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Charter-school amendment more about ‘how’ than ‘what’

Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, majority whip in the Georgia House of Representatives, said he finds himself bordering between "amused and disturbed" by opponents of the charter-school amendment, which is set for a vote Nov. 6. Specifically, he doesn't like the assertion that the state school board retains the power to overrule on appeal a local school board's decision to deny a charter school after the Supreme Court's ruling on the subject in May 2011.

October 24, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Support network integral to parenthood

Raising a baby is tough. I doubt that comes as a surprise to the hardworking parents out there. What many people fail to realize is that having a baby is even harder when new parents have no support network.

October 23, 2012 | Hollie Barnidge | Opinion


Little-known amendment may save taxpayers millions

Throughout Georgia next month, citizens will consider how to vote for candidates from president of the United States down to county leaders. In the midst of all we hear about candidates, some Georgians may not be aware they will find two constitutional amendments at the end of the ballot. The second will allow the state to enter into multiyear leases and save taxpayers millions over the next 10 years.

October 22, 2012 | Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Guest columnist | Opinion


New driver, professional license backlogs unacceptable

When lawmakers in the state Capitol sift through the thousands of bills from the sublime to the ridiculous, they rarely factor in their discussions the law of unintended consequences. Same thing happens in Washington, D.C.

October 22, 2012 | The Telegraph, Macon | Opinion


Medicine regulations seek to keep citizens safe

During the past few weeks, we have learned of a growing number of fungal-meningitis cases linked to a batch of contaminated epidural steroid injections created by the New England Compounding Center. Meningitis refers to inflammation of the meninges, which are the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Common types of meningitis are viral and bacterial meningitis, which can be highly contagious and begin with flu-like symptoms. Often these types of meningitis may go undiagnosed as patients simply will write it off as a flu. Unlike viral and bacterial meningitis, fungal meningitis is not contagious, and cases currently under investigation ...

October 21, 2012 | Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, and Rep. Ben Watson, R-Savannah Guest columnists | Opinion


House bill ensures that there will be HOPE

HOPE will endure! That's the message the Georgia Student Finance Commission, the state agency that provides financial aid to Georgia students, recently communicated to leaders of the Georgia General Assembly. Thanks to the impact of House Bill 326, the Enduring HOPE bill that was passed during the 2010 legislative session and enacted in 2011, projections for what many consider to be the most successful merit-based scholarship program in the nation now are looking much better.

October 18, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


Pro-charter amendment forces bullying opponents

If the pro-charter amendment people are trying to win friends and influence voters to pass the measure in November, they have picked a bad way to do it.

October 18, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks to kind strangers for helping with flat tire in the rain

In a world of uncertainty, it is heartwarming to know that there still are good Samaritans out there. On the rainy morning of Oct. 4, I was bringing my husband home from the hospital after he had surgery the day before. We both were glad the surgery was over, and we were eager to get home. However, there was a kink in our plans - or rather, a flat tire. We were close to the intersection of Highways 144 and 84.

October 17, 2012 | Denice and Tom Ward Hinesville | Opinion


What is Liberty County doing for the city of Midway?

What goes up does not necessarily come down. Each year, the residents of Midway send their property taxes to Liberty County, but we see very little of that money come back to us.

October 16, 2012 | Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


So long, Hinesville — it’s been fun

Three years ago, I walked into the Coastal Courier office begging for whatever writing gig they could give a 19-year-old girl who followed her new husband across the country after he joined the Army. I walked out with a military spouse column - far more than I ever could have expected.

October 16, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Good judgment leads to proper budget cuts

As the federal government prepares to engage in sequestration to shrink the deficit, it might want to consider another money-saving measure. This is guaranteed to trim millions from the annual budget.

October 15, 2012 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


Poole’s Deli owner thankful to staff, customers for 21 wonderful years

Editor, It is with regret that I write this letter after agonizing for many hours. It comes with mixed emotions and thousands of tears. This is a decision that any independent small-business owner dreads, but, unfortunately, the time has come for me to close the doors of Poole's Deli.

October 15, 2012 | Susan Poole McCorkle Former owner, Poole’s Deli | Opinion


Hospital-provider fee surrounded by questions

Many questions surround Georgia's Hospital Provider Program, also known as the "hospital tax," "hospital-provider fee" or "hospital-bed tax."

October 11, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


School has positive impact on special-needs children

If you aren't careful, it is very easy to get pessimistic these days.

October 10, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Gasoline prices downright terrifying

When you hit the local gas pumps and see the price bouncing between $3.47 and $3.50 or so a gallon (at least that's what they were running Oct. 5), you can be thankful for one thing: You don't live in California.

October 10, 2012 | The Albany Herald | Opinion


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Lucky to be alive, and grateful

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August 18, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Humor: Circus went out of business for lack of clowns

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

August 17, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Georgia's two Staceys could split Dems

Georgia's Democratic voters will have their choice of two Staceys in next year's primary for governor: state Rep. Stacey Abrams of Atlanta or ...

August 17, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Pragmatism should prevail on spaceport

Realistic assessment of options and alternatives for coastal job-creation do not substantiate support for the Camden spaceport. Wishful thinking only goes so far.

August 15, 2017 | By David Kyler Guest columnist | Opinion


Help save bees in your landscape

I wish I was the queen. I am not talking about the one across the pond that has her pocketbook permanently attached to her arm ...

August 15, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Buddy is no buddy to district

Editor: At the town hall in Homerville last evening, Congressman Carter touted his horn on his recent vote to deny all federal funding for sanctuary ...

August 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


The Hinesville three and me, what is to be?

Old news, new news, etc. This whole Billy Edwards thing is still giving me headaches.

August 15, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


The rains came and went, but...

The Board of Directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County, Inc. would like to thank the community for supporting our Annual Back-to-School Rally.

August 14, 2017 | By Gary Gilliard Guest columnist | Opinion


Empowering our community's youth

One of my great passions in life is empowering our community's youth. I was raised to believe in the mentality that raising a child ...

August 12, 2017 | By Kenneth Howard Special to the Courier | Opinion


Nelson: Choice, voice, change

Choice, voice, change. These things are never easy! While campaigning for Hinesville City Council District 3, my slogan was "Your Choice, My Voice." The slogan ...

August 11, 2017 | By Vicky Nelson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Covering crime can wear you out

Covering crime can be a tiring and frustrating business, and here's why.

August 11, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Senior contributor | Opinion


Bad news for utility, taxpayers

When it comes to the nuclear reactors Georgia Power has been trying to build at Plant Vogtle, there never seems to be any good news ...

August 11, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Lot of activity in Sept.

We are finally on the downside of summer. Hopefully, there will not be too many more oppressively hot days.

August 10, 2017 | By Sara Swida KLB Director | Opinion


Humor: Is Dennis Rodman the only one who can save the world?

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

August 10, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


It’s a mad, mad, mad world

Every time you turn around these days it seems somebody's mad at somebody, or mad about something somebody else is doing.

August 09, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Managing Editor | Opinion


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