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Rooting out federal waste brings revenues

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives need to reassess the plan they've come up with to raise $290 billion a year in more taxes to feed the never-satisfied appetite of the federal government.

November 30, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Honoring a wise man who made a difference

Today, I ask for a moment of personal privilege. It was two years ago this week that I wrote about the Three Wise Men who have so greatly influenced my life: Roy Hodnett, a real estate magnate on Saint Simons Island; Dr. Raymond Cook, my college professor, now residing in Valdosta and John W. Jacobs Jr., a broadcast pioneer and philanthropist from Gainesville. All three are in their 90s or close to it. All three are a part of the Greatest Generation. All three are family men of faith. I could not have asked for better role models.

November 30, 2011 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Feel-good season does not feel good for many

Here we are again, welcoming the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season has begun with Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping, football and school vacation.

November 28, 2011 | John Scherer Stephen Ministry | Opinion


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

Editor,

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


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The war within our country

Just over a year ago we were just beginning to sort out the options available for choosing our next president. There were 20 candidates offering ...

May 23, 2017 | By Jimmy Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


Volunteers make the world go round

This week we are celebrating volunteers at Keep Liberty Beautiful and we have a lot to celebrate! Our annual volunteer celebration will be on Thursday.

May 23, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Response to Sound off on tax sales

Editor: Thank you for allowing my letter to be printed in the Coastal Courier. I would like to use this opportunity to address comments recently ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Laugh: Qualifications for president changing

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

May 22, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Advice to graduates

Dear class of 2017:

May 22, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Senior correspondent | Opinion


And the next governor is?

The dance card is filling up quickly for next year's race for governor.

May 21, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Laugh: Mother's Day rough on Kardashians

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

May 18, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


No such thing as fake news

According to our Tweeter-in-Chief, there is a lot of fake news running around these days. I think he is talking about the national television networks ...

May 18, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Raekwon is blessed. Jeff's a jerk

Raekwon is rich. Jeff's a jerk. I wrote the first three words atop Wednesday's front page to tease a short story on 1B ...

May 15, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


State suffers two blows from elected officials

Within the space of 24 hours, Georgia suffered two devastating blows from their governor and their congressional delegation. I wonder if the state will ever ...

May 15, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Disabled veterans have new dental option

Editor: Disabled veterans, are you having to travel 100, 300 or more miles - from my house in Midway it's 270 round trip - to Charleston ...

May 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Get some fried fish, support veterans

Editor: East Liberty County American Legion Post 321 will host an Armed Forces Day fish fry Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 ...

May 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


In this case, Ann Coulter is right

Among my many strong principles is this one: Disagree with whatever Ann Coulter says. Actually, Ann is not the only one; she's really just ...

May 14, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Thoughts from Mr. Murder and Mayhem

I've earned a nickname from my colleagues in the news business over the years and it's not one I really relish, but nonetheless ...

May 14, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Guest columnist | Opinion


Corporations will still game tax system

For all the concerns raised by economists and others about the House tax plan, it is generally assumed that the proposal will reduce the gaming ...

May 12, 2017 | By Gary Kalman Columnist | Opinion


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