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National health care a bargain for state

For more than a year, federal efforts at reforming the nation's health insurance system have been controversial to say the least. Now that the president has signed health reform into law, the partisan debate should come to an end.

April 12, 2010 | By Timothy Sweeney and Alan Essig Special to the Courier | Opinion


Communities must help educate children

While reading a recent report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, I found a statement regarding school reform that provides advice about the importance of our educational system. It notes that "If schools don't work, the city does not work."

April 12, 2010 | By Lily Baker, Liberty BoE chairwoman Guest columnist | Opinion


The customer comes first

Sometime ago I mentioned the worst customer service and the best customer service I ever received - all in the same week. I reprise the saga because the hero of the story recently and tragically died.

April 12, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Remember the sacrifices they make

Since the tragedy of 9/11, our nation and its communities have experienced a heightened awareness of the sacrifice and service of military members and emergency response personnel. Americans as a whole are a charitable and thoughtful people, and always seem generous with our time and outpourings of goodwill towards those who serve.

April 07, 2010 | By Maj. Jeff Allen Guest columnist | Opinion


Tax Freedom Day

Tax Freedom Day in Georgia falls on April 8 this year, according to the Tax Foundation. That's the 98th day of the year and the day when we Georgians will have worked enough to pay our share of federal, state and local taxes for 2010.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Is EPD study on Laurel View flawed?

On Wednesday, March 31, Jeff Larson of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) held the second "stakeholders" meeting to discuss the progress, or lack thereof, of the EPD in accumulating and processing data to answer the questions about the potential for damage to the salt marsh should the wastewater treatment plant in Liberty County be allowed.

April 07, 2010 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


General Assembly nearing end of session

The 2010 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly is almost completed, with only seven session days left. Working into the late hours of the night on Crossover Day, last Friday, the House passed many important pieces of legislation. Given that Crossover Day is the last day that a bill must pass one chamber in order to be considered by the other, the members of the House continued to debate legislation as long as time would allow. Some might say that the "People's Work" is never finished and as a member of the "People's House," all of the ...

April 07, 2010 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Thoughts on the Constitution

Let me share some things with you that you may not have learned in school.

April 07, 2010 | By David Freeman Guest columnist | Opinion


Council did not listen to taxpayers

The Hinesville City Council's recent decision to increase the salaries of the mayor and council members was a surprise to most residents of our city. The vote followed a Jan. 7 vote taken after an executive session when the media and most attendees had left the meeting. To further cloud the first vote, the discussion to increase the wages of the mayor and council members was not included on the meeting agenda, as required by law

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Legislators as busy as ever

• Day 31 (Tuesday, March 30): Having passed the deadline where bills originating in the Senate can be passed over to the House, we began concentrating on those House bills that have been sent to us this year as well as bills left over from last year. But before we started the official business of the day, we took time to honor a popular country music star from Douglas, Jennifer Nettles, of the musical group Sugarland.

April 07, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


There's no oyster like a Georgia oyster, for now, anyway

This is an open letter to the staff and volunteers of the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service (MAREX) on Skidaway Island and particularly to those involved in the re-establishment of Georgia's oyster fishery.

April 06, 2010 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Press, public need access to meetings

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division had a closed-door meeting Wednesday in Savannah on the $30 million wastewater treatment facility proposed by the Liberty County Development Authority.

April 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


This horsing around hurts the state

I have a lot of r espect for third-term State Sen. Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone.) Sen. Chance's father, Louie, and I grew up in College Park and I know for a fact the young man comes from good stock. Louie Chance is a Great American.

April 01, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Federal vote on health care felt in Atlanta

Day 28 (Monday, March 22): The historic vote last night by the U.S. House of Representatives to pass national health care reform has the Capitol abuzz this morning. While some are happy, others are in disbelief, and almost all are wondering what the financial impact on our state will be. While serving as the Mayor of Pooler for nine years, I was always resentful of programs created by the State that resulted in financial burdens for cities. As a state legislator, I am even more leery of federal programs and their financial impact on our state. Whether coincidental or ...

April 01, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Legislautre passes crossover day

The Georgia General assembly adjourned on Friday, Crossover Day, and the 30th legislative day of the 2010 session. As I write this weekly update on Friday, we hav e not yet adjourned for the day and session is expected to last throughout the evening as we debate legislation. As we began the day on Friday, we had 36 Bills and Resolutions and more will be added throughout the day. As far as the Fiscal Year 2011 budget, subcommittee meetings will continue next week as we work to finalize the House version of the budget. In session for three days this ...

April 01, 2010 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


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EPA rules good for business, economy

Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?

July 24, 2014 | By Richard Eidlin | Opinion


Small businesses want higher wages

If Congress actually listened to small-business owners, the minimum wage would be going up.

July 24, 2014 | By Holly Sklar Guest columnist | Opinion


Yet another Georgia river in peril

As far back as 2010, the Ogeechee River has been called one of the most threatened rivers in the country by environmental groups such as the Southeast Environmental Law Center.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Pay for P.O. box on time or face fee

Editor, I never would have thought a small block of wood measuring about 1.5 inches by 2 inches could make me so angry.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Taxpayers on hook for botched ethics probe of governor

In 1997, then-Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term, in which I served until 2002.

July 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Childhood choices affect whole lives

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages of 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom - a driver's license - and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

July 22, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's time to close Southern borders

Editor, Mexico and Guatemala have finalized a deal that will allow Guatemalans (who normally would be arrested and deported or imprisoned in Mexico) to travel on 72-hour passes through Mexico on their way to our Southern border.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Stormwater runoff is good rain gone bad

I love a good rainstorm - I always have. My mother used to check the weather forecast for thunderstorms because I was fascinated by them and wanted to watch them outside. However, it's not really a good idea to sit outside during a thunderstorm.

July 22, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Be flexible with child' milestones

My 2-year-old is a chatterbox. I have no idea where she gets it from. (I'm being sarcastic, of course; it's obviously a trait passed down directly from me.)

July 22, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Once upon a blood moon in Georgia

Not a single person in my breakfast club has mentioned the "blood moon." And that includes me, until now. I wasn't really sure what it was even though my emails from some preacher have hammered me recently with a "better beware" kind of verbiage.

July 22, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Johnson deserves district seat

Editor, Lately your newspaper has printed several letters stating that Buddy Carter is just like Jack Kingston. These claims are extreme exaggerations and pretty farfetched.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Midway needs better fire-protection deal

It's good when the fire department is quiet, but the Midway Fire Department is the busiest department outside of Hinesville. The Midway volunteers do an excellent job with a quick response time. Many residents are not aware of Midway's coverage area, but the Midway Fire Department covers Midway's 4 square miles and 40 square miles of unincorporated areas of Liberty County. It also supports other fire departments when called upon for assistance.

July 17, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


BRAC should be feared in Georgia

Few acronyms raise the concern of elected officials, community leaders and military personnel as much as BRAC does.

July 17, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


The tyranny of automobiles

In the week leading up to Independence Day, several news stories prompted us to contemplate what freedom means in 2014.

July 17, 2014 | By John Bennett Guest columnist | Opinion


Waxing poetic is quite frenetic

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

July 16, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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