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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


Seatbelts for small trucks is positive move

Pickups make you think of back roads, farming and country, especially Southern country. So, in recent years, when the Georgia lawmakers rightly imposed seatbelt requirements on most passenger vehicles they elected to exclude pickups from those requirements.

March 22, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Advancing student achievement

Only when we design education around the individual needs of children will we achieve excellence. I have visited several schools throughout the state this session to share details of two of my priorities, which revolve around the fundamental belief that no two children learn at the same pace or in the same way.

March 20, 2007 | By Casey Cagle Special to the Courier | Opinion


Return of the pipeline monster

Remember the standard scene from the old horror movies? Just when the hero sighs with relief that he has finally killed the monster, the damned thing rises up again and grabs the good guy by the throat.

March 20, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Shoot first, ask questions later?

Eight Marines were recently charged at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in the deaths of 24 Iraqi "civilians."

March 17, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


Other opinions

Underlining the 'P' in PSC

March 17, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


DotCommies: Keyword — Cuban government

A while back, while researching my family history for a magazine article on genealogy, a cousin gave me the e-mail address of our mutual third cousin in Cuba.

March 17, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Happy birthday, Liberty County

It's terrible when you forget a friend's birthday. That feeling of guilt that comes upon you when you realize that a special day came and went without being recognized. We get so caught up in our mundane existence, so busy in our day-to-day activity that sometimes we all miss a special day.

March 17, 2007 | By Patty Leon Columnist | Opinion


Liberty proves its generosity again

Liberty County's residents and business community have proven their generosity and caring once again - this time in support of homeless pets.

March 15, 2007 | Sonya Campbell-Kurth | Opinion


Is Obama running on Obama?

You know you're at a Barack Obama rally when there is a student in the front waving a "Liberals Are Sexy" sign.

March 15, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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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


Stormwater runoff is good rain gone bad

I love a good rainstorm - I always have. My mother used to check the weather forecast for thunderstorms because I was fascinated by them and wanted to watch them outside. However, it's not really a good idea to sit outside during a thunderstorm.

July 22, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Be flexible with child' milestones

My 2-year-old is a chatterbox. I have no idea where she gets it from. (I'm being sarcastic, of course; it's obviously a trait passed down directly from me.)

July 22, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Once upon a blood moon in Georgia

Not a single person in my breakfast club has mentioned the "blood moon." And that includes me, until now. I wasn't really sure what it was even though my emails from some preacher have hammered me recently with a "better beware" kind of verbiage.

July 22, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Johnson deserves district seat

Editor, Lately your newspaper has printed several letters stating that Buddy Carter is just like Jack Kingston. These claims are extreme exaggerations and pretty farfetched.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Midway needs better fire-protection deal

It's good when the fire department is quiet, but the Midway Fire Department is the busiest department outside of Hinesville. The Midway volunteers do an excellent job with a quick response time. Many residents are not aware of Midway's coverage area, but the Midway Fire Department covers Midway's 4 square miles and 40 square miles of unincorporated areas of Liberty County. It also supports other fire departments when called upon for assistance.

July 17, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


BRAC should be feared in Georgia

Few acronyms raise the concern of elected officials, community leaders and military personnel as much as BRAC does.

July 17, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


The tyranny of automobiles

In the week leading up to Independence Day, several news stories prompted us to contemplate what freedom means in 2014.

July 17, 2014 | By John Bennett Guest columnist | Opinion


Waxing poetic is quite frenetic

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

July 16, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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