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Senate goes through longest day of session

Day 26 (Monday, Feb. 27): The week begins with the second meeting of the Governor's Higher Education Funding Commission, a committee that I co-chair with Rep. Carl Rogers, chairman of the House Higher Education Committee. The commission is charged with examining how the funding formulas for the university system and technical college system should be changed in order to improve higher education outcomes in the state. We have four bills on the calendar as we go into session today, including House Bill 800, which expands eligibility so that a candidate with five years' service in any federally recognized component ...

March 08, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Lawmaker defends lobbying laws

Rep. Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs, has figured out something many of his colleagues in the General Assembly seem unable to grasp: If you disagree with something I say, tell me so and give me your side of the story

March 08, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Will anyone take Midway ticket challenge?

Editor, The Coastal Courier graciously published my previous letter to the editor wherein I challenged anyone to produce a speeding ticket issued by a Midway Police Department officer for going 5 miles per hour or less over the posted speed limit. The prize was a $50 gift certificate for Red Lobster or Olive Garden restaurants. The 30-day window has passed and no one has produced the winning ticket. This would tend to indicate that either there is no credence to the claims in Sound off that tickets have been issued for driving 5 mph or less over the speed limit ...

March 08, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


House passes education bills

The Georgia General Assembly completed its 28th legislative day of the 2012 session on Wednesday, Feb. 29. As Super Tuesday and the Presidential Preference Primary election for Georgia approach, the Legislature will continue with the people's work at our Capitol on Monday.

March 08, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Books, like dirt roads, need to stick around

MOULTRIE - This past week I got an email from a youngster who was taking me to task for something that had been printed in our newspaper. That's perfectly fine. It indicates someone is thinking.

March 06, 2012 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


You can save money on lighting

Money is tight right now for just about everyone. Gas prices have gone crazy and grocery costs are outrageous.

March 06, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Not just Congress has room for improvement

As a member of Congress, you get used to being graded. Interest groups send you questionnaires, check your voting record, and then issue their "report cards." Editorial writers opine freely on your performance. Pollsters issue monthly updates on how Congress is faring with the public.

March 06, 2012 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Driving instructor discusses passing

Editor, It is my hope this letter might clarify some comments in Sound off concerning driving laws. I am a Georgia DDS certified defensive driving instructor. I will quote from actual statutes.

March 06, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Think outside the oil barrel for transportation

President Barack Obama's call for Congress to end some $4 billion in subsidies for oil companies may or may not lower the price of gas. But it has a certain appeal at a time when Americans are feeling the pressure of rapidly rising gas costs while those same oil companies are making enormous profits.

March 05, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Financial troubles grew from Community Reinvestment Act

Editor, In reading various articles in the newspapers or magazines over the years about the foreclosure of many citizens' homes, none of the articles mention that President Obama helped to perpetuate these sub prime loan as far back as 1992.

March 05, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


What a difference an inch makes

Let's face it, the Army cracks down on standards when downsizing and lets a lot slide when it needs every able-bodied soldier it can get.

March 05, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Ludowici, Long should address pay issue

Editor, The Long County Press recently published an article about Nancy McKnew attending the Long County Commission meeting to address the issues concerning Long County Board of Elections Chairwoman Vanessa Cunningham. Commission Chairman Bobby Walker said the matter is under investigation. That was at least the third time this same issue has been brought up at a commission meeting and there definitely is a problem.

March 01, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Protecting Ogeechee makes more than just environmental sense

It's easy to get mad over the way the Ogeechee River has been treated, first by King America, then by state authorities. Dumping by King America in 2011 caused the worst fish kill in the river in memory, and the state's Environmental Protection Division responded with what amounts to a slap on the wrist.

March 01, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Solution needed for Social Security

With the Great Depression, poverty among the elderly was substantial. The concept of Social Security was designed to address the problem of economic security for seniors by establishing a system by which workers contributed to their own future retirement by making payments to a fund while they worked.

February 29, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


State House discusses GBI, caregivers

The Georgia General Assembly continues to move forward with the 2012 legislative session. The Legislature completed four days of session last week, ending Friday afternoon.

February 29, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Lucky to be alive, and grateful

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Humor: Circus went out of business for lack of clowns

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

August 17, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Georgia's two Staceys could split Dems

Georgia's Democratic voters will have their choice of two Staceys in next year's primary for governor: state Rep. Stacey Abrams of Atlanta or ...

August 17, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Pragmatism should prevail on spaceport

Realistic assessment of options and alternatives for coastal job-creation do not substantiate support for the Camden spaceport. Wishful thinking only goes so far.

August 15, 2017 | By David Kyler Guest columnist | Opinion


Help save bees in your landscape

I wish I was the queen. I am not talking about the one across the pond that has her pocketbook permanently attached to her arm ...

August 15, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Buddy is no buddy to district

Editor: At the town hall in Homerville last evening, Congressman Carter touted his horn on his recent vote to deny all federal funding for sanctuary ...

August 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


The Hinesville three and me, what is to be?

Old news, new news, etc. This whole Billy Edwards thing is still giving me headaches.

August 15, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


The rains came and went, but...

The Board of Directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County, Inc. would like to thank the community for supporting our Annual Back-to-School Rally.

August 14, 2017 | By Gary Gilliard Guest columnist | Opinion


Empowering our community's youth

One of my great passions in life is empowering our community's youth. I was raised to believe in the mentality that raising a child ...

August 12, 2017 | By Kenneth Howard Special to the Courier | Opinion


Nelson: Choice, voice, change

Choice, voice, change. These things are never easy! While campaigning for Hinesville City Council District 3, my slogan was "Your Choice, My Voice." The slogan ...

August 11, 2017 | By Vicky Nelson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Covering crime can wear you out

Covering crime can be a tiring and frustrating business, and here's why.

August 11, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Senior contributor | Opinion


Bad news for utility, taxpayers

When it comes to the nuclear reactors Georgia Power has been trying to build at Plant Vogtle, there never seems to be any good news ...

August 11, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Lot of activity in Sept.

We are finally on the downside of summer. Hopefully, there will not be too many more oppressively hot days.

August 10, 2017 | By Sara Swida KLB Director | Opinion


Humor: Is Dennis Rodman the only one who can save the world?

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

August 10, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


It’s a mad, mad, mad world

Every time you turn around these days it seems somebody's mad at somebody, or mad about something somebody else is doing.

August 09, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Managing Editor | Opinion


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