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Total bedlam at vote count

Iris counted and recounted the votes during the five-minute recess. It was difficult to concentrate with a room full of Valley residents, all loudly sharing their thoughts.

October 31, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Fight over Amendment 1 far from over

In Georgia, it is a political fact of life that whatever the governor wants - no matter who occupies the seat - the governor usually gets. That is because the office controls a lot of money and patronage and can dispense or withhold either, depending on whether or not you support or oppose the governor.

October 29, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


The circus is almost over

Editor:

October 28, 2016 | Letter to the Editor | Opinion


The big ballot questions that remain unanswered

As Georgians ponder how they will cast their ballots in this general election, there are only two issues that really have any suspense to them.

October 28, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Family grateful for love and support

Editor: The Pattman-Jones family would like to take this opportunity to graciously and humbly thank all of you for your generosity during the passing of my husband, our father and grandfather, Sgt. Maj. Nathaniel Pattman Jr.

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Protect your identity at Shred It! Day

Another Community Shred It! Day is coming. It will be Nov. 19 at the Liberty County Health Department.

October 25, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Corporations dodging $718 billion in taxes

European regulators' recent finding that Apple avoided billions of dollars in taxes by stashing its profits in Ireland, a known tax haven, put the tech giant in an unwelcome spotlight. But Apple's tax dodging is just the tip of a huge iceberg of offshore corporate tax avoidance.

October 25, 2016 | By Matthew Gardner Guest columnist | Opinion


Really random meanderings

This and that: I'm not sure what I think about Opportunity School Districts, but I do know when you get south Georgia conservatives who think a proposal by Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, is a bad idea, there must be something wrong with it.

October 24, 2016 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Tight race makes for odd bedfellows

On a riser at the front of the room sat a large whiteboard with the names Bland, Cooper and Stoughton across the top. A fourth column with the word "Other" fit along the right edge.

October 24, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Signs invite criminals in

Editor: "Stupid is as stupid does." This is a quote from the movie, Forrest Gump. Basically, it means people are as stupid as their actions. It appears that there are a lot of stupid people managing companies in the area. How many times have you seen a sign on a businesses' door that states, "No weapons allowed inside this building"?

October 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Thanks for good work, Coastal EMC

Editor: Just a note to say "Thank You!" to the good folks at Coastal Electric Membership Corp. who put in long hours this past week, taking hundreds of outage calls, clearing downed trees from our roads and power lines, and working diligently to get our power back on as quickly as possible.

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


In Georgia government, experience doesn't count

If you learned you had cancer, what would you do?

October 19, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Lieutenant governor has education plan

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the state. His name was Zell Miller. His vision was the HOPE scholarship, funded by the Georgia Lottery, which gives financial assistance to eligible students who attend our state's colleges and universities. It has been a game-changer.

October 19, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Storm's lesson: Be kind, patient, grateful

Editor's note: Brittany McClure is the public relations manager for the city of Hinesville. During Hurricane Matthew, she worked around the clock to help keep residents informed of the storm's impact. Afterward, we asked her to write a first-person account of her experience.

October 17, 2016 | By Brittany McClure Guest columnist | Opinion


Christmas may come early for Georgia Power

Christmas traditionally is celebrated on Dec. 25 for most Georgians.

October 17, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


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Juliet meets her match

1998 was a hard year for Juliet Stoughton. Sure, she almost single-handedly ended the political career of would-be mayor Raymond Cooper, seriously contemplated a protest ...

January 19, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Healthcare a potential crisis

To get an understanding of the major problem facing state legislators this year, you have to have been watching a town hall meeting televised on ...

January 19, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


General Assembly gets down to work

The first official week of the legislative session is one that sets the tone for the work that will get done during the Georgia General ...

January 19, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Even hypocrisy has a weight limit

Editor:

January 19, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Opportunity knocking for state

Opportunity is knocking as the door opens on Georgia's 2017-18 legislative session. In a state with a Republican governor since 2002 and GOP majorities ...

January 17, 2017 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Help keep water clean

About 50 years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency was born because of concern about pollution, particularly air and water pollution fears.

January 17, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Sound off for Jan. 16

These opinions are not the Courier's. Callers are not required to identify themselves, so we can verify neither sources nor motives. Call 876-3733. You ...

January 16, 2017 | Anonymous calls | Opinion


Good-bye to pioneer of broadcast entertainment

There is an old Chinese proverb that says "When an old man dies, a library burns down." With no man was this truer than it ...

January 14, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump should expect little honeymoon

Forget about the honeymoon being over. There won't be any honeymoon.

January 14, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


It's time to defund the United Nations

We've come a long way from Daniel Patrick Moynihan excoriating the UN's 1975 "Zionism is racism" resolution in one of the finer exhibits ...

January 13, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Keep them honest in 2017

When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he pledged he would "drain the swamp" in Washington and put an end to all the influence peddling ...

January 13, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Uh-oh, it’s time to hide the silverware

To Arms! To Arms! The Legislature is coming, the Legislature is coming!

January 13, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Spring County Fair calms Valley atmosphere

The mayoral election seemed a million miles away on Friday night at the Spring County Fair. With "Silver Tongue" firmly entrenched in his role as ...

January 12, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers start 2017 session with work to do

On Monday, the Georgia General Assembly began the 2017 session and I am honored that you place trust in me to represent you in the ...

January 12, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Good luck Mike, you’re going to need it

Mike Riddle was a pretty good Long County correspondent for the Coastal Courier for a lot of years.

January 12, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


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