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Questions that beg asking

Republicans were outraged over the full-page ad that the left-wing wackos at MoveOn.org bought in The New York Times that begins by asking the question "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" and ends, unsurprisingly, with the conclusion that "General Petraeus is likely to become General Betray Us."

October 11, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Other opinion

I've seen businesses in one state have supported dangerous measures (measures that can and do take away funding from public services and disrupt other people's quality of life) in other states. It just has to stop.

October 11, 2007 | By Gretchen Sand Kennewick, Wash. | Opinion


On Iraq, the perils of overreaching

Hillary Clinton incontestably spoke the truth about the Iraq War this past February during the annual meeting of the Democratic National Committee when she said, "I understand the frustration and outrage, (but) you have to have 60 votes to cap troops, to limit funding, to do anything."

October 11, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Volunteerism has no political party

Having spent much of our lives involved with civic activities, we have seen firsthand how community involvement can make a difference. We have seen how volunteer service can transform people and create healthy communities where people are happier, more fulfilled and actually live longer.

October 11, 2007 | By Michelle Nunn and Eric Tanenblatt Guest Commentators | Opinion


Consider donating to United Way

The Liberty County branch of the United Way of the Coastal Empire is in the midst of its annual fundraising drive, meaning several local non-profit organizations are looking to the community again for much-needed support.

October 09, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Kingston should apologize

Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah says he will not apologize for asking for $83 million in the current federal budget for local projects for Georgia and his district.

October 09, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Pets can add much to life, take care of theirs

As a long-time resident of Liberty County, I feel compelled to speak up once again about pet overpopulation, the reason why it exists, and the fact that we all have the responsibility to address it.

October 04, 2007 | Petra Brooks Guest columnist | Opinion


Running over 'the little guy'

Liberty County seemingly has a rather poor reputation among a portion of its population. On a routine basis, people contact the Courier to express their dismay about certain powerhouses in the community - private and elected - who appear to run over the "little guy" on their way to financial success.

October 02, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


If not Thompson, then how about ...

I have a sinking feeling Fred Thompson is not going to make the cut.

October 02, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Golden oldies and politics

Cleveland got me thinking about campaigns past. Or perhaps it was just the music; The Coasters, The Drifters, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops.

September 29, 2007 | By Charles Bierbauer Columnist | Opinion


Liberty and justice for some

Imagine rotting in a prison cell, missing your child's birthday, your anniversary, family gatherings. Now imagine you're innocent. This is a fate that befalls far too many Georgians. We like to think we protect our citizenry from such a tragedy. We can never know just how many innocent Americans have fallen victim to the shortcomings of our criminal justice system. What we do know is that if people caught up in this system do not have good attorneys, the number of innocence cases will continue to grow.

September 27, 2007 | By Jonathan Rapping Columnist | Opinion


Blog Topic: Sunday alcohol sales

It seems so strange to me that others think that by not allowing people to make choices we can control problems. Abuse of substances take place every day. Should we close pharmacies on Sundays?

September 27, 2007 | By Uncledu Blogger | Opinion


Blog Topic: Dangerous intersection

I am very concerned about a potentially dangerous situation that exists on Highway 84 (Islands Highway) just east of the I-95 interchange. The Liberty County Development Authority has developed the Tradeport East Industrial Park which includes the Target and Tire Rack distribution centers. I appreciate the new job growth that comes along with this new development; however, I am very concerned about the dangerous conditions created by large trucks attempting to enter the industrial park.

September 27, 2007 | By Angela Coleman Blogger | Opinion


Deregulating auto insurance isn'y for drivers

Seventeen years ago, the Georgia public, fed up with car insurance rates that almost doubled from the 1982 to 1988, voted an insurance commissioner out of office and replaced him with one who promised to fight automobile rate increases. And following the 1990 campaigns, the Georgia General Assembly changed the law, giving the state insurance commissioner approval power over rate increases. Because of that, Georgia now has the fourth lowest rates in the Southeast and is among the top 20 lowest in the country, according to Allison Wall, executive director of Georgia Watch, a consumer watchdog group.

