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Preparedness is a key lesson

Preparedness is a common goal of many teachers. Whether they are teaching kindergarteners the basics of shapes, colors, and the alphabet or teaching high schoolers trigonometry, they prepare our children to advance to the next level of learning. Preparation is important because it puts our students in a position to succeed. Too often though, our schools are not prepared for the thing that can end all of our efforts: school-age violence.

November 01, 2007 | By Christopher Suprun Special to the Courier | Opinion


Don't drink state's Kool-Aid water plan

Georgia's rain shortfall and dire drought predictions have led to restrictions across the state on outdoor water use even though, as one county water conservation official admitted, "It's like driving on the interstate. You know that speeding is illegal, and you might slow down when you see a police officer on the side of the road, but once you pass him you go back to speeding."

November 01, 2007 | By Benita M. Dodd Special to the Courier | Opinion


New approach needed for uninsured

There is much talk about the number of Georgians who would like to purchase health insurance but cannot afford it. There is less talk about Georgians who can afford health insurance but are "uninsurable" due to a pre-existing condition. A high-risk pool has been proposed to solve this problem in nearly every legislative session in the past 10 years. Unfortunately, the bill fails each year because of the cost concerns and questions about who should pay for it. There is a better solution. A new approach is now possible to establish consumer-driven health insurance plans as the basis for providing ...

October 30, 2007 | By Ronald E. Bachman Columnist | Opinion


Where is the state press

This week we witnessed, yet again, the triumph of political skill and spin over substance from Georgia's statewide news media.

October 30, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Moving toward justice for kids

* A teenage girl who ran away from home to escape years of sexual abuse is picked up by police and locked up for weeks because she refuses to go home.

October 27, 2007 | By Kristen Widner Columnist | Opinion


Cuba criticism made easy

Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque couldn't take President Bush's speech at the U.N. General Assembly, so he walked out.

October 25, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Women's right to know shows positive results

A couple of years ago, the members of the Georgia General Assembly passed the "Women's Right to Know Act," a law that mandates physicians to provide pertinent information 24 hours in advance to women who contemplate terminating their pregnancy so they can make an informed decision.

October 25, 2007 | By state Sen. Tommie Williams Columnist | Opinion


Iran exception cannot stand

When five American soldiers were killed at an Iraqi government building in Karbala in January, Democratic Sens. Chris Dodd and John Kerry erupted in outrage. They both knew one of the soldiers killed, a talented West Point grad.

October 25, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Don't forget to register

Although the municipal elections will take place about a month from now, there's only a couple of days left to register to vote. So, anyone in Allenhurst, Hinesville, Riceboro and Walthourville who wants to voice their choices for mayor and city council in their respective towns must sign up no later than Tuesday.

October 23, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Don't flub case against killer Nichols

A perfect legal storm may be gathering around the Brian Nichols murder case. Georgia could wind up with another national black eye, and justice could be delayed or denied for years.

October 23, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


SCHIP should not be expanded

In Washington, one thing you can always count on is that all legislation is passed for "the children, the seniors, the poor, the family, the environment, mama, and puppies." Politicians are very altruistic with your money. That's why Nancy Pelosi, when lecturing Congress about SCHIP, used the word "children" 44 times.

October 20, 2007 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Motorcycles are not all fun and games

Once thought of as a warm weather enjoyment, motorcycles are becoming more prevalent as regular transportation. The popularity of this mode of transportation is attributed to a number of factors; the low initial cost of a motorcycle, its use as a recreational vehicle and fuel efficiency.

October 18, 2007 | By Dr. Debra Houry Special to the Courier | Opinion


Hillarycare 2.0 — a new ill

When it comes to health care, Hillary Clinton is never going to let her name be associated with the words "radical overhaul" ever again. Or, if she can help it, with massive bureaucracy or new taxes. That's what happened in 1993 with her health-care plan as first lady, and, as she never tires of saying, she has "the scars to prove it."

October 18, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Republicans bullied by own base

It has been more than a month since the first U.S. presidential debate was held in Spanish. So far the republic survives, to the surprise of Republicans.

October 18, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Protect yourself in public

Everyday activities can present life-threatening dangers if you're not prepared for them. The cars that pass you on the street, the blind alley on the way to the store, or the empty parking garage can all be potential threats.

October 16, 2007 | By Steven R. Thompson Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Recycle It! Fair coming up

It is that time again!

April 27, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Why are businesses still charging expired tax?

In theory and by law, businesses in Liberty County are supposed to charge customers only 6 percent sales tax. That has been the case since April 1, when the county's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax expired because a majority of voters chose not to renew it during the November election.

April 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Haleigh's Hope is now Georgia's hope

Fifteen months ago, a local reporter asked me if there was any interest within the General Assembly in taking on the medical marijuana issue for the 2014 legislative session, and I told him, emphatically, that there was none and that I did not foresee that issue coming up anytime soon in Georgia. Then, a week later, I met a little 4-year-old girl named Haleigh and her courageous mom and dad, and was I proved ever so wrong.

April 24, 2015 | By State Rep. Allen Peake Special to the Courier | Opinion


Fathers, don't seek custody in Liberty County

Editor, If you are a father seeking custody of your children in Hinesville, please read this carefully.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gulf oil spill: Drawn-out tempest in teacup

The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was called catastrophic by many. President Barack Obama declared, "This oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced." The National Resource Defense Council said two years later, "A people wronged and a region scarred remains."

April 23, 2015 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Strong candidate not running for president

My fellow Americans, it is with a heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016.

April 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


How can we trust the BoE?

Editor, It is mindboggling to me to hear Liberty County Board of Education members and Liberty County School System administrators talk of the millions of dollars tossed about our school district's budget during school-board meetings, work sessions and public forums as if it's no big deal. According to information presented by the district, our revenues for the 2013-14 school year were $92,203,140, and our expenditures were $98,130,080 - meaning, our school board authorized $5,926,940 in overspending. However, the board continued to operate in the same manner for the first half of the 2014-15 ...

April 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Beloved legacy of Don Light

Many people have crossed the path of my life, but only one crossed it from three different directions. Don Light, one of Nashville's most admired powerbrokers and star-makers, was meant to be part of my life. I said this repeatedly because I encountered him through friends in country music, Southern gospel and NASCAR racing.

April 22, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


When a man finds his destiny

Sometimes a man, despite his best efforts, doesn't find his destiny. Try as he might, down through the earnest years of his life, he chases it and even can believe he has it, only to awaken one morning and discover he doesn't - that what he has is an illusion, a mirage that he tried to turn into reality.

April 21, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Legislator gives view of 2015 session

The activity surrounding each legislative session is always a combination of fast action with periods of slow-moving, tedious meetings as legislation is researched, deliberated and reconciled before the actual vote. This session was no different, and each day was used to the fullest as we set our sights on tackling some tough issues for the betterment of our state. The following is a summary of some of the major accomplishments and most-significant legislation passed this session.

April 20, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Celebration is education disguised as fun

On Wednesday, Liberty County residents will join millions of people around the world in celebrating the Earth on Earth Day.

April 20, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Pipeline would be trouble for coast

There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.

April 17, 2015 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Step forward: Lessons from 2015 session

Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.

April 16, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion


Good people still do good things

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hits and misses of legislative session

As expected, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia's legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.

April 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


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