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Georgia needs leader with vision

In just six months, Georgia voters will choose the political leadership to guide the state through a critical time in its history. Balancing the budget will again be painful, along with ongoing challenges in education, transportation, water and economic growth. It will take more than incremental approaches and status quo thinking. Voters must demand leadership that unites Georgians with a bold vision for our future. Here are a few examples.

May 12, 2010 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion

Trauma care closer to reality

On Feb. 7, 2008, in my hometown of Port Wentworth, 14 people lost their lives in one of the worst industrial accidents in our state's history. The horrible explosion that night at the Imperial Sugar plant changed the lives of many in the greater Savannah area, reminding us how fragile life is and how important emergency services are.

May 12, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion

Time of Carter 'al het' a little suspicious

I don't give a flip whether Jason Carter is elected to the Georgia state senate or not. He won't represent me because I don't live in Georgia's 42nd district. What I do care about is that his grandfather, Jimmy Carter, is at it again.

May 11, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

The governor's greatest gift

Recent decisions by the Liberty County Industrial Authority indicate that they are considering not continuing a request for the sewage treatment plant permit. The decision has little to do with the environment. It has to do with financial issues within Liberty County.

May 10, 2010 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion

A soldier's support

This weekend our nation will celebrate Mother's Day. It is a special day and I look forward to reinforcing with my mother how special and important she is in my life.

May 10, 2010 | By Lt. Col. Michael Clark Guest columnist | Opinion

Final days of 40 days at the Capitol

Day 39 (Tuesday, April 27): Today, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that the last two days of the session are here. The bad news is that there is still a tremendous amount of work left to be done as is evidenced by the 53 bills we have on the calendar today. And while the sheer number of bills is intimidating, of even more concern is the importance of the bills involved. While the more glamorous bills such as ethics, transportation and property tax reform have been discussed and debated in the media and different ...

May 05, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion

General Assembly is done

It is official, the 2010 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly adjourned Sine Die and came to an end midnight on Thursday, April 29. After spending months devoting our time and commitment in Atlanta under the Gold Dome. After being in session for 40 legislative days spread out over four months, continual committee meetings, agreements and disagreements, the members which represent people from all over our state came together and finished the work of the people. The two days of session this week the members worked into the late hours passing legislation. Key pieces of legislation were passed this ...

May 05, 2010 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion

Candidates get equal treatment

There are seven offices up for grabs in Bryan County. Four are on the board of education, three on the county commission.

May 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion

$17.9B budget passes as session adjourns

The 2010 session of the Georgia General Assembly came to an end late last Thursday night, several hours after lawmakers finalized a $17.9 billion state budget for fiscal year 2011. Having started Jan. 11, this was the longest legislative session on record since the 1880s.

May 05, 2010 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion

Animals gruops, stop arguing to attract funds

Animal-rescue groups from Liberty County and surrounding areas, while working for a very noble cause, are slowly tearing down their own credibility. The infighting among these groups is hurting their reputations and, possibly, turning off potential donors.

May 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion

New transportation funding will set off scramble

The Georgia Legislature has finally approved a funding mechanism for transportation. Next comes the jockeying for placement on project lists among advocates, agencies and authorities for the various modes. Just because there's finally an opportunity for transportation funding, however, doesn't mean throwing good money after bad. Taxpayers must be vigilant and demand sound solutions and bang for their buck – or their 1 percent sales tax, to be precise.

May 05, 2010 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion

Hinesight, debut

May 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion

Random misses, near hits?

Some recent thoughts, in no particular order. No particular order at all.

May 03, 2010 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion

Afraid of the truth?

Well, there you go! I spend time and take up valuable space in this paper telling people that offshore oil well drilling has a sterling reputation of success where oil spills are a concern and bingo! We now have the first serious oil rig spill in the history of the industry. I hope and pray the flow is stopped before the slick reaches the fragile eco-systems of the Chaudeleurs Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

May 03, 2010 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion

Not a good time to drill, baby, drill

Just a few weeks ago, most seemed glad to hear that President Barack Obama planned to open up areas off the Atlantic - and Georgia - coast to offshore drilling for oil. But there should be some second thoughts and careful assessment in the wake of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is getting worse by the day.

May 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion

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Family grateful for love and support

Editor: The Pattman-Jones family would like to take this opportunity to graciously and humbly thank all of you for your generosity during the passing of ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Protect your identity at Shred It! Day

Another Community Shred It! Day is coming. It will be Nov. 19 at the Liberty County Health Department.

October 25, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Corporations dodging $718 billion in taxes

European regulators' recent finding that Apple avoided billions of dollars in taxes by stashing its profits in Ireland, a known tax haven, put the tech ...

October 25, 2016 | By Matthew Gardner Guest columnist | Opinion

Really random meanderings

This and that: I'm not sure what I think about Opportunity School Districts, but I do know when you get south Georgia conservatives who ...

October 24, 2016 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Tight race makes for odd bedfellows

On a riser at the front of the room sat a large whiteboard with the names Bland, Cooper and Stoughton across the top. A fourth ...

October 24, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Signs invite criminals in

Editor: "Stupid is as stupid does." This is a quote from the movie, Forrest Gump. Basically, it means people are as stupid as their actions ...

October 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Thanks for good work, Coastal EMC

Editor: Just a note to say "Thank You!" to the good folks at Coastal Electric Membership Corp. who put in long hours this past week ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

In Georgia government, experience doesn't count

If you learned you had cancer, what would you do?

October 19, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Lieutenant governor has education plan

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the ...

October 19, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Storm's lesson: Be kind, patient, grateful

Editor's note: Brittany McClure is the public relations manager for the city of Hinesville. During Hurricane Matthew, she worked around the clock to help ...

October 17, 2016 | By Brittany McClure Guest columnist | Opinion

Christmas may come early for Georgia Power

Christmas traditionally is celebrated on Dec. 25 for most Georgians.

October 17, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Bank's ethical lapses could be costly for all

There is nothing more important than your good name. I inherited mine from one of the most honest and ethical men I ever knew: My ...

October 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Patients need truth about increasing drug prices

We are in the midst of an epic media freakout. It is a subset of a larger liberal panic over Donald Trump's strength in ...

October 13, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

No SPLOST until debt service gone

Editor: Are you for or against SPLOST? I suggested in a previous letter to the editor that the county commissioners remove the debt service from ...

October 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Work needed to make Liberty beautiful

Editor: I read, with interest, two articles in Sunday's Courier and would like to give my views on both. The front page article entitled ...

October 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


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