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Energy Department should be dissolved

Since the country needs to cut its spending, a good place to start is the Department of Energy, which, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget, has a budget of $29 billion a year that I believe it wastes on failed projects, some of which are listed in this column. The DOE was started by President Jimmy Carter to make the U.S. energy dependent. Now we are more dependent than ever on foreign oil.

November 16, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

Speaker may spend holiday closer to home


November 16, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Want to keep driving? Stay in school

"How can we take a bite out of high school truancy, and maybe improve graduation rates in the process?" Hit the hooky players where it hurts.

November 15, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion

I'm really gonna miss Andy Rooney

I'm going to miss Andy Rooney. I never met the guy, but it's like we had coffee together on a regular basis. He was a great talent – a Will Rogers sort-of-guy without the horse and lariat.

November 15, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion

Multi-state approach needed for port

Much has been asserted about the economic benefit of deepening Savannah's harbor – some of it highly speculative and contradicting official analysis by the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

November 15, 2011 | By David Kyler | Opinion

Fight homelessness now, all year long

The city of Hinesville recently observed Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week, which consisted of a town hall meeting, canned food drive and other events designed to shed light on the community's prevention programs and assist members of the population who are in need. Kudos to Homeless Prevention Program coordinator Daisy Jones, who works in the city's Community Development Department, for coordinating the observance, and to the city for supporting it.

November 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Midway, all governments must be accountable

Whether it is the federal government, state, county or city, the government is owned by the people. That's why the U.S. Constitution starts out, "We the People." Often, elected officials perform acts that do not benefit the taxpayers or make commitments that the people cannot afford or do not want to spend money on. After all, the money that government wastes is the taxpayers' money.

November 14, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

Support End Veteran Homelessness Act

Editor: As our country celebrates Veterans Day, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all the men and women in our community who have honorably served their country.

November 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

State must use funds as they were intended

Alan Brown's frustration with the way the state has handled a fund that's supposed to support driver education for the state's young people - a fund established under a law carrying the name of his dead son, who hydroplaned on a wet road eight years ago and hit a tree - certainly is understandable.

November 14, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion

Hinesight: Christmas coming too early?

November 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Husband's commitment is invaluable

After nearly three years as a military spouse, I've grown accustomed to life without family around. I came from a very close-knit family - you know, the kind where grandma phones over when she sees a car she doesn't recognize in the driveway from across the highway. That means it took me a while to get used to this more independent way of living.

November 14, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion

Take the pledge to start recycling

Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day. Keep Liberty Beautiful is inviting you to take the pledge.

November 14, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion

Remember those who have served

Some people tend to get Veterans Day and Memorial Day mixed up.

November 11, 2011 | By B.J. Clark Columnist | Opinion

Constitution is in jeopardy

In 1887, historian Lord Acton said, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

November 10, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

Be grateful to our veterans

The United States military has been in the news a lot lately, from the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" to the Dec. 31 deadline for all troops to return home from the war in Iraq. Such politically charged topics can bring strong opinions to the forefront. But Friday will be the one day when everyone should put their opinions aside to honor the nation's veterans and active-duty service members and give them the respect that they deserve.

November 10, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

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Tight race makes for odd bedfellows

On a riser at the front of the room sat a large whiteboard with the names Bland, Cooper and Stoughton across the top. A fourth ...

October 24, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Signs invite criminals in

Editor: "Stupid is as stupid does." This is a quote from the movie, Forrest Gump. Basically, it means people are as stupid as their actions ...

October 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Thanks for good work, Coastal EMC

Editor: Just a note to say "Thank You!" to the good folks at Coastal Electric Membership Corp. who put in long hours this past week ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

In Georgia government, experience doesn't count

If you learned you had cancer, what would you do?

October 19, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Lieutenant governor has education plan

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the ...

October 19, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Storm's lesson: Be kind, patient, grateful

Editor's note: Brittany McClure is the public relations manager for the city of Hinesville. During Hurricane Matthew, she worked around the clock to help ...

October 17, 2016 | By Brittany McClure Guest columnist | Opinion

Christmas may come early for Georgia Power

Christmas traditionally is celebrated on Dec. 25 for most Georgians.

October 17, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Bank's ethical lapses could be costly for all

There is nothing more important than your good name. I inherited mine from one of the most honest and ethical men I ever knew: My ...

October 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Patients need truth about increasing drug prices

We are in the midst of an epic media freakout. It is a subset of a larger liberal panic over Donald Trump's strength in ...

October 13, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

No SPLOST until debt service gone

Editor: Are you for or against SPLOST? I suggested in a previous letter to the editor that the county commissioners remove the debt service from ...

October 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Work needed to make Liberty beautiful

Editor: I read, with interest, two articles in Sunday's Courier and would like to give my views on both. The front page article entitled ...

October 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Georgia is the place to be

Today's topic will not include commentary on a bunch of immature multi-millionaires who play a kid's game and who are being goaded by ...

October 06, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Look close at constitutional amendments

In recent columns, we have discussed two of the four constitutional amendments that voters will see on their ballots Nov. 8.

October 05, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Hurricane evacuation preparedness is key

There are several lists available across the web that help you prepare for a hurricane.

October 05, 2016 | By Kristian M. Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion

Learning from the Great Depression

It was the Great Depression that shaped my parents and would, in the years to come, shape my life as well. Because they saw first-hand ...

October 04, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

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