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Arbor Day celebrates trees

This coming Friday, we will celebrate Georgia Arbor Day. If you love and appreciate trees like I do, then please join us in celebration of trees this week by planting a tree and increasing our community tree canopy.

February 17, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Oppose proposed transportation funding bill

Editor, There is a new House bill going through the state at a very fast pace, and it's not even being discussed like any local gossip would. This is a very important issue for the entire state of Georgia. This bill proposes to take fuel tax off of your local SPLOST, ESPLOST and LOST revenue, which means a significant change in the operations of the county.

February 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Make decisions with family in mind

Twelve years ago, I made a decision to follow my head, not my heart, and put my career first. I'd just completed my first post-college internship at the Abilene Reporter-News in Texas and, having impressed my supervisor, was offered full-time employment at the end of my three-month stint.

February 16, 2015 | Hollie Barnidge | Opinion


Eventually we'll sign over wages to government

Editor, On Dec. 16, 1773, demonstrators destroyed an entire shipment of tea in the Boston Harbor in protest of taxation without representation. Today, we have ultra-taxation with representation. At the rate that we are going, we will just sign over our employment checks and accept the spending money that our government gives us.

February 11, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Shady antics on the field, halls of power

If you watched the Super Bowl a couple of weeks ago - and reports say that 114 million of us did - perhaps you saw a portion of the reprehensible behavior of Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin who, after scoring a touchdown, proceeded to mime pulling down his pants and squatting as if on a commode, before dropping the ball to the ground as if using the restroom. The NFL fined Baldwin $11,000, which has to be chump change to this boor. Astonishingly, the incident has gotten very little mention in the media. You can bet this kind of obscene showboating ...

February 11, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers hear State of Courts Address

The Georgia Senate had a busy week. We held numerous committee meetings to review legislation and listen to testimony either opposing or supporting bills being considered. The committee process is where the bills are vetted before being considered by the Senate, and it is a crucial part of the legislative process.

February 11, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Citizen protection should be up to police

What mystical powder or elixir anoints our elected officials with the knowledge contained in the Encyclopedia Britannica and all the experience amassed by mankind since Adam and Eve? Apparently, the substance - whatever it is - imparts this knowledge and experience within the first 30 seconds of being sworn into office.

February 10, 2015 | By Terry Doyle Columnist | Opinion


Don't bother remaking an established image

A few years back, someone I knew ever so slightly died. Though I didn't know him well, I knew him to be mean, egoistical and quite a bully.

February 10, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


In the end, parents are usually right

A conversation I had with a co-worker a week ago left me feeling glad I don't have to make the tough decisions and unpopular calls that will be necessary when my daughter becomes a teenager.

February 10, 2015 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


A tree-mendous time for Arbor Day

This month, we celebrate trees in Georgia.

February 09, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Expand health care, not government

It's official: Indiana has given in and adopted ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion. Before jumping into the weeds of Indiana's Medicaid-expansion agreement with the Obama administration, it is important to realize the agreement still fails some basic principles of reform.

February 05, 2015 | By Nina Owcharenko Guest columnist | Opinion


County imposing unnecessarily high taxes

Editor, I saw the movie "Selma" on Sunday night and was inspired anew by the courage and conviction shown by one man. His actions impacted a nation - actually, the world - for generations to come. I am no Martin Luther King Jr., that's for sure, but I hate seeing people placed under unnecessarily heavy burdens, particularly in this great country of ours.

February 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


'Don't-shoot' T-shirts' aim is wrong

Let's get off the backs of law enforcement, shall we? Most of us couldn't do their job or wouldn't do it if we had the chance.

February 04, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Family appreciates fundraiser

Editor, On Jan. 17, a fundraiser was held for our son, Rick Wege, who is fighting liver cancer. Our family would like to thank all the people involved in putting this together and all the people who contributed. This is truly an amazing place to live with wonderful people.

February 04, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


It's a good month to clean up, recycle

This month is a great time to clean out your closets and storage rooms with our quarterly Recycle It! Fair being held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at three locations.

February 03, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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Lawmaker accuses Chamber, others of favoring predators over children

"Liberty and justice for all." These five words that conclude the Pledge of Allegiance are recited countless times every day across the United States, including every morning at your State Capitol in Atlanta.

March 26, 2015 | By State Rep. Jason Spencer | Opinion


Commission is opportunity to improve Georgia schools

I suspect my recent silence on the subject of public education in Georgia has been deafening to some of you. I will explain.

March 26, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


American dream thrives

You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with that disagreement.

March 26, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Opinion


Help sought to kill transportation bill

Editor, This is an open letter to the taxpayers of Georgia.

March 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Will lawmakers trust citizens who elected them, open markets?

Every member of the Georgia Legislature was elected in November. Thus, one would expect those legislators to hold the citizens who elected them in high esteem; after all, they were wise enough to elect them, right?

March 24, 2015 | By Jeffrey Dorfman | Opinion


Bogeymen hiding in the closet of school choice debate

Two bills in the Georgia Legislature would allow thousands of Georgia parents the opportunity to choose better educational options for their children.

March 19, 2015 | By Benjamin Scafidi | Opinion


Midway cuts police

Editor, How low can they go? You probably know that I have no love for the Midway City Council. This is one reason why: At the March 9 city council meeting, they didn't fail to disappoint me and let down the residents of Midway.

March 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Ministers keep answering call

I spent last week helping assess a group of people for a job I couldn't do if my life depended on it.

March 18, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Going down the area’s dirt roads can teach one a lot

There is Facebook group I recently joined entitled "You are probably from or lived in Hinesville if you remember." I have thoroughly enjoyed learning much about the city, county and things that happened years ago.

March 17, 2015 | By Margie Love | Opinion


Riceboro pending raises deserve reaction

Editor, I saw the following quote on Facebook recently: "I tried to keep silent but my ancestors won't let me."

March 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Convenience is killing our planet

At Keep Liberty Beautiful, we are all about trash this month. Trash pickup, that is.

March 16, 2015 | By Sara Swida KLB director | Opinion


The unfinished work of Selma

Last weekend, as I introduced President Barack Obama on the steps of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, I was overcome with emotions. Of course, I reflected on how far we have come over the past 50 years. But one thought could not escape my mind: Those who fight to make it harder to vote don't know what it's like to be kicked, clubbed and beaten for the simple right to cast a ballot.

March 16, 2015 | By U.S. Rep. John Lewis | Opinion


Why are there so few stores in Hinesville?

Editor, Sam's, Costco, Barnes and Noble, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Hallmark, Hancock Fabrics, Staple's, Bed Bath and Beyond, JC Penney, Sears, Dillard's, Macy's, Kirkland's, etc.

March 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Too young, too savvy for pols

It is with regret I tell you that our intrepid public servants in the Legislature have scuttled a bill that would have lowered the age of eligibility to serve as a member of the House of Representatives to 18 years of age and to 21 in the State Senate.

March 12, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


Split private schools out of HS sports to promote parity

Editor, For decades, students at the traditional public schools in Georgia have been denied the chance to win a state championship because the system overseen by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) ignores the fact that there is no parity among traditional public schools, private schools and city schools.

March 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


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