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Long term thinking on state funding

The news is not good for Georgia on the economic front. It seems sales tax revenue is down approximately 10 percent from February 2009, and last year revenue was down ... well, let's say they were way down and leave it at that for now.

March 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Deadline for homestead exemption is near

April 1, 2010 is the deadline for accepting applications for homestead exemption for tax year 2010. Applications can be accepted year round but those received after April 1st will be applied to 2011 taxes. You can file at either of the two offices of the Tax Commissioner: (1) 11 North College Street in Pembroke or (2) 185 Richard Davis Drive in Richmond Hill.

March 11, 2010 | By Debra Newman Guest columnist | Opinion


Tell me what you'd like to read

As a child who wanted nothing more than to grow up and become a journalist, I used to write stories for and draw out my own homemade "newspapers" to distribute to my family on Sunday mornings at breakfast. I tried to design my publications based on what I thought each of my family members might want to read. Dad's "newspaper" was about sports and my younger sister's often featured reports on Strawberry Shortcake and her social circle.

March 11, 2010 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Editor | Opinion


There is no easy way to balance budget

For the past two weeks, the Georgia state legislature has taken a working recess to address our budget crisis. At issue are both the FY 2010 amended and the FY 2011 general budgets.

March 11, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Crowd, students nearly as impressive as president

The crowd gathered behind barricades in barely contained anticipation - and in some cases adoration - Tuesday prior to President Barack Obama's arrival at Savannah Technical College reminded me of Beatle-mania way back in the 1960s, when four charismatic musicians from Manchester, England, forever changed America's rock music scene.

March 08, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Opinion


Grade schools like we do students

Editor's note: State Rep. David Casas, R-Lilburn helped write this column.

March 03, 2010 | By State Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Cuts alone unlikely to balance budget

The budget was the focal point and our top priority last week. Although the General Assembly was not in session, our time consisted of attending and giving input during the subcommittee meetings of the Appropriations Committee.

March 03, 2010 | By State Rep Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Want parents in charge of education? Then let government rate them

I am up to my gizzard with our governor and Legislature and assorted bureaucrats stomping around in public education with little regard for the consequences of their actions. Example: One school system in the state has been considering allowing the police to bring Tasers into the schools to quell unruly students.

March 01, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


First bill draws hazing

Editor's note: Carter (R- Pooler) is reporting each week during the Legislative Session. The session began Jan. 11, and is expected to last until the latter days of March.

February 24, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


State budget cuts will be painful

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned last Thursday, after day 20 of the 2010 legislative session. The Assembly has decided to take a two-week break from the legislative session to work on the daunting task of balancing the Fiscal Year 2011 budget.

February 24, 2010 | By State Rep Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Warrior battled to make us all better

The body is a little frail and he walks with a cane but the man still has the look of a warrior. His name is Charles Ector. He experienced the uglier side of society and with dignity and determination took prejudice head on.

February 22, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Session suspended for budget work

The House and the state Senate voted Thursday to adjourn the current legislative session until March 8 to allow Appropriations Committee members to work full-time over the next two weeks on the budget proposal for fiscal year 2011, which begins July 1.

February 22, 2010 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


House majority OKs more cuts to schools

A majority of the House of Representatives Thursday approved an amended state budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2010. Overall state spending is reduced by $1.2 billion to reflect that state revenues have declined for 14 consecutive months.

February 17, 2010 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


State revenue continues to plunge

Day 14 (Feb. 8): As we head back into session today, we are greeted with the disappointing news. The January revenues are down 8.7 percent over those in January 2009. Combined with the losses from a year ago, this means January revenues are a whopping 23 percent lower than January 2008. More importantly, the governor's proposed amended FY10 budget called for a $1.44 billion shortfall with the expectation that the remaining six months revenues would be flat.

February 17, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Beam me up, Chip(s)

While you and I have been tending to the mundane matters of life like filing our taxes and paying our bills, members of the General Assembly have been watching too many science fiction movies.

February 15, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Taking road trip to New York, Connecticut

When we decided to visit the few remaining members of Tink's family who live in Connecticut and New York, we chose to drive.

August 23, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump not a complete buffoon

Editor, Delet -Merge UpYes. Donald Trump is a horrendous human being and is unfit to be President. But, Trump is NOT a complete buffoon. Proof ...

August 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Don't leave pets in hot cars

When I was given the opportunity to write a piece for the City of Hinesville about something I am passionate about, I was drawn to ...

August 22, 2016 | By Jaci Tompkins Guest columnist | Opinion


Trump won's solve U.S. problems

Editor, All those people who voted for Donald Trump must figure if he gets elected as our president he will pay off the national debt ...

August 22, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


New ad campaign: 'Be recycled'

When you walk by your kitchen garbage can, do you ever hear a tiny voice, crying "Help me! I want to be recycled!"

August 22, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Phone call to mayor sets up big debate

Now that Sarah Hyden-Smith and Iris Long had carved out a platform for Juliet's last-minute mayoral campaign, it was time to talk strategy.

August 20, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


State races may be competitive for once

If you write about legislative races in Georgia, the last few elections have been downright boring in their predictability.

August 19, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Dear public school teachers, hang in there

Dear Public School Teachers:

August 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Writer: Dems the root of all evil

Editor,

August 18, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


A woman who made Georgia a better place

Class, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. In my long years on this planet, I never met a man with more class ...

August 18, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Johnson: Policing is the No. 1 issue

Recently, I was privileged to lead a forum on race relations and policing at the River Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Columbus with ...

August 17, 2016 | Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson President Ga. NAACP | Opinion


When things go beep in the night

It was about 1 a.m. when our alarm system woke me up with the beeping sound that it makes when one of the exterior ...

August 16, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


How to cut waste from lunch

Since school has started, here are ideas for making waste-free lunches for your munchkins. Reducing the amount of waste from school lunches at - and at ...

August 16, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Mayoral 'race of century' in last lap

With seven days remaining until the mayoral "Race of the Century," groups gathered throughout Lennox Valley to cheer on their candidates.

August 15, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Trump could knock Isakson out of Senate

One year ago, the political experts were sure of two things about Georgia voters.

August 11, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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