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Budget, school safety, guns on legislative agenda

We began the 2013 legislative session under the Gold Dome in the Georgia General Assembly on Monday. My focus is on our district. Many different items and topics are on the agenda - a balanced budget for Georgia, school safety, gun-related proposals and ethics reform.

January 17, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion

Thanks for supporting church's Christmas store


January 16, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

Newspapers' reporting empowers us

I had the privilege of being with a group of newspaper publishers at the Georgia Press Association's winter gathering in Atlanta this week. It was one of those times I wish my mama and daddy still were around to see the crowd their little boy is hanging out with these days. Mama would be pleased. Daddy would be surprised.

January 16, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

OMI contract costs city of Hinesville more than it is worth

Editor, I am writing in reference to the article in last Sunday's paper about the OMI contract. I cannot understand why the city of Hinesville is paying some contractor to oversee the city's public works. The OMI contract is what is costing the city of Hinesville millions of dollars every year.

January 15, 2013 | Joseph Kelly Allenhurst | Opinion

Midway needs to make a few New Year’s resolutions

This is the time of year when we make resolutions that we hope will make us healthier, wiser, richer and more considerate. So why shouldn't a city also have resolutions? If I were making the resolutions for Midway, here is what I would resolve to do:

January 15, 2013 | Len Calderone Guest columnist | Opinion

Involve your church in “Souper Bowl” activities to help feed the needy

Editor, Feb. 3, 2013, is Super Bowl Sunday - a time of parties and celebrations. It is almost a national holiday.

January 14, 2013 | Charles R. Rogers, president Manna House board of directors | Opinion

Teach children personal responsibility early in life

Twice in recent weeks, I've exited the interstate on my daily commute and noticed - in two different places - bags of scattered fast-food rubbish lying in the grass by the side of the road. Both times, the remnants of children's meals - milk cartons and telltale cartoon-character packaging - were among the discarded cartons and wrappers. This tells me that children likely witnessed adults irresponsibly disposing of trash. How sad.

January 14, 2013 | Hollie Moore Barnidge Courier managing editor | Opinion

House majority puts ideology above people

In politics, as in most things, it's not about the guts of an issue - what's good or bad about it - but how the guts look. Seasoned viewers of politics know making law is akin to making sausage. Not a pretty sight. But just as the new year dawned, House Republicans brought out the meat grinders, stuffer machines and casings for all to see. The House GOP majority allowed itself to get caught up in yet another example that reinforces the impression that it cares more about ideology than real people in need.

January 13, 2013 | Macon Telegraph Online: | Opinion

Don’t make mountains of molehills

Editor, The recent Courier articles and subsequent opinions concerning the swearing in of elected officials leave me with mixed emotions - one of joy, the other sadness and dismay.

January 10, 2013 | Bruce A. McCartney Trade Hill community | Opinion

Fiscal-cliff ‘fix’ misses mark

When negotiations began over averting the fiscal cliff, the ultimate goal was supposed to be two-part: addressing tax increases and reducing the deficit.

January 10, 2013 | Jack Kingston U.S. representative | Opinion

It is up to officials to unite the county

Editor, Citizens of Liberty County, thank you for your support, prayers and work during my term as president of the Liberty County Branch of the YMCA. I have come to the end of my presidency, and the branch will hold elections for new officers. Until then, the Ms. Hannah Williams-Donegan will serve as interim president.

January 09, 2013 | Dwight Newbould Former president, Liberty County NAACP | Opinion

To Cameron: Thanks for reminding us what matters

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: During the years, it has been a tradition at the first of the year to impart some words of wisdom in this space to your father, uncle and cousins, who double as my grandsons. Perhaps some of my observations were useful to them. Maybe some fell on deaf ears. I have never asked. Anyway, they are adults now, old enough and wise enough (I hope) to figure things out for themselves. So now it's just you and me, kid.

January 09, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion

Making a career of label reading

I've recently become a serious label reader. Previously while grocery shopping, I'd glance at the data on the back of food packages to make sure the item I was about to purchase didn't contain an entire day's worth of fat, or I'd do a quick comparison to determine which brand of granola bars contained fewer calories. But since my baby girl began eating solid food, I've pretty much made a career out of studiously inspecting every scrap of nutritional information I can get my hands on.

January 08, 2013 | Hollie Moore Barnidge Courier managing editor | Opinion

Raising minimum wage will lift the economy

As a longtime businessman, I see a deficit in America that has received far too little attention. That's the wage deficit experienced by growing numbers of Americans, with serious consequences for our economy.

January 08, 2013 | Darius Ross Special to the Courier | Opinion

Dual ceremonies show racial divide

Editor, This is in reference to the two articles on the swearing-in of our elected officials. It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. What does Friday's article "Sheriff, other elected officials sworn into office for new terms," which ran with a picture of white elected officials, versus Sunday's article, "Liberty County's leaders take oaths, begin new terms," which ran with a picture of black elected officials and two white females, show us?

January 07, 2013 | Graylan Quarterman Former Liberty County Development Authority member | Opinion

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Let's talk about gun control

Editor: Let's talk about gun control. Since three of the top 10 deadliest gun massacres in U.S. history have occurred since October of ...

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We need to control people, not guns

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I have been helping with volunteer litter cleanups since I was in my mid-20s, which was a long, long, long time ago.

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March 13, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion

Second guessing the second-guessers

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March 12, 2018 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion

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March 10, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion

‘Old-fashioned’ child rearing really does work

An individual who occupies a fairly high-level position in the mainstream media recently told one of my associates that I'm "old-fashioned."

March 09, 2018 | John Rosemond | Opinion

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March 08, 2018 | Argus Hamilton | Opinion

Commissioners, call Bruce


March 08, 2018 | Bruce McCartney | Opinion

Tax ‘break’ for the rich, not most of us


March 08, 2018 | Dollie Goldman | Opinion

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