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The thought counts, not the microwave

It's funny how life sometimes brings you surprises. When I first moved down to Liberty County, 22 years ago, I had no washer or dryer (and little furniture), although the utility room attached to the house I bought had connections.

February 13, 2009 | By Raphael Semmes Columnist | Opinion


Our judges know an oath when they hear it

Well now, wouldn't you think the No. 1 judge in the country could get it right the first time? I'm sure you all know by now that I'm talking about the swearing in ceremony of one President Barack Obama by Chief Big Daddy John Roberts of the Supreme Court of the USA.

February 13, 2009 | Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


Caps on 'most hated' tax skew free market

Among the taxes Georgians pay, the property tax rises to the top of "most hated." It is not the tax that takes the most money from Georgians, nor is it a tax that sends relatively large sums of money to the Gold Dome in Atlanta or to Washington. Nevertheless, Georgians despise paying taxes on their land.

February 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Paying taxes in hard times

By David Uffington

February 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


More lobbyists needed

Roy Barnes has not even announced for governor, yet the ex-guv has already offered a sound proposal for protecting the people from their lawmakers. It ought to be topic No. 1 in the coming political campaigns, even if lawyer Barnes decides not to toss his fedora back into the ring.

February 09, 2009 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Easy adjustment to country life

My name is Raphael Semmes, and I'm glad to be a part of our community. By way of introduction, I grew up in Savannah, graduated from "the original" Savannah High School, went off to college at the Universities of Virginia (Charlottesville) and Georgia (Athens), came home after graduate school and the death of my father, and unexpectedly wound up taking his place as treasurer and credit manager for the family's wholesale hardware business.

February 06, 2009 | By Raphael Semmes Columnust | Opinion


Carolyn Brown should be paroled from prison

Last week, the NAACP held a rally in support of having former Liberty County tax commissioner Carolyn Brown paroled.

February 04, 2009 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion


Why regulators always lose

With $7 trillion in wealth disappearing in the U.S. last year, it hasn't been a banner time for anyone involved in the financial markets. But it may be the Securities and Exchange Commission that has taken the biggest bath.

February 04, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Local property tax bills eyed in Atlanta

The Senate returned to session last week with all eyes and ears on the first bills and resolutions of the session. Most notable were bills on transportation, zero-based budgeting and tougher restrictions for metal theft crimes. However, the two major issues on everyone's mind were the Homeowner Tax Relief Grant (HTRG) funding and capping property taxes.

February 04, 2009 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Reading the tea leaves

Anyone who thought Democrats and Republicans in Washington would join hands and skip into the sunset together on the Yellow Brick Road must have been dreaming.

February 02, 2009 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Witnessing history with stars

This first person account of Barack Obama's presidential inauguration was delayed when I got caught up in the crowd of an estimated 2 million people trying to leave Washington, D.C., at the same time. Thanks to the overtaxed metro system, it took me nearly six hours to make the 18-minute trip back to Arlington, Va., where I was staying.

February 02, 2009 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Opinion


Woes usually not from finanaces

From what I read in this and other newspapers around the world is that everybody's broke or are going to be soon.

January 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Over spending is home to roost

The news out of Atlanta in recent weeks has been how the state is going to deal with a shortfall in the current budget year. Lawmakers are there trying to figure that out now. State law prohibits deficit spending, so our represenatives are trying to figure out what to do. The question is why does the state have a $2 billion deficit?"

January 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Overhaul for Department of Human Resources in Atlanta

On Jan. 12, the 150th legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly was gaveled open as members of the House of Representatives and members of the Senate were sworn in for our legislative duties. This process repeats itself every two years following the elections, and the winners of the 180 districts in the House and 56 districts in the Senate are seated to serve their district and state.

January 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Opinion


Will Barnes run again?

If you believe President Obama inherited a truckload of problems from George W. Bush, consider what the next Georgia governor faces.

January 26, 2009 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


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Salute a man trying to better the world

A wise man once said that our only reason for occupying space on this earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will. Len Pagano is an exception.

October 30, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Bad drivers must pay for choices

Tens of thousands of Georgians live with lifelong disabilities due to brain and spinal cord injury.

October 29, 2014 | By Paige Havens Guest columnist | Opinion


Will 10,000 landowner or 65,000 visitors pay for projects?

I read with interest a recent column submitted to the newspaper concerning SPLOST and ad valorem taxes. While I fully support one's right to free speech and voting, I am troubled by incompleteness and/or inaccuracies in material discussed. While the kinder and gentler side of me attributes this to "just a small misunderstanding of the true facts," I feel it's necessary to accurately inform readers on these matters.

October 29, 2014 | By Joey Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Don't extend MidCoast's runway

Editor, The Liberty County Commission and Development Authority leaders poured millions of dollars into MidCoast Regional Airport. Now they are spending millions more to extend one of the four runways from 5,000 to 6,500 feet. Why? Are they planning on implementing nonstop commercial air service?

October 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Assembling the pieces of life's puzzle

This happened years ago. Mama was alive then, so it's been seven or eight years. I hadn't thought about in almost that many years but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life's journey can be so fascinating.

October 28, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Leave the baby-growing to friends

OK, I admit it - a few months ago, I suffered from a very short-lived bout of baby fever. I'm happy to announce, however, that I've fully recovered.

October 28, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


All needed to keep waterways clean

"Water, water everywhere" is especially true for a coastal county like ours.

October 27, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Common Core math is too confusing

Editor, Why are we dumbing down our children? Our high schools send 90 percent of students out the door without the most basic skills high school is supposed to teach. High-tech businesses won't locate to Liberty County because of our inability to provide educated workers.

October 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


State questions on Nov. 4 ballots

While most voters are familiar with the candidates on the Nov. 4 general-election ballot, many are unaware of the ballot's three referendum questions.

October 23, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Voter apathy should be illegal

Editor, Our country is in a precarious position. Our government is intruding in our personal lives, and our religions are under attack. The government is ignoring the invasion from south of the border, as well as the dangers imposed by ISIS and other terrorist groups.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Governor shares view on education

Last week, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.

October 22, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


News of deaths is good Southern gossip

Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a longtime friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times, I know the person, but sometimes I don't have a clue the person ever existed.

October 21, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Do your part to conserve, clean water

This month, we are making a positive difference for our local waterways by participating in the statewide Rivers Alive waterway cleanups.

October 21, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Protect your family -- get flu shots

Go get a flu shot. Also, make sure you're children get flu shots. It's a plain and simple set of instructions, but following them could save a life. Please, go do it.

October 21, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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


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