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Fun, education collide on Earth Day

It is that time of the year to party for your planet - and, hopefully, learn something, too.

April 08, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Honor Earth, ban balloon releases

On Wednesday, the Bryan County News had a front page article covering the mass balloon release in Liberty County in memory of victims of child abuse and to bring public attention to an indescribably serious problem that exists throughout our society. The subject of child abuse is certainly one that needs immeasurably more public attention, but mass balloon releases are an inadvisable thing to do.

April 08, 2013 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Test cheating damage will be long-term

The Atlanta Schools cheating scandal is already the saddest chapter in the modern-era history of Georgia education, regardless of whether the nearly three dozen educators indicted are found guilty or not.

April 08, 2013 | Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Skeeter nonplused with ethics bill

When the phone rang, I knew who was on the other end: Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in greater metropolitan Pooler. I can't tell you exactly why, but the phone always sounds more urgent when Skeeter calls.

April 04, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Key tourism legislation passes

The Georgia General Assembly officially wrapped up the 2013 legislative session at midnight Thursday, March 28, when we adjourned "Sine Die!"

April 03, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


A tale of two budgets

It is budget season in Washington. Recently, dueling proposals were introduced by House Republicans and Senate Democrats. Each offers a start contrast in vision for the country.

April 03, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Good legislative session comes to end

• March 25: We had 25 bills on the calendar, and the first one called up was one that I was carrying, House Bill 36. This bill, which was sponsored in the House by Rep. Ben Watson, R-Savannah, adds red drum to the list of Georgia game fish, meaning that it can no longer be bought or sold on the open market. While presenting the bill, I shared my personal experiences of fishing for red drum, or spottail bass as we called them, while I was growing up in Coastal Georgia and how important it is for us to protect this ...

April 03, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


April is month highlighting safe communities

National County Government Month is celebrated each April by the nation's counties to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government.

April 02, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


We shouldn't have to pay to have opinions heard

Editor, Did you get your letter yet from the American Military Society asking for money so you can have a voice in the U.S. government? I always was told in civics and American-problems classes in grammar and high school that our votes give us a voice in government - plus, we pay federal taxes to keep that government running for the people and by the people.

April 02, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Pleasures of watching a little one grow

My daughter took her first steps last week. They were shaky, quick steps - only three of them - but they definitely were steps. It happened so unexpectedly. One moment, Reese was fiddling with a pile of unfolded, clean laundry I'd just dumped on the couch; the next moment, she'd turned around and was headed for the coffee table, where she'd left a toy. I was shocked, elated, proud and - as silly as this may sound - a little sad that she's growing up so quickly.

April 02, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


State budget includes money for Liberty campus

The 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly came to an end at midnight March 28, with the House of Representatives and the Senate reaching final agreement on a $19.9 billion state budget for fiscal year 2014. I am very pleased to report that the budget includes funding for the four-year program at the Liberty County campus of Armstrong Atlantic State University.

April 01, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Army changes can hurt our area

There can be no doubt that Fort Stewart/HAAF is the major economic engine in the region. At last calculation, the annual value of the base was placed at $5.4 billion.

April 01, 2013 | By Paul Andreshak and Monica Eusebio Guest columnists | Opinion


Into the lion's den for a worthy cause

I have a good idea what Daniel felt like when he was tossed into the lion's den way back when.

March 27, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Obama engages political theater

For weeks, President Barack Obama and his deputies traveled the country, sounding the alarm about sequestration. They used people as props to claim that public safety would be put at risk, meat would go uninspected and the economy would tank.

March 27, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Budget, farewells make for busy week

State Sen. Buddy Carter, R- Pooler, will be reporting each week during the legislative session. The session is expected to last until the latter days of March.

March 27, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Robert Mueller is lucky; he's no Ken Starr

No matter the criticisms directed his way by Republicans, Robert Mueller should count himself lucky: He's not Ken Starr.

February 20, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Spring means time for Great American Cleanup

I do not care about what that groundhog predicted a few weeks ago. Spring is here for Keep Liberty Beautiful. And that means it is ...

February 20, 2018 | By Sarah Swida Special to the Courier | Opinion


We want the best for our kids

The love between a parent and his or her child is the purest, most unconditional love that is ever experienced.

February 20, 2018 | By Maggie Buckner Guest columnist | Opinion


Senate passes bills ahead of Crossover Day

As we complete legislative days 19 through 22, we find ourselves just six legislative days away from the Crossover Day deadline – the date whereby a ...

February 20, 2018 | Sen. Blake Tillery | Opinion


Maybe we really can't fix stupid

Maybe Forrest Gump's momma was right. Maybe we really can't fix stupid.

February 19, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Humor: The many faces of Donald Trump

President Trump issued his $2 trillion budget proposal Monday. He pleased Democrats by saluting Black History Month and pleased Republicans by insisting on the wall ...

February 17, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Take a break from negativity

Editor: As we enter the Lenten season, I encourage the Courier to take a fast from printing negative political comments in Sound Off. Last Saturday ...

February 17, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Making I-16 ugly, unsafe again

Editor: Old-timers may remember how torn up the forest was during the building of I-16.

February 16, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Money isn't everyting in politics

Money isn't everything in politics. The candidate who raises the most cash isn't always going to be the candidate who gets the most ...

February 15, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Symposium was gerat success

Editor: I would like to personally appreciate those sponsors and members of the greater Liberty County community for their support on Feb. 5 of the ...

February 13, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hate, humility and social media

I was a late adopter of Facebook. I had a nagging fear that no one would befriend me, and that my Facebook experience would become ...

February 13, 2018 | By Dr. Gary Welton Guest columnist | Opinion


Trump's impure thoughts on Mueller

President Donald Trump has had impure thoughts about special counsel Robert Mueller.

February 12, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Building walls, curing baldness

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

February 10, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Unplanned obsolescence, more

If you haven't met me, know this:

February 10, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


D.C. curse strikes another Georgia politician

Washington, D.C., has put a curse on prominent Georgians who go there to work for Donald Trump.

February 09, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


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