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Last year was rough on Liberty County. A Defense Department decision delayed - possibly ended - hopes that a new brigade would be stationed at Fort Stewart. Several levels of local government decided they could not help finance a new campus for Armstrong Atlantic State University in downtown Hinesville, Brewton-Parker College closed its Flemington campus, several businesses decided they had had enough, another deployment that will have most of our soldiers away for most of this year started and we suffered through the deepest recession since the Great Depression.

January 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Governor ignores issues

Usually, during the first week of each year's session of the Georgia General Assembly, the governor addresses a joint session of the House and Senate to lay out his proposed fiscal year budget and legislative agenda. Unfortunately, Gov. Perdue's "State of the State" message on Jan. 13 was long on historical quotations, nostalgia and sentimentality and devoid of any plans for solving our state's current problems.

January 20, 2010 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


The death of a theory

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab couldn't ignite the bomb in his underwear on Flight 253 on Christmas Day. All he managed to blow up was a worldview.

January 20, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


MLK Jr. got us started, but change still needed

Monday, many people around the world will celebrate the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Atlanta-born civil rights leader who inspired millions in the 1960s with his dream of equal opportunity for all.

January 18, 2010 | Bryan County News | Opinion


Humphrey, Seth John — make way for Sonny

I read where Gov. Sonny Perdue held a pep rally at the Capitol for state agency heads, state employees and assorted bass fishermen to fire up the troops as he prepares for the last year of what has been a scintillating two terms as our leader.

January 18, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


2000-2009 was decade of delusion

If the 1990s were the decade when history ended, in Francis Fukuyama's famous formulation, the 2000s were the decade it came back and human nature exacted its revenge.

January 13, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Advice to grandsons for a new year

To Brian and Thomas Yarbrough and Nicholas Wansley:

January 11, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


State must capitalize job growth

Georgia is blessed with all of the elements to become a leader in 21st-century job creation and economic development. Schools in its University System and other colleges and universities within the state are among the finest in the country. Dynamic pockets of entrepreneurial activity exist throughout the state. Entrepreneurial activity is at an all-time high. But Georgia has a problem.

January 11, 2010 | By Mike Eckert Special to the Courier | Opinion


Lawmakers will have to cut budget

As we start of a new year and another legislative session, it is time for us as legislators to focus on setting our agenda for the 2010 session. The budget will be our priority during the session. Other areas we will focus on include transportation funding, water concerns, and ethics reform.

January 08, 2010 | By State Rep Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Good communications make good politicians

Not long ago, I was speaking to a group of high-school students when one raised his hand, declared he wanted to run for Congress, and asked what he should study to prepare. I suspect my answer surprised him. I told him to study English.

January 08, 2010 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Napolitano's man-caused disaster

Janet Napolitano is impressed with Janet Napolitano's work. In an instantly notorious statement on CNN, the Homeland Security secretary said "the system worked" when a man boarded a Christmas Day flight from Amsterdam to Detroit with explosives in his underwear that he couldn't quite manage to ignite.

January 06, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


State targeting speeders

Lead-footed drivers may finally be forced to start slowing down. Georgia's new Super Speeder law took effect Friday, imposing an additional $200 fine on anyone convicted of driving faster than 75 on a two-lane road or 85 on a four-lane road anywhere in the state.

January 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Ten reasons to be optimistic in Georgia

Here is a list of 10 reasons to be optimistic for 2010.

January 04, 2010 | By State Sen. Jack Hill Special to the Courier | Opinion


Some treasures money can't buy

I am a rich man, a man of incalculable wealth.

January 04, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


What to expect from Atlanta

In less than two weeks, the 2010 Georgia State Legislature will be in session.

December 31, 2009 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Haleigh's Hope is now Georgia's hope

Fifteen months ago, a local reporter asked me if there was any interest within the General Assembly in taking on the medical marijuana issue for the 2014 legislative session, and I told him, emphatically, that there was none and that I did not foresee that issue coming up anytime soon in Georgia. Then, a week later, I met a little 4-year-old girl named Haleigh and her courageous mom and dad, and was I proved ever so wrong.

April 24, 2015 | By State Rep. Allen Peake Special to the Courier | Opinion


Fathers, don't seek custody in Liberty County

Editor, If you are a father seeking custody of your children in Hinesville, please read this carefully.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gulf oil spill: Drawn-out tempest in teacup

The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was called catastrophic by many. President Barack Obama declared, "This oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced." The National Resource Defense Council said two years later, "A people wronged and a region scarred remains."

April 23, 2015 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Strong candidate not running for president

My fellow Americans, it is with a heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016.

April 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


How can we trust the BoE?

Editor, It is mindboggling to me to hear Liberty County Board of Education members and Liberty County School System administrators talk of the millions of dollars tossed about our school district's budget during school-board meetings, work sessions and public forums as if it's no big deal. According to information presented by the district, our revenues for the 2013-14 school year were $92,203,140, and our expenditures were $98,130,080 - meaning, our school board authorized $5,926,940 in overspending. However, the board continued to operate in the same manner for the first half of the 2014-15 ...

April 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


When a man finds his destiny

Sometimes a man, despite his best efforts, doesn't find his destiny. Try as he might, down through the earnest years of his life, he chases it and even can believe he has it, only to awaken one morning and discover he doesn't - that what he has is an illusion, a mirage that he tried to turn into reality.

April 21, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Legislator gives view of 2015 session

The activity surrounding each legislative session is always a combination of fast action with periods of slow-moving, tedious meetings as legislation is researched, deliberated and reconciled before the actual vote. This session was no different, and each day was used to the fullest as we set our sights on tackling some tough issues for the betterment of our state. The following is a summary of some of the major accomplishments and most-significant legislation passed this session.

April 20, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Celebration is education disguised as fun

On Wednesday, Liberty County residents will join millions of people around the world in celebrating the Earth on Earth Day.

April 20, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Pipeline would be trouble for coast

There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.

April 17, 2015 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Step forward: Lessons from 2015 session

Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.

April 16, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion


Good people still do good things

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hits and misses of legislative session

As expected, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia's legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.

April 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Rumors: Faster than speed of death

Carrie called the other day, and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk. No conversation with Carrie is ever short. Even her voicemails run three to four minutes.

April 14, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Keep storm drains clear

I would love a good, old-fashioned rain - or, as we used to call it, gully washer - this week.

April 14, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


The intolerance of the so-called tolerant

I just finished reading an article written by Valerie Tarico on Yahoo. The story was titled "Right-wing Christianity teaches bigotry: The ugly roots of Indiana's new anti-gay law."

April 13, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Opinion


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