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Removing flag doesn't change history

Removing the Dixie flag from the South Carolina Capitol grounds did not change history nor erase it from our minds.

April 05, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


Where has all the water gone?

It is impossible to use up water. When it is used, it doesn't disappear. There is as much water on this planet today as there was thousands of years ago. When it rains, the water evaporates or it runs to streams or underground reservoirs. It's hard to make it do anything else, except temporarily. Likewise, when water from a stream is used, it returns to a stream or evaporates.

April 05, 2007 | By Harold Brown Georgia Public Policy Foundation | Opinion


Other opinions

Time is now for legislators to be vigilant

April 05, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Prepare now for disasters

An article in the Coastal Courier about Liberty County being left out of a statewide tornado alarm and disaster drill (Exercise in disaster, Feb. 25) has proven to be very ironic.

April 03, 2007 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Opinion


Repercussions of an apology

The governor is flapping around like a headless chicken begging the feds for money to keep alive Georgia's health insurance program for children in need. The transportation nightmare in metro Atlanta could not get worse. Water polluters and land despoilers are pushing enough legislation to fill two freight cars. Loan sharks with fresh ideas for predation are circling the Statehouse. The tax code, the criminal defense system and flagging economic development require immediate attention.

April 03, 2007 | By Bill Shipp | Opinion


Drop in interethnic marriage

Once upon a time, there was trouble if you married outside of your ethnic group. It wasn't until 1967 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional, and not everybody loved Lucy and Ricky.

March 31, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


When do I get my racing stripes?

Since recently arriving in Hinesville, my profession has been altered from journalist to racecar driver as my compact car turbo charges down Highway 84.

March 31, 2007 | By John Deike Staff writer | Opinion


Georgia moves on transportation

Transportation proposals are chasing lawmakers at such an exciting and breathtaking pace this year that the convergence of plans under the Gold Dome seems destined to outdo NASCARís legendary pileups.

March 29, 2007 | By Benita M. Dodd Georgia Public Policy Foundation | Opinion


Healthcare: Healing a nation

Healthcare reformation is one of the most challenging crises facing our nation; yet the partisanship and bickering on both sides of the aisle is getting us nowhere.

March 29, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


What happened to the untouchables?

Democrats in Congress have used their newly won subpoena power to hold hearings in which former Bush Justice Department U.S. attorneys told tales of political pressure on public corruption investigations. Several were fired in December, apparently for failing to obey the orders of their political minders in Washington. In addition, the New York Times reported the former U.S. attorney in Maryland believes he was fired for investigating possible corruption in the administration of the state's then-Republican governor.

March 27, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Write a b log, post comments

One of the perks of the Coastal Courier's new Web site is it enables readers to share their views on matters they feel are interesting by expressing their thoughts in their own blog or commenting one written by someone else. Courier bloggers have voiced their opinions on topics ranging from alternative healing to national security, ESPLOST to the problems at Walter Reed. Below is an example of a Courier blog.

March 27, 2007 | Sonya Campbell-Kurth | Opinion


PSC steps toward keeping honest

It could only happen in Georgia, that is, if it's not Louisiana.

March 24, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hope may deter illegal immigrants

One piece of good news is that tougher enforcement along the Mexico border seems to have slowed illegal immigration.

March 24, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


PETA trashes its humane rep

New developments in the practices of the "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" recently released reveals employees for the controversial organization consider a "trash can" an "ethical" place for homeless pets in America.

March 22, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


Other opinions

If children can be targeted watch out, state employees

March 22, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Christian educators should model faith

Area schools start classes back this week and next. For both students and educators, the new year brings many challenges.

July 31, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion


Volunteers, community support made Special Olympics successful

Editor, I would like to personally thank Fort Stewart EFMP, Reaching Milestones and all the wonderful military and civilian volunteers who came out to support our annual Special Olympics Spring Games. The competition would not have been successful without such tremendous support from the Hinesville and Fort Stewart community.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trying to determine who is the real outsider in race

The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office, and both are anxious to portray themselves as the ultimate "outsider."

July 30, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Downtown director was a blessing

Editor, I would like to express my thanks and gratitude for the great job that Vicki Davis did when employed as the executive director of the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority. The seven years that she gave to our community opened many doors of opportunity to the Liberty County Community and Area Mass Choir.

July 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Black and white stories can be powerful

One Sunday, while sitting around the dinner table, my sister Louise and I began to tell "Daddy stories" - the ones that stretched back to the early days of his preaching life. Since I was born 12 years after he was "made a preacher," as our folks said back then, I could only contribute what he had told to me about those days, not what I had seen.

July 29, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Parents, use every second wisely

Right after my daughter's birth, I thought I never had enough time to get things done. I had a new baby, I'd just returned to work and I was adjusting to a lot of "firsts." While I enjoyed my precious, new little one and devoted as much time as I possibly could to my career, laundry stacked up, dishes went unwashed, tumbleweeds of dog hair and dust rolled lazily across the kitchen floor and a thin layer of dust coated nearly every surface in my house.

July 29, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Pastor's Corner: Embrace the power of purity

Today's Scripture reading: Acts 19: 11-16 (NIV).

July 28, 2014 | The Rev. Katrina E. Deason | Opinion


Keep Liberty Beautiful: Nominees help make area beautiful

Are you HomeProud? Thankfully, many homeowners in our community are, and we are delighted to showcase a few of them this month.

July 28, 2014 | Sara Swida KLB director | Opinion


EPA rules good for business, economy

Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?

July 24, 2014 | By Richard Eidlin | Opinion


Small businesses want higher wages

If Congress actually listened to small-business owners, the minimum wage would be going up.

July 24, 2014 | By Holly Sklar Guest columnist | Opinion


Yet another Georgia river in peril

As far back as 2010, the Ogeechee River has been called one of the most threatened rivers in the country by environmental groups such as the Southeast Environmental Law Center.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Pay for P.O. box on time or face fee

Editor, I never would have thought a small block of wood measuring about 1.5 inches by 2 inches could make me so angry.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Taxpayers on hook for botched ethics probe of governor

In 1997, then-Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term, in which I served until 2002.

July 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Childhood choices affect whole lives

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages of 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom - a driver's license - and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

July 22, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's time to close Southern borders

Editor, Mexico and Guatemala have finalized a deal that will allow Guatemalans (who normally would be arrested and deported or imprisoned in Mexico) to travel on 72-hour passes through Mexico on their way to our Southern border.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


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