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Plant a tree this month for the rest of your life

Super Bowl is next weekend, right? I have a confession. I have no idea who is even playing.

January 31, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Tax reform panel delivers promising package

When Georgia's Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness released its recommendations on Jan. 7, headline writers trumpeted the council's proposal to eliminate the sales tax exemption for groceries. That proposal is but one part of a far-reaching reform that would enhance the state's economic competitiveness and streamline Georgians' taxes.

January 26, 2011 | By E. Frank Stephenson Guest columnist | Opinion


More than coast supports port deepening

Despite difficult budget times, our Georgia lawmakers are almost certain to allocate $32 million to deepen the Savannah River and allow the Port at Savannah to be able to accommodate larger ships when the Panama Canal completes its expansion in 2014.

January 26, 2011 | Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


World needs a China without illusions

Judging by the past three decades, there's no worse fate than getting touted as the next global superpower.

January 26, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight takes health care reform's temperature

January 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


The good and bad of tax reform proposal

On Jan. 7, the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness submitted its much-anticipated report to the lieutenant governor and speaker of the house.

January 24, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


The vicious cycle of tuition hikes

It would seem state officials' educational cuts are steering Georgia's university system into a rather perilous conundrum.

January 24, 2011 | Valdosta Daily Times | Opinion


Bad weather doesn't alter state politics

The past week you would have thought we were living in two different states. North of the Gnat Line, it seemed like Siberia. Even possums and yard dogs were hugging each other trying to stay warm. South of the line, folks assumed that God was punishing North Georgia for having taken most of the political power in the last election.

January 24, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Will China trip actually pay off?

Editor, Stop the presses - hold the headlines! I see Chinese President Hu Jintao and an entourage of 100 Chinese business men are visiting the United States and will announce many new U.S. business ventures.

January 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Alabama governor's remarks taken wrong

Editor, A few days ago, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley made an accurate remark for which he will be criticized. In his Jan. 11 address he said, "Those who have not accepted Jesus as their savior are not my brothers and sisters ..."

January 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Life with less pay is not easy

I'll go ahead and admit to what everyone else is already thinking: We're missing the extra deployment money. It's not that we blew all of the additional pay and didn't save anything. We saved, but we were definitely living a little more comfortably, too. Now, with all of that saved money off limits, hundreds less per paycheck, and the increased expense of feeding a full grown man, we just don't have quite as much fun money as we once did.

January 24, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Dealing with the chapters of your 'book of life'

When we were young, most everything was good. We made it out of high school and many of us went on to college, trade school, the military, the work force or maybe even hitchhiked across the country. Some of us married our sweethearts and settled down to buy homes and raise families. Others moved far away and some chose to stay nearby or in our hometowns, close to family.

January 24, 2011 | By John Scherer Columnist | Opinion


Youth volunteer efforts pay off now, later

It is more of a blessing to give than to receive. We all probably were told this when we were kids. The interesting thing is that our parents and Sunday school teachers were right! A host of scientific studies conducted have shown that altruism actually does wonders for your health and soul. A now-famous Harvard University study conducted in the 1980s proved that people who simply watched an altruistic act - in the study's case, a short film of Mother Teresa tending to orphans in Calcutta - got a boost in their immune systems. We think the benefits of volunteering are ...

January 24, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Vets, don't overlook aid, attendance benefits

If you are a veteran or the widow(er) of a veteran, you may be entitled to collect $1,000 to $2,000 tax-free per month that you earned through service to our country. Many Liberty County residents, like most veterans nationwide, are still unaware of the aid and attendance benefit available through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Designed to help pay for health-care, this benefit can be a lifesaver if you are facing the challenge of paying spiraling costs while maintaining your quality of life.

January 19, 2011 | By Richard Barid and Michael Smith Special to the Courier | Opinion


Weather gets session off to slow start

Editor's note: State Sen. Buddy Carter, R- Pooler, will periodically provide written updates during the legislative session, which began Jan. 10 and is expected to last until the latter days of March.

January 19, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Planners see stable population for county

The Liberty County Planning Commission has been working on a new comprehensive plan for Liberty County and its municipalities for the past 18 months. During ...

September 02, 2015 | By Jeff Ricketson Guest columnist | Opinion


Magistrate court in state's 'small-claims court'

In 1983, the Georgia General Assembly enacted legislation creating a magistrate court in every county. Formerly, the magistrate court was called "the office of the ...

September 01, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Recycle It! Fair, Shred It! Day Sept. 12

It is time again for our quarterly Recycle It! fairs. The quarterly Recycle It! Fairs are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m ...

September 01, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Southerners love nicknames

For some reason, Southerners - more than people in any other region - love nicknames. It's really a show of affection when we care enough to ...

August 31, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


What about people who don't vote?

The campaigning for next year's elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. Which ...

August 28, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion


What is childhood apraxia of speech?

In recent years, there has been a marked increase in public awareness of childhood apraxia of speech. Despite this awareness, this neuromotor condition remains poorly ...

August 28, 2015 | By Shaunita Woods Guest columnist | Opinion


State must ensure schools don't fail students

In 2016, Georgia voters will have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment creating an Opportunity School District (OSD), which would step in and ...

August 28, 2015 | By Richard Woods Guest columnist | Opinion


Brian Robinson is more than just spokesman

Unless you are one of the intrepid public servants we keep sending back to the Gold Dome to get you out of our hair, or ...

August 27, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Carter shows special kind of courage

When he sat down in a room full of journalists at the Carter Center to talk about the cancer that has spread to several parts ...

August 26, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


HomeProud Homes counter what broken windows bring

This month, we are accepting nominations for HomeProud Homes in Liberty County.

August 25, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


An introduction, Southern style

Back in the autumn - just as the leaves began to hint of the enchanting oranges, yellows and reds to come - we took a Monday off ...

August 25, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Clerks created state authority for residents

Georgia's Uniform Commercial Code provides the process for lenders to secure loans on personal property (i.e., non-real-estate property) by filing with the clerk ...

August 24, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Midway neglecting historic trees

Editor, I think that I shall never see

August 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Free technical school education is great deal

At June's grand opening of Lanier Technical College's new campus in Barrow County, Gov. Nathan Deal talked about one of the best educational ...

August 20, 2015 | By State Rep. Terry England Guest columnist | Opinion


One of Georgia Tech's 'Lost Dodd Boys' reminisces

To say Betty Wallace loves Georgia Tech is to say Romeo loved Juliet or hogs love slop. It is a simple fact. Who else do ...

August 20, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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