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Is downtown sprouting life?

This weekend's Oktoberfest in Hinesville emphasizes that Vicki Davis and her crew, as well as a cadre of volunteers, are doing a good job bringing life to downtown.

October 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why should teachers believe any politician?

My son-in-law, Dr. Ted Wansley, teaches at Whitewater High School in Fayette County and coaches the school's cross-country teams. He is also a national board certified teacher.

October 19, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Even a taste of soldiering is sobering

I want to thank my hosts, the 1st Brigade, for inviting me to experience the National Training Center for three full and busy days last week. I learned much from the experience and hopefully I will be more "in tune" when I cover the military beat because of that brief experience in the Mojave Desert.

October 16, 2009 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Opinion


Day three at NTC

Well, I managed to e-mail one story to my editor about the 1st Brigade's medical company, Charlie Company, by last Wednesday evening. Being computer challenged, I had help from several patient young soldiers.

October 14, 2009 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Opinion


The Obama snap-back

A buzz-generating "Saturday Night Live" skit mocked President Barack Obama for not yet having accomplished anything. Not fair. Obama has been on a roll.

October 14, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


My week at NTC

When Public Affairs Officer Maj. Vince Porter invited me to be the 1st Brigade's "guest" at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., last month, I jumped at the chance.

October 12, 2009 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Opinion


An identity crisis only a squirrel can love

I am having an identity crisis. Identity crises are much more serious than mid-life crises. For the latter, you can buy a toupee or a convertible or visit a tanning salon. If you have an identity crisis, you tend to talk to yourself and people assume you are nuts.

October 12, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Do you recognize the breed of this fish

We have a debate swirling through our neighborhood. No it's not whether the recent health-care reform bill will bankrupt America or improve our lives. And it's not whether Iran really has an underground nuclear facility designed to develop weapons.

October 09, 2009 | By Pat Watkins Staff writer | Opinion


The Iran charade

The revelation of an Iranian uranium-enrichment facility buried in a mountain at an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps base near the religious city of Qom might seem ominous. If, that is, the Iranians were determined to develop a nuclear weapon.

October 07, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Journalism is failing

A central aspect of the art of politics in Washington is getting information to the people. Determining what the White House, Congress and the people will focus on - and, just as important, what the content of debate will be - preoccupies politicians at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, and legions of lobbyists, pundits, strategists and consultants.

October 07, 2009 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Parade for veterans

The East Liberty County American Legion Post 321 and the Liberty County Veterans Council have announced plans for a Veterans Day Parade through downtown Hinesville.

October 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Drumming up support for our marching bands

A young man asked recently if I would write a letter on his behalf, recommending him to the University of Georgia. That was an easy request. The lad is as bright as a newly-minted penny and I have no doubts that if UGA remains his first choice, he will excel there as he has done in one of the more academically demanding, private schools in our state.

October 05, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Put consumers in charge of health care

Two weeks ago, President Obama presented his health-care proposal to the nation in a joint session of Congress. In the past 50 years, joint sessions of Congress have been called only 15 times.

October 02, 2009 | By State Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Mastermind of weakness

If diplomatic pusillanimity was the aim, President Barack Obama's decision to abandon our current missile-defense plans in Eastern Europe must be regarded as a masterstroke.

September 30, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Government is no cure for health-care woes

One of the biggest and most important issues for Americans right now is the health care reform being debated in Congress. This issue touches every single one of us and I am glad to see so many Georgians and so many Americans engaged on this issue.

September 30, 2009 | By U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson Special to the Courier | Opinion


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EPA rules good for business, economy

Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?

July 24, 2014 | By Richard Eidlin | Opinion


Small businesses want higher wages

If Congress actually listened to small-business owners, the minimum wage would be going up.

July 24, 2014 | By Holly Sklar Guest columnist | Opinion


Yet another Georgia river in peril

As far back as 2010, the Ogeechee River has been called one of the most threatened rivers in the country by environmental groups such as the Southeast Environmental Law Center.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Pay for P.O. box on time or face fee

Editor, I never would have thought a small block of wood measuring about 1.5 inches by 2 inches could make me so angry.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Taxpayers on hook for botched ethics probe of governor

In 1997, then-Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term, in which I served until 2002.

July 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Childhood choices affect whole lives

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages of 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom - a driver's license - and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

July 22, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's time to close Southern borders

Editor, Mexico and Guatemala have finalized a deal that will allow Guatemalans (who normally would be arrested and deported or imprisoned in Mexico) to travel on 72-hour passes through Mexico on their way to our Southern border.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Stormwater runoff is good rain gone bad

I love a good rainstorm - I always have. My mother used to check the weather forecast for thunderstorms because I was fascinated by them and wanted to watch them outside. However, it's not really a good idea to sit outside during a thunderstorm.

July 22, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Be flexible with child' milestones

My 2-year-old is a chatterbox. I have no idea where she gets it from. (I'm being sarcastic, of course; it's obviously a trait passed down directly from me.)

July 22, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Once upon a blood moon in Georgia

Not a single person in my breakfast club has mentioned the "blood moon." And that includes me, until now. I wasn't really sure what it was even though my emails from some preacher have hammered me recently with a "better beware" kind of verbiage.

July 22, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Johnson deserves district seat

Editor, Lately your newspaper has printed several letters stating that Buddy Carter is just like Jack Kingston. These claims are extreme exaggerations and pretty farfetched.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Midway needs better fire-protection deal

It's good when the fire department is quiet, but the Midway Fire Department is the busiest department outside of Hinesville. The Midway volunteers do an excellent job with a quick response time. Many residents are not aware of Midway's coverage area, but the Midway Fire Department covers Midway's 4 square miles and 40 square miles of unincorporated areas of Liberty County. It also supports other fire departments when called upon for assistance.

July 17, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


BRAC should be feared in Georgia

Few acronyms raise the concern of elected officials, community leaders and military personnel as much as BRAC does.

July 17, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


The tyranny of automobiles

In the week leading up to Independence Day, several news stories prompted us to contemplate what freedom means in 2014.

July 17, 2014 | By John Bennett Guest columnist | Opinion


Waxing poetic is quite frenetic

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

July 16, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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