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Land records hold a plethora of information

In many Georgia counties, the lack of - or gaps in - many public records is blamed on the Union Army's monthlong march through Georgia in the winter of 1864 when, in fact, the real reasons are a century and a half of complacency on the part of some officials entrusted to protect and preserve such records, lack of proper recordkeeping techniques, shoddy and inept recordkeeping practices, corruption, fraud, intentional alteration or destruction of records, and the lack of appropriations required to properly store and preserve such records.

July 06, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Guest columnist | Opinion


Health law still unaffordable, unworkable

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Obama administration to allow Obamacare subsidies to flow through HealthCare.gov. This is a disappointment for the rule of law and for the states that have fought to keep some of Obamacare's flawed policies out of their states.

July 06, 2015 | By Nina Owcharenko Guest columnist | Opinion


Seven Ministries thankful for support

Editor, The board of directors of Seven Ministries Inc. would like to thank the community for its support of our annual fundraiser, The Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship Walk-A-Thon. We had a record turnout and raised enough funds to award scholarships as well as help support our other programs.

July 04, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Former UGA prexy heads back to Malibu, all is well

Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, located in the wilds of Malibu, California, to become chancellor effective Aug. 1. He had once been that institution's vice president of university affairs.

July 02, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Motorcycles disturb quiet neighborhood

Editor, On the afternoon of June 20, my quiet neighborhood of Sharon, Lesa and Elaine streets bordering the usually serene Irene B. Thomas Park was basically "occupied" by a large, loud motorcycle group. I called the Hinesville Police Department and was informed by the HPD that about four or five people called about this incident. The motorcycle group involved about 30-40 motorcycles and had two individuals on private property on Sharon Street near the park entrance videotaping their entrance. Thankfully, the Hinesville police responded in force, and the "occupying force" quieted down and left in an orderly manner.

July 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Three new chapters in America's story

You won't often see so many history-making events crammed into such a small period of time, but that was the case last week with three huge stories breaking in a little less than 30 hours - a bonanza for those of us who work in the news industry.

July 01, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Clerk's staff can't practice law

O.C.G.A. § 15-6-51 makes the unauthorized practice of law illegal. Specifically, it bars any person other than a duly licensed attorney at law of this state from rendering or furnishing legal services "of any kind in any actions or proceedings of any nature."

June 30, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Everything works out if you let it

A friend of mine - long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations - called one day to announce happily that she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."

June 30, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


No butts about it, cigarette litter is nasty

One of the most challenging elements that businesses have to grapple with in maintaining attractive venues is the cigarette litter that people dispose of in parking areas and sidewalks.

June 30, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


MaMa Irene thanks group for assistance

Editor, I'm coming to our community to say thanks for all of your help and assistance. So many of you have given in the past years to MaMa Irene's Outreach. Through all of you, I was able to help a countless number of families who were in need with clothes, furniture, appliances, Christmas toys, Easter baskets and school supplies.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Now, Georgia can close insurance gap

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court again upheld a key component of the Affordable Care Act against a politically driven effort to dismantle the law through the court system. The King v. Burwell ruling protects tax credits in states such as Georgia that chose to use the federal healthcare.gov marketplace rather than create their own state-based health-insurance exchange.

June 29, 2015 | By Timothy Sweeney Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks from Manna House

Editor, The Board of Directors of Liberty County Manna House would like to acknowledge and thank: Hinesville Rotary Club, GeoVista Credit Union, Coldwell Banker Holtzman Realtors, City of Hinesville and Liberty Regional Medical Center for their efforts in collecting and donating more than 500 jars of peanut butter and jelly. A special thanks to the Rev. Doug Harn, who graciously allowed us to use his truck to move all this food.

June 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Five young men help define successful life

Five young men, ages 18-23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

June 25, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


The great EPA ozone-asthma caper

The first ozone alert of 2015 was issued June 17 amid 90-degree temperatures in metro Atlanta, a "Code Orange" warning children and "sensitive" individuals to "limit prolonged outdoor exertion."

June 25, 2015 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Poverty increases demand for feeding programs

Georgia summer nutrition programs served about 18,000 more children in July 2014 than in July 2013. That's the good news. The bad news is that these programs still served less than 1 in 6 needy children in 2014, according to a recent report by the Food Research and Action Center.

June 24, 2015 | By Melissa Johnson Guest columnist | Opinion


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Hard city surfaces play rough with streams

Usually, when we picture streams, we are thinking more of a pastoral landscape.

July 27, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers try to defuse explosive issue

With the legalization of fireworks this year, Georgia residents had a blast over the Fourth of July weekend - literally.

July 24, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Expiring federal tax credit threatens solar industry

With the state's Solar Power Free Market Financing Act now law, Georgia is expected to have a banner year for new solar installations in 2015. But after that, the future begins to look murky because of the looming expiration of the federal investment-tax credit for solar energy.

July 23, 2015 | By Rhone Resch Guest columnist | Opinion


Blessed are the peacemakers, who state the obvious

Blessed are we, the peacemakers. Ours is a lonely lot. I had hoped I could cut back on pacifying petulant poops and spend more time on my latest passion - learning to play the flugelhorn. Alas, it is not to be. My skills as a peacemaker are once again required. And wouldn't you know it? I had just mastered the aria "Lascia ch'io pianga" from Handel's opera "Rinaldo." Rats.

July 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


With ISIL, diplomacy is not an option

As the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known by the acronym ISIL, continues to grow and advance in the Middle East and even in our homeland, it is clear that we are not doing enough to eliminate these radical Islamic terrorists.

July 21, 2015 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson Guest columnist | Opinion


The fire: 'I refuse to cry'

My sister and I stood in the charred remains of a life that once was and said not a word. What was there to say? Finally, I spoke.

July 21, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Rebel-flag column 'mostly wrong'

Editor, Regarding the Confederate battle flag, Tom Crawford gets it mostly wrong in his opinion piece in the Coastal Courier of July 15.

July 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


How you are summoned for jury duty

One of the most important statutory jobs that the clerk of superior court has is custodianship of the county's jury lists. Ultimately, the clerk is charged by law with protecting and preserving grand- and trial-jury lists so that no one can alter them or do anything to them that would give anyone an unfair advantage during jury selection for civil or criminal cases.

July 20, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


How to safely dispose of medicines

Using medicines safely includes proper disposal of them.

July 20, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Store thanks customers, will close soon

Editor, It's not easy to say goodbye to Hinesville. But, after 32 years in business, we are sad to announce that Freedom Home & Electronics will end operations at all of our retail locations, and our online store, later this month.

July 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Jekyll Island deer welcome now being official

In the midst of all the turmoil over recent Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and gay marriage as well as the furor over the Confederate battle flag, you may have missed the big news. The white-tailed deer has been selected the official mammal of the state of Georgia.

July 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Business beats tradition in battle over flag

Some wars are not fought on battlefields these days. They are fought on social networks with the weapons of Twitter feeds and Facebook memes.

July 16, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


School employees deserve break from rising premiums

Georgia recently released a 24-page report examining the costs of the State Health Benefit Plan, the health-insurance plan for state employees, including school-district employees.

July 14, 2015 | By Timothy Sweeney Guest columnist | Opinion


My husband's chainsaw assault

To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried. My husband, raised not in the South or in the country, wanted a chainsaw - a farm accessory that has brought down many a man. From an early age, I was taught respect for that chewing, sawing, respect-for-no-man power tool.

July 14, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Program promotes N.E.A.T. neighbhorhoods

An essential element of a vibrant, attractive community is clean, inviting, thriving neighborhoods.

July 14, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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