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Celebrate positive environmental news

Urban naturalists can't believe our environment is improving and wildlife is recovering because they can't see beyond the skyline. They read mostly about wild species in danger. For most wildlife, it is not true - certainly not for that emblem of nature, the black bear.

July 07, 2010 | By Harold Brown Columnist | Opinion


Revolt against blob for students' sake

Eva Moskowitz has become an expert at being hated.

July 07, 2010 | By Rich Lowry | Opinion


Eleven ways to be a better American

July Fourth certainly is the most patriotic of our national holidays. American Flags, parades on Main Street, and bursting fireworks provide us with a spirit of pride and celebration. It is also a time to reflect on our rights and responsibilities as American Citizens. There is always room for our voice to be heard and perhaps now more than ever we need to join hands in taking the lead.

July 05, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Vote will reveal congressional values

It's not enough that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have topped $1 trillion. Now there is a supplemental appropriations bill awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives that will add $37 billion more, plus some other odd bedfellows.

July 05, 2010 | By Susan Shaer Guest columnist | Opinion


It's about more than fireworks, barbecue

"America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact- the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality."

July 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Will Warren County join list of shame?

Of some 15,000 school systems in the United States only one has lost accreditation in the past four decades. In August 2008, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools denied accreditation to Clayton County.

July 05, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


New driving laws take effect

Beginning Thursday, local and state authorities will begin enforcing a handful of new driving laws.

July 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Career academy makes sense

In July 2007, my family and I relocated to Richmond Hill from South Florida. After five back to back hurricanes that literally nearly took our lives, we were done with Florida and relocated to Richmond Hill, primarily for its excellent educational reputation and small town charm. I am the mother of three children in the school system, a local real estate agent and the advocacy coordinator for the Bryan County arm of Atlantic Area Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA, Inc. My involvement in advocating for our children who find themselves in state care due to experiencing the life-shattering affects of ...

July 01, 2010 | By Amy Tavio Guest columnist | Opinion


Great essay shot dead

In this time of free market bailouts, in this time when "drill baby drill" is mocked because of British Petroleum's oil spill, politicians and pundits often quote from these passages written in the fall of 1778, by Alexander Hamilton.

July 01, 2010 | By Alford Hardy Columnist | Opinion


Just a little efficiency really can go a long way

"If freedom were not so economically efficient it certainly wouldn't stand a chance." - Milton Friedman

June 30, 2010 | By Harold Brown | Opinion


Let's talk a bit about the great disenchantment

The BP spill won't destroy Barack Obama's presidency. It won't even significantly dent his standing in polls, if current trends hold. But it should mark the end of a period of unbridled liberal presumption that began with his rise in 2007.

June 30, 2010 | By Rich Lowry | Opinion


Random thoughts on some random topics

Not only is Vince Dooley a hall of fame football coach but he is a master gardener, too. I just got a copy of his new book, "Vince Dooley's Garden: The Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach."

June 28, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Saving money easier said than done

When trying to find the bright side of a deployment, military spouses will often agree that the advantage lies in the extra income. Along with the obvious tax-free combat pay, there are extra pays, lowered interest rates on loans and credit cards and improved investment and savings opportunities.

June 28, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna | Opinion


We must uphold Declaration at all costs

"Decades later the Declaration of Independence was canonized as American scripture," the vinegary historian Walter McDougall writes of the nation's founding document, "but in 1776 it was generally read once - in army camps, taverns and village greens - cheered, and forgotten."

June 23, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Twenty-two bills vetoed this year

Every year the Georgia State legislature passes hundreds of bills and sends them to the Governor for his consideration. The Governor can sign the bill into law, veto the bill or do neither and allow the bill to become law without his signature.

June 23, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


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Thanks for forum for opinions

Editor, Thanks a lot for printing most of my letters over the years and withholding the ones that would have gotten me arrested. I am preparing to move north to New York City and will sorely miss all the reasons I chose to write those letters while I lived here. I'm not sure the New York Times is going to print my thoughts, but I'll still send them my ramblings when I feel it is needed.

