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Time running out for TANF

The good news is that the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families emergency fund created by the federal Recovery Act of 2009 is creating jobs for poor families who have limited prospects. This program has the added benefit of stimulating local economies as these newly employed individuals spend their wages close to home.

August 30, 2010 | By Clare S. Richie Guest columnist | Opinion


Don't feel bad for squirrels in my yard

If you find any dead squirrels in my backyard, it is because they have laughed themselves to death.

August 30, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


You can help reform the tax code

If you feel your property taxes are unfair, now you've got a chance to have your say – and maybe even find someone willing to listen.

August 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


The stuff stupid dreams are made of

Ever had a stupid dream? Perhaps the better question would be, have you ever had a dream with a logical sequence of events? I'm betting stupid wins out.

August 25, 2010 | By Dwain Walden Guest columnist | Opinion


Time for football, is your latte ready?

Football players do not wear "man capri pants." And, if the skintight "not capri pants" happen to be white, those certainly are not "panty lines" you see encircling the players' backsides. Or so I recently was told by my football fanatic husband, who tried - in vain - to teach me the rules of the game.

August 25, 2010 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Editor | Opinion


President Obama's Ground Zero dodge

President Barack Obama's ringing statement in favor of the ground zero mosque had a gaping escape clause: He didn't necessarily support the mosque.

August 25, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight: Staff builds a mosque in newsroom

August 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Champs deserved better

If anyone still wonders why newspapers are losing subscribers in droves, Thursday's AJC provided another case study.

August 23, 2010 | By Gov. Sony Perdue Special to the Courier | Opinion


New START essential to national security

Through repeated tours at Fort Benning and eventually serving as its commanding general, I got to know Georgia and Georgians pretty well.

August 23, 2010 | By Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton Special to the Courier | Opinion


Days grow short on political campaigns

Congratulations, dear reader. Silly Season, aka, the 2010 political campaign, is nearing the end. Most of the wannabes have been shunted aside and we are in the short days of the campaign. On Nov. 2, it will all be over. Can December come soon enough?

August 23, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


There's still HOPE for Georgia students

This week, students from across the state of Georgia will begin classes at public and private colleges and universities located within our state.

August 19, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Ground Zero is no place for mosque

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is some sort of bigot. In a speech about the ground zero mosque and religious freedom, Bloomberg stipulated that "it is fair to ask the organizers of the mosque to show some special sensitivity to the situation."

August 18, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Cancer books a summer gig in Darien

On July 19, I had a dentist appointment to get my teeth cleaned. I go every three months because my gums are bad from childhood neglect, plus I like going to see Erica, my hygienist. She laughs at all of my jokes. Also, I like having clean and shiny teeth, unlike some of my Flounder Creek brethren who prefer a dull shade of green.

August 18, 2010 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight questions Gulf seafood

August 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Scientists, downside of science

Reporters and commentators frequently cite scientists as support for positions. In headlines, scientists assess disasters ("Scientists say Gulf spill is way worse than estimated"), bolster environmental actions ("Scientists say mountaintop mining should be stopped") even to make the obvious official ("Drought grips some of Harris County, scientists say").

August 16, 2010 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


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Adopt, beautify a spot near you

Liberty County is our home. Just as we take care of the homes we live in with our families, we need to take care of our community. Keep Liberty Beautiful sincerely appreciates the nearly 4,000 volunteers each year who help to make our county cleaner and more attractive through neighborhood projects and area litter cleanups, but those who are interested in going to the next level should consider "adopting" Liberty.

January 28, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Man cherished by many belongs to all

It happened a few months back. My father-in-law celebrated, to our great joy, his 88th birthday. There was no pomp or circumstance involved. He abhors that. Because he is among the most beautifully well-mannered people I have ever encountered, he politely took all the calls though he really wished we would just treat it as another day and leave him alone to watch the news channel.

January 28, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Juvenile-justice system going to dogs, thankfully

The state of Georgia's Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing.

January 28, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Budgeting must be open, fair

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, chairman of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee, and a member of the House's Ways and Means Committee, last week was a busy one for me. We gathered for four days of hearings at Gov. Nathan Deal's office, where the budget was presented. We also listened as state agencies offered input about budget needs and then asked questions regarding which programs worked well or were under- or over-funded.

January 28, 2015 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


State may get transportation funding right

In politics, you must take advantage of windows of opportunity. Sometimes good ideas are sidetracked by unfortunate events, a bad economy or even personality conflicts among political leaders. Given the risk of delaying decisions, Georgia needs to address its transportation shortfall quickly and practically.

January 22, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Column has never been stronger

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!) I do that gladly today. For one thing, this will be a lot shorter and less boring than the State of the Union address (Boooo!) and, also, we don't have to endure a bunch of fawning politicians trying to be seen on national television. (Yay! Ha! Ha! Ha!)

January 22, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


'Green' volunteer opportunities abound

Ready to start this new year right?

January 21, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


At least one lawmaker supports pre-9/11 veterans, caregivers

Editor, Since Georgia's own Sen. Johnny Isakson voted for discriminating against pre-9/11 veterans and later against ending this discrimination, I've penned and sent the following to then-Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-VT, who introduced the Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act of 2013:

January 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Things to love about the South abound

It happened the other day. It's funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets that are tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.

January 20, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Why rush? Stop and enjoy the day

Two weeks ago, my husband, daughter and I struggled to come up with a fun way to pass a Sunday afternoon. My mother-in-law had just been staying with us, and she left that morning to head back to Florida. Since I'd given our house a good, thorough "pre-mother-in-law-visit" cleaning before she arrived, I was completely caught up on chores and housework.

January 20, 2015 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Protest was against injustice, not police

Editor, In an attempt to somewhat clarify and somewhat respond to the recent letters to the editor, the online opinion poll question in the Coastal Courier and subsequent results of said poll, I want to say that the protests (locally and nationally) are not anti-police, as some have and continue to misinterpret them to be.

January 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Officials should show support for police

Editor, In recent weeks, more than 20 police officers have been killed or wounded by fanatics and/or terrorists on this planet. This would be a great time for Rep. Al Williams, Mayor Pro Tem Charles Frasier, Commissioner Gary Gilliard, Councilwoman Luciria Luckey Lovette, et al., to make a statement of recognition and support for police officers - wherever they serve. This exercise of their rights would go a long way to heal the wound of what was interpreted by many to be anti-police sentiment last month.

January 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia needs fiscal prudence, innovation

With major policy decisions on transportation, education, health care and tax reform on the legislative agenda, Georgia should think beyond the traditional approach of spending more money as the solution for every problem. Focusing on ways to enhance economic opportunity and empower individuals beats doubling down on the status quo.

January 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Wounded Warrior Project is too top heavy

Editor, I read Mr. Bruce McCartney's letter to the editor regarding the Wounded Warrior Project. He is totally correct. The project is top-heavy with a greedy group of executives. The top 10 officers have a compensation package from $150,000 to $333,000 a year. The remaining funds are disbursed to over 40 distribution organizations with similar management configurations.

January 14, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Thanks to all who helped with appreciation

Editor, On behalf of the St. James Community Church family, we would like to give thanks to everyone for coming out to our church-appreciation banquet that was held Saturday, Dec. 6.

January 14, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


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