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Ludowici withholding public documents

Editor, Our rights as citizens of Ludowici have been taken away from us.

March 14, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


House passes most important bill, budget

This week during the 2012 Legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly, major milestones were accomplished, including the busiest day of the session thus far for legislators.

March 14, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Corporations pay less than Buffett, Romney

Corporations pay a lower effective tax rate than Warren Buffett and Mitt Romney, but you wouldn't know it from all the complaints that our corporate tax rate puts our country at a competitive disadvantage. Last year, U.S. corporations paid just 12.1 percent of their earnings in federal corporate income taxes. Buffett's tax rate is 17.4 percent; Romney's reported 2010 tax rate was 13.9 percent.

March 13, 2012 | By Scott Klinger Guest columnist | Opinion


Independents should be heard too

Editor, I am an Atlanta native and currently reside there. I am also an independent voter who joins a national conference call every other month with 130 independent voter activists who are working to open up our frozen political process.

March 13, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


College still out of reach for too many

While the Georgia General Assembly continues its politically suspect obsession with creating state-run public schools, a more pressing education issue demands attention.

March 13, 2012 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Midway workers deserve kudos

Not everything with Midway should be complained about. There are people who should be commended for their work on behalf of the citizens. It's the extra service rendered that separates the mediocre from those who receive our gratitude. Therefore, I would like to acknowledge those who have given a little more than expected while working for the citizens of Midway.

March 12, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Go as green as you can on March 17

Green really starts March 17 in Liberty County. However, some volunteers will be wearing green for more than St. Patrick's Day.

March 12, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Military life makes childhood unique

Babies are little grandparent magnets. Ever since we had our Anastasia, my parents count down the days until the next time they get to see her. They, along with all three of my siblings and my sister's boyfriend, all made the trek down from Iowa on Friday and part of Saturday. I've barely held my daughter since.

March 12, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Budget, tax, court reform on House agenda

With a number of issues still to be addressed, including criminal-justice reform, tax reform and the annual budget for fiscal year 2013, this will be a busy week at the Capitol.

March 12, 2012 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Some of the rich do support Obama

I have a good question for you: Why do the rich give thousands of dollars to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign?

March 08, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Senate goes through longest day of session

Day 26 (Monday, Feb. 27): The week begins with the second meeting of the Governor's Higher Education Funding Commission, a committee that I co-chair with Rep. Carl Rogers, chairman of the House Higher Education Committee. The commission is charged with examining how the funding formulas for the university system and technical college system should be changed in order to improve higher education outcomes in the state. We have four bills on the calendar as we go into session today, including House Bill 800, which expands eligibility so that a candidate with five years' service in any federally recognized component ...

March 08, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Lawmaker defends lobbying laws

Rep. Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs, has figured out something many of his colleagues in the General Assembly seem unable to grasp: If you disagree with something I say, tell me so and give me your side of the story

March 08, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Will anyone take Midway ticket challenge?

Editor, The Coastal Courier graciously published my previous letter to the editor wherein I challenged anyone to produce a speeding ticket issued by a Midway Police Department officer for going 5 miles per hour or less over the posted speed limit. The prize was a $50 gift certificate for Red Lobster or Olive Garden restaurants. The 30-day window has passed and no one has produced the winning ticket. This would tend to indicate that either there is no credence to the claims in Sound off that tickets have been issued for driving 5 mph or less over the speed limit ...

March 08, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


House passes education bills

The Georgia General Assembly completed its 28th legislative day of the 2012 session on Wednesday, Feb. 29. As Super Tuesday and the Presidential Preference Primary election for Georgia approach, the Legislature will continue with the people's work at our Capitol on Monday.

March 08, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Books, like dirt roads, need to stick around

MOULTRIE - This past week I got an email from a youngster who was taking me to task for something that had been printed in our newspaper. That's perfectly fine. It indicates someone is thinking.

March 06, 2012 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


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Three cleanups set for Saturday

Enthusiastic middle school students joined in the Great American Cleanup on Thursday last week. Midway Middle School Green Team members and science class students volunteered ...

March 27, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Many flaws in shore protection bill

Regarding propose amendments to Georgia's Shore Protection Act that were recently tabled by the General Assembly Senate, further details merit consideration.

March 27, 2017 | By David Kyler Guest columnist | Opinion


The worst argument for Trumpcare

Of all the arguments to make for repealing and replacing Obamacare, the very worst is that people don't need health insurance.

March 26, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


GOP deadling with national illness

Many Republican leaders are leery about having their name attached to the GOP's replacement for Obamacare, a health care overhaul they have demonized since ...

March 25, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Depend on the one who can help

March Madness is in full swing. Today begins "The Sweet Sixteen." That means that the final 16 teams in the NCAA basketball tournament are playing ...

March 24, 2017 | By Pastor Brad Butler Pembroke First Baptist Church | Opinion


Being Dick Yarbrough isn't easy, folks

I regret I won't have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump's shoelaces ...

March 23, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Senate considers bills, ready to tackle state budget

The Senate spent Days 32-35 of the 2017 legislative session considering bills that passed the House of Representatives.

March 23, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Volunteers do more than pick up trash

We are continuing to participate in the 19th annual Great American Cleanup in Liberty County.

March 21, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


The president's smokescreens

It's early in his presidency, but already Donald Trump has faced one controversy after another. None has been more perilous to him than the ...

March 21, 2017 | By Bob Franken | Opinion


Enforcing immigration laws is necessary

Editor: News stories from all over the nation are now focused on the fact that President Trump's immigration enforcement is causing problems for illegal ...

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


More random thoughts on random subjects

After almost two decades of doing this, you think I would have figured out by now what pushes your hot button. For example, I wrote ...

March 17, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Middlebury College's yowling mob

At Middlebury College earlier this month, Charles Murray needed a safe space - literally.

March 16, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Despite the weather, it’s Sunshine Week

March 12-18 is Sunshine Week. Launched in 2005, the initiative promotes open government and pushes back against "excessive official secrecy."

March 16, 2017 | Benta Dodd Georgia Public Policy Institute | Opinion


Why would Ralston run?

David Ralston is now being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018, which leads to an obvious question.

March 16, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


So if Dr. Lee gets $190,000, what about...

Editor: Just wondering if Dr. Lee gets $190,000 for three years of turmoil and discontent, then what does Mr. Carrier get for 33 years ...

March 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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