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Unions have outlived usefulness

Are unions obsolete? When the unions first organized in the 1880s, working conditions were not much better than slavery, with low wages, unsafe workplaces and unhealthy circumstances.

October 27, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Cut farm subsidies to save

The U.S. Senate is getting it right. In an effort to lower the nation's costs and debt, it is eliminating farm subsidies for those with adjusted gross annual incomes that exceed $1 million.

October 27, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


'Lock 'em all up' hasn't worked

Georgia's prison population has grown 35 percent during the past decade and is projected to continue growing during the next five years. Public safety is bolstered when offenders who are violent, dangerous or career criminals are put behind bars, but too often lower-level offenders emerge from prison as more hardened criminals.

October 27, 2011 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Occupy Atlanta protesters are unbearable

News bulletin: The state Department of Natural Resources is reporting that black bears in North Georgia seem to be migrating toward the Atlanta area.

October 26, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight: Big banks' new fees fair?

October 25, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Problem is a 'call to action'

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For too many families, awareness of behind-closed-doors abuse is not an issue; they are all too intimately aware of violence at the hands of family members, spouses or intimate partners. They know its pain, its fear, its humiliation and the irrational shame victims often feel. For too many others, it's somebody else's business and somebody else's problem. …

October 24, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Cut pollution, don't feed storm drains

Keep Liberty Beautiful will complete the sixth annual Rivers Alive events this week.

October 24, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


'Fair tax' actually not fair at all

Editor, I worked hard and saved all that I could during my working years. If something needed done and I could do, it I did - from reroofing the house to replacing the brakes on my vehicles. I already have paid income taxes on the money that I've saved, but the fair tax people would have me pay "income" tax on it again if I buy a new set of golf clubs or a boat or anything else. There is nothing fair about that.

October 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Businesses have to pay sales tax, too

Editor, I want to offer a clarification to a statement made by Len Calderone in his column in Wednesday's Coastal Courier on changing the tax code. He favors wiping out the entire income tax code and replacing it with a "consumption tax" or sales tax. He mistakenly states halfway through his commentary that, "Others believe that business owners could make personal purchases and avoid the tax because businesses would be exempt. Businesses are exempt from state sales taxes even now, but they have to prove that what is purchased is for company-only use."

October 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Help to ensure all families enjoy holidays

With the holidays fast approaching, many community members are focusing on hosting and attending parties, buying presents and looking forward to family get-togethers. What many people don't realize is that there are others in our community who worry constantly about how to survive from one month to the next - never mind planning for the upcoming holiday season. That's where our local United Way comes in.

October 24, 2011 | By Kathryn Fox Guest columnist | Opinion


Trading up to parenthood

For the last few nights I've been sleeping like a baby. That's right, I'm up every hour or two, either eating, using the bathroom or just restless for no apparent reason. Who thought "like a baby" was a good way to describe deep sleep, anyway? That's more like sleeping "like a teenager" if you ask me.

October 24, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Global pecan demand good for Georgia

It appears that overseas markets are learning about a good thing - pecans.

October 20, 2011 | By Albany Herald | Opinion


Change the income tax code

U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said, "The federal tax code, with its 44,000 pages, 5.5 million words and 721 different forms, is a patchwork maze of complexity and a testament to confusion over common sense."

October 20, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Health insurance now manadatory, or is it?

National healthcare, ObamaCare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – whatever you refer to it as – the historic legislation passed by Congress in 2010 revolutionizing the American health care system is now law.

October 20, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


It's not government schools, it's stupid government

To quote the Church Lady on Saturday Night Live, "Well, isn't that special?" State School Superintendent John Barge and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., have asked U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a waiver of the controversial No Child Left Behind law and, instead, to measure school performance on a broader basis, consisting of scores on a Criterion-Referenced Competency Test along with other factors in a "performance index."

October 19, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Georgia's two Staceys could split Dems

Georgia's Democratic voters will have their choice of two Staceys in next year's primary for governor: state Rep. Stacey Abrams of Atlanta or ...

August 17, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Pragmatism should prevail on spaceport

Realistic assessment of options and alternatives for coastal job-creation do not substantiate support for the Camden spaceport. Wishful thinking only goes so far.

August 15, 2017 | By David Kyler Guest columnist | Opinion


Help save bees in your landscape

I wish I was the queen. I am not talking about the one across the pond that has her pocketbook permanently attached to her arm ...

August 15, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Buddy is no buddy to district

Editor: At the town hall in Homerville last evening, Congressman Carter touted his horn on his recent vote to deny all federal funding for sanctuary ...

August 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


The Hinesville three and me, what is to be?

Old news, new news, etc. This whole Billy Edwards thing is still giving me headaches.

August 15, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


The rains came and went, but...

The Board of Directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County, Inc. would like to thank the community for supporting our Annual Back-to-School Rally.

August 14, 2017 | By Gary Gilliard Guest columnist | Opinion


Empowering our community's youth

One of my great passions in life is empowering our community's youth. I was raised to believe in the mentality that raising a child ...

August 12, 2017 | By Kenneth Howard Special to the Courier | Opinion


Nelson: Choice, voice, change

Choice, voice, change. These things are never easy! While campaigning for Hinesville City Council District 3, my slogan was "Your Choice, My Voice." The slogan ...

August 11, 2017 | By Vicky Nelson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Covering crime can wear you out

Covering crime can be a tiring and frustrating business, and here's why.

August 11, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Senior contributor | Opinion


Bad news for utility, taxpayers

When it comes to the nuclear reactors Georgia Power has been trying to build at Plant Vogtle, there never seems to be any good news ...

August 11, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Lot of activity in Sept.

We are finally on the downside of summer. Hopefully, there will not be too many more oppressively hot days.

August 10, 2017 | By Sara Swida KLB Director | Opinion


Humor: Is Dennis Rodman the only one who can save the world?

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

August 10, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


It’s a mad, mad, mad world

Every time you turn around these days it seems somebody's mad at somebody, or mad about something somebody else is doing.

August 09, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Managing Editor | Opinion


Commissioner explains resignation

Editor:

August 08, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Some on both sides want to stifle the press

A new Economist/YouGov poll shows that 45 percent of Republicans favor using the courts to "shut down" media outlets that publish "biased or inaccurate ...

August 04, 2017 | By Eric Schulzke Guest columnist | Opinion


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