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Repealing welfare reforms not a solution

In 1996, a Republican-controlled Congress worked with a Democratic president to reform a welfare system that was failing the American people.

September 28, 2012 | Rep. Jack Kingston Guest columnist | Opinion


Superintendents-association head refutes pro-charter claims

With the vote on the charter-school amendment about a month away, the heat is getting intense. I know; I have felt it. I wrote a column a few weeks ago giving the pro-charter folks an opportunity to make their case for the amendment. For my trouble, a number of anti-charter advocates wondered if I was going soft on them, and backers of the bill continued to accuse me of giving out "misinformation."

September 27, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Operation Fast and Furious flop ignored public safety

The Justice Department's internal investigation of the debacle known as "Operation Fast and Furious," a poorly thought-out and worse-executed federal gun program that resulted in the death of a U.S. border agent and 1,400 guns still illegally on the street, has resulted in the retirement and resignation of two senior Justice officials.

September 26, 2012 | Albany Herald | Opinion


Charter-school amendment is all about local control

"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

September 25, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


Yep, politics comes in many flavors

I recently overheard a conversation that put me into a state of deep thought. At least I thought that was what I was in. I have been in deep stuff that wasn't thought.

September 24, 2012 | Dwain Walden Guest columnist | Opinion


Constitution still as relevant as ever

Sept. 17 marked the 225th anniversary of the world's most enlightened political document - the Constitution of the United States.

September 23, 2012 | Albany Herald | Opinion


Get jazzed for some good tunes

Music helps so many of us get through the everyday grind - the early morning sound of the alarm, the boring paperwork, the stinky diaper changes and washing the dishes. This week, people in this community have some great opportunities to dive head-first into the music scene with the wonderful combination of the Savannah Jazz Festival from Sept. 23-30 and Hinesville's ninth annual Blues & BBQ on Saturday night, Sept. 29.

September 23, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


We’re still living in a dangerous world

If there is anything that last week reminded us, it is that we still live in a dangerous world.

September 20, 2012 | Rep. Jack Kingston Guest columnist | Opinion


For the legislature, this party just may be over

When the gavel bangs to open the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly, I would suggest the first order of business be to have Willie Nelson serenade our solons with "The Party's Over."

September 20, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Liberty County must bring back Freedom Walk to remember heroes

Editor, What happened to the Sept. 11 Freedom Walk on Fort Stewart? I heard through the grapevine that it may have been canceled due to a "lack of cost effectiveness."

September 19, 2012 | Dennis P. Fitzgerald Riceboro | Opinion


Job-creation numbers still are weak

For all the political splash, pomp and circumstance during the past two weeks as America's two major political parties patted themselves on the back and hobnobbed with celebrities and the like, the jobs numbers that came out Sept. 7 should have been a dose of sobering reality.

September 18, 2012 | Albany Herald | Opinion


Children know where it’s at

Our kids teach us so many lessons, don't they? Recently my daughter reminded me about the importance of taking nothing for granted.

September 18, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


We’ll never agree on the role of government — and that’s fine

The conventional wisdom has settled on the subject of this year's presidential campaign: It's about the proper role of government in our nation's life.

September 17, 2012 | Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion


Follow volunteers’ example and support United Way campaign

As part of its platform, the United Way continually calls on communities to give, advocate and volunteer. Liberty County clearly has the market cornered when it comes to advocating and volunteering, and now local residents, businesses and organizations are hard at work on the giving aspect, too.

September 17, 2012 | Courier editorial | Opinion


America can do better for its veterans

Despite a decade of discussion and advocacy, testimonials by politicians, and T-shirts and bumper stickers displayed everywhere, American veterans continue to struggle and pay for their sacrifice on behalf of the nation. Seldom does one meet someone who does not profess respect and admiration for those who served. Yet the statistics and struggles of America's veterans, highlighted today by those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, tell another story. America is not doing well by its veterans.

September 13, 2012 | Christopher Miller Guest columnist | Opinion


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Sheriff draws fire from state lawmakers

It was a sight you very seldom see at the General Assembly - legislators, including Speaker David Ralston, openly attacking a Georgia sheriff.

February 22, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Sure, throw a military parade

The Pentagon has confirmed that it is in the preliminary stages of planning a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue - one of President Donald Trump's ...

February 22, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Robert Mueller is lucky; he's no Ken Starr

No matter the criticisms directed his way by Republicans, Robert Mueller should count himself lucky: He's not Ken Starr.

February 20, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Spring means time for Great American Cleanup

I do not care about what that groundhog predicted a few weeks ago. Spring is here for Keep Liberty Beautiful. And that means it is ...

February 20, 2018 | By Sarah Swida Special to the Courier | Opinion


We want the best for our kids

The love between a parent and his or her child is the purest, most unconditional love that is ever experienced.

February 20, 2018 | By Maggie Buckner Guest columnist | Opinion


Senate passes bills ahead of Crossover Day

As we complete legislative days 19 through 22, we find ourselves just six legislative days away from the Crossover Day deadline – the date whereby a ...

February 20, 2018 | Sen. Blake Tillery | Opinion


Maybe we really can't fix stupid

Maybe Forrest Gump's momma was right. Maybe we really can't fix stupid.

February 19, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Humor: The many faces of Donald Trump

President Trump issued his $2 trillion budget proposal Monday. He pleased Democrats by saluting Black History Month and pleased Republicans by insisting on the wall ...

February 17, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Take a break from negativity

Editor: As we enter the Lenten season, I encourage the Courier to take a fast from printing negative political comments in Sound Off. Last Saturday ...

February 17, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Making I-16 ugly, unsafe again

Editor: Old-timers may remember how torn up the forest was during the building of I-16.

February 16, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Money isn't everyting in politics

Money isn't everything in politics. The candidate who raises the most cash isn't always going to be the candidate who gets the most ...

February 15, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Symposium was gerat success

Editor: I would like to personally appreciate those sponsors and members of the greater Liberty County community for their support on Feb. 5 of the ...

February 13, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hate, humility and social media

I was a late adopter of Facebook. I had a nagging fear that no one would befriend me, and that my Facebook experience would become ...

February 13, 2018 | By Dr. Gary Welton Guest columnist | Opinion


Trump's impure thoughts on Mueller

President Donald Trump has had impure thoughts about special counsel Robert Mueller.

February 12, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Building walls, curing baldness

HOLLYWOOD - God Bless America, and how's everybody?

February 10, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


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