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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


Democrats have it wrong on Iraq

When President Bush announced a surge of troops into Baghdad in January, Democrats pounded him for the folly of putting U.S. troops in the "middle of a civil war."

April 26, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Vetting Sonny for VP

When the dust settles on the presidential nominating process, Mitt Romney may need Sonny Perdue as his vice presidential nominee.

April 24, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Diversity Health Centers vital, need funding

Unfortunately, the supplemental budget proposal adopted by the House of Representatives did not include the needed state funding to continue the Diversity Health Centers program in anticipation of federal funding that has been promised, and it is unlikely the Senate will appropriate those funds in its version of the mid-year adjustment for fiscal year 2007.

April 24, 2007 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Other opinions

Political spin replacing science

April 21, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Dethroning Georgia's mullet kingdom

A man cannot be trusted if he has one or all of the following traits - no trace of sideburns, a given name composed of two first names or a mullet.

April 21, 2007 | By John Deike Staff writer | Opinion


Education can protect children from predators

One of the perils of communicating with strangers on the Internet is that you really have no idea who you are talking to. The anonymity that is meant to shield the innocent from online dangers often results in children and teenagers conversing openly with predators skilled at misrepresenting themselves.

April 19, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Giuliani and the abortion flip-flop

Rudy Giuliani has made a strategic choice in the Republican primary contest. He will stay pro-choice on the issue of abortion, and thus avoid the flip-flopper label that has so harmed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

April 19, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Advisor panels offers glimmer of hope

Have an issue, concern, complaint or question about Liberty County? Where does one go to have residents' needs addressed with personal attention that is deserving of our constituents' concerns?

April 19, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


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Kids' safety, health are priorities

Two pretty newsworthy events concerning children made headlines last week in Liberty County.

September 30, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Long Co. band needs support for trip

Editor, The Long County Blue Tide Band is in great need of help from the surrounding communities.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


President, Congress should work together on war

Our Constitution makes the President the commander in chief, yet gives Congress the ability to declare war. By giving a role to each branch, it clearly considers the use of force to be a shared decision.

September 25, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Congress needs to get going on budget

Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 124, a continuing resolution for fiscal year 2015 that will fund the federal government until Dec. 11.

September 25, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Don't be tricked into SPLOST vote

Editor, I am tired of politicians using scare tactics to get voters to buy what they are selling. Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas said we need SPLOST to draw businesses because new businesses don't want to locate next to a shack. My question is, why do the shacks exist anyway? How many "shacks" will he replace if SPLOST goes through?

September 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Alternatives for Jekyll deer population

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world.

September 24, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Honor businesses that keep county beautiful

Many local businesses work every day to make our shopping and business experiences pleasures by creating and maintaining attractive locations.

September 23, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Bo, Luke back in saddle, sort of

A few days ago I saw a television commercial where Bo and Luke Duke were brought back from the "Dukes of Hazzard" to promote some product. Once again they were in "The General" outrunning the law. I don't even recall the product they were hawking, but it made me stop and think about that old programming and just how juvenile it really was - just short of "Scooby Doo."

September 23, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Let's hear it for all the homemakers

You know how attics are. They're filled with junk, Christmas stuff and memories that you can't toss away. As I was digging through boxes the other day, bound and determined to find a dress pattern from 15 years ago, I found a scrapbook from my high school FHA years.

September 23, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


When life is easy, just say thanks

Those who read my column know I give props to dads every June, when Father's Day rolls around. But I've been thinking lately that maybe my husband doesn't get enough credit for everything he does the rest of the year.

September 23, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Quit depriving vets wounded before 9/11

Editor, Veterans, did you know that when Congress passed legislation to provide caregiver assistance to our nation's most severely disabled warriors, they instituted willful discrimination the likes of which hasn't been seen since the oppressive days of Jim Crow laws?

September 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Minimum wage doesn't buy what it did in '60s

I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today.

September 18, 2014 | By Roger Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal-justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds, and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.

September 18, 2014 | By Mike Klein Guest columnist | Opinion


Road trips can lead to great food finds

Seven or eight years ago, as our nest became empty, my wife and I began taking short road trips to destinations as far as three hours from home.

September 18, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Opinion


Senator wrong on VA claims wait time

Editor, In the recent Courier article announcing Sen. Isakson's visit to Hinesville on Sept. 5, Isakson was quotes as saying, "As you may know, it takes the VA an average 478 days to make a determination on a VA claim. That's more than a year. Although there are signs of improvement, it's still taking too long."

September 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


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