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Could Newt be the answer?

Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson broke a cardinal rule for Georgia Republicans. They allowed Sen. Ted Kennedy to smile upon them.

June 13, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Growing environmental concern noted

Since transplanting myself from the over-developed and polluted town of Cleveland, Ohio to the forested and marsh-lined county of Liberty, I have begun to change my attitude regarding the environment.

June 09, 2007 | By John Deike Staff writer | Opinion


So many questions but so few answers

DO YOU EVER WONDER? Why are automobiles geared to go 120 mph when speed limits nationwide are 70? Why is it OK for a business to have barbed wire around the top of their fences, but it's against the law for homeowners? Why did automanufacturers do away with the dimmer switch on the floorboard? What do those large question marks on our historic site signs mean? When will Frank Cochran Drive be completed? Why have the good sitcoms on TV been replaced by violence, car chases, nudity, foul language and Hollywood scandals? Why do people find it pleasurable to ...

June 09, 2007 | By Dot Moss | Opinion


Recycling worth the effort

Well, don't you feel lighter, Liberty County? I wish it was as easy to "reduce" personally as it is to "reduce" as a community.

June 09, 2007 | By Sara Swida | Opinion


France: Victim of big government

France has often, for better or worse, led the way during its history: in state-building, when Louis XIV created the modern French monarchy; in proto-totalitarian politics, with its revolution of 1789; in mass-mobilized warfare, in the wake of the revolution. Now, France is being reduced to a sad object lesson, a warning of the deadening effects of big government economics.

June 07, 2007 | By Rich Lowry | Opinion


Congress can't get its acts together

Yet another turn in the long and tortuous road to immigration reform, and still no guarantee Congress is heading in the right direction.

June 07, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez | Opinion


Carter out of line with Bush remark

Former President Jimmy Carter recently said the Bush administration was "the worst in history" in international relations. Well, I will give President Carter some credence in knowing about a presidential administration being the worst. We can honestly say his administration was clearly the worst one during the past 100 years.

June 07, 2007 | By Mike Riddle | Opinion


Wasting energy spinning wheels over gas prices

By Benita M. Dodd

June 05, 2007 | By Benita M. Dodd Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation | Opinion


Slowing growth - or not

Georgia is the nation's sixth fastest growing state on a percentage basis and the fourth fastest growing on a numeric basis. The Peach State population is spiraling upward at an annual rate of nearly 15 percent per year. Close to 40 counties - mostly in north Georgia - exceed the 15 percent growth rate.

June 05, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Courier blogs May 20

Blogger: Allan McQuown

June 05, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Letter to the editor

Editor, I was in the post office in Hinesville on May 16, and there was a very lovely lady standing in line before me. The line was very long and she insisted I go in front of her. I said no and thanked her but she stepped behind me anyway. (I use a walker and am unable to walk without one).

June 05, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Which way will the wind blow you?

With June 1 approaching, perhaps it would be prudent to pay attention to the hurricanes, which will be hustling our way.

June 02, 2007 | John Deike | Opinion


Clinton, Obama pander to feminists

The front-runners in the Democratic presidential race have discovered the power of an idea whose time has passed - socialism in women's wages. Its power is in pandering to feminist voters, and its time passed because it never made any sense even when it was a bright, shiny new bad idea some 30 years ago.

May 31, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Politics should be about solutions

Throughout the years, I've met with a lot of high-school and college students, and there's one question they come up with time after time: What, they want to know, is politics really about?

May 31, 2007 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Back to drawing board on immigration

Good news for immigration advocates: This year's May Day rallies were yawners.

May 31, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


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Nation doesn't need more 'boots on ground'

The talking heads and politicians love to use the term, "boots on the ground." It sounds macho.

October 16, 2014 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Polls shouldn't open on Sunday

Editor, Perhaps Liberty County Commissioners Lovette, Stevens, Frasier and Gilliard need to pause and reflect some before they cast any future votes. I'm referring, of course, to their recent votes to open the polls on Sunday.

October 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gubernatorial candidate talks education

I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public-school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week, the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's turn.

October 15, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Situations are as dramatic as you make them

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 her back.

October 14, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Rivers Alive cleanups coming soon

You drink it. You clean with it. You shower in it. You swim in it. You fish in it. You have fun in it.

October 14, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Even 'educational' TV is questionable

Letting a child watch too much TV may be as bad for parents as it is for little ones. In fact, depending on which shows a child is allowed to watch, it may be worse for parents.

October 14, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Don't vote for SPLOST; property tax hike likely anyway

On Dec. 16, 1773, a group of demonstrators boarded ships in Boston Harbor. They threw chests of tea overboard to protest the British parliament's unfair tax on tea. It's time for the citizens of Midway and Liberty County to borrow a page from Boston's history book.

October 14, 2014 | By Terry Doyle Columnist | Opinion


Port should get money it deserves

Last week, the Georgia Ports Authority approved allocating up to $3 million for maintenance of the shipping channel to the Port of Brunswick, marking the second-straight year the GPA has had to supplement federal funds for this project.

October 10, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Columnist | Opinion


Help soldiers from war room to board room

Over the next three years, as many as 60,000 military members are expected to return to Georgia. Already, 770,000 veterans call Georgia home. In fact, the Peach State is home to the fourth-largest population of veterans nationwide. In addition to those returning to Georgia, more than 10,000 service members will be transitioning from the state's Army installations - 4,000 from Fort Stewart alone.

October 09, 2014 | By James Wilburn Guest columnist | Opinion


UGA is home of top college mascot

If I die anytime soon - and I have no plans to do so at the moment - please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, "He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association." You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad Pitt and my uncanny ability to put commas where they don't belong.

October 08, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Cool house with breezes, memories

"It's a funny thing." That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.

October 07, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Make a difference at Rivers Alive

Are you ready to make a difference this fall? Then consider volunteering this month for our ninth annual Rivers Alive in Liberty County.

October 07, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Another mom shares insights

I imagine, from time to time, you all get tired of reading about my adventures in toddler town and would like to hear from other parents. So, as you can imagine, I was thrilled when Hinesville Public Relations Manager Krystal Britton Hart took me up on my offer to guest write this week's column. Krystal has two daughters herself, one of whom is the same age as my daughter, Reese. I enjoy comparing notes and talking with her, and I'm sure our readers will be as interested in hearing what she has to say as I am. Enjoy!

October 07, 2014 | By Krystal Britton Hart Guest columnist | Opinion


Lift offshore-drilling moratorium

President Barack Obama's recent move to allow seismic exploration of oil and gas reserves off the shores of Georgia and the Atlantic Coast has left many hopeful that the offshore drilling moratorium currently in place may soon be lifted. A new study by University of Wyoming energy economist Dr. Tim Considine indicates the degree to which such a move would benefit Georgians and our Mid-Atlantic counterparts.

October 01, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Special to the Courier | Opinion


Last Saturday, while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers th

Last Saturday, while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley's first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more - much more - needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.

October 01, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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