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Who is policing the police?

We expect the police to obey the laws we hire them to enforce. Yet, every day, some violate these same laws, claiming the right to do so just because they are wearing a badge. The courts know the laws are being broken by law enforcement officers, but they turn their back to what is transpiring. The politicians know the laws are being broken, yet they allow those officers to continue doing whatever they please. Why? Money!

February 22, 2007 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Personal responsibiblity is key

Lap bands, gastric bypass, liposuction, various pills and rubs are available to help shed those unwanted pounds! Have we created a monster with our insatiable taste for transfat, carbs and sugar?

February 22, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


Editorial: Trend of elected officials 'going it alone' must stop

Next year, girls in Texas entering the sixth grade will be forced to take a new vaccine against strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer.

February 22, 2007 | Sonya Campbell-Kurth | Opinion


Georgian views Obama bomb

"Democratic candidates must treat Sen. [Barack] Obama just like any other candidate. They must not treat him differently because he is an African American." That bit of guidance for white Democratic presidential candidates comes from perhaps the smartest politician in the Georgia Democratic Party - Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, the only black candidate to win statewide office without first being appointed.

February 20, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Democrats and the drug scam

Democrats hate that Republicans are willing, on the issue of embryonic stem-cell research, to let their straitened moral views supposedly stand in the way of medical progress. But Democrats have their own ethical problem with medical progress - based on their moral qualms about the profit motive.

February 20, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Editorial: Don't restrict media after disasters

Liberty County commissioners are expected to consider Tuesday a proposed ordinance authorizing the imposition of curfews during emergencies and disasters.

February 20, 2007 | Sonya Campbell-Kurth | Opinion


Barbaro, a horse loved too much

I read with deep sorrow the beloved Kentucky Derby winning bay colt was euthanized on Jan. 29.

February 17, 2007 | Nancy Bezanson | Opinion


Birth of a changing America

The child was about to become a Mexican national. Yet, because of an illegal action by the child's mother, the child was born an American citizen. How did this happen? The child's mother illegally crossed the border from Mexico into the United States. She had her child on American soil. This woman waited at the boarder until she was ready to deliver and then crossed over. According to the Constitution, the child automatically becomes an American citizen.

February 15, 2007 | Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Editorial: Help a soldier, save loved pets

Whenever our military deploys, soldiers are forced to leave their cherished pets behind. If they don't have someone to care for their animals while they are away, their pets tend to end up at the local humane shelter.

February 15, 2007 | Sonya Campbell-Kurth | Opinion


Others' opinions

Proposal doesn't go far enough

February 15, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


American soldiers deserve respect

"Spitting on our outstanding soldiers? That is the one thing that is sure to get my "dander" up.

February 15, 2007 | Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


Voters must ensure responsible growth

In today's Coastal Courier, readers will find our annual Pride and Progress edition. Within its pages are the views of our state legislators, county commissioners and Hinesville city councilmen. In other words, the people who representative us and make decisions - long-term and short - that affect our lives.

February 13, 2007 | Courier Editorial | Opinion


Georgia health care — less

A child living in Georgia is twice as likely to die before age 14 as a child living in Nebraska or Iowa, or at least eight other states. An expectant mother in Georgia is twice as likely to receive inadequate prenatal care as a mother in Wisconsin or Vermont.

February 13, 2007 | Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


What's for supper? Dolly the sheep

"What's for supper?" Dolly, the Sheep! Hello? Is anyone out there concerned the FDA recently released a notice stating unequivocally cloned animals are safe to eat and will soon be entering our food supply?

February 08, 2007 | Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


Are we living in a fantasy?

Are we living in a fantasy? Maybe it was just the time and place where I grew up, but I don't remember hearing our national leaders belittled as they are today.

February 08, 2007 | Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


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Trying to determine who is the real outsider in race

The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office, and both are anxious to portray themselves as the ultimate "outsider."

July 30, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Downtown director was a blessing

Editor, I would like to express my thanks and gratitude for the great job that Vicki Davis did when employed as the executive director of the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority. The seven years that she gave to our community opened many doors of opportunity to the Liberty County Community and Area Mass Choir.

July 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Black and white stories can be powerful

One Sunday, while sitting around the dinner table, my sister Louise and I began to tell "Daddy stories" - the ones that stretched back to the early days of his preaching life. Since I was born 12 years after he was "made a preacher," as our folks said back then, I could only contribute what he had told to me about those days, not what I had seen.

July 29, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Parents, use every second wisely

Right after my daughter's birth, I thought I never had enough time to get things done. I had a new baby, I'd just returned to work and I was adjusting to a lot of "firsts." While I enjoyed my precious, new little one and devoted as much time as I possibly could to my career, laundry stacked up, dishes went unwashed, tumbleweeds of dog hair and dust rolled lazily across the kitchen floor and a thin layer of dust coated nearly every surface in my house.

July 29, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Pastor's Corner: Embrace the power of purity

Today's Scripture reading: Acts 19: 11-16 (NIV).

July 28, 2014 | The Rev. Katrina E. Deason | Opinion


Keep Liberty Beautiful: Nominees help make area beautiful

Are you HomeProud? Thankfully, many homeowners in our community are, and we are delighted to showcase a few of them this month.

July 28, 2014 | Sara Swida KLB director | Opinion


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


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