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National health care a bargain for state

For more than a year, federal efforts at reforming the nation's health insurance system have been controversial to say the least. Now that the president has signed health reform into law, the partisan debate should come to an end.

April 12, 2010 | By Timothy Sweeney and Alan Essig Special to the Courier | Opinion


Communities must help educate children

While reading a recent report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, I found a statement regarding school reform that provides advice about the importance of our educational system. It notes that "If schools don't work, the city does not work."

April 12, 2010 | By Lily Baker, Liberty BoE chairwoman Guest columnist | Opinion


The customer comes first

Sometime ago I mentioned the worst customer service and the best customer service I ever received - all in the same week. I reprise the saga because the hero of the story recently and tragically died.

April 12, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Remember the sacrifices they make

Since the tragedy of 9/11, our nation and its communities have experienced a heightened awareness of the sacrifice and service of military members and emergency response personnel. Americans as a whole are a charitable and thoughtful people, and always seem generous with our time and outpourings of goodwill towards those who serve.

April 07, 2010 | By Maj. Jeff Allen Guest columnist | Opinion


Tax Freedom Day

Tax Freedom Day in Georgia falls on April 8 this year, according to the Tax Foundation. That's the 98th day of the year and the day when we Georgians will have worked enough to pay our share of federal, state and local taxes for 2010.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Is EPD study on Laurel View flawed?

On Wednesday, March 31, Jeff Larson of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) held the second "stakeholders" meeting to discuss the progress, or lack thereof, of the EPD in accumulating and processing data to answer the questions about the potential for damage to the salt marsh should the wastewater treatment plant in Liberty County be allowed.

April 07, 2010 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


General Assembly nearing end of session

The 2010 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly is almost completed, with only seven session days left. Working into the late hours of the night on Crossover Day, last Friday, the House passed many important pieces of legislation. Given that Crossover Day is the last day that a bill must pass one chamber in order to be considered by the other, the members of the House continued to debate legislation as long as time would allow. Some might say that the "People's Work" is never finished and as a member of the "People's House," all of the ...

April 07, 2010 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Thoughts on the Constitution

Let me share some things with you that you may not have learned in school.

April 07, 2010 | By David Freeman Guest columnist | Opinion


Council did not listen to taxpayers

The Hinesville City Council's recent decision to increase the salaries of the mayor and council members was a surprise to most residents of our city. The vote followed a Jan. 7 vote taken after an executive session when the media and most attendees had left the meeting. To further cloud the first vote, the discussion to increase the wages of the mayor and council members was not included on the meeting agenda, as required by law

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Legislators as busy as ever

• Day 31 (Tuesday, March 30): Having passed the deadline where bills originating in the Senate can be passed over to the House, we began concentrating on those House bills that have been sent to us this year as well as bills left over from last year. But before we started the official business of the day, we took time to honor a popular country music star from Douglas, Jennifer Nettles, of the musical group Sugarland.

April 07, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


There's no oyster like a Georgia oyster, for now, anyway

This is an open letter to the staff and volunteers of the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service (MAREX) on Skidaway Island and particularly to those involved in the re-establishment of Georgia's oyster fishery.

April 06, 2010 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Press, public need access to meetings

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division had a closed-door meeting Wednesday in Savannah on the $30 million wastewater treatment facility proposed by the Liberty County Development Authority.

April 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


This horsing around hurts the state

I have a lot of r espect for third-term State Sen. Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone.) Sen. Chance's father, Louie, and I grew up in College Park and I know for a fact the young man comes from good stock. Louie Chance is a Great American.

April 01, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Federal vote on health care felt in Atlanta

Day 28 (Monday, March 22): The historic vote last night by the U.S. House of Representatives to pass national health care reform has the Capitol abuzz this morning. While some are happy, others are in disbelief, and almost all are wondering what the financial impact on our state will be. While serving as the Mayor of Pooler for nine years, I was always resentful of programs created by the State that resulted in financial burdens for cities. As a state legislator, I am even more leery of federal programs and their financial impact on our state. Whether coincidental or ...