September 25, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Initiatives show healthy logic

Earlier this summer, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle presented a plan to give consumers more healthcare choices. He wants Georgians to be able to purchase affordable, portable health insurance through a simplified free market system. I couldn't agree more.

September 25, 2007 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Georgia State Senate Majority Leader | Opinion


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Georgia icon still giving 'em 'zell'

Nostalgia is popular these days: Retro fashions, disco and '80s pop, "Throwback Thursdays" on social media. What's old is new again, what used to be hip turned square and then back to cool.

August 28, 2014 | Gainesville (Ga.) Times | Opinion


EPD marsh ruling creates a 'fine mess'

For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.

August 28, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


Wounded Warriors don't help older vets

Editor, My hat goes off to the Tri County RC Flyers for their recent airshow and the thousands of dollars they raised for wounded veterans. Unfortunately, the Courier's story contained a description of the Wounded Warrior Project organization that was misleading and is inaccurate. It read "… which helps veterans wounded in conflict…"

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


A little help from one mother to another

Editor, My wife went grocery shopping the morning of Aug. 21 with our 2-year-old son. While shopping, she bumped into another shopper along the way several times and made small talk. My son started to get bored and upset, so my wife cut her trip short and headed to the checkout.

August 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Teens, this is series -- text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

August 27, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Show your 'recycle heart' at fair

I am fascinated by how other countries approach recycling. I recently visited a website called Recycle More from Ireland. Their approach, like so many European countries, is detailed. They expect their citizens to make the effort to recycle as many items as possible. And they certainly don't limit their recycling to plastic bottles and aluminum cans. There is no one-stop drop-off for many items. If you are Irish, you take electronics back to electronic shops, batteries to shops that sell them, etc.

August 26, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Learn from those who've gone before us

As an unusually mild, rainy summer was melting away - or rather, frosting its way into autumn - I took to noticing signs that our mountain people always have used to judge the forthcoming severity of winter.

August 26, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Let children choose own interests

Football season is upon us. I'm sure some of you are thrilled about its arrival. I am not.

August 26, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Journalist also face dangerous world

We are constantly reminded that the world is a very deadly place - not just for our military personnel - but also for members of the Fourth Estate. Some journalists working in dangerous regions in a globe full of conflict will not return home. The latest: 40-year-old James Foley. His gruesome death at the hands of ISIS has been available for all to see.

August 25, 2014 | Macon Telegraph | Opinion


State must get transportation in order

The regional transportation sales-tax referendum failed two years ago across most of Georgia. So it's encouraging to see movement again, in the form of a joint study committee on transportation funding that met Aug. 5 for the first of seven meetings around the state before the legislative session.

August 21, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Most recent Long Co. audit is a joke

Editor, I would like to respond to the Long County audit for the year ending June 30, 2013, which is - needless to say - a joke.

August 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Not even the liberals want him

Rap! Rap! Rap: "The special called meeting of the Loyal Order of Liberals will come to order. Let's begin the meeting as we always do - with the Liberal Pledge of Allegiance:

August 20, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


County employee was trailblazer, good guy

Editor, I lost a friend last week. I lost a longtime coworker. I lost an Army comrade, though we never served together nor did we share "war stories." And Liberty County lost someone who was a loyal, extremely dedicated and tireless worker until his "untriumphant" retirement last year.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Grab uncomfortable situations by horns

A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead. I don't like confrontation. If that makes me less than a person then consider me to be itty bitty. Life, I figure, is too short for squabbling. My motto is "whenever possible, step out of the way."

August 19, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Some things are tough to explain

My 2-year-old daughter, Reese, adores the Disney movie, "Frozen." I admit, it's a cute flick with plenty of catchy tunes and even a few good one-liners. There's one part, however, that I'm having trouble explaining to Reese, and I fear I'll have even more difficulty with it as she gets older.

August 19, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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