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Poor timing for cuts in jobless benefits

Georgia's unemployment rate is at a six-month high - 10.4 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That's more than a full percentage point higher than the national unemployment rate of 9.1 percent. All over the state, families are struggling to make ends meet. Some have to choose between paying bills and buying food.

October 10, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

You get used to the false alarms

It was 4 a.m. and I was up for the third time that night for yet another trip to the bathroom when I heard the rooster crowing.

October 10, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion

States should be able to protect people

Anyone requiring further explanation why the Georgia General Assembly adopted its own laws against illegal immigration during the last session of the General Assembly need only to consider the recent nationwide round-up by duly appointed officers with Immigrations and Custom Enforcement. Of the hundreds of nonregistered aliens taken into custody by the federally empowered agency, more than 1,600 had felony convictions.

October 06, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion

Get to the root of pollution problem

The injection of the sleeping giant, the Savannah Morning News, into an environmental-based fray is a welcome change. I am referring to an article by none other than Tom Barton, editorial editor of that same paper.

October 06, 2011 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion

Move U.S. back toward capitalism

I was born during World War II. Since then, I have seen great industrial advances inspired by American business ingenuity. In the 1940s, consumers could buy a car in any color they wanted - as long as it was black. Air-conditioning was supplied by winding down the windows. Most cars had a stick shift rather than an automatic transmission. Motorist music sources were limited to an AM radio with few stations

October 05, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

Better protection is needed

Every parent familiar with the noisy and chaotic, physically, mentally and emotionally demanding reality of taking care of even one or two children – which is to say, every parent – owes respect bordering on awe for those who responsibly take care of many.

October 05, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion

Due process? Not for known terrorists

Everybody needs a guru. Someone you can go to whenever you find yourself stuck on the horns of a moral dilemma. Some climb the mountain tops of Nepal to sit before an old guy wrapped in a bed sheet and listen to him prattle about inner beauty.

October 05, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Good, bad news on Georgia waterways

Congratulations to the state Environmental Protection Division for dropping the hammer on King America Finishing by identifying the company as the source of the recent fish kills in the Ogeechee.

October 04, 2011 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion

Rules for election coverage

It's that time of year again - election season. And as campaign signs begin to grace more and more business windows and front yards, we wanted to take a moment to familiarize our readers with just a couple of rules regarding campaign-related news coverage and letters to the editor.

October 03, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

'Don't ask...' repeal is step in right direction

Kudos to the United States for repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which banned openly gay Americans from serving in the U.S. military since it was introduced in 1993. It's about time we brought the military into the 21st century.

October 03, 2011 | By Christie Schroeder Columnist | Opinion

Army wives are only human

I'll grudgingly admit that I sometimes avoid Army wives. Of course, as an Army wife myself, I know that's completely ridiculous.

October 03, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion

Thanks to officer for helping child in need

Editor, I am a mother of five children, one of whom is very ill and confined to a wheelchair. After some scheduling confusion Wednesday over the dates of an audition, my son, Tyler, found himself at Snelson-Golden Middle School with no way to call me and no ride home. He bravely began to travel the long road back to Highway 84 and then headed up 84 to the stoplight near the Department of Labor.

October 03, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Sunshine law serves valuable purpose

Georgia Senate Pro Tempore Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, is refusing to say much about why he and other members of the Senate Committee on Administrative Affairs paid $80,500 in public funds - tax-dollars - to settle a racial bias lawsuit against one of their colleagues in the Legislature. Neither he nor anyone else on the committee is willing to give up the name of the individual who has cost Georgians a small fortune or give up any detail of what prompted the suit.

September 29, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion

Thanks to Wayne Memorial for care

Editor, I want to thank Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup for the kindness and professionalism extended to my aunt, Mae Hyers, during her stay. Aunt Mae stayed on the fourth floor in three different rooms. Her last room was the Hospice Suite.

September 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Questions surround Davis execution

At 10:51 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, Troy Anthony Davis was strapped to a gurney and injected with sodium thiopental, putting him into a deep sleep. Then Davis was given pancuronium bromide, a muscle relaxant that stops breathing by paralyzing the diaphragm. Finally, potassium chloride was given at a lethal dose in order to interrupt the electrical signaling essential to heart functions, which induced cardiac arrest. At 11:08 p.m., Davis was pronounced dead.

September 28, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

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Family grateful for love and support

Editor: The Pattman-Jones family would like to take this opportunity to graciously and humbly thank all of you for your generosity during the passing of ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Protect your identity at Shred It! Day

Another Community Shred It! Day is coming. It will be Nov. 19 at the Liberty County Health Department.

October 25, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Corporations dodging $718 billion in taxes

European regulators' recent finding that Apple avoided billions of dollars in taxes by stashing its profits in Ireland, a known tax haven, put the tech ...

October 25, 2016 | By Matthew Gardner Guest columnist | Opinion

Really random meanderings

This and that: I'm not sure what I think about Opportunity School Districts, but I do know when you get south Georgia conservatives who ...

October 24, 2016 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Tight race makes for odd bedfellows

On a riser at the front of the room sat a large whiteboard with the names Bland, Cooper and Stoughton across the top. A fourth ...

October 24, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Signs invite criminals in

Editor: "Stupid is as stupid does." This is a quote from the movie, Forrest Gump. Basically, it means people are as stupid as their actions ...

October 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Thanks for good work, Coastal EMC

Editor: Just a note to say "Thank You!" to the good folks at Coastal Electric Membership Corp. who put in long hours this past week ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

In Georgia government, experience doesn't count

If you learned you had cancer, what would you do?

October 19, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Lieutenant governor has education plan

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the ...

October 19, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Storm's lesson: Be kind, patient, grateful

Editor's note: Brittany McClure is the public relations manager for the city of Hinesville. During Hurricane Matthew, she worked around the clock to help ...

October 17, 2016 | By Brittany McClure Guest columnist | Opinion

Christmas may come early for Georgia Power

Christmas traditionally is celebrated on Dec. 25 for most Georgians.

October 17, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Bank's ethical lapses could be costly for all

There is nothing more important than your good name. I inherited mine from one of the most honest and ethical men I ever knew: My ...

October 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Patients need truth about increasing drug prices

We are in the midst of an epic media freakout. It is a subset of a larger liberal panic over Donald Trump's strength in ...

October 13, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

No SPLOST until debt service gone

Editor: Are you for or against SPLOST? I suggested in a previous letter to the editor that the county commissioners remove the debt service from ...

October 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Work needed to make Liberty beautiful

Editor: I read, with interest, two articles in Sunday's Courier and would like to give my views on both. The front page article entitled ...

October 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

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