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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


Save the children first

Some 53,000 children in a single county in Georgia are on the verge of having their future threatened by the inappropriate actions of their Board of Education.

April 13, 2008 | By State Sen. Eric Johnson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Help make Saturday night electric

Taped next to a light switch in my house is a photo of an Appalachian mountain that has been mined for coal by blowing off its peak. That photo reminds me to keep the light off as much as I can.

April 12, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Crunch time in Atlanta

We have completed 34 of the no more than 40 days of the 2008 Georgia General Assembly. As allowed by the Georgia Constitution, the only item we must complete is enacting a balanced budget for the operations of the state. We completed that last week and now the Senate will consider it.

April 10, 2008 | By Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Government's chickens are back

When a private company screws up, there is no shortage of people demanding more government intrusion in the marketplace. But when the government screws up, they don't call for less government. They call for more.

April 10, 2008 | By Sheldon Richman Columnist | Opinion


Tax reform is needed

Last week, the Senate gave careful consideration to two issues that will significantly affect you and every Georgian - tax reform and the state budget.

April 10, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Terrorists everyone is afraid to talk about

Nothing hurts parents as deeply as news of the violent death of a child. Over time, the grief subsides slightly but it never goes away - not after a year or a decade or even a quarter of a century.

April 08, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


House approves $21 billion budget

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve a $21.2 billion annual state budget for fiscal year 2009, which begins July 1. The total spending plan reflects a reduction of about $245 million from Gov. Sonny Perdue's original proposal due to lower revenues caused by the state's recent economic downturn.

April 08, 2008 | By Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


The importance of great school boards

School boards don't usually grab the good headlines.

April 05, 2008 | By Kathy Cox Special to the Courier | Opinion


Don't be in the dark about what's around us

One evening when I was a young woman, I was caught on Springer Mountain in Georgia when darkness fell.

April 05, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Aiming at debate on gun rights

Over the past eight years, out-of-control spending, Iraq, economic concerns, and the culture wars have eclipsed gun control in the public debate over politics.

April 05, 2008 | By Nathan Tabor Columnist | Opinion


A day in the life of an Iraqi

My husband and his brother had gone out to the mosque when they came.

April 05, 2008 | Amanda Cox Columnist | Opinion


Budget, tax work now dominate session

The General Assembly is approaching the final stretch of the 2008 session.

April 03, 2008 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Three new chapters in America's story

You won't often see so many history-making events crammed into such a small period of time, but that was the case last week with three huge stories breaking in a little less than 30 hours - a bonanza for those of us who work in the news industry.

July 01, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Clerk's staff can't practice law

O.C.G.A. § 15-6-51 makes the unauthorized practice of law illegal. Specifically, it bars any person other than a duly licensed attorney at law of this state from rendering or furnishing legal services "of any kind in any actions or proceedings of any nature."

June 30, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Everything works out if you let it

A friend of mine - long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations - called one day to announce happily that she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."

June 30, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


No butts about it, cigarette litter is nasty

One of the most challenging elements that businesses have to grapple with in maintaining attractive venues is the cigarette litter that people dispose of in parking areas and sidewalks.

June 30, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


MaMa Irene thanks group for assistance

Editor, I'm coming to our community to say thanks for all of your help and assistance. So many of you have given in the past years to MaMa Irene's Outreach. Through all of you, I was able to help a countless number of families who were in need with clothes, furniture, appliances, Christmas toys, Easter baskets and school supplies.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


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


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