January 29, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Adopt, beautify a spot near you

Liberty County is our home. Just as we take care of the homes we live in with our families, we need to take care of our community. Keep Liberty Beautiful sincerely appreciates the nearly 4,000 volunteers each year who help to make our county cleaner and more attractive through neighborhood projects and area litter cleanups, but those who are interested in going to the next level should consider "adopting" Liberty.

January 28, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Man cherished by many belongs to all

It happened a few months back. My father-in-law celebrated, to our great joy, his 88th birthday. There was no pomp or circumstance involved. He abhors that. Because he is among the most beautifully well-mannered people I have ever encountered, he politely took all the calls though he really wished we would just treat it as another day and leave him alone to watch the news channel.

January 28, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Juvenile-justice system going to dogs, thankfully

The state of Georgia's Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing.

January 28, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Budgeting must be open, fair

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, chairman of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee, and a member of the House's Ways and Means Committee, last week was a busy one for me. We gathered for four days of hearings at Gov. Nathan Deal's office, where the budget was presented. We also listened as state agencies offered input about budget needs and then asked questions regarding which programs worked well or were under- or over-funded.

January 28, 2015 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


State may get transportation funding right

In politics, you must take advantage of windows of opportunity. Sometimes good ideas are sidetracked by unfortunate events, a bad economy or even personality conflicts among political leaders. Given the risk of delaying decisions, Georgia needs to address its transportation shortfall quickly and practically.

January 22, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Column has never been stronger

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!) I do that gladly today. For one thing, this will be a lot shorter and less boring than the State of the Union address (Boooo!) and, also, we don't have to endure a bunch of fawning politicians trying to be seen on national television. (Yay! Ha! Ha! Ha!)

January 22, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


'Green' volunteer opportunities abound

Ready to start this new year right?

January 21, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


At least one lawmaker supports pre-9/11 veterans, caregivers

Editor, Since Georgia's own Sen. Johnny Isakson voted for discriminating against pre-9/11 veterans and later against ending this discrimination, I've penned and sent the following to then-Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-VT, who introduced the Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act of 2013:

January 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Things to love about the South abound

It happened the other day. It's funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets that are tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.

January 20, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Why rush? Stop and enjoy the day

Two weeks ago, my husband, daughter and I struggled to come up with a fun way to pass a Sunday afternoon. My mother-in-law had just been staying with us, and she left that morning to head back to Florida. Since I'd given our house a good, thorough "pre-mother-in-law-visit" cleaning before she arrived, I was completely caught up on chores and housework.

January 20, 2015 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Protest was against injustice, not police

Editor, In an attempt to somewhat clarify and somewhat respond to the recent letters to the editor, the online opinion poll question in the Coastal Courier and subsequent results of said poll, I want to say that the protests (locally and nationally) are not anti-police, as some have and continue to misinterpret them to be.

January 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Officials should show support for police

Editor, In recent weeks, more than 20 police officers have been killed or wounded by fanatics and/or terrorists on this planet. This would be a great time for Rep. Al Williams, Mayor Pro Tem Charles Frasier, Commissioner Gary Gilliard, Councilwoman Luciria Luckey Lovette, et al., to make a statement of recognition and support for police officers - wherever they serve. This exercise of their rights would go a long way to heal the wound of what was interpreted by many to be anti-police sentiment last month.

January 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia needs fiscal prudence, innovation

With major policy decisions on transportation, education, health care and tax reform on the legislative agenda, Georgia should think beyond the traditional approach of spending more money as the solution for every problem. Focusing on ways to enhance economic opportunity and empower individuals beats doubling down on the status quo.

January 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Wounded Warrior Project is too top heavy

Editor, I read Mr. Bruce McCartney's letter to the editor regarding the Wounded Warrior Project. He is totally correct. The project is top-heavy with a greedy group of executives. The top 10 officers have a compensation package from $150,000 to $333,000 a year. The remaining funds are disbursed to over 40 distribution organizations with similar management configurations.

January 14, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


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