April 01, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Legislautre passes crossover day

The Georgia General assembly adjourned on Friday, Crossover Day, and the 30th legislative day of the 2010 session. As I write this weekly update on Friday, we hav e not yet adjourned for the day and session is expected to last throughout the evening as we debate legislation. As we began the day on Friday, we had 36 Bills and Resolutions and more will be added throughout the day. As far as the Fiscal Year 2011 budget, subcommittee meetings will continue next week as we work to finalize the House version of the budget. In session for three days this ...

April 01, 2010 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Lawmaker accuses Chamber, others of favoring predators over children

"Liberty and justice for all." These five words that conclude the Pledge of Allegiance are recited countless times every day across the United States, including every morning at your State Capitol in Atlanta.

March 26, 2015 | By State Rep. Jason Spencer | Opinion


Commission is opportunity to improve Georgia schools

I suspect my recent silence on the subject of public education in Georgia has been deafening to some of you. I will explain.

March 26, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


American dream thrives

You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with that disagreement.

March 26, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Opinion


Help sought to kill transportation bill

Editor, This is an open letter to the taxpayers of Georgia.

March 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Will lawmakers trust citizens who elected them, open markets?

Every member of the Georgia Legislature was elected in November. Thus, one would expect those legislators to hold the citizens who elected them in high esteem; after all, they were wise enough to elect them, right?

March 24, 2015 | By Jeffrey Dorfman | Opinion


Bogeymen hiding in the closet of school choice debate

Two bills in the Georgia Legislature would allow thousands of Georgia parents the opportunity to choose better educational options for their children.

March 19, 2015 | By Benjamin Scafidi | Opinion


Midway cuts police

Editor, How low can they go? You probably know that I have no love for the Midway City Council. This is one reason why: At the March 9 city council meeting, they didn't fail to disappoint me and let down the residents of Midway.

March 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Ministers keep answering call

I spent last week helping assess a group of people for a job I couldn't do if my life depended on it.

March 18, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Going down the area’s dirt roads can teach one a lot

There is Facebook group I recently joined entitled "You are probably from or lived in Hinesville if you remember." I have thoroughly enjoyed learning much about the city, county and things that happened years ago.

March 17, 2015 | By Margie Love | Opinion


Riceboro pending raises deserve reaction

Editor, I saw the following quote on Facebook recently: "I tried to keep silent but my ancestors won't let me."

March 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Convenience is killing our planet

At Keep Liberty Beautiful, we are all about trash this month. Trash pickup, that is.

March 16, 2015 | By Sara Swida KLB director | Opinion


The unfinished work of Selma

Last weekend, as I introduced President Barack Obama on the steps of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, I was overcome with emotions. Of course, I reflected on how far we have come over the past 50 years. But one thought could not escape my mind: Those who fight to make it harder to vote don't know what it's like to be kicked, clubbed and beaten for the simple right to cast a ballot.

March 16, 2015 | By U.S. Rep. John Lewis | Opinion


Why are there so few stores in Hinesville?

Editor, Sam's, Costco, Barnes and Noble, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Hallmark, Hancock Fabrics, Staple's, Bed Bath and Beyond, JC Penney, Sears, Dillard's, Macy's, Kirkland's, etc.

March 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Too young, too savvy for pols

It is with regret I tell you that our intrepid public servants in the Legislature have scuttled a bill that would have lowered the age of eligibility to serve as a member of the House of Representatives to 18 years of age and to 21 in the State Senate.

March 12, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Split private schools out of HS sports to promote parity

Editor, For decades, students at the traditional public schools in Georgia have been denied the chance to win a state championship because the system overseen by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) ignores the fact that there is no parity among traditional public schools, private schools and city schools.

March 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


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