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Traditional banks not the problem

A year and a half after the country came perilously close to economic collapse, average Americans are sitting up and taking notice of the debate in Washington over financial reform. No one wants another financial crisis, and one thing that consumers, the White House, Congress, regulators and bankers of all stripes agree on is that financial reform is needed.

April 27, 2010 | By Joe Brannen Guest columnist | Opinion


Senate works on tax reform

Day 34 (Monday, April 12): This is the sixth year that I have had the honor and privilege of serving in the Georgia State Legislature and one of the things that I am most proud of is how we begin each session in the House and Senate with the Pledge of Allegiance, a short devotion led by our "Pastor of the Day," and a prayer. Today is a special day for me as I have my pastor from Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church in Savannah, Rev. Creede Hinshaw as our "Pastor of the Day." As usual, Creede does a wonderful ...

April 22, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


House passes FY 2011 budget

Returning from our recess, the General Assembly was refreshed and ready to get back to doing the people's work. It has been a longer legislative session in comparison to the past few years; however, the end is in sight. With only four legislative session days left, the General Assembly confirmed that our last day of the 2010 Legislative Session will be Thursday, April 29. One of the most complex budget years in the history of the state, we have made necessary, but difficult, choices as we reduced spending and therefore the size of our government. When the economy does ...

April 22, 2010 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Offshore drilling will benefit pocketbooks

Georgians applaud President Obama's decision to allow offshore drilling along the mid-Atlantic coast. With the state unemployment rate at 10.6 percent, we understand that tapping into U.S. oil and natural gas resources offshore would create hundreds of thousands of new, well-paying jobs, boost the state and local economies, and help secure our energy future. We also know many factors play a role in whether or not development will ever occur. If the president has our best interest in mind, he needs to act quickly and prudently on his words.

April 22, 2010 | By State Sen. Chip Pearson Guest columnist | Opinion


Professor: EPD study flawed

Editor's note: Dr. Jack Blanton is professor emeritus at the Skidaway Island Institute of Oceanography in Savannah. He has researched physical oceanography for more than 40 years. For that reason, we invited him to answer questions regarding the Liberty County Development Authority's proposed wastewater treatment facility. Here are our questions and his replies.

April 22, 2010 | Staff report | Opinion


Earth Day worth observing

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.

April 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Thanks, Liberty, for having me

I'll hand it to you, Liberty County - you sure know how to make a person feel welcome. And, apparently, you've decided the old adage holds true: The way to an editor's heart is through her stomach, which is just fine with me. Heck, if I'd known our readers and sources were going to invite me to so many functions featuring delicious meals, I'd have tried for my recent promotion even sooner.

April 21, 2010 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Editor | Opinion


New budget continues irresponsible path

A majority of the House of Representatives voted this week to approve a $17.8 billion state budget for fiscal year 2011. I was among the 52 House members voting against the spending plan because it is a continuation of the misguided priorities and fiscal irresponsibility that have plagued Georgia for the last eight years.

April 21, 2010 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Insurance we can't afford to be without

Every year, millions of Georgia drivers engage in a behavior almost as risky as texting or talking on their cell phones. And they may not even know it -- until it's too late.

April 19, 2010 | By George Israel Guest columnist | Opinion


Encouragement is one leg supporting education

As we all commit to helping our youth, we find that encouragement is needed at all levels of development, starting at home, in the schools and the community. I will engage on the second of the three-legged stool as it relates to the importance of our educational system. That is commitment.

April 19, 2010 | By Lily Baker, Liberty BoE chairwoman Guest columnist | Opinion


UGA president's chances for NCAA panned

Bob Ryan, noted sports columnist for the Boston Globe recently ripped the National Collegiate Athletic Association for considering University of Georgia president Michael Adams as CEO of that organization to succeed the late Myles Brand, saying it would be a "colossal mistake." The NCAA search is being conducted by Parker Executive Search of Atlanta, the same firm that recommended Adams for the UGA job.

April 19, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


State gets a bit of good financial news

The Easter bunny was good to Georgia last week as he brought us the news that March revenue collections were up from a year ago, marking the first monthly increase in revenues since November of 2008.

April 15, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Oil drilling will be a good deal

Most of the hoopla about off-shore drilling is born from an absence of the facts, or political posturing. For example, Florida bristles at offshore drilling. It's political positioning and nothing more. They already have a plan for a pipeline to connect them directly with inshore drilling platforms suggested for adjoining states along the Gulf Coast. A perfect example of the "not in my back yard" mindset. It's a way to get the oil and the votes at the same time.

April 15, 2010 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


A fix for the free market

Years of research by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation have yielded a sad truth: If free market academics are few and far between in Georgia, free market economists have been scarcer than hen's teeth.

April 15, 2010 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion


Thoughts inspired by 'Life'

If you haven't seen the Discovery Channel documentary "Life," it's worth a watch.

April 15, 2010 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


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Fighting Georgia's shadow economy

The United States has a massive underground economy – reportedly over $1 trillion.

September 29, 2016 | By state Rep. Jeff Jones Guest columnist | Opinion


Being a bed-wetting liberal redneck ain't easy

Oh, great. I have just been outed. It turns out that I am a bed-wetting liberal redneck. You were sure to find that out sooner ...

September 29, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Stem the tide of trash going into oceans

Want to hear something scary, scarier than any horror movie I have ever seen?

September 28, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Who will judge the judges? Keep the JQC

There are roughly 2,000 judges in Georgia, serving at every level of the judicial system from the state Supreme Court all the way down ...

September 28, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Reactin' takes time

It is with earnest intention that I arise each day and assemble my "to do" list. Somewhere between coffee and barn chores, the day thumbs ...

September 27, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Ask candidates if they believe in democracy

Twenty-one times during the presidential primaries, candidates took the stage to debate issues important to the American people. Twenty-one times, they faced questions on foreign ...

September 27, 2016 | By Marc Morial and Morris Pearl Guest columnists | Opinion


Cooper supporter motivates women voters

On Wednesday, the day before the "election of the century," Lennox Valley was captivated by the series of events that had transpired the previous night.

September 26, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Respect, obey police and they'll respect you

The number of police shootings of quote "innocent victims" has seemingly increased at an alarming rate in the past few years.

September 26, 2016 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Say no to closing judicial process

Two years ago, the Georgia First Amendment Foundation honored the state's Judicial Qualifications Commission for an opinion that strongly discouraged judges from keeping the ...

September 23, 2016 | By Hyde Post Guest columnist | Opinion


Drought may require divine solution

Uh oh, here we go again. I have been told that we are beginning to experience drought conditions in the state. Somebody needs to alert ...

September 22, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Just be glad we're not North Carolina, yet

If you want to see how badly politicians can mess up a state, look no farther than our neighbor North Carolina.

September 21, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Freedom of speech often hurts

Editor: I read Mr. Riddle and his column on Mr. Colin Kaepernick and his protest of racial injustice in the United States, which has spread ...

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Wetlands protect open waterways

At Keep Liberty Beautiful we have waterways on the brain in September and October. Liberty County's 11th annual Rivers Alive Day is scheduled for ...

September 20, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Words are important

Editor: Words are important because words have meaning. People use words as a communication tool. Words are also like recording devices - they record the ideas ...

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Real estate professionals make a difference

The Hinesville Area Board of Realtors is a local non­profit organization that thrives to make a difference in the Liberty, Long, Tattnall and Wayne ...

September 20, 2016 | By Karen Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


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