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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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Finding time to make a living

It was somewhere near the end of summer when it just came to me that perhaps my writing days were over. That it was time ...

October 13, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Avoiding the Plastic Ocean

Plastic Ocean - just the sound of that gives me shivers up and down my spine. Unfortunately, we are creating enormous "plastic patches" in almost every ...

October 13, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Many Georgians struggle; it doesn't have to be

For the last 15 years or so, I've peered out across many crowded rooms filled to capacity with bright-eyed - on occasion, teary-eyed - Georgians.

October 13, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion

Letter: Brown should be mayor

Editor, I didn't realize that I am related to Allen Brown until many years ago, when, at my mother's subtle insistence, I drove ...

October 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Remembering Georgians in Iraq

What a difference a decade makes.

October 08, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Georgia colleges should be open to undocumented students

Many Georgia students started college for the first time this fall.

October 07, 2015 | By Melissa Johnson Guest columnist | Opinion

Fighting for opportunity: I can't forget their faces

For a moment, let's forget the pie charts, trend lines, new census poverty data and the research. I want to remember their faces. Fact ...

October 06, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion

What Mama taught stays with me

There's not a day goes by that I don't think of Mama and do something the way she taught me to do it.

October 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Test your water smarts during Rivers Alive Month

"Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink" - "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel T. Coleridge

October 06, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Reader questions SPLOST

Editor, I read the article ("State of roads tops SPLOST discussion," July 29, front page) and have several questions and comments I would like Liberty ...

October 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Does Midway councilman feel left out?


October 01, 2015 | By Staff Report | Opinion

This legislator’s gift will matter

If you tried to find a state legislator who opposed the HOPE Scholarship, you couldn't do it.The lottery-funded program that pays college tuition ...

October 01, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Opinion

Aliens reluctant to invade Earth

Knock! Knock! "Open the door, please!"

October 01, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Tax credits help lead the fight against poverty

When Georgians think about the best ways to fight poverty and help more families climb the economic ladder, tax credits probably aren't the first ...

September 26, 2015 | By Wesley Tharpe Georgia Budget and Policy Institute | Opinion

Citizen-review panel helps children in need

Every child deserves a safe, permanent home. Unfortunately, an estimated 9,000 children in Georgia are removed annually from their family homes because of abuse ...

September 26, 2015 | By F. Barry Wilkes For the Record | Opinion

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