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The thought counts, not the microwave

It's funny how life sometimes brings you surprises. When I first moved down to Liberty County, 22 years ago, I had no washer or dryer (and little furniture), although the utility room attached to the house I bought had connections.

February 13, 2009 | By Raphael Semmes Columnist | Opinion


Our judges know an oath when they hear it

Well now, wouldn't you think the No. 1 judge in the country could get it right the first time? I'm sure you all know by now that I'm talking about the swearing in ceremony of one President Barack Obama by Chief Big Daddy John Roberts of the Supreme Court of the USA.

February 13, 2009 | Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


Caps on 'most hated' tax skew free market

Among the taxes Georgians pay, the property tax rises to the top of "most hated." It is not the tax that takes the most money from Georgians, nor is it a tax that sends relatively large sums of money to the Gold Dome in Atlanta or to Washington. Nevertheless, Georgians despise paying taxes on their land.

February 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Paying taxes in hard times

By David Uffington

February 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


More lobbyists needed

Roy Barnes has not even announced for governor, yet the ex-guv has already offered a sound proposal for protecting the people from their lawmakers. It ought to be topic No. 1 in the coming political campaigns, even if lawyer Barnes decides not to toss his fedora back into the ring.

February 09, 2009 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Easy adjustment to country life

My name is Raphael Semmes, and I'm glad to be a part of our community. By way of introduction, I grew up in Savannah, graduated from "the original" Savannah High School, went off to college at the Universities of Virginia (Charlottesville) and Georgia (Athens), came home after graduate school and the death of my father, and unexpectedly wound up taking his place as treasurer and credit manager for the family's wholesale hardware business.

February 06, 2009 | By Raphael Semmes Columnust | Opinion


Carolyn Brown should be paroled from prison

Last week, the NAACP held a rally in support of having former Liberty County tax commissioner Carolyn Brown paroled.

February 04, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion


Why regulators always lose

With $7 trillion in wealth disappearing in the U.S. last year, it hasn't been a banner time for anyone involved in the financial markets. But it may be the Securities and Exchange Commission that has taken the biggest bath.

February 04, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Local property tax bills eyed in Atlanta

The Senate returned to session last week with all eyes and ears on the first bills and resolutions of the session. Most notable were bills on transportation, zero-based budgeting and tougher restrictions for metal theft crimes. However, the two major issues on everyone's mind were the Homeowner Tax Relief Grant (HTRG) funding and capping property taxes.

February 04, 2009 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Reading the tea leaves

Anyone who thought Democrats and Republicans in Washington would join hands and skip into the sunset together on the Yellow Brick Road must have been dreaming.

February 02, 2009 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Witnessing history with stars

This first person account of Barack Obama's presidential inauguration was delayed when I got caught up in the crowd of an estimated 2 million people trying to leave Washington, D.C., at the same time. Thanks to the overtaxed metro system, it took me nearly six hours to make the 18-minute trip back to Arlington, Va., where I was staying.

February 02, 2009 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Opinion


Woes usually not from finanaces

From what I read in this and other newspapers around the world is that everybody's broke or are going to be soon.

January 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Over spending is home to roost

The news out of Atlanta in recent weeks has been how the state is going to deal with a shortfall in the current budget year. Lawmakers are there trying to figure that out now. State law prohibits deficit spending, so our represenatives are trying to figure out what to do. The question is why does the state have a $2 billion deficit?"

January 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Overhaul for Department of Human Resources in Atlanta

On Jan. 12, the 150th legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly was gaveled open as members of the House of Representatives and members of the Senate were sworn in for our legislative duties. This process repeats itself every two years following the elections, and the winners of the 180 districts in the House and 56 districts in the Senate are seated to serve their district and state.

January 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Will Barnes run again?

If you believe President Obama inherited a truckload of problems from George W. Bush, consider what the next Georgia governor faces.

January 26, 2009 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


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Proposed development awash in controversy

The Sea Island Company wants to build a group of condominiums on what many people believe to be environmentally unsound ground. Why should you care?

April 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Balancing budgets should be common sense

The economic issue of our generation is the national debt.

April 23, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Spend money paving roads, not on land

On April 15, 2013, Midway Councilman Terry Doyle requested that the city attorney address his concerns about whether Midway Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington could commit the city to spend $130,270 (over and above the amount of a project grant) to pave about one-third of a mile of Old Sunbury Trail without the approval of the city council. Doyle never received a response. Since the city council's responsibility is to oversee the mayor, the city attorney should have made a declaration.

April 22, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Have you ever hit a shark on the nose?

I was just recently reading about people who "swim with the sharks." It seems there is some kind of thrill they get from this. I guess it's about an adrenaline rush. They get in a tank with maneaters, and sometimes they even touch them as they swim by.

April 22, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Celebrate Easter for promise of hope

I remember all of the Easters of my life more clearly than any other holidays. Christmases blur together with only a few standing out in my memory, such as the one when it snowed all day, the year I lost my voice completely and the two times that I wasn't home - one working in Washington, D.C., and another in London.

April 22, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Have fun while helping community

Are you looking for some fun this week? Or are you feeling like doing some community good?

April 22, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Don't question others careful choices

Deciding to have only one child was not an easy choice for my husband and me. We weighed the pros and cons, considered our careers and work demands, examined our finances, mapped out future plans, took our ages into account, set goals for ourselves and our daughter and thought long and hard about the options before us. Really, we did.

April 22, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Get out and enjoy Georgia Cities Week

It's a great time to be a resident of Coastal Georgia. As Hinesville's mayor, this is my favorite part of the year. The people of this great city are out, enjoying the warm weather. Places in the city are buzzing with activity. The purpose of community is even more apparent. I'm even more excited for this week, April 20-26, when we'll celebrate the people, places and purpose of Hinesville during Georgia Cities Week.

April 21, 2014 | By Jim Thomas Hinesville Mayor | Opinion


Remember true meaning of Easter

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

April 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Independent commision's role questionable

Congress appointed an independent commission to travel the United States and hold meetings with active and retired soldiers and their spouses. The commission is designed to see what is important to our military and their families - even though there already is a proposed budget that outlines the cuts that will affect our military families.

April 17, 2014 | By Anita Hughes Special to the Courier | Opinion


Sign up to be an organ donor

Editor, Have you ever received a gift that stands out in your mind more than others? Last year, 829 people in Georgia received gifts that will always have a great impact on their lives. It was the greatest gift of all - the gift of life. Will you help others receive this great gift?

April 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Where is Midway's balance of power?

It appears that Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington really believes Midway is hers to rule. Midway's charter calls for a weak-mayor/strong-council system, which means the mayor should have no formal authority outside of the council.

April 15, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Item's story is important

For years, I blamed it on those royal-blue suede high-heel pumps. The ones with the ridiculously tall, spiked heel and absurdly pointed toe. I was 22 when I bought them, 36 when I donated them to the Salvation Army.

April 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Hats off to single parents

I don't believe in illness. OK, perhaps I should rephrase that - I don't believe in a minor illness' ability to keep me down. Unless I'm dragging a limb, hospitalized or totally unable to keep food down at all, I refuse to disrupt my ultra-busy daily routine to do silly things like "rest" or "recuperate."

April 15, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Earth Day is educational fun

I am not sure that I would make a good spy. I really like to be up-front about things, so I probably would blow my cover.

April 15, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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