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We must account for the rule of Sebelius

The text of ObamaCare is dry and legalistic, except when it summons the majesty of the King James Bible to intone imperiously, "the secretary shall ..."

January 05, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight: Don't smoke 'em

January 03, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Goodbye to 2010, hello to good friends

Good grief! I haven't gotten used to writing 2010 yet and 2011 is here.

January 03, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Deal seems to be preparing for the tough days ahead

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal has surveyed the state government's bleak financial outlook and declared that layoffs of state employees will be part of the answer to closing a nearly $2 billion hole in next year's budget.

January 03, 2011 | Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Don't mess with New Year's traditions

"Do you have your pot of 'hoppin' john' cooking?"

January 03, 2011 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion


This is the year to get into volunteering

Do you have room to add one more New Year's Resolution to your list? I have a really good one for you. Set a goal this year to volunteer! There are many good reasons to do so. You can help others and make our community a better place. However, you may not realize how good volunteering is for you, too!

January 03, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Ring in New Year’s financial resolutions

Now that 2011 is almost here, you may want to make some New Year's resolutions. Planning to volunteer? Go to the gym more often? Learn a new language? All worthy ambitions, of course, but this year, why not add some financial resolutions as well?

December 30, 2010 | Matt Cardella | Opinion


President Obama had a Mitterrand moment

In 1981, Francois Mitterrand swept to power in France in a watershed election. He united the left and fired the imagination of the country's youth, who danced in the streets on election night in a frenzy of revolutionary anticipation.

December 29, 2010 | Rich Lowry | Opinion


Baby steps in ethics reform

Whether the old Legislature's new legislation is a significant improvement in Georgia ethics law or mere political cosmetics depends on whom you ask.

December 29, 2010 | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Here's to all the winning teams

My days of being a football widow are numbered. The bowl game season is upon us and the Super Bowl is right around the corner.

December 29, 2010 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


People who care needed for LeConte board

I gave up the right to whine when I resigned my position as executive director of the LeConte-Woodmanston Foundation in October. Citing health and personal reasons, I knew I could not continue on at the pace of the past three years. So much work to do and so few laborers.

December 27, 2010 | Mary Beth Evans Guest columnist | Opinion


Redeployed soldiers must be top priority

I'll let you in on a little secret: every couple fights. Military or civilian, every relationship faces problems and, most often, the husband and wife will have very different solutions.

December 27, 2010 | Joselynn McKenna | Opinion


Thingamabob makes it harder to get a job

For weeks, I awaited a call from Gov.-elect Nathan Deal informing me that I would be a member of his transition team. The call never came.

December 27, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Kids ask Santa to fix state's problems

Dear Santa,

December 22, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Middle class is in midst of crisis

The unemployment rate for people with a college degree or higher is 5 percent. If that were the rate for everyone, it'd be the 1990s again.

December 22, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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County doesn't care how it spends taxpayer money

Editor, Why would representatives of Liberty County have to go to St. Simons to hold a meeting when there are many places in Liberty County and Fort Stewart? As usual, they don't care how they spend our tax dollars - travel, hotel and food. And what did they talk about? How to take more of our money and waste it on SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax).

April 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Recycle It! Fair coming up

It is that time again!

April 27, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Why are businesses still charging expired tax?

In theory and by law, businesses in Liberty County are supposed to charge customers only 6 percent sales tax. That has been the case since April 1, when the county's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax expired because a majority of voters chose not to renew it during the November election.

April 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Haleigh's Hope is now Georgia's hope

Fifteen months ago, a local reporter asked me if there was any interest within the General Assembly in taking on the medical marijuana issue for the 2014 legislative session, and I told him, emphatically, that there was none and that I did not foresee that issue coming up anytime soon in Georgia. Then, a week later, I met a little 4-year-old girl named Haleigh and her courageous mom and dad, and was I proved ever so wrong.

April 24, 2015 | By State Rep. Allen Peake Special to the Courier | Opinion


Fathers, don't seek custody in Liberty County

Editor, If you are a father seeking custody of your children in Hinesville, please read this carefully.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gulf oil spill: Drawn-out tempest in teacup

The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was called catastrophic by many. President Barack Obama declared, "This oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced." The National Resource Defense Council said two years later, "A people wronged and a region scarred remains."

April 23, 2015 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Strong candidate not running for president

My fellow Americans, it is with a heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016.

April 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


How can we trust the BoE?

Editor, It is mindboggling to me to hear Liberty County Board of Education members and Liberty County School System administrators talk of the millions of dollars tossed about our school district's budget during school-board meetings, work sessions and public forums as if it's no big deal. According to information presented by the district, our revenues for the 2013-14 school year were $92,203,140, and our expenditures were $98,130,080 - meaning, our school board authorized $5,926,940 in overspending. However, the board continued to operate in the same manner for the first half of the 2014-15 ...

April 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Beloved legacy of Don Light

Many people have crossed the path of my life, but only one crossed it from three different directions. Don Light, one of Nashville's most admired powerbrokers and star-makers, was meant to be part of my life. I said this repeatedly because I encountered him through friends in country music, Southern gospel and NASCAR racing.

April 22, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


When a man finds his destiny

Sometimes a man, despite his best efforts, doesn't find his destiny. Try as he might, down through the earnest years of his life, he chases it and even can believe he has it, only to awaken one morning and discover he doesn't - that what he has is an illusion, a mirage that he tried to turn into reality.

April 21, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Legislator gives view of 2015 session

The activity surrounding each legislative session is always a combination of fast action with periods of slow-moving, tedious meetings as legislation is researched, deliberated and reconciled before the actual vote. This session was no different, and each day was used to the fullest as we set our sights on tackling some tough issues for the betterment of our state. The following is a summary of some of the major accomplishments and most-significant legislation passed this session.

April 20, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Celebration is education disguised as fun

On Wednesday, Liberty County residents will join millions of people around the world in celebrating the Earth on Earth Day.

April 20, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Pipeline would be trouble for coast

There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.

April 17, 2015 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Step forward: Lessons from 2015 session

Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.

April 16, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion


Good people still do good things

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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