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Carter: Personal best for bill presentation

Day 20 (Feb. 28): For the second session day in a row I had a bill on the floor as I presented SB 95, legislation that I am sponsoring on behalf of the Police Chiefs Association of Georgia.

March 09, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion

House tackles HOPE, illegal immigration

The General Assembly completed a full five days of session this week, which concluded on Friday with its 24th legislative session day. Several key pieces of legislation were debated and discussed on the House floor. The highlight this week was the passage of a solution to continue the HOPE Scholarship program and also legislation to address illegal immigration within our state.

March 09, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion

Potential to help the arts

In the midst of declining funding, it's tempting to see almost any state legislative attention to the Georgia Council for the Arts as a good thing.

March 09, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion

Bill sends wrong message on illegal workers

I recently came across the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association's Daily Legislative Watch and learned something quite disturbing. This legislative update contained a reference to SB 7, a bill proposed by the Insurance and Labor Committee that would essentially prevent illegal immigrants the ability to collect workers' compensation if injured or sick on the job. My question to the committee members is, "Are you trying to attract more illegal immigrants to Georgia?" Because with this bill, that is exactly the effect it will have.

March 09, 2011 | By Jeremiah K. Jarmin Guest columnist | Opinion

Jekyll doesnt need gambling

State Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, touched off public outcry this month when announcing an intent to introduce legislation that would allow a form of video gambling in certain state facilities. Jekyll Island would be one of them.

March 09, 2011 | The Brunswick News | Opinion

Finally some good news to offset uprisings

It is not easy being a househusband cum columnist. Trying to figure out where the paper towels are located at the same time I am trying to figure out where the commas go makes my brain hurt.

March 07, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Commissioner gave himself parting gift

John Oxendine apparently spent his last day in office as Georgia's insurance commissioner bestowing licenses on himself to sell insurance and adjust claims.

March 07, 2011 | Augusta Chronicle | Opinion

Gillards thank community for support

Editor, The family of the late Mrs. Jackie Gilliard-Henderson would like to thank the community for the outpouring of love and support during our time of bereavement. Our mother was a simple country girl who raised her family in the Rebecca Street Housing Projects. (She later lived and died at her home on Azalea Street.) She touched the lives of so many people and was loved by all because she gave of herself. (She had a heart of gold as the SRO crowds at the wake and funeral can attest.) We want to thank those who came from far and ...

March 07, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Ministry serves area individuals, families

We live in a fast-paced community here in Hinesville, Fort Stewart, Liberty and the surrounding counties. Many people suffer crises and tragedies, but they don't have caregivers to count on. Family members and friends may be scattered across the country or even the world. Neighbors and some friends rarely offer the support they once did. So when a crisis or challenge hits, many people have no one to turn to and end up facing it alone.

March 07, 2011 | By John Scherer Columnist | Opinion

Great American Cleanup is looming

The Great American Cleanup season officially has begun! Thousand of communities just like ours are gearing up to clean up and "green up" their neighborhoods, roads and schools as well as look for ways to beautify and enhance green spaces. Why go to all this effort? Clean and attractive communities are healthier, safer, environmentally balanced and usually economically healthy, too. Those are all goals that I have for Liberty County and I hope you do, too! Activities already are in the works for the next few months. Just one thing is missing - we need you involved. Here are a few ...

March 07, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion

House votes to save citizens time, money

The General Assembly completed its 19th legislative session day Thursday. The members of the legislature now are working in full force as we work toward the completion of the 2011 session, a maximum of 40 session days.

March 02, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Columnist | Opinion

Changes needed for state HOPE

Sometimes a good idea is so good it's hard to sustain over the long haul. That's often true with ideas that come from government that depend on revenues that blow with the economic winds.

March 02, 2011 | Gainesville Times | Opinion

Withholding is indexed for inflation

Editor, In response to Reggie Sage's letter in Sunday's edition, asking why the federal tax withholding went up on his recent retired pay statement, I may have the answer. The same thing happened at my office, where I am responsible for our payroll.

March 02, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Garrison commander addresses gate traffic

Editor, I'd like to address the concerns with gate opening times at Fort Stewart that were called in to the Coastal Courier's Sound off.

March 02, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Senate busy with bills, teasing newbies

• Day 17 (Tuesday, Feb. 22): While much of this session has been dedicated to talks about the HOPE scholarship program and the changes that will have to be made, Gov. Nathan Deal announced his proposals at a news conference today. The successful program that has provided numerous Georgia students with opportunities to continue their education has fallen on difficult times recently due to rising costs and declining revenues. The program is projected to show a deficit of around $240 million in the current fiscal year and more than $300 million in the next fiscal year. To give the program the ...

March 02, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion

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Remembering Georgians in Iraq

What a difference a decade makes.

October 08, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Georgia colleges should be open to undocumented students

Many Georgia students started college for the first time this fall.

October 07, 2015 | By Melissa Johnson Guest columnist | Opinion

Fighting for opportunity: I can't forget their faces

For a moment, let's forget the pie charts, trend lines, new census poverty data and the research. I want to remember their faces. Fact ...

October 06, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion

What Mama taught stays with me

There's not a day goes by that I don't think of Mama and do something the way she taught me to do it.

October 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Test your water smarts during Rivers Alive Month

"Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink" - "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel T. Coleridge

October 06, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Reader questions SPLOST

Editor, I read the article ("State of roads tops SPLOST discussion," July 29, front page) and have several questions and comments I would like Liberty ...

October 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Does Midway councilman feel left out?


October 01, 2015 | By Staff Report | Opinion

This legislator’s gift will matter

If you tried to find a state legislator who opposed the HOPE Scholarship, you couldn't do it.The lottery-funded program that pays college tuition ...

October 01, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Opinion

Aliens reluctant to invade Earth

Knock! Knock! "Open the door, please!"

October 01, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Tax credits help lead the fight against poverty

When Georgians think about the best ways to fight poverty and help more families climb the economic ladder, tax credits probably aren't the first ...

September 26, 2015 | By Wesley Tharpe Georgia Budget and Policy Institute | Opinion

Citizen-review panel helps children in need

Every child deserves a safe, permanent home. Unfortunately, an estimated 9,000 children in Georgia are removed annually from their family homes because of abuse ...

September 26, 2015 | By F. Barry Wilkes For the Record | Opinion

What it means to be ‘out-snuckered’

It is a blessing of a life to know common-man philosophers - those people, though not formally educated, who are plenty smart when it comes to ...

September 26, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion

High-school fishing clubs growing in Ga.

Mark Gintert might just have the best job in America. An avid outdoorsman and a successful businessman, Gintert is the national youth director of The ...

September 23, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

US is going the way of the Roman Empire


September 23, 2015 | Len Calderone | Opinion

Parties seek the right path on immigration

It was one of those pleasant September afternoons when you can feel the heat of summer giving way as the seasons change.

September 23, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Opinion

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