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Heed your speed on Islands Highway

Editor, If you can read your vehicles' gauges, slow down.

March 21, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

High-speed rail is pie-in-the-sky plan

One of the more fiscally irresponsible components of President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 is the plan to increase surface "transportation" spending by more than 84 percent - from $58 billion to $107 billion - over FY 2010 spending levels.

March 21, 2011 | By Ronald Utt | Opinion

Lawmakers refill Sunday sales bill

In a remarkable resurrection, the bill that would allow alcohol sales on Sunday, passed the very body – the state Senate – that had vowed to let it languish in committee. And languish it did for a month before its recovery last week.

March 21, 2011 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion

What is your environmental IQ?

How "green" are you? These days there is a barrage of information out there on TV, the Internet, in magazines and in newspapers telling you that you ought to be "green" and think "green." But how much do you really know? I am sharing a simple quiz from the Environmental Protection Agency that will help you compare your basic environmental knowledge with the knowledge of citizens around the country. Let's see how you do!

March 21, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion

Numbers in from 'Round or Square Polls'

I called Junior E. Lee, vice president and general manager of Round or Square Polls Inc., a subsidiary of The Yarbrough Multinational Media and Pest Control Co., located over a pool hall in Greater Garfield, Ga., to see who he thinks might be running for president in 2012.

March 16, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Expect huge shift in taxes if bill passes

There is a 127-page bill, House Bill 385, moving through the Georgia Legislature that would, if passed, shift the tax burden drastically on to the backs of consumers. In its opening paragraphs it states that the purpose of the bill is to "implement the recommendations of the 2010 Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians." ... At least one member of the committee said the bill doesn't look anything like what they recommended. ...

March 16, 2011 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion

Deal changes plan amid public outcry

Responding to the voices of educators, parents and lawmakers from across the state, including the calls and e-mails from the more than 125 people who attended our town hall meeting in the Liberty County commissioners boardroom March 4, Gov. Nathan Deal has reversed course on his proposal to reduce the instruction day for Georgia's pre-kindergarten students from six and a half hours to four hours.

March 16, 2011 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion

Ludowici case closed; not clearned

Editor, In response to the Courier article published March 11:

March 16, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

House passes budget, talks health care

After four full days of session, the Georgia General Assembly finished its 28th legislative day Friday. With only 12 days of session left, the Capitol is full of activity as members of the legislature continue with our responsibility of completing the people's work.

March 16, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion

Senate honors 10th Amendment Day

Day 25 (March 7): Today was 10th Amendment Day in the Senate as we took up three bills aimed at strengthening the rights of the state of Georgia under federal law. The 10th Amendment says the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution or prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states.

March 16, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion

Do your part for Global Youth Service Day

This year, Keep Liberty Beautiful and the local United Way office are teaming up to participate in Global Youth Service Day, which is actually a three-day celebration that runs from April 15-17.

March 14, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion

Planting season is memorable

No one can complain about the beautiful warm weather we are having these days. It is so good to be able to walk around outside without freezing. I noticed our plum tree had one tiny bloom on it one day, and the next day it looked like a white cloud. We have at least 25 camellia bushes in bloom at this time and each one is my favorite. People say "Just wait for the Easter snap." Well, it may snap later, but right now everything is beginning to pop open. This time of the year reminds me of Daddy and ...

March 14, 2011 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion

Hello, Ray, are you still out there?

I've noticed that the older we get, the more we wonder about what happened to some of those people we grew up with. I think we are curious to know how many of them are still with us ... if we won the race, so to speak, or if we should have a reunion do we need to reserve more than one table.

March 14, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion

Bill would help keep public in dark

Isn't there enough secrecy in government? Apparently not, according to Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, who earlier in the current legislative session introduced a bill that would curtail transparency in government by allowing governmental and quasi-governmental agencies to keep certain information from the public.

March 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Understand ESPLOST before voting Tuesday

On Tuesday, March 15, the citizens of Liberty County will have the opportunity to continue their support for public education in Liberty County by renewing the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for education (ESPLOST). This is not a new tax, but rather a vote to continue the one-cent sales tax that currently is in place in Liberty County and supporting the Liberty County School System.

March 14, 2011 | By Dr. Judy Scherer Special to the Courier | Opinion

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Rural health care is very important

Editor, Nov. 19 was National Rural Health Day, an opportunity to celebrate the "can do" spirit of our rural communities. On this day, we honored ...

November 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Academician got it right about Woman Who Shares My Name

Several of you got a chuckle over my recent observations on a survey from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of ...

November 26, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Giving thanks for those we love

An email arrived in the middle of the night back in August. Its message was to tell me that Randy Parks, one of the dearest ...

November 25, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

What should Georgia do with refugees?

Gov. Nathan Deal was adamant when he signed an executive order declaring that no Syrian refugees will be allowed to set foot in Georgia.

November 25, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

New traffic light is big deal in small town

Editor's note: A new feature in our newspaper is a weekly serial named "The Good Folks of Lennox Valley," written by Kevin Slimp. Kevin ...

November 23, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

U.S. should not take in Syrian refugees

Editor, How do you commit mass suicide? You bring 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country, as the present administration wants to do. Homeland Security ...

November 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Hinesville still has hospitality

Editor, I came to live in the Hinesville area in 1970, when Hinesville was 6,500 population, and Liberty County was 17,000. Then Fort ...

November 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Support Veterans Memorial Walk

Editor, We had a well-attended Veterans Memorial Walk groundbreaking on Saturday, Nov. 7. It is exciting to see four years of work come to fruition.

November 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Unsubstantiated, anonymous sources have no place in journalism

I can't guarantee that I got all the commas where they belong today, but I can guarantee that what you read here is my ...

November 19, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

College students, coaches get upper hand

There was an interesting role reversal at the University of Missouri last week.

November 19, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Legal community mourns loss of Gary Bacon

Editor, On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of attorney Gary ...

November 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Recycling can save you money and the world its resources

Sunday was America Recycles Day. ARD encourages Americans to recycle and buy recycled products.

November 17, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

New GDOT board chair introduces herself

Transportation has always been the driving force of a thriving economy. Here in Georgia, the same holds true. Transportation touches the lives of everyone every ...

November 17, 2015 | By Emily Dunn Guest columnist | Opinion

Reader endorses Frasier for mayor

Editor, Thank you for allowing me to share my first political experience. I have always voted, but I never did much research on the candidates ...

November 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

The joy of book shopping in person

It was in Oxford, Mississippi, that it came to me so clearly. I knew it, of course. I had known it since I was a ...

November 16, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

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