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Local governments need to cut spending

Editor, In the recent editions of the Courier, I have read, with some remorse, articles about the proposed Hinesville bypass, tax dollars going to the MidCoast Regional Airport, a new SPLOST and renewed world-wide travel.

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


House majority votes to expand carry rights for gun owners

A majority of House members voted Feb. 18 in favor of legislation to expand the number of places where licensed persons can legally carry firearms. HB 875 includes the following provisions:

February 27, 2014 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Bill protects gun owners' rights

The return of spring-like weather allowed Georgia's legislators to reconvene at our state's capitol last week and attend to much pertinent business.

February 26, 2014 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Senate looks at alcohol bill for St. Pat's

Day 22 (Feb. 17): Today we celebrate President's Day. While we would normally be off in order to observe the holiday, we are in session today to make up for some of the time that last week's inclement weather caused us to miss.

February 26, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Easing restrictions on sex offenders a bad joke

The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District House seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes … watch out. You have been warned!"

February 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Deputies should be in neighborhoods, not on interstate

Editor, The Liberty County Sheriff's Office's Tag Reader System would be better used in Hinesville on Highway 196, or on Highway 17 or even Highway 84 - anywhere these highways cross Liberty County.

February 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


An alternative to the imperial presidency

In his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, President Obama drew widespread attention for pledging to use his executive authority to advance his priorities.

February 25, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Medical costs should make people want to be their own doctors

Editor, I fear that military members and civilians may end up being their own primary-care doctors.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Make a career decision

Mama had great stories. My favorite was the only one I asked often for her to repeat. It has become something of an anthem in my life.

February 25, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Discipline is easier said that done

My daughter takes after her father in nearly every respect, especially when it comes to the traits and characteristics my husband exhibited as a child. From her sandy blonde hair to her blue eyes and left-handedness, Reese and Noell are two peas in a pod. I'd even go so far as to say she gets her fiery temperament from her dad, although I'm sure he'd say it's from me.

February 25, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Great American Cleanup starts in March

There is one thing about Southerners that you can bet on: We know how to make just about anything fun!

February 25, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Kids more important than guns in church

Let me run some numbers by you:

February 19, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Second ice storm slows activity

State business was halted again last week due to winter storm Pax that barreled its way through the South and eventually the Northeast.

February 19, 2014 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Bad weather shortens legislator's` week

Monday, Feb. 10 marked the halfway point of our 40-day legislative session, and we are flying through it faster than any other session I have been involved with in the past 10 years.

February 19, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Legislature passes half way mark

Georgia's second winter storm of the year caused an interruption in the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 17, for the 22ndlegislative day.

February 19, 2014 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Spend money paving roads, not on land

On April 15, 2013, Midway Councilman Terry Doyle requested that the city attorney address his concerns about whether Midway Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington could commit the city to spend $130,270 (over and above the amount of a project grant) to pave about one-third of a mile of Old Sunbury Trail without the approval of the city council. Doyle never received a response. Since the city council's responsibility is to oversee the mayor, the city attorney should have made a declaration.

April 22, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Have you ever hit a shark on the nose?

I was just recently reading about people who "swim with the sharks." It seems there is some kind of thrill they get from this. I guess it's about an adrenaline rush. They get in a tank with maneaters, and sometimes they even touch them as they swim by.

April 22, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Celebrate Easter for promise of hope

I remember all of the Easters of my life more clearly than any other holidays. Christmases blur together with only a few standing out in my memory, such as the one when it snowed all day, the year I lost my voice completely and the two times that I wasn't home - one working in Washington, D.C., and another in London.

April 22, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Have fun while helping community

Are you looking for some fun this week? Or are you feeling like doing some community good?

April 22, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Don't question others careful choices

Deciding to have only one child was not an easy choice for my husband and me. We weighed the pros and cons, considered our careers and work demands, examined our finances, mapped out future plans, took our ages into account, set goals for ourselves and our daughter and thought long and hard about the options before us. Really, we did.

April 22, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Get out and enjoy Georgia Cities Week

It's a great time to be a resident of Coastal Georgia. As Hinesville's mayor, this is my favorite part of the year. The people of this great city are out, enjoying the warm weather. Places in the city are buzzing with activity. The purpose of community is even more apparent. I'm even more excited for this week, April 20-26, when we'll celebrate the people, places and purpose of Hinesville during Georgia Cities Week.

April 21, 2014 | By Jim Thomas Hinesville Mayor | Opinion


Remember true meaning of Easter

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

April 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Independent commision's role questionable

Congress appointed an independent commission to travel the United States and hold meetings with active and retired soldiers and their spouses. The commission is designed to see what is important to our military and their families - even though there already is a proposed budget that outlines the cuts that will affect our military families.

April 17, 2014 | By Anita Hughes Special to the Courier | Opinion


Sign up to be an organ donor

Editor, Have you ever received a gift that stands out in your mind more than others? Last year, 829 people in Georgia received gifts that will always have a great impact on their lives. It was the greatest gift of all - the gift of life. Will you help others receive this great gift?

April 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Where is Midway's balance of power?

It appears that Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington really believes Midway is hers to rule. Midway's charter calls for a weak-mayor/strong-council system, which means the mayor should have no formal authority outside of the council.

April 15, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Item's story is important

For years, I blamed it on those royal-blue suede high-heel pumps. The ones with the ridiculously tall, spiked heel and absurdly pointed toe. I was 22 when I bought them, 36 when I donated them to the Salvation Army.

April 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Hats off to single parents

I don't believe in illness. OK, perhaps I should rephrase that - I don't believe in a minor illness' ability to keep me down. Unless I'm dragging a limb, hospitalized or totally unable to keep food down at all, I refuse to disrupt my ultra-busy daily routine to do silly things like "rest" or "recuperate."

April 15, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Earth Day is educational fun

I am not sure that I would make a good spy. I really like to be up-front about things, so I probably would blow my cover.

April 15, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Fighting child abuse, neglect should be priority

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about, and you probably would just as soon not read about. But it is there, and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.

April 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers want guns in more places

In the Georgia Legislature, even a relatively simple bill can turn into one of the most important pieces of legislation that is considered.

April 09, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


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