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A bipartisan case for cynicism about government

Two state officials, two states, different political parties. Their sins are of vastly different degrees of seriousness. But they both illustrate vividly why citizens, who are supposed to be responsibly represented by people who allegedly serve at our pleasure and on our behalf, have become so cynical and exasperated.

November 28, 2011 | Staff report | Opinion


Holiday brings welcome change

Thursday marked the first Thanksgiving I've spent away from my family back in Iowa. That being said, this Thanksgiving probably was the best I've had yet.

November 28, 2011 | Joselynn McKenna | Opinion


Wood-dwelling pests not always cause for concern

You may have noticed little insects fluttering around the past couple of days. Are those termites? Yep. As a homeowner, it's natural to want to put up a protective dome around your home when termites swarm. Do you need to panic or do something immediately? No.

November 28, 2011 | Robert E. Bell Guest columnist | Opinion


Junior is taking credit for Gingrich campaign upsurge

Junior E. Lee is one of my most valued associates, but he can be a load to manage and a bit of a know-it-all. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga. He has two primary responsibilities: First, keep as many bugs as possible out of Emanuel County - particularly at Arveen Ridley's farm - and then to help us all make more informed political decisions. The exterminating profession doesn't seem to have a lot in common with the democratic process, but when you have someone of ...

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Bad economy puts damper on birth rate

Nothing puts a damper on prospects more than a down economy, and apparently that extends to the area of starting or expanding families.

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


U.S. Senate needs to pass House-approved bills

If our economy is going to make a comeback, the U.S. Senate must start acting like it wants to create more jobs and pass the bills that already have been passed by the House of Representatives. The Democratic Senate is sitting on more than 18 bills that could jumpstart the economy and produce jobs.

November 23, 2011 | Len Calderone | Opinion


Being thankful is a family tradition

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November 23, 2011 | Letters to the editor | Opinion


Congrats, United Way, on exceeding goal

Congratulations to the United Way of Liberty County, which last week exceeded its 2011 fundraising campaign goal of $181,000 by raising $185,026 - up $64,026 from the $121,000 raised last year.

November 21, 2011 | Staff report | Opinion


Some legislation is better left alone

The pre-filing period for legislation to be considered in the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly began Nov. 14. Georgia's two-year legislative cycle means bills introduced but not passed in 2011 officially still are on the agenda.

November 21, 2011 | Staff report | Opinion


It’s almost time to fly solo

For the first time since Anastasia's birth, I'm preparing to do it on my own. Between my husband's 10 days of paternity leave and the nearly constant presence of family, I've always had some kind of help.

November 21, 2011 | Joselynn McKenna | Opinion


State looks to take new drug ‘spice’ off the rack

In September, a sheriff's deputy in Statesboro responded to a call and found a young man who reportedly had nearly beaten his girlfriend to death with a beer mug after both had ingested the drug spice.

November 21, 2011 | Senator Buddy Carter | Opinion


State looking to ban new drug 'spice'

In September, a sheriff's deputy in Statesboro responded to a call of a young man who had nearly beaten his girlfriend to death with a beer mug after both had ingested the drug spice.

November 17, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Can Gingrich pull off a comback?

In Republican counties across Georgia, voters are keeping a close eye on the GOP candidates running for president.

November 17, 2011 | By Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Challenge Ludowici to abide by code of ethics

Editor, On Oct. 26, a resolution was signed at a public meeting in Ludowici City Hall. The mayor, four council members and the city clerk signed the document. The code of ethics is a state law under Georgia Code Title 45 (OCGA 45-10-1) for public officers and employees.

November 17, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Energy Department should be dissolved

Since the country needs to cut its spending, a good place to start is the Department of Energy, which, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget, has a budget of $29 billion a year that I believe it wastes on failed projects, some of which are listed in this column. The DOE was started by President Jimmy Carter to make the U.S. energy dependent. Now we are more dependent than ever on foreign oil.

November 16, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


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House winds down 2017 Legistuave session

With the last day of the 2017 legislative session on March 30, we spent this past week passing several bills that will improve the lives ...

March 30, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Three cleanups set for Saturday

Enthusiastic middle school students joined in the Great American Cleanup on Thursday last week. Midway Middle School Green Team members and science class students volunteered ...

March 27, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Many flaws in shore protection bill

Regarding propose amendments to Georgia's Shore Protection Act that were recently tabled by the General Assembly Senate, further details merit consideration.

March 27, 2017 | By David Kyler Guest columnist | Opinion


The worst argument for Trumpcare

Of all the arguments to make for repealing and replacing Obamacare, the very worst is that people don't need health insurance.

March 26, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


GOP deadling with national illness

Many Republican leaders are leery about having their name attached to the GOP's replacement for Obamacare, a health care overhaul they have demonized since ...

March 25, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Depend on the one who can help

March Madness is in full swing. Today begins "The Sweet Sixteen." That means that the final 16 teams in the NCAA basketball tournament are playing ...

March 24, 2017 | By Pastor Brad Butler Pembroke First Baptist Church | Opinion


Being Dick Yarbrough isn't easy, folks

I regret I won't have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump's shoelaces ...

March 23, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Senate considers bills, ready to tackle state budget

The Senate spent Days 32-35 of the 2017 legislative session considering bills that passed the House of Representatives.

March 23, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Volunteers do more than pick up trash

We are continuing to participate in the 19th annual Great American Cleanup in Liberty County.

March 21, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


The president's smokescreens

It's early in his presidency, but already Donald Trump has faced one controversy after another. None has been more perilous to him than the ...

March 21, 2017 | By Bob Franken | Opinion


Enforcing immigration laws is necessary

Editor: News stories from all over the nation are now focused on the fact that President Trump's immigration enforcement is causing problems for illegal ...

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


More random thoughts on random subjects

After almost two decades of doing this, you think I would have figured out by now what pushes your hot button. For example, I wrote ...

March 17, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Middlebury College's yowling mob

At Middlebury College earlier this month, Charles Murray needed a safe space - literally.

March 16, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Despite the weather, it’s Sunshine Week

March 12-18 is Sunshine Week. Launched in 2005, the initiative promotes open government and pushes back against "excessive official secrecy."

March 16, 2017 | Benta Dodd Georgia Public Policy Institute | Opinion


Why would Ralston run?

David Ralston is now being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018, which leads to an obvious question.

March 16, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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