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A friend of mine, once a top official in state government, recently tried to get AT&T service to his farm in Middle Georgia. After talking to robots and not getting his calls returned by a human being, he decided he had no choice but to call the Public Service Commission and complain. The PSC never returned his call either. The "new" AT&T's indifferent customer service doesn't surprise me. Now it looks like the regulators have caught the disease as well. …

June 29, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


There's gonna be a big party

The best thing about Independence Day is it's a reason fill up the cooler and head to somewhere cooler than Pooler.

June 26, 2009 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


Obama: Cut to spend more on health care

Where does Newt Gingrich go to get his apology? He proposed slowing the rate of growth of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-1990s and was clobbered by Democrats and the press for waging war on the elderly and the indigent.

June 24, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


One Libertarian who isn't 'humor deficient'

Hard to believe, but some people actually get their knickers in a wad over observations that emanate from this space. After a careful analysis of critical comments (insert joke here), I have decided that the vast number of complainants suffer from a serious case of humor deficiency. This is not unlike being deficient in your intake of omega-3 whatevers, except that eating fish doesn't improve the situation. It just makes your breath smell bad.

June 22, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Congress misusing own rules

Four years ago, the Democratic minority on the Rules Committee of the U.S. House - the body that oversees legislative process for that side of the Capitol - issued a lengthy report excoriating the Republican majority for abandoning "procedural fairness" and "democratic accountability." The House leadership of the time, it charged, had essentially shut down debate and boxed the minority out of any meaningful participation in congressional life.

June 19, 2009 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


What a laughable plan

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wasn't playing for yucks when he visited China recently. But when he told students at a Chinese university that China's assets in the U.S. are "very safe," the audience burst out in laughter.

June 17, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Pundits overestimating Barnes bid for governor

Whoa! Whoa! Hold on a second. Yes, I know former Gov. Roy Barnes has announced that he is running again in 2010, but before all the political pundits, pollsters and press folk give him the job, there is the little matter of getting elected first.

June 15, 2009 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


State budget cuts will hurt

Last week, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced that Georgia's revenue figures for May were down 14.4 percent from last year. With one month remaining in the current '09 fiscal year, collections are now well below 10 percent of last year's levels.

June 12, 2009 | By State Rep. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


A bad day for impartiality

It was a historic day when President Barack Obama announced his nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. No president had ever nominated a Hispanic woman. Nor had a recent president - or his nominee - expressed less genuine interest in the traditional craft of judging.

June 10, 2009 | By Rich Lowry | Opinion


Army still a benefit to Liberty County

Last week's decision by the Department of Defense to not locate a fifth brigade at Fort Stewart is deeply disappointing to our community, another lesson that decisions made in Washington, D.C. are not written in stone.

June 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Dear teachers,

This is an open letter to Georgia's public school teachers.

June 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Technology could make government more open

Technology pundits may be debating whether we are in Web 2.0 or 3.0, but all too often, government is stuck in Web 1.0. Many governments are starting to pay lip service to "transparency" and some are reluctantly publicizing spending information on searchable government Web sites. Frequently, however, the data are more than 6 months to a year old, not interactive and difficult to analyze.

June 08, 2009 | By Kelly McCutchen Columnist | Opinion


President Above-It-All

Put Barack Obama in front of a teleprompter and one thing is certain - he'll make himself appear the most reasonable person in the room.

June 03, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Voters can set agenda in state election

If the last seven years of inaction on transportation, economic development, and health care have taught us anything, it's that state elections have serious consequences for ordinary Georgians.

June 01, 2009 | By Sen. Curt Thompson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Jones collection coming home to Liberty

Pete Clark came into the office the other day with great news: A collection of heirlooms and papers from the Jones family is being returned to Liberty County.

May 29, 2009 | By Pat Watkins Staff writer | Opinion


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Nation doesn't need more 'boots on ground'

The talking heads and politicians love to use the term, "boots on the ground." It sounds macho.

October 16, 2014 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Polls shouldn't open on Sunday

Editor, Perhaps Liberty County Commissioners Lovette, Stevens, Frasier and Gilliard need to pause and reflect some before they cast any future votes. I'm referring, of course, to their recent votes to open the polls on Sunday.

October 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gubernatorial candidate talks education

I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public-school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week, the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's turn.

October 15, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Situations are as dramatic as you make them

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to let things roll right off her back.

October 14, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Rivers Alive cleanups coming soon

You drink it. You clean with it. You shower in it. You swim in it. You fish in it. You have fun in it.

October 14, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Even 'educational' TV is questionable

Letting a child watch too much TV may be as bad for parents as it is for little ones. In fact, depending on which shows a child is allowed to watch, it may be worse for parents.

October 14, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Don't vote for SPLOST; property tax hike likely anyway

On Dec. 16, 1773, a group of demonstrators boarded ships in Boston Harbor. They threw chests of tea overboard to protest the British parliament's unfair tax on tea. It's time for the citizens of Midway and Liberty County to borrow a page from Boston's history book.

October 14, 2014 | By Terry Doyle Columnist | Opinion


Port should get money it deserves

Last week, the Georgia Ports Authority approved allocating up to $3 million for maintenance of the shipping channel to the Port of Brunswick, marking the second-straight year the GPA has had to supplement federal funds for this project.

October 10, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Columnist | Opinion


Help soldiers from war room to board room

Over the next three years, as many as 60,000 military members are expected to return to Georgia. Already, 770,000 veterans call Georgia home. In fact, the Peach State is home to the fourth-largest population of veterans nationwide. In addition to those returning to Georgia, more than 10,000 service members will be transitioning from the state's Army installations - 4,000 from Fort Stewart alone.

October 09, 2014 | By James Wilburn Guest columnist | Opinion


UGA is home of top college mascot

If I die anytime soon - and I have no plans to do so at the moment - please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, "He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association." You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad Pitt and my uncanny ability to put commas where they don't belong.

October 08, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Cool house with breezes, memories

"It's a funny thing." That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.

October 07, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Make a difference at Rivers Alive

Are you ready to make a difference this fall? Then consider volunteering this month for our ninth annual Rivers Alive in Liberty County.

October 07, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Another mom shares insights

I imagine, from time to time, you all get tired of reading about my adventures in toddler town and would like to hear from other parents. So, as you can imagine, I was thrilled when Hinesville Public Relations Manager Krystal Britton Hart took me up on my offer to guest write this week's column. Krystal has two daughters herself, one of whom is the same age as my daughter, Reese. I enjoy comparing notes and talking with her, and I'm sure our readers will be as interested in hearing what she has to say as I am. Enjoy!

October 07, 2014 | By Krystal Britton Hart Guest columnist | Opinion


Lift offshore-drilling moratorium

President Barack Obama's recent move to allow seismic exploration of oil and gas reserves off the shores of Georgia and the Atlantic Coast has left many hopeful that the offshore drilling moratorium currently in place may soon be lifted. A new study by University of Wyoming energy economist Dr. Tim Considine indicates the degree to which such a move would benefit Georgians and our Mid-Atlantic counterparts.

October 01, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Special to the Courier | Opinion


Last Saturday, while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers th

Last Saturday, while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley's first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more - much more - needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.

October 01, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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