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NAACP: More investigations justified

Editor, On Friday, Feb. 17, the Liberty County branch of the NAACP met with an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in response to a request for an investigation into possible civil rights violations by local county agencies.

February 23, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Liberty officials discuss education with senator

Day 19 (Wednesday, Feb. 15): Without question, in my eight years that I have served in the Legislature, this has been the busiest time that I have ever experienced. While I am happy that leadership is trying to get us out by the end of March, the pace by which we have been operating has been very trying and exhausting.

February 22, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Defeat attempt to take control from local BoEs

The old saw, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again," is well known by state legislators Jan Jones, R-Milton; Brooks Coleman R-Duluth; Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta; Margaret Kaiser, D-Atlanta; Alisha Morgan, D-Austell; and Matt Hatchett, R-Dublin. They are the sponsors of House Resolution 1162 that would put on the ballot a constitutional amendment question that, if approved, would take local control away from elected school boards when it comes to approving charter schools.

February 22, 2012 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion


House bills focus on tax code, education

Feb: 17: The 2012 Legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly is now officially over half way through the 40 of session under the Gold Dome in Atlanta.

February 22, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


State lobbying laws should make you mad

I seem to have an innate ability to make folks mad. Usually, it is the humor-impaired and special-interest twits. Today, I hope to make everybody mad, no matter your race, creed, color or university affiliation. This diatribe is for all.

February 22, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Get your green on for cleanup

Green starts here this spring.

February 21, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


We surround ourselves with lots of stuff

MOULTRIE - Through the years I have collected an assortment of stuff, and occasionally I look around at all these items in my office and reminisce as to how I came into their possession. Many of them have stories associated with them while others offer much less drama, but they made good paperweights ... so I kept them.

February 21, 2012 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Nobles’ family thankful to community

Editor, We would like to thank all of our many friends in Long County and the surrounding communities for their heartfelt expressions of condolence during our recent loss of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

February 21, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


House defeats charter-school amendment

A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state government to set up charter schools at the local level and require local school boards to provide funding for those schools failed to receive the required two-thirds vote of approval in the House of Representatives on Feb. 8.

February 20, 2012 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Living a dog's life sure is good

If you really want to know who loves you the most - your wife or the dog - try this little experiment.

February 20, 2012 | By Vic Waters Guest columnist | Opinion


Training is to keep soldiers safe

I've had a lot of trouble understanding why Fort Stewart continues to train soldiers so intensely for the heavy methods of combat, like tanks, when it's clear most everyone is about to deploy to Afghanistan where those methods are unusable. A tank isn't practical in those mountains, and I've really struggled over why it's so important to keep the guys away from their families to train on something that seems so moot. I understood training for Afghanistan, but sometimes this heavy training seemed obsolete and unnecessary.

February 20, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Who are the president's policy makers?

Today we hear the term "czar" used a lot in government. The people who we call czars actually are policy directors for different segments of the government. Because of their power, the media uses the term czar, which is actually an old title for a Russian ruler and translates from Caesar, which was what Roman rulers were called.

February 16, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


High court rules for transparency

This one should have been a no-brainer. At least the court's 4-3 ruling leaned in the direction of public accountability.

February 16, 2012 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


House busy passing, debating bills

Feb. 10: The 2012 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly continues to move forward with 18 legislative days behind us. After leaving the Capitol on Friday of last week and heading home to our districts, the legislature was back in full swing on Monday. This week the General Assembly was in session for four days. Although we will not be in session on Monday and Tuesday, myself and the majority of my colleagues will be back in Atlanta attending committee meetings and debating legislation.

February 15, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Mall a good place for Midway City Hall

Editor, This is in response to Len Calderone's column titled "Midway budget raises some questions."

February 15, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Trump playing high-steaks global game

Only a few people know what a "GBU-43/B" is. A bunch more will figure it out if we use the official designation: "Massive Ordnance ...

April 28, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Vote was all about Trump

The first round of voting in the 6th Congressional District special election was a giant exercise in sorting.

April 28, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Every year, around Earth Day it happens

Every year around Earth Day (April 22), people everywhere are harshly reminded just how "unnatural" environmentalists consider humans. Humans, they argue, are against nature, and ...

April 27, 2017 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


When the political process stinks

There is a saying that the two things you don't want to see made are law and sausage. Sometimes, they are hard to tell ...

April 27, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


You make it possible to save lives

Editor: For the sixth year, the people of Liberty County have shown their concern and compassion for their brothers and sisters in need by joining ...

April 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hinesville's cleanup is Saturday

Saturday, Keep Liberty Beautiful will partner with the city of Hinesville for the last citywide cleanup in Liberty County for this spring.

April 24, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Playing politics with missiles?

We don't know if President Donald Trump was purely motivated to fire cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield. Was he genuinely horrified by ...

April 23, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Obama a Russian stooge, too?

The circumstantial evidence is mounting that the Kremlin succeeded in infiltrating the U.S. government at the highest levels.

April 22, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


PSC about to face reality of nuclear energy

On St. Patrick's Day in 2009, the Public Service Commission decided one of its most important cases ever.

April 21, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Questions about BoE keep cropping up

Editor: My, oh my, it sure seems as if the dark storm clouds that have settled over the board of education are not soon to ...

April 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Giving Georgia's first ladies their due

You may have read about the sudden resignation of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week. The "Luv Guv" as he was known in the local ...

April 20, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Return insurance regulation to states

Much of the impasse in Washington regarding health care reform relates to health insurance regulation and mandates. There is a very simple solution: Return the ...

April 18, 2017 | Ralph Hudgens | Opinion


Legion here to help with U.S. flag etiquette

Editor: As veterans residing in a military community, we are amazed at the number of unserviceable American flags flying from various flag poles.

April 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trumpism is in crisis already

This isn't a function of poll numbers, or any melodrama of the past months, but something more fundamental: No officeholder in Washington seems to ...

April 15, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Playing the fool

April Fools' Day has come and gone, but on the first of the month, I kept marveling at how - starting even before he ran, continuing ...

April 15, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


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