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Legislature opens with prayer convocation

On Sunday, Jan. 8, the afternoon prior to the first day of the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly, I was honored to preside over the second annual Eugene C. Tillman Sr. Memorial Prayer Convocation at the Capitol.

January 16, 2012 | State Rep. Al Williams | Opinion

Obama's plan is not exactly a secret

Is it possible to have a dictator in the United States? It doesn't seem possible, but it can happen, just like it did in Venezuela when Hugo Chavez took the presidency in 1999 with a socialist agenda. He established class resentment, taking from the rich and giving free services to the "poor."

January 11, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

Job report underlies need for policy

The December jobs report issued last week by the Department of Labor found that the nation added 200,000 jobs in the last month of the year and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 8.5 percent. This marks the 35th consecutive month in which the unemployment rate remained higher than 8 percent, the benchmark set by President Obama while campaigning for his failed stimulus package.

January 11, 2012 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion

Bowl proved phrases don't go out of style

The folks at Lake Superior State University in Michigan just released their recommendation for words and phrases that should be erased from our vocabulary in its annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.

January 11, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Postal cuts would hurt service, hike unemployment

Editor, The postal service is closing the Savannah plant and distribution facility, and eventually there will be no more United States Postal Service.

January 11, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion

Campaigns are more than a game

Former speaker of the U.S. House Newt Gingrich was no doubt smarting after what appeared to be a sure win in Iowa a month ago morphed into a distant fourth-place finish when the caucus votes were counted, but he did hit the nail squarely on the head with a comment he made Wednesday.

January 10, 2012 | By Albany Herald | Opinion

Be responsible with trash

The Christmas season is over, but you might have noticed that local motorists still are "decorating" our roads with holiday litter.

January 10, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion

It's a wasteland only if we let it be one

Sometimes I hear television described as the "great wasteland." I have even alluded to such myself. But I want to be fair on the subject. I think television can provoke thought which in turn stimulates the brain which can be a good thing.

January 10, 2012 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion

Get healthy one month at a time

This time last year, Josh and I started making some changes to our lifestyle to become healthier people. Little did we know that I'd become pregnant just weeks later and soon would discover that hot dogs and biscuits and gravy were the only things my new pregnant body would let me keep down - not the most healthful meal choices.

January 10, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion

Midway budget raises questions

Riceboro has a nice brick city hall. Flemington has turned an old house into a quaint city hall. Ludowici has a city hall, and Hinesville has a brand-new three-story city hall. Even Mayor Pike in Mayberry R.F.D. had an office upstairs in the brick courthouse. Where is the Midway city hall? In - of all places - a shopping mall.

January 09, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

Hinesight: Tim Tebow dissected

January 09, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion

Necessity of deployments eases pain

Fort Stewart officially confirmed recently that two battalions will deploy to Afghanistan this year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The orders will affect approximately 1,500 troops and their families from the Marne Division.

January 09, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion

Senators broke oath scrambing home

Editor, The following is an open letter to Sens. Chambliss and Isakson:

January 09, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion

Budget, education will top 2012 session

It's a new year and with it comes the beginning of the 2012 legislative session. As many of us reflect back on the previous year and begin to think about our resolutions for the 2012, the Georgia General Assembly must focus its attention on the priorities for the coming session.

January 06, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion

Ludowici residents should get involved

Editor, If the citizens of Ludowici want to sit around and not attend the meetings to find out what kind of city officials we have running our city government and what kind of tactics are being used and where the city money is going, then they deserve what they've got.

January 05, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion

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Family grateful for love and support

Editor: The Pattman-Jones family would like to take this opportunity to graciously and humbly thank all of you for your generosity during the passing of ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Protect your identity at Shred It! Day

Another Community Shred It! Day is coming. It will be Nov. 19 at the Liberty County Health Department.

October 25, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Corporations dodging $718 billion in taxes

European regulators' recent finding that Apple avoided billions of dollars in taxes by stashing its profits in Ireland, a known tax haven, put the tech ...

October 25, 2016 | By Matthew Gardner Guest columnist | Opinion

Really random meanderings

This and that: I'm not sure what I think about Opportunity School Districts, but I do know when you get south Georgia conservatives who ...

October 24, 2016 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Tight race makes for odd bedfellows

On a riser at the front of the room sat a large whiteboard with the names Bland, Cooper and Stoughton across the top. A fourth ...

October 24, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Signs invite criminals in

Editor: "Stupid is as stupid does." This is a quote from the movie, Forrest Gump. Basically, it means people are as stupid as their actions ...

October 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Thanks for good work, Coastal EMC

Editor: Just a note to say "Thank You!" to the good folks at Coastal Electric Membership Corp. who put in long hours this past week ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

In Georgia government, experience doesn't count

If you learned you had cancer, what would you do?

October 19, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Lieutenant governor has education plan

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the ...

October 19, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Storm's lesson: Be kind, patient, grateful

Editor's note: Brittany McClure is the public relations manager for the city of Hinesville. During Hurricane Matthew, she worked around the clock to help ...

October 17, 2016 | By Brittany McClure Guest columnist | Opinion

Christmas may come early for Georgia Power

Christmas traditionally is celebrated on Dec. 25 for most Georgians.

October 17, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Bank's ethical lapses could be costly for all

There is nothing more important than your good name. I inherited mine from one of the most honest and ethical men I ever knew: My ...

October 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Patients need truth about increasing drug prices

We are in the midst of an epic media freakout. It is a subset of a larger liberal panic over Donald Trump's strength in ...

October 13, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

No SPLOST until debt service gone

Editor: Are you for or against SPLOST? I suggested in a previous letter to the editor that the county commissioners remove the debt service from ...

October 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Work needed to make Liberty beautiful

Editor: I read, with interest, two articles in Sunday's Courier and would like to give my views on both. The front page article entitled ...

October 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

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