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Walthourville water problems

May 19, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Legislation approved by House

Editor's note: This is the second part of Williams' column that was published in Sunday's Courier highlighting legislation approved by the House of Representatives during the final week of the session.

May 17, 2007 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Home, mission on troops' minds

Like so many of the soldiers I lead, I miss family and friends at home in the Coastal Empire and beyond. There is not a second that goes by that I don't think about the families and the community we left behind. Our reunion will be sweet for sure, but for now we do our duty and focus on the mission at hand.

May 17, 2007 | By MG RIck Lynch Special to the Courier | Opinion


Governor causes overtime for session

This has been an extremely long session, but I am honored and grateful to represent the people of House District 165. Although the General Assembly adjourned our 2007 session at midnight April 20, all indications are that Gov. Perdue will call lawmakers back for a special session in the near future.

May 15, 2007 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Ethics code for dummies

Wake up! Read this! Georgia needs a strict code of government ethics. Don't roll over and go back to sleep. Listen! This is serious.

May 15, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Growing the fight for farm subsidies

Spinach might not seem to have anything to do with military operations. But there it is, in an emergency supplemental bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: $25 million for California-spinach growers, whose vigorous, martial-like spinach-growing had heretofore not been seen as part of the war effort.

May 12, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Man and machine

During the past year or so, I have noticed many of my fellow Americans are hopping aboard the Bluetooth bandwagon.

May 10, 2007 | By John Deike Staff writer | Opinion


Misunderstanding and Iran

Iran wants to quit the international community, but the international community won't let it. No act of warfare against the civilized world, no defiance of the United Nations, no violation of international norms, no brazen lie is ever enough to mark Iran as unworthy of outreach, dialogue and the art of sweet persuasion.

May 10, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


All we can do is pray for victims

With the aftershock of the Virginia Tech shootings rocking the minds of many, it is quite difficult to collect the logic of the killer amidst the bullet casings and the carnage.

May 08, 2007 | By John Staff writer | Opinion


Did NRA misfire?

Did the most powerful and vindictive pressure group in Georgia politics finally get its comeuppance in the Georgia Legislature?

May 08, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


House adopts FY2008 budget

The House of Representatives adopted a $20.2 billion state budget for fiscal year 2008 that begins July 1, 2007. The budget represents a 5.7 percent increase in spending over last year's budget and dedicates $792 million to the state's revenue shortfall reserve fund.

May 03, 2007 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Greetings from Baghdad

The 3rd Infantry Division headquarters, based at Fort Stewart, recently deployed thousands of soldiers to Iraq as part of a new strategy to bring security to Baghdad. Today, I lead a task force that is responsible for a large sector in and around Baghdad.

May 01, 2007 | By MG RIck Lynch Special to the Courier | Opinion


The new Southern strategy

When the liberal former New York mayor shows up in Montgomery, Ala., to take the Rebel side in the debate over the Confederate flag, you begin to understand a couple of things about next year's presidential election:

May 01, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Look to history on immigration

It is easy for me, as an immigrant, to say that every American should welcome the Hernandezes of the world with open arms.

April 26, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Writers boost environmental awareness

A long list of Southern writers has celebrated the South's exceptional beauty and special sense of place. Today an increasing number of southern writers continue this tradition but are also highlighting the serious environmental challenges facing this region, including explosive, unprecedented growth that is predicted over the next 20 years. Writers are using their talents to give voice to the hundreds of special southern places that are endangered, from the mountains to the coast.

April 26, 2007 | By Rick Middleton Special to the Courier | 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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