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'Fair tax' actually not fair at all

Editor, I worked hard and saved all that I could during my working years. If something needed done and I could do, it I did - from reroofing the house to replacing the brakes on my vehicles. I already have paid income taxes on the money that I've saved, but the fair tax people would have me pay "income" tax on it again if I buy a new set of golf clubs or a boat or anything else. There is nothing fair about that.

October 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Businesses have to pay sales tax, too

Editor, I want to offer a clarification to a statement made by Len Calderone in his column in Wednesday's Coastal Courier on changing the tax code. He favors wiping out the entire income tax code and replacing it with a "consumption tax" or sales tax. He mistakenly states halfway through his commentary that, "Others believe that business owners could make personal purchases and avoid the tax because businesses would be exempt. Businesses are exempt from state sales taxes even now, but they have to prove that what is purchased is for company-only use."

October 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Help to ensure all families enjoy holidays

With the holidays fast approaching, many community members are focusing on hosting and attending parties, buying presents and looking forward to family get-togethers. What many people don't realize is that there are others in our community who worry constantly about how to survive from one month to the next - never mind planning for the upcoming holiday season. That's where our local United Way comes in.

October 24, 2011 | By Kathryn Fox Guest columnist | Opinion


Trading up to parenthood

For the last few nights I've been sleeping like a baby. That's right, I'm up every hour or two, either eating, using the bathroom or just restless for no apparent reason. Who thought "like a baby" was a good way to describe deep sleep, anyway? That's more like sleeping "like a teenager" if you ask me.

October 24, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Global pecan demand good for Georgia

It appears that overseas markets are learning about a good thing - pecans.

October 20, 2011 | By Albany Herald | Opinion


Change the income tax code

U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said, "The federal tax code, with its 44,000 pages, 5.5 million words and 721 different forms, is a patchwork maze of complexity and a testament to confusion over common sense."

October 20, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Health insurance now manadatory, or is it?

National healthcare, ObamaCare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – whatever you refer to it as – the historic legislation passed by Congress in 2010 revolutionizing the American health care system is now law.

October 20, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


It's not government schools, it's stupid government

To quote the Church Lady on Saturday Night Live, "Well, isn't that special?" State School Superintendent John Barge and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., have asked U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a waiver of the controversial No Child Left Behind law and, instead, to measure school performance on a broader basis, consisting of scores on a Criterion-Referenced Competency Test along with other factors in a "performance index."

October 19, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


State should protect families, not criminals

An assistant U.S. District Attorney put into words during the sentencing of a bank robber with a frightening criminal background what many have been thinking or saying all along: Georgia's judicial system leaves much to be desired.

October 18, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


Thanks for supporting ball for Dorchester

Editor, Thank you to everyone who came out in support of our annual Western Ball. The successful event shed light on the increasing awareness of one of our greatest historical landmarks and its importance, Midway's Dorchester Academy. The profits raised will go toward the restoration and upkeep of the center.

October 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Help with Rivers Alive

I like results. I am a product of a generation that wants instant gratification, and I want it now.

October 18, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Consider Chipper's next assignment

Let's talk a little inside baseball today. Let's talk Atlanta Braves baseball and offer an idea for the team as it moves forward from the disappointing late season collapse that kept the Braves out of post-season play.

October 18, 2011 | By Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


'Tis time (already) to think about charity

Even though the Christmas season still is a few months away, it's not too early to start thinking about those who may not be looking forward to the holidays because of financial hardships. Currently, there are many ongoing charitable campaigns in Liberty County. No matter your income level or time restrictions, it's easy to get involved in some way.

October 17, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Ever had one of those epiphanies?

Ever had one of those days when a big word just kept popping up ... a word you have seldom or perhaps never used? But you keep thinking about it until you go look it up just in case you need to toss it out at a reception or some other gathering that you would rather not be attending.

October 17, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Garage sales provide savings, fun

The time is coming soon, and I'm not talking about the birth of my baby. I'm talking about the post-wide garage sale coming up on Saturday. You can bet that if I'm not in the hospital delivering, you'll see me waddling from house to house in search of hidden treasures.

October 17, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


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Let citizens serve on advisory panel

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August 31, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


State taking 'holistic' approach to education

It's true there are no silver bullets in education - no single change that will set every student on the path toward success. What's ...

August 27, 2016 | By Richard Woods Guest columnists | Opinion


Writer: council lacks civic pride

Editor:

August 26, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


A lesson for voters: Payback is at the ballot box

It's generally considered impolite to take pleasure in other people's misfortunes, but sometimes you have to make an exception.

August 26, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Sea turtles, the Olympics and Vince Dooley

Lawyers, like kids, can say the darnedest things. That was proven during a recent hearing in Atlanta regarding an appeal by environmental groups of a ...

August 25, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Taking road trip to New York, Connecticut

When we decided to visit the few remaining members of Tink's family who live in Connecticut and New York, we chose to drive.

August 23, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump not a complete buffoon

Editor, Delet -Merge UpYes. Donald Trump is a horrendous human being and is unfit to be President. But, Trump is NOT a complete buffoon. Proof ...

August 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Don't leave pets in hot cars

When I was given the opportunity to write a piece for the City of Hinesville about something I am passionate about, I was drawn to ...

August 22, 2016 | By Jaci Tompkins Guest columnist | Opinion


Trump won's solve U.S. problems

Editor, All those people who voted for Donald Trump must figure if he gets elected as our president he will pay off the national debt ...

August 22, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


New ad campaign: 'Be recycled'

When you walk by your kitchen garbage can, do you ever hear a tiny voice, crying "Help me! I want to be recycled!"

August 22, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Phone call to mayor sets up big debate

Now that Sarah Hyden-Smith and Iris Long had carved out a platform for Juliet's last-minute mayoral campaign, it was time to talk strategy.

August 20, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


State races may be competitive for once

If you write about legislative races in Georgia, the last few elections have been downright boring in their predictability.

August 19, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Dear public school teachers, hang in there

Dear Public School Teachers:

August 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Writer: Dems the root of all evil

Editor,

August 18, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


A woman who made Georgia a better place

Class, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. In my long years on this planet, I never met a man with more class ...

August 18, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


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