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House passes FY 2011 budget

Returning from our recess, the General Assembly was refreshed and ready to get back to doing the people's work. It has been a longer legislative session in comparison to the past few years; however, the end is in sight. With only four legislative session days left, the General Assembly confirmed that our last day of the 2010 Legislative Session will be Thursday, April 29. One of the most complex budget years in the history of the state, we have made necessary, but difficult, choices as we reduced spending and therefore the size of our government. When the economy does ...

April 22, 2010 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Offshore drilling will benefit pocketbooks

Georgians applaud President Obama's decision to allow offshore drilling along the mid-Atlantic coast. With the state unemployment rate at 10.6 percent, we understand that tapping into U.S. oil and natural gas resources offshore would create hundreds of thousands of new, well-paying jobs, boost the state and local economies, and help secure our energy future. We also know many factors play a role in whether or not development will ever occur. If the president has our best interest in mind, he needs to act quickly and prudently on his words.

April 22, 2010 | By State Sen. Chip Pearson Guest columnist | Opinion


Professor: EPD study flawed

Editor's note: Dr. Jack Blanton is professor emeritus at the Skidaway Island Institute of Oceanography in Savannah. He has researched physical oceanography for more than 40 years. For that reason, we invited him to answer questions regarding the Liberty County Development Authority's proposed wastewater treatment facility. Here are our questions and his replies.

April 22, 2010 | Staff report | Opinion


Earth Day worth observing

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.

April 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Thanks, Liberty, for having me

I'll hand it to you, Liberty County - you sure know how to make a person feel welcome. And, apparently, you've decided the old adage holds true: The way to an editor's heart is through her stomach, which is just fine with me. Heck, if I'd known our readers and sources were going to invite me to so many functions featuring delicious meals, I'd have tried for my recent promotion even sooner.

April 21, 2010 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Editor | Opinion


New budget continues irresponsible path

A majority of the House of Representatives voted this week to approve a $17.8 billion state budget for fiscal year 2011. I was among the 52 House members voting against the spending plan because it is a continuation of the misguided priorities and fiscal irresponsibility that have plagued Georgia for the last eight years.

April 21, 2010 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Insurance we can't afford to be without

Every year, millions of Georgia drivers engage in a behavior almost as risky as texting or talking on their cell phones. And they may not even know it -- until it's too late.

April 19, 2010 | By George Israel Guest columnist | Opinion


Encouragement is one leg supporting education

As we all commit to helping our youth, we find that encouragement is needed at all levels of development, starting at home, in the schools and the community. I will engage on the second of the three-legged stool as it relates to the importance of our educational system. That is commitment.

April 19, 2010 | By Lily Baker, Liberty BoE chairwoman Guest columnist | Opinion


UGA president's chances for NCAA panned

Bob Ryan, noted sports columnist for the Boston Globe recently ripped the National Collegiate Athletic Association for considering University of Georgia president Michael Adams as CEO of that organization to succeed the late Myles Brand, saying it would be a "colossal mistake." The NCAA search is being conducted by Parker Executive Search of Atlanta, the same firm that recommended Adams for the UGA job.

April 19, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


State gets a bit of good financial news

The Easter bunny was good to Georgia last week as he brought us the news that March revenue collections were up from a year ago, marking the first monthly increase in revenues since November of 2008.

April 15, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Oil drilling will be a good deal

Most of the hoopla about off-shore drilling is born from an absence of the facts, or political posturing. For example, Florida bristles at offshore drilling. It's political positioning and nothing more. They already have a plan for a pipeline to connect them directly with inshore drilling platforms suggested for adjoining states along the Gulf Coast. A perfect example of the "not in my back yard" mindset. It's a way to get the oil and the votes at the same time.

April 15, 2010 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


A fix for the free market

Years of research by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation have yielded a sad truth: If free market academics are few and far between in Georgia, free market economists have been scarcer than hen's teeth.

April 15, 2010 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion


Thoughts inspired by 'Life'

If you haven't seen the Discovery Channel documentary "Life," it's worth a watch.

April 15, 2010 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


English-only driver test about safety

A bill currently before the Georgia Legislature that would require testing potential drivers in English only is fanning flames on both sides of the always-heated immigration debate. However, the proposed requirement should have nothing to do with racial discrimination - as some opponents claim - and everything to do with safety.

April 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Census important for Georgia, Liberty County

This year, the federal government is conducting the 2010 Census. The Census is a count of everyone residing in the United States. All U.S. residents must be counted, including citizens and non-citizens.

April 14, 2010 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Reader states case against gun-free zones

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June 30, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


2 Ga. senators give politics a good name

This is a bit weird. I find myself in the position of having to defend politicians. Well, not all of them, just the good ones.

June 30, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Maybe David Shafer should run for president

As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their national nominating conventions next month, it's clear that this has become one of the strangest - and most ...

June 29, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Cigarette litter is not 'pleasing'

Cigarette litter is ugly but, more than that, it is nasty and unhealthy.

June 28, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Celebrate the Fourth safely and legally

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, the Hinesville Fire Department wants to remind the public that while fireworks can be fun, they can also ...

June 28, 2016 | By Kristian M. Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion


Truth shall set radio show host, candidate free

The ladies in Caroline's Beauty Salon were on pins and needles after hearing Raymond Cooper, host of the daily radio talk show, "Renderings with ...

June 27, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Honoring the greatest of all time

On Friday, June 10, I had the distinct honor of attending the public memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali. I was accompanied by life ...

June 27, 2016 | By Gary Gilliard Guest columnist | Opinion


Georgia can learn something from Louisiana

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana.

June 24, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Daddy's ugly shed will stay with me

Behind the little house in which I spent a happy childhood - where I toted books from one room to another, where I knelt by my ...

June 22, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Open letter to superintendent

Maybe it's my fault. Maybe it's my fault to expect a superintendent to exhibit excellence. Maybe it's my fault to not only ...

June 22, 2016 | Marcus Scott IV Guest Columnist | Opinion


Vote for Clinton -- or maybe not

Editor, Now that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, I thought that I would give the voters some reasons to ...

June 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Support attractive businesses

Hello, my name is Sara, and I am addicted to shopping. I make no apologies for this addiction - I mean hobby.

June 21, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Egg case about to crack wide open

I've always said that gossip in Lennox Valley was born in one of three places: Maxine's weekly column called "Rumor Has It," Raymond ...

June 20, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Is Sen. David Perdue aiming for higher office?

During his first 18 months as a U.S. senator, David Perdue had not made much of a splash on the national scene. He was ...

June 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


This Sebastian is the real deal — no joke

I don't know how schoolteachers manage to do what they do, and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed in ...

June 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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