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General Assembly is done

It is official, the 2010 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly adjourned Sine Die and came to an end midnight on Thursday, April 29. After spending months devoting our time and commitment in Atlanta under the Gold Dome. After being in session for 40 legislative days spread out over four months, continual committee meetings, agreements and disagreements, the members which represent people from all over our state came together and finished the work of the people. The two days of session this week the members worked into the late hours passing legislation. Key pieces of legislation were passed this ...

May 05, 2010 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Candidates get equal treatment

There are seven offices up for grabs in Bryan County. Four are on the board of education, three on the county commission.

May 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


$17.9B budget passes as session adjourns

The 2010 session of the Georgia General Assembly came to an end late last Thursday night, several hours after lawmakers finalized a $17.9 billion state budget for fiscal year 2011. Having started Jan. 11, this was the longest legislative session on record since the 1880s.

May 05, 2010 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Animals gruops, stop arguing to attract funds

Animal-rescue groups from Liberty County and surrounding areas, while working for a very noble cause, are slowly tearing down their own credibility. The infighting among these groups is hurting their reputations and, possibly, turning off potential donors.

May 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


New transportation funding will set off scramble

The Georgia Legislature has finally approved a funding mechanism for transportation. Next comes the jockeying for placement on project lists among advocates, agencies and authorities for the various modes. Just because there's finally an opportunity for transportation funding, however, doesn't mean throwing good money after bad. Taxpayers must be vigilant and demand sound solutions and bang for their buck – or their 1 percent sales tax, to be precise.

May 05, 2010 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Hinesight, debut

May 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Random misses, near hits?

Some recent thoughts, in no particular order. No particular order at all.

May 03, 2010 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


Afraid of the truth?

Well, there you go! I spend time and take up valuable space in this paper telling people that offshore oil well drilling has a sterling reputation of success where oil spills are a concern and bingo! We now have the first serious oil rig spill in the history of the industry. I hope and pray the flow is stopped before the slick reaches the fragile eco-systems of the Chaudeleurs Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

May 03, 2010 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Not a good time to drill, baby, drill

Just a few weeks ago, most seemed glad to hear that President Barack Obama planned to open up areas off the Atlantic - and Georgia - coast to offshore drilling for oil. But there should be some second thoughts and careful assessment in the wake of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is getting worse by the day.

May 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Buzz around governor's race

Now that the legislative session is (drum roll, please) history, it is time to turn our sights to the governor's race.

May 03, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Area coastal conservation

In 2001 saltwater fishermen in Richmond Hill formed a chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association or CCA. The objective of the CCA is to conserve, promote and enhance the present and future availability of these coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public. CCA is a national organization with chapters in 17 coastal states. From the very beginning Richmond Hill has had a very strong chapter. Today there are 150 local members. Four of these members represent the state CCA board: Mike Odom, Fraser Bowen, Coley Bryant and Jimmy Roberts. Mike Odom represents Richmond Hill and Georgia ...

April 30, 2010 | By Angus McLeod Guest columnist | Opinion


Kudos to qualifying candidates

Last week was Georgia Cities Week - a Georgia Municipal Association creation that is aimed at informing the public on the importance of cities. Nearly 100 municipalities in the state participate in the event in one form or another, including Hinesville, Midway, Flemington and others.

April 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


The high cost of putting people in jail

 Each day across Georgia, the state Department of Corrections prepares enough meals to feed the population of the city of Marietta. Breakfast and lunch are served to nearly 60,000 adult prisoners. Paying for 31 state prisons annually costs taxpayers $1 billion, including the cost to manage 150,000 parolees.

April 28, 2010 | By Mike Klein Guest columnist | Opinion


Think trees when you turn on faucet

When we think of forests, majestic trees, precious wildlife and clean, fresh air might come to mind. We probably don't think about the water we drink.

April 28, 2010 | By John Rosenow Guest columnist | Opinion


Approved budget has cuts for everyone

Day 37 (Tuesday, April 20, 2010): With only four days remaining in this year's session, we get down to business today by passing the amended FY 2010 budget that runs through June 30 of this year. The historic drop in state revenue is evident here as the FY 2010 budget has been reduced to 2004 and 2005 levels as revenues have fallen $1.6 billion since the original 2010 budget was passed last April. Totaling $17.7 billion, the average agency has been cut 18 percent while vital services such as Medicaid and Education have been cut only 9 ...

April 28, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


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The PSC should learn how to say ‘no’

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April 28, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Remembering a good neighbor

Editor,

April 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Ways to keep litter from hurting community

Somebody made me really mad on Islands Highway this week. Nothing makes volunteers madder than having someone spew litter all over a road right after ...

April 26, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Your safety is HFD's business

The Hinesville Fire Department is dedicated to safeguarding lives, property and the environment. One of the ways we pursue this mission is through educating the ...

April 26, 2016 | By Capt. Earnest McDuffie Columnist | Opinion


Remembering the boy in the coveralls

The other day I had something on my mind, a situation we had just encountered with someone we had sought to help.

April 26, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Oppose cuts to Post-9/11 GI Bill

Editor, Last month, the House passed a bill (H.R. 3016) that included a 50 percent cut in the monthly Basic Allowance for Housing provided ...

April 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Poet laureate aims at Raymond Cooper

Small-town newspapers are a bit different from their counterparts in New York or Los Angeles. That's true today, and it was true in 1998 ...

April 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Liberty schools about to finish a successful year

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April 21, 2016 | Dr. Valya Lee | Opinion


Now might be the worst time to get a DUI

It's never a good time for a politician to get arrested for driving under the influence, but it's especially bad when the next ...

April 21, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Learn water conservation at Earth Day

When the 10th annual Earth Day Celebration takes place on Friday, everyone who attends has the chance to learn easy ways to change our world ...

April 19, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


It's best not to know what lies ahead

The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted ...

April 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


'Silver Tongue' Dick Bland begins assault

"Renderings with Raymond" was normally a labor of love for Raymond Cooper. After all, it was his "baby." Started in 1997 as a camouflaged attempt ...

April 18, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Why I voted 'yes' on 'campus carry'

Without a doubt, this is a troubling time in America. Mass shootings have been happening with seemingly greater regularity. House Bill 859, the "campus carry ...

April 15, 2016 | By state Rep. Jeff Jones Guest columnist | Opinion


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