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Thanks, Billy Jones, for Scout contributions

Editor, On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express congratulations and thanks to Hinesville attorney Billy Jones on earning the 2011 Good Scout Award from the Liberty District of Boy Scouts of America.

March 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


House passes zero-based budgeting

In session for two days this week, the Georgia General Assembly completed the week on Wednesday, the 30th day of session. With 30 of 40 session days complete, legislators are closing in on the marathon and almost to the finish line of the 2011 session.

March 23, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Senate takes on long days to pass bills

Day 29 (March 14): The Capitol was a sea of green today as we welcome the Grand Marshall and other members of the St. Patrick's Day committee from Savannah. At first glance it appeared that we were in for a long day with 23 bills on the calendar. However, one of the things that a legislator learns is that the number of bills does not necessarily dictate the length of a day as much as the subject of the bills.

March 23, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Lets push for better ethics in state

In the same sense that good fences make for good neighbors, solid, comprehensive ethics and transparency rules help ensure good governance by our elected officials.

March 23, 2011 | By Atlanta Journal Constitution | Opinion


Hinesight: Executions are necessary

March 21, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Voters did right continuing ESPLOST

Liberty County voters on Tuesday did our local education system a world of good by continuing the 1-cent Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for five more years.

March 21, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Haircut rules are needed

The military haircut just may be my arch nemesis. While there are things that bother me more about being an Army wife - let's not forget deployments and three-hour waits in a primary-care manager's office - the topic you'll find me grumbling about most often is my husband's hair.

March 21, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Teen charged with shooting is no hero

Editor, Bobby Phillips' recent letter to the editor stated that a teenager accused of shooting Josh Moore should be regarded as a hero and that he shot Bobby accidentally. He also stated that the teenager saved his life. Bobby is attempting to cover up other things.

March 21, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Heed your speed on Islands Highway

Editor, If you can read your vehicles' gauges, slow down.

March 21, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


High-speed rail is pie-in-the-sky plan

One of the more fiscally irresponsible components of President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 is the plan to increase surface "transportation" spending by more than 84 percent - from $58 billion to $107 billion - over FY 2010 spending levels.

March 21, 2011 | By Ronald Utt | Opinion


Lawmakers refill Sunday sales bill

In a remarkable resurrection, the bill that would allow alcohol sales on Sunday, passed the very body – the state Senate – that had vowed to let it languish in committee. And languish it did for a month before its recovery last week.

March 21, 2011 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion


What is your environmental IQ?

How "green" are you? These days there is a barrage of information out there on TV, the Internet, in magazines and in newspapers telling you that you ought to be "green" and think "green." But how much do you really know? I am sharing a simple quiz from the Environmental Protection Agency that will help you compare your basic environmental knowledge with the knowledge of citizens around the country. Let's see how you do!

March 21, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Numbers in from 'Round or Square Polls'

I called Junior E. Lee, vice president and general manager of Round or Square Polls Inc., a subsidiary of The Yarbrough Multinational Media and Pest Control Co., located over a pool hall in Greater Garfield, Ga., to see who he thinks might be running for president in 2012.

March 16, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Expect huge shift in taxes if bill passes

There is a 127-page bill, House Bill 385, moving through the Georgia Legislature that would, if passed, shift the tax burden drastically on to the backs of consumers. In its opening paragraphs it states that the purpose of the bill is to "implement the recommendations of the 2010 Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians." ... At least one member of the committee said the bill doesn't look anything like what they recommended. ...

March 16, 2011 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion


Deal changes plan amid public outcry

Responding to the voices of educators, parents and lawmakers from across the state, including the calls and e-mails from the more than 125 people who attended our town hall meeting in the Liberty County commissioners boardroom March 4, Gov. Nathan Deal has reversed course on his proposal to reduce the instruction day for Georgia's pre-kindergarten students from six and a half hours to four hours.

March 16, 2011 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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HFD offers grilling safety tips for Memorial Day

With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, many are gearing up to celebrate the unofficial kickoff of the summer season by firing up the ...

May 23, 2016 | Buy Kristian Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion


Hometown News editor digs into Raymond Cooper's shenanigans

With six weeks to go until the "election of the century," Raymond Cooper was feeling pretty good about his prospects. His plan, it seemed, was ...

May 23, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Weigh your vote for sheriff carefully

Editor, It's that wonderful time again when politicians seeking office put on their best (and worst) theatrical performances in an attempt to convince voters ...

May 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Support urged for emergency treatment bill

Editor,

May 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Random thoughts on random subjects

Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody, was arrested in the city of Clayton in early April and charged with driving under the influence, possession of an open ...

May 18, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Volunteers really are superheroes

"I have seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives." - Tracy Chapman

May 17, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Reader lists ways to cut federal spending

Editor, Tick-tock. Tick-tock. In this amount of time, the government spends $242,134, of which $104,324 is borrowed. The federal government is bloated and ...

May 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Mayor, council cut salaries in half

It didn't surprise me it was him. Although such had never crossed my mind, it was, of course, just the kind of thing he ...

May 17, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Liberty High thanks sponsors of Teacher Appreciation Week

Editor, Most students spend at least seven hours of their day, five days a week at school under the guidance of educators and school staff ...

May 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


New minister learns Claire's fowl thoughts

It took only eight minutes for Claire Lapella to get right to the point with her visiting pastor - and soon-to-be friend - Sarah Hyden-Smith. It just ...

May 16, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Support urged for hospitals

Editor,

May 13, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


When did Gov. Deal become a liberal?

The casual political observer might be asking this question after taking in the events of the past few weeks: When did Nathan Deal become a ...

May 12, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


In praise of a true gentleman

Editor,

May 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Could vetoes harm school reform efforts?

A governor's got to do what a governor's got to do, but Gov. Nathan Deal's vetoes of the "campus carry" and "religious ...

May 11, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Every day is Mother's Day

There isn't a day that passes that I don't remember Mama. Many of the times she crosses my mind, I am doing something ...

May 10, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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