Great American Cleanup is almost here. The GAC is an annual event that Keep America Beautiful started in 1999. Each year, millions of Georgians and residents in other states across the nation come out to improve their communities by picking up litter in parks, waterways and roadways. They plant trees and flowers to beautify public spaces, paint over graffiti, repair buildings and hold recycling drives and environmental education events.

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


Some kids are just over it

Gauge Smith is a pretty normal 13-year-old guy, who somehow managed to answer all of my questions without pausing the Xbox game he played with his friends.

February 21, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Trip to Powder Springs would have been cheaper

Things are in a mess under the Gold Dome and I may be responsible.

February 21, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Pick up trash, stop speeding on Rye Patch

Editor, I am a concerned taxpayer who lives on Rye Patch Road across the street from Rye Patch Kennels. In my opinion, I believe we live on the most neglected road in Long County. It is embarrassing to tell anyone I live on Rye Patch Road because of the amount of trash along the sides of the road. The amount of trash is awful, and I have requested in the past through, I believe it was Bobby Walker, to possibly have the prisoners pick up trash. I don't know all the specifics, but it seems like it's free ...

February 21, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


You can't cherry-pick the Constitution

Editor, Excluding Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga. 1, I am deeply disappointed in the House Republicans. I am aware of how the Patriot Act was passed following Sept. 11, 2001. Most Americans - including myself - did not examine the bill closely because it was an emotional time. I was overseas at the time and allowed myself to be somewhat out of touch.

February 21, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Thanks for hard work, riverkeeper

Editor, We read the article regarding Chandra Brown, the Ogeechee Riverkeeper, with great interest and appreciation. This article recognized an individual who deserves our thanks and highlighted a few of the many contributions that Ms. Brown has made to this county, nearby coastal counties and the state of Georgia. She will indeed be difficult to replace.

February 21, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


House gets rolling on 2011, 2012 budgets

On Thursday, the Georgia General Assembly completed its 13th legislative session day. The highlight of the week was the House passage of the FY2011 amended budget. In addition to the amended budget, several bills were debated by lawmakers. Legislation is picking up and more bills are making it through the committee process and onto the House floor for consideration.

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


Senate sees new bills, visit from Liberty group

Day 11 (Feb. 7): As we began last week, we welcomed the Leadership Liberty County group to the Capitol. After pictures with the governor and a tour of the House chambers led by Rep. Al Williams, I had the privilege of leading the group on a tour of the Senate chambers.

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


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Don't be complacent about hurricanes

Cumberland Island was struck head-on by a major hurricane 117 years ago. The Category 3 storm pounded the Georgia coast with winds of 135 mph and massive waves, causing a 16-foot storm surge in Brunswick that left much of the city underwater.

May 22, 2015 | By Jim Butterworth Guest columnist | Opinion


What Nobel laureates have incurred should not have occurred

I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for president of the United States (or what's left of it).

May 21, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Moving away from 'funny math methods'

Getting math right for the students and teachers of Georgia has been a priority of mine since day one. One of my first actions as your state school superintendent was working with the State Board of Education to provide a needed choice between integrated mathematics and traditional discrete mathematics (with assessments to match each option) for our schools.

May 20, 2015 | By Richard Woods Guest columnist | Opinion


It's hard to quit your raising

Here, I'll announce something I've never admitted publicly: I love going barefooted. It's how I was raised.

May 19, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


So many volunteers to honor

May is a very hard time for me.

May 19, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Not all buildings are created equal

May is Building Safety Month. Although the Hinesville Department of Inspections focuses on building safety all year long, we want to take the time to highlight some building-safety concerns locally. If an individual, organization or a business is trying to find a location within the Hinesville city limits, there are a few things they should know before signing on the dotted line to buy or lease.

May 18, 2015 | By Steve Welborn Guest columnist | Opinion


Insurers' networks are not so 'narrow'

Premium increases for Georgia's insurance-exchange health plans beat regional and national rates, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute, cited by Georgia Health News.

May 15, 2015 | By Graham Thompson Guest columnist | Opinion


Republican or Democrat: Who are Christians?

I read an opinion piece recently that said Republicans couldn't be Christians because they are too hard and uncompassionate. The piece said that, pretty much, the Democratic Party was the party of Christianity.

May 14, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion


Say no to the Palmetto Pipeline

The public's outcry in opposition to the Palmetto Pipeline has been clear. Voters don't want it and don't think it is needed. And the public doesn't trust the company that wants to build it.

May 14, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Lawmaker has area's interest at heart

Editor, Recently, in letters to the editor, some have questioned U.S. Congressman Buddy Carter's loyalty with respect to eminent domain and the Palmetto Pipeline.

May 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Thank you, teachers, for all your efforts

Dear public-school teachers in Georgia: Congratulations on surviving another year in the classroom.

May 13, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Mama B -- a most memorable woman

It was at lunch after a morning revival service last summer that a few of us sat around, munching on Southern casseroles and talking about one of the most memorable mothers any of us had ever known.

May 12, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Volunteers are priceless for service organizations

There are organizations that estimate the value of the average volunteer, like www.independentsector.org, which currently values their time at $22.55 an hour.

May 12, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Lawmaker right about Opportunity School District

Editor, State Rep. Valencia Stovall, D-Lake City, was "right on" concerning the need for the Opportunity School District legislation (Coastal Courier op-ed, Wednesday, May 6). If you look who is objecting to this legislation, I am sure you will find the self-serving teachers' union. They object to anything that will improve our children's education if it means they will not control the schools and add to their coffers.

May 11, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia moms earn, deserve tax credit

Working moms are the bedrock of so many Georgia families. Between raising kids, contributing to their communities and holding down one or more jobs, moms put in a lot more than a full day's work.

May 11, 2015 | By Wesley Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion


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