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Sunshine laws are for the public

The sun was shining brightly March 10 to usher in Sunshine Week in Georgia.

March 18, 2013 | By Jim Zachary Guest columnist | Opinion


State House OKs $20 billion budget

The House of Representatives voted March 12 to approve a $19.8 billion state budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1. HB 106 reflects an increase of $512 million over the current year's budget.

March 18, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


House OKs video gambling run by Lottery

Day 31 (Monday, March 11, 2013): Every morning before session the Republican members of the Senate meet as a caucus to discuss bills on the agenda that day as well as bills that are working their way through the process. Today we discuss HB 512, a bill addressing the rights of gun owners that has passed the House and will be considered by the Senate in the near future. Many members, including myself, are staunch advocates of our 2nd amendment rights to own and carry handguns and look forward to working on this legislation. Right after our caucus meeting and ...

March 18, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


We are blessed to be here

Editor, We all have troubles. But we are truly blessed - blessed to live in this country, even with all the faults we think it has. Comparatively, the rest of the world really has it tough. We're blessed to live in a great state, and particularly this wonderful county of Liberty. When folks here are sometimes having a rough go of it, blessings abound from the gracious folks we know as friends and neighbors.

March 14, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Judge has earned place at head of table

Let's face it: Judges can be pretty scary folks to We the Unwashed. About the only time we ever see them is when we are called for jury duty or when - heaven forbid - we are plaintiffs, defendants or witnesses, wishing we could be anywhere but in the courtroom.

March 14, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


President engaged in classic political theater

For weeks, President Obama and his deputies traveled the country sounding the alarm about sequestration. They used people as props to claim that public safety would be put at risk, meat would go uninspected and the economy would tank.

March 13, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


General asks for patience during cuts

Editor, While sequestration is serious with far-reaching impacts, the core mission of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield and the 3rd Infantry Division remains unchanged, even in the face of mandated funding cuts and Army civilian furloughs.

March 13, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Homeless, hungry should barter more

Editor, Why are so many people in Hinesville, Liberty County and elsewhere homeless? We have a lot of empty rental housing in the area. Those people who can't afford to pay for a place to live should explore the barter system. This system is for people who have no money to pay rent for housing. They can provide a service or goods to the landlord in place of cash.

March 12, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Where is the outcry over Ogeechee?

The state Environmental Protection Division, according to the law, is required to hold public meetings in certain circumstances. The severe pollution of the Ogeechee was one of those circumstances.

March 12, 2013 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Senator's bill calls in Congress to balance federal budget

Day 28 (Monday, March 4, 2013): Today is one of my favorite days at the Capitol as I proudly wear my green sports coat in anticipation of the St. Patrick's Day Parade committee visit. Although some people at the Capitol ask if I won my green jacket at a golf tournament in Augusta, those who have played golf with me before don't bother to ask. The morning starts off early as we have a Health and Human Services Committee meeting at 8AM where we pass out one bill, table another and have discussion on a third before recessing ...

March 12, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Happy to be just us three

Have you ever had someone stare at you as if you have two heads? Try casually dropping into conversation the fact that you only plan to have one child. When people who don't know me learn that my husband and I are content to keep our family small, they look at me dumbfounded, confused and - sometimes - a bit horrified.

March 12, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


No shortage of beautification projects

Spring is such a busy time. At Keep Liberty Beautiful, we have a number of activities going on that we need you involved in.

March 12, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


House majority OKs expansion of gun-carry laws

A majority of the House of Representatives voted March 7 to approve legislation that would allow gun owners to carry weapons in many areas where they are now prohibited.

March 12, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


The insanity that is Washington, D.C.

Only in our nation's capital could you cut less than one-half of 1 percent of the annual federal budget (the so-called "sequester"), and then head home and call it a day while the nation sits in bewilderment. The "principals" in this matter still have not gathered at any real table to discuss this serious financial situation in recent weeks.

March 11, 2013 | By David Schwarz Guest columnist | Opinion


Midway shouldn’t go along with county’s fire-station staffing plan

Editor, Liberty County's move to place full-time firefighters in the Midway fire station is nothing more than a power grab by the county. If Midway was to go along with the county's plan, the city would have to give up control of its fire department.

March 11, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


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When there's not much else to do

Because there is not much else to do while behind the wheel, I like to think of myself as a law-abiding pillar of my community ...

April 19, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Random thoughts on preachers, politics and sweet Vidalia onions

Well, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

April 19, 2018 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


A blue wave over Georgia?

The pundits say that a blue wave is coming in this year's elections.

April 19, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


GHSA isn’t committed to balance

Editor:

April 19, 2018 | Alan Henderson or Watkinsville | Opinion


Learn, play at Earth Day Celebration

Next weekend, Liberty County will join millions of people around the world in celebrating the earth for International Earth Day.

April 17, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


A serious note, and then not

Whenever I think I have it bad, I know there are those who get it worse.

April 17, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Vigil organizer grateful for support

Editor: I want to thank Hinesville and surrounding communities, along with Liberty and surrounding counties for supporting our prayer vigil. With word of mouth, the ...

April 17, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


What DACA means to me

DACA means the world to me. DACA is more than the political debate in which this country is in as to what to do with ...

April 16, 2018 | By Carlos Segova Guest columnist | Opinion


We need a law against more laws

Do we need any more lawmakers?

April 14, 2018 | By Victor Pisano Columnist | Opinion


You can't swing a medium sized cat...

I hate this time of year. I love this time of year.

April 13, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Humor: Zuckerberg's role in history is safe

HOLLYWOOD - God Bless America, and how's everybody?

April 12, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Take it with a grain of salt

Now that the legislative session has ended, the candidates are fanning out across the state as they run for statewide office or for another term ...

April 12, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


Here’s how to solve crisis with youth angst

Do we - here in the USA, that is - or do we not have a child and teen mental health crisis? And if the answer is ...

April 12, 2018 | John Rosemond | Opinion


Trying men’s souls, and eating them

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

April 12, 2018 | Argus Hamilton | Opinion


Lowry missed mark in column

I was dismayed with the Rich Lowry opinion piece in the April 7 edition of the Coastal Courier. Mr. Lowery criticizes the protesting students as ...

April 11, 2018 | Jimmy Bargeron, Midway | Opinion


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