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What we owe our young people

You cannot step into an American community today without finding a lively conversation about educating our children. How to boost math and science learning, whether our children are reading and writing enough, what constitutes a "quality" education. All of this figures in the national schooling debate and its thousands of local echoes.

May 08, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


DOT: Billion-dollar shortfalls and cupid

Since last fall, Georgians have been treated to a spectacle from our state Department of Transportation. The rancor in the poisonous relationship between Gov. Sonny Perdue and House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, has never been higher than when the two were fighting over the replacement for former Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl.

May 06, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Important legislation passed as session ended

The Georgia General Assembly concluded the business of the state at midnight on Friday, April 4.

May 03, 2008 | By Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Think outside the bottle

When I lived in a city, I liked to take walks, and on recycling day, I was prone to glance at what my neighbors had consumed during the week, as I walked past.

May 03, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Some good did come out of '08 session

Those who watched this year's legislative session as they would a hockey game - waiting for the fight - were not disappointed. Going in, the focus was a "WETT" session: water, education, taxes and transportation. But beneath the political theater, the final score indicates a victory for good public policy.

April 29, 2008 | By Kelly McCutchen Columnist | Opinion


Speaker wins by losing in General Assembly

Let's hear a thunderous round of applause followed by an ear-splitting rebel yell for House Speaker Glenn Richardson. He is clearly the winner of the 2008 legislative wars.

April 29, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Assembly did have accomplishments

The end of session has finally come and gone. Legislators have returned to their families, homes and communities.

April 29, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Aerial dance to benefit Altamaha

At a lecture in Athens more than five years ago I was introduced to a beautiful woman with whom I had in common a river. Susan Majette Murphy was born in Jesup, just down the road from my home in Baxley, and had also grown up swimming, skiing and otherwise loving the Altamaha River.

April 29, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


2008 winners; patients and students

As families struggle with a weak economy due to the high cost of gas, low real estate prices, plus a regional drought, the legislature wanted to do all that we could to help weather the storm.

April 24, 2008 | By Sen. Eric Johnson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Perdue wandering off course

What did I tell you, Sonny? "Don't go to China." And what did you do, Sonny? You went to China. OK, so you made history too.

April 22, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Hope springs eternal this time of year

If I can be so bold as to name a time of full glory for Georgia, spring is it.

April 19, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Brain vitamins for Democrats

Dr. Drew Westen of Emory University may be peddling just the kind of medicine the Democratic Party of Georgia needs, but it's a bit expensive.

April 15, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


House approves regional road funding

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve legislation that would allow counties to join together to solve regional transportation issues through a special purpose local option sales tax.

April 13, 2008 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tragic cost of Sunday alcohol sales

By Gov. Sonny Perdue

April 13, 2008 | By Gov. Sonny Perdue Special to the Courier | Opinion


House restores some of schools' austerity cuts

Representative Ron Stephens Weekly Capitol Update

April 13, 2008 | By Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Now, Georgia can close insurance gap

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court again upheld a key component of the Affordable Care Act against a politically driven effort to dismantle the law through the court system. The King v. Burwell ruling protects tax credits in states such as Georgia that chose to use the federal healthcare.gov marketplace rather than create their own state-based health-insurance exchange.

June 29, 2015 | By Timothy Sweeney Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks from Manna House

Editor, The Board of Directors of Liberty County Manna House would like to acknowledge and thank: Hinesville Rotary Club, GeoVista Credit Union, Coldwell Banker Holtzman Realtors, City of Hinesville and Liberty Regional Medical Center for their efforts in collecting and donating more than 500 jars of peanut butter and jelly. A special thanks to the Rev. Doug Harn, who graciously allowed us to use his truck to move all this food.

June 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Five young men help define successful life

Five young men, ages 18-23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

June 25, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


The great EPA ozone-asthma caper

The first ozone alert of 2015 was issued June 17 amid 90-degree temperatures in metro Atlanta, a "Code Orange" warning children and "sensitive" individuals to "limit prolonged outdoor exertion."

June 25, 2015 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Poverty increases demand for feeding programs

Georgia summer nutrition programs served about 18,000 more children in July 2014 than in July 2013. That's the good news. The bad news is that these programs still served less than 1 in 6 needy children in 2014, according to a recent report by the Food Research and Action Center.

June 24, 2015 | By Melissa Johnson Guest columnist | Opinion


Honor businesses that have clean facilities

Creating an attractive Liberty County is good for all of us who live here. Attractive and clean communities attract new businesses and residents, and are healthier places for all of us to grow and thrive.

June 23, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


A father to remember

It happens all the time: Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.

June 23, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Real estate records kept in clerk's office

"Clerk" is a commonplace term used to describe a variety of vocations, referring to persons who sell goods, wait on customers or engage in any type of clerical work, such as bookkeeping, copying and even running a cash register in a checkout line. Black's Law Dictionary defines "clerk" as the "officer of court who files pleadings, motions, judgments, etc., issues processes and keeps records of court proceedings," thus more aptly describing the functions of the 159 elected clerks of superior court in this state.

June 22, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Special to the Courier | Opinion


In search of cure for Alzheimer's disease

Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease. By 2050, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

June 19, 2015 | By State Rep. Robert Trammell Jr. Guest columnist | Opinion


A day for memories of a special man

It has been 31 years since he passed away, and not a day goes by that I don't miss him, especially on Father's Day.

June 18, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Funding the state transporation bill

The transportation bill received much attention this past legislative session, and rightfully so. It doesn't take long for one to drive anywhere in Georgia before noticing that our roads, interstates, and bridges are in terrible disrepair.

June 18, 2015 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


The American dream thrives

You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes, I agree with that disagreement.

June 17, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Clerk of courts discusses his position

Many years ago, at the conclusion of the longest criminal jury trial in Liberty County's history, I overheard an attorney's son, who sat through several days of presentation of evidence during the trial, tell his father that, of all the jobs of court officials involved, he wanted my job as clerk of superior court.

June 16, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Special to the Courier | Opinion


Make your vacations eco-friendly

Are you planning your summer vacation? I hope you don't think you have to toss out all your good green and sustainable habits when you travel!

June 16, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


W-ville mayor responds to Courier article

Editor, The following is written in response to your article on June 10, 2015, discussing the indictment of Crystal Tilley. The Coastal Courier called the City of Walthourville earlier in the week seeking comments on the indictment. Then, as now, it would have been inappropriate for the city to officially comment on this matter. There is an ongoing criminal case, and current city officials and employees may be witnesses or called to give testimony.

June 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


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