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It's all about balancing budget, state spending

• Day 21 (Monday, March 8): After a two week working recess to address our budget woes, we're back in session today and greeted with more bad news as we learn that February's revenues fell by nearly 10 percent from this time last year. Considering that February 2009 revenues were down by 34 percent from February 2008, this means that February 2010 revenues are down 44 percent from two years ago- devastating news.

March 17, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


No buck, no cluck; Keep the thrasher

The news in Georgia has gone to the birds. Literally. The latest big debate in the state isn't centered on how lawmakers are tackling the much-hyped $1 billion budget hole or even how the Atlanta Braves look at spring training. The campaign creating the most buzz isn't political in nature - it's ornithological.

March 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Perdue not horsing around with buget

In the midst of one of the worst economic crises in memory, the Georgia General Assembly has to make some extremely difficult financial decisions. I don't envy their job.

March 17, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Long term thinking on state funding

The news is not good for Georgia on the economic front. It seems sales tax revenue is down approximately 10 percent from February 2009, and last year revenue was down ... well, let's say they were way down and leave it at that for now.

March 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Deadline for homestead exemption is near

April 1, 2010 is the deadline for accepting applications for homestead exemption for tax year 2010. Applications can be accepted year round but those received after April 1st will be applied to 2011 taxes. You can file at either of the two offices of the Tax Commissioner: (1) 11 North College Street in Pembroke or (2) 185 Richard Davis Drive in Richmond Hill.

March 11, 2010 | By Debra Newman Guest columnist | Opinion


Tell me what you'd like to read

As a child who wanted nothing more than to grow up and become a journalist, I used to write stories for and draw out my own homemade "newspapers" to distribute to my family on Sunday mornings at breakfast. I tried to design my publications based on what I thought each of my family members might want to read. Dad's "newspaper" was about sports and my younger sister's often featured reports on Strawberry Shortcake and her social circle.

March 11, 2010 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Editor | Opinion


There is no easy way to balance budget

For the past two weeks, the Georgia state legislature has taken a working recess to address our budget crisis. At issue are both the FY 2010 amended and the FY 2011 general budgets.

March 11, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Crowd, students nearly as impressive as president

The crowd gathered behind barricades in barely contained anticipation - and in some cases adoration - Tuesday prior to President Barack Obama's arrival at Savannah Technical College reminded me of Beatle-mania way back in the 1960s, when four charismatic musicians from Manchester, England, forever changed America's rock music scene.

March 08, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Opinion


Grade schools like we do students

Editor's note: State Rep. David Casas, R-Lilburn helped write this column.

March 03, 2010 | By State Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Cuts alone unlikely to balance budget

The budget was the focal point and our top priority last week. Although the General Assembly was not in session, our time consisted of attending and giving input during the subcommittee meetings of the Appropriations Committee.

March 03, 2010 | By State Rep Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Want parents in charge of education? Then let government rate them

I am up to my gizzard with our governor and Legislature and assorted bureaucrats stomping around in public education with little regard for the consequences of their actions. Example: One school system in the state has been considering allowing the police to bring Tasers into the schools to quell unruly students.

March 01, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


First bill draws hazing

Editor's note: Carter (R- Pooler) is reporting each week during the Legislative Session. The session began Jan. 11, and is expected to last until the latter days of March.

February 24, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


State budget cuts will be painful

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned last Thursday, after day 20 of the 2010 legislative session. The Assembly has decided to take a two-week break from the legislative session to work on the daunting task of balancing the Fiscal Year 2011 budget.

February 24, 2010 | By State Rep Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Warrior battled to make us all better

The body is a little frail and he walks with a cane but the man still has the look of a warrior. His name is Charles Ector. He experienced the uglier side of society and with dignity and determination took prejudice head on.

February 22, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Session suspended for budget work

The House and the state Senate voted Thursday to adjourn the current legislative session until March 8 to allow Appropriations Committee members to work full-time over the next two weeks on the budget proposal for fiscal year 2011, which begins July 1.

February 22, 2010 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Tax-assessment appeal laws have changed

Georgia legislators this year amended laws governing procedures for appealing county tax assessments on real and personal property. The changes took effect July 1.

August 03, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes | Opinion


Police should not provide hospital security

Editor, I read the article ("Police to provide hospital security," July 22, front page) with much disdain. Certainly, it's a multilayered mistake that could ...

August 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Candidate announces run for city council

Editor, I'm a retired combat veteran and member of the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission, and I'm announcing my intent to run for the ...

August 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Project G.A.N.G thanks numerous supporters

Thank you, Liberty County and surrounding areas. Project Reach G.A.N.G. Inc. and its executive director, Lavonia LeCounte, give all credit to God ...

August 01, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Middle East troops, not Americans, should fight ISIL

Editor, We committed our infantry on two disastrous Mideast battlefields. You know, those places where Christian churches and Christians are not allowed. The result - many ...

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


How to be a liberal in one angry letter

I want you to hear this from me rather than from Donald Trump. I have been outed. I am a "bed-wetting liberal." No longer can ...

July 30, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


How does Georgia stack up against other states?

Georgia is a state where we measure ourselves by how other people think of us.

July 29, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Clerk's office leads way in court technology

I was hired Nov. 13, 1983, as chief deputy clerk of the Office of the Clerk of Courts of Liberty County, having served previously for ...

July 28, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tink's quest for a chainsaw

My husband is like a relentless teenager. When he wants something, he persists until it's easier for me to say "yes" just to get ...

July 28, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Elect new leaders in Riceboro

Editor, In March, I wrote in to express my horror at the prospect of the Riceboro mayor and City Council voting themselves healthy raises (more ...

July 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Rebel flag not a symbol of slavery

Editor, I am really tired of all of the "political correctness," especially concerning the Confederate battle flag.

July 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hard city surfaces play rough with streams

Usually, when we picture streams, we are thinking more of a pastoral landscape.

July 27, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers try to defuse explosive issue

With the legalization of fireworks this year, Georgia residents had a blast over the Fourth of July weekend - literally.

July 24, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Expiring federal tax credit threatens solar industry

With the state's Solar Power Free Market Financing Act now law, Georgia is expected to have a banner year for new solar installations in ...

July 23, 2015 | By Rhone Resch Guest columnist | Opinion


Blessed are the peacemakers, who state the obvious

Blessed are we, the peacemakers. Ours is a lonely lot. I had hoped I could cut back on pacifying petulant poops and spend more time ...

July 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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