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Reprehensible? Yes. Lying about service is not a crime

As the U.S. Supreme Court hears the case of a California man accused of lying about his military service and record, it's worth noting that lies and crimes aren't necessarily the same thing.

February 27, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


CSI: McIntosh is on the case

When I was out doing my daily exercise one day last week, I was nearly run over by four - count 'em, four - squad cars going about 75 miles per hour on Johnson Drain Road.

February 27, 2012 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


Government is shredding our Constitution

More than 200 years ago, the framers of the Constitution lived under the tyranny of the king of England and his laws and whims. When they revolted and formed a new government, they wrote a document designed to prevent this same tyranny from happening to the citizens of the United States.

February 23, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


NAACP: More investigations justified

Editor, On Friday, Feb. 17, the Liberty County branch of the NAACP met with an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in response to a request for an investigation into possible civil rights violations by local county agencies.

February 23, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Liberty officials discuss education with senator

Day 19 (Wednesday, Feb. 15): Without question, in my eight years that I have served in the Legislature, this has been the busiest time that I have ever experienced. While I am happy that leadership is trying to get us out by the end of March, the pace by which we have been operating has been very trying and exhausting.

February 22, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Defeat attempt to take control from local BoEs

The old saw, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again," is well known by state legislators Jan Jones, R-Milton; Brooks Coleman R-Duluth; Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta; Margaret Kaiser, D-Atlanta; Alisha Morgan, D-Austell; and Matt Hatchett, R-Dublin. They are the sponsors of House Resolution 1162 that would put on the ballot a constitutional amendment question that, if approved, would take local control away from elected school boards when it comes to approving charter schools.

February 22, 2012 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion


House bills focus on tax code, education

Feb: 17: The 2012 Legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly is now officially over half way through the 40 of session under the Gold Dome in Atlanta.

February 22, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


State lobbying laws should make you mad

I seem to have an innate ability to make folks mad. Usually, it is the humor-impaired and special-interest twits. Today, I hope to make everybody mad, no matter your race, creed, color or university affiliation. This diatribe is for all.

February 22, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Get your green on for cleanup

Green starts here this spring.

February 21, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


We surround ourselves with lots of stuff

MOULTRIE - Through the years I have collected an assortment of stuff, and occasionally I look around at all these items in my office and reminisce as to how I came into their possession. Many of them have stories associated with them while others offer much less drama, but they made good paperweights ... so I kept them.

February 21, 2012 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Nobles’ family thankful to community

Editor, We would like to thank all of our many friends in Long County and the surrounding communities for their heartfelt expressions of condolence during our recent loss of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

February 21, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


House defeats charter-school amendment

A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state government to set up charter schools at the local level and require local school boards to provide funding for those schools failed to receive the required two-thirds vote of approval in the House of Representatives on Feb. 8.

February 20, 2012 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Living a dog's life sure is good

If you really want to know who loves you the most - your wife or the dog - try this little experiment.

February 20, 2012 | By Vic Waters Guest columnist | Opinion


Training is to keep soldiers safe

I've had a lot of trouble understanding why Fort Stewart continues to train soldiers so intensely for the heavy methods of combat, like tanks, when it's clear most everyone is about to deploy to Afghanistan where those methods are unusable. A tank isn't practical in those mountains, and I've really struggled over why it's so important to keep the guys away from their families to train on something that seems so moot. I understood training for Afghanistan, but sometimes this heavy training seemed obsolete and unnecessary.

February 20, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Who are the president's policy makers?

Today we hear the term "czar" used a lot in government. The people who we call czars actually are policy directors for different segments of the government. Because of their power, the media uses the term czar, which is actually an old title for a Russian ruler and translates from Caesar, which was what Roman rulers were called.

February 16, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


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Administration is stirring hate

With his executive order to build that southern-border barrier, President Donald Trump simply was keeping his campaign promise, placating his millions of anti-Latino bigot followers ...

February 18, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Perdue already knows how to drain swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a ...

February 18, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Judge Gorsuch is the anti-Trump

If President Donald Trump is a budding authoritarian, as his critics allege, one of the safeguards is Judge Neil Gorsuch.

February 17, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Thanks for history symposium support

Editor: I would like to personally appreciate those sponsors and members of the greater Liberty County Community for their overwhelming support on February 6 to ...

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


State Senate honors firefighters, Girl Scout cookies

The Senate assembled this week to consider a wide range of legislation and we passed several bills that could affect our district. We also had ...

February 16, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Alternate-facts on McCain, Lewis, evolution

Editor: Doesn't mixing blue and red get purple? Not at the White House - alt-fact - it's orange.

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Would someone actually kill A.J.?

Three weeks had passed and still no one had seen or heard a peep from A.J. Fryerson. Something was amiss and the good folks ...

February 16, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Laws may be decaying away

What should be the priority for state legislators -helping their poorest constituents avoid pain and suffering, or protecting the financial status of their most affluent ...

February 16, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


An open letter to NAACP leader

Editor and President Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson: I read with great embarrassment the article in the Feb. 1 Coastal Courier outlining your comments during your ...

February 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Paying down national debt is win-win

Editor: I think that Professor Winter Nie missed the mark in her column from Wednesday Feb. 8. She stated that China would win a trade ...

February 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Recycle It! Fairs in three places Saturday

Calling all pack rats who are looking to reform, next Saturday we will have our quarterly Recycle It! Fairs as well as a Shred It!

February 13, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


The revenge of the nation-state

The start of the Trump administration has been a vindication of the American nation-state.

February 12, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Jury duty can be a hoot when you know people

It was, of all things, a call to jury duty that reminded me powerfully of the beauty of a sweet hometown and the joy that ...

February 11, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump has created his own chaos

Let's take the good with the bad about Donald Trump: On the positive side, he has rendered useless those clocks the news networks like ...

February 11, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


China would win trade war with U.S.

During his election campaign, President Donald Trump threatened to impose 35 to 45 percent tariffs on Chinese imports to force China into renegotiating its trade ...

February 10, 2017 | By Prof. Winter Nie Guest columnist | Opinion


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