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Recognizing the session's servants

Ladies and gentlemen, the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield is pleased to recognize members of the 2011 General Assembly who gave so much so that we could get so little. Please hold your applause until all our honorees have been recognized. Otherwise, we could be here until the Legislature returns in August. Nobody wants that.

April 20, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hire new people, don't change rules

That's just like the federal government - instead of assigning blame, instead of acknowledging that there really is such a thing as intentionally underperforming individuals, it overlooks the obvious. These slackers, people who don't do their jobs because they don't want to and feel they don't have to, often are fodder for analysis that has citizens of this nation wondering if they and their government are from the same planet.

April 20, 2011 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


Lawmakers sprint through final days

• Day 38 (Monday, April 11): After a week off for spring break, we returned to work this morning knowing full well that these final days of the session would be a sprint to the finish line. We didn't go in until 1 p.m. this afternoon, which is normal for Mondays but especially was necessary today because all bills had to be approved through committees before the start of the 38th day.

April 20, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Breaking out in flowers and poetry

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Sure enough. I have no idea how it got that way, but I looked it up, and someone has proclaimed it thusly.

April 20, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Military support is more than a slogan

This community is well aware of the sacrifices of the volunteer military force that protects the rest of us. Right now, even at a time of overlapping wars, about 1 percent of the population of this country is doing all the fighting, and sometimes dying, for the other 99. Yet America's treatment of its veterans, both young and old, and of soldiers' families has too often been a shameful failure on multiple levels.

April 20, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Children embrace 'green' status

So much litter, so little time. Litter is challenging. There is plenty to clean up. Liberty County is a large county, stretching about 40 miles in length and covering more than 519 square miles.

April 18, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Yard sales unite civilians, military

My first post-wide yard sale taught me a few things. It taught me that even after having been stationed at Fort Stewart for almost two years, I still have no idea how to get around post. It taught me that the threat of rain seriously reduces garage sale prices. It also taught me that a few hours out with good friends can make up for a too-long series of bad days.

April 18, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Georgia DOT says it's delivering results

Some three years ago, a seemingly never-ending series of studies, audits and reports criticized the Georgia Department of Transportation on a variety of fronts. Harsh comments made headlines across the state. Georgians were left to wonder if the DOT was an unaccountable, broken, unfixable bureaucracy.

April 18, 2011 | By Vance C. Smith Jr. Guest columnist | Opinion


Outgoing commanders will be missed, new ones welcome

Maj. Gen. Robert B. Abrams officially took command of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield from Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo during a change-of-command ceremony Friday on Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field. After nearly three years as commander, Cucolo passed the division's colors and responsibilities to Abrams, who we expect will continue to do a great job of leading our troops and overseeing the installation.

April 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


We must encourage children to read

Editor, I have been very pleased to see your series on recent efforts to get parents involved with teaching their kids to read. Learning to read perhaps is the most important skill anyone can learn, as it opens the door to a virtual wealth of knowledge.

April 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Skeeter takes a look at current events

It has been more than a year since I have talked to Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in greater metropolitan Pooler.

April 14, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Patients endangered by lack of transparency

One of the most widely debated topics today is health care. Between physicians and patients, the dialogue is markedly louder. In an ideal world, physicians successfully could manage their patients' individual health, based on years of medical training using prescribed treatments determined by examinations, appropriate tests, diagnoses and patient histories.

April 14, 2011 | By Dr. Christina Mayville Guest columnist | Opinion


Tax reform, budget were top House goals

The Georgia General Assembly was not officially in session last week; however, work still took place on behalf of the people. With only three days remaining of the 2011 legislative session, several items still are on the agenda. The No. 1 priority is the passage of the upcoming budget for Fiscal Year 2012. In addition to the budget, numerous other highly publicized and debated issues have yet to pass this session, including tax-reform legislation, the local option for Sunday sales of packaged adult beverages and immigration legislation.

April 14, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


What? Is it National Lick a Stick Week

This week I got several e-mails from various associations encouraging me to become a vegetarian ... to swear off meat. I didn't read too far into any of them because it ain't gonna happen. And besides, I was taught not to swear.

April 11, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Guest columnist | Opinion


A yawning political loophole

The glaring exception in Georgia's lobbyist disclosure requirements is not the kind of thing for which any state should want to be singled out. Yet Peggy Kerns, director of the Center for Ethics in Government at the National Conference of State Legislatures, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution she knows of no other state where that exception applies.

April 11, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


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Greet fall with a walk on a Liberty nature trail

Ahhh… Do you feel that? The gradual easing away of the constant state of humidity we've been in for the last few months?

October 19, 2017 | By Erin Johnson Liberty County Conventions and Visitors Bureau | Opinion


Parents, don’t worry about kids liking you

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October 19, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family Psychologist | Opinion


Only rain should go down drains

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Development, laws make storm damage worse

Editor: We would hope that many would learn from this year's "natural disasters."

October 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Media either brave or stupid

Reporters, it's often been said, are either very brave or very stupid, I guess it depends on who you ask.

October 16, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Columnist | Opinion


Connecting hearts and minds

Editor: Sickle cell disease affects the health of some 90,000 to 100,000 Americans, most of whom are African Americans. An additional number of ...

October 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


The sadness of this death

Nobody I know takes pleasure in reporting death, no matter how it occurs or what circumstances surround it.

October 16, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Guns can't be legislated away

This gun problem facing us today cannot be "legislated away." It has gone way, way too far past that point.

October 13, 2017 | By Victor Pisano Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks for supporting film

Editor, The Board of Directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County, Inc. would like to thank those that supported the documentary "Hell Fire and Glory ...

October 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Humor: Hollywood, where 3 movies can get you a PhD

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

October 12, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Amazon and Georgia?

The business and political communities are all a-buzz at the news that Amazon, the Seattle-based retailing giant, is looking for a location to open a ...

October 12, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


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