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State looking to ban new drug 'spice'

In September, a sheriff's deputy in Statesboro responded to a call of a young man who had nearly beaten his girlfriend to death with a beer mug after both had ingested the drug spice.

November 17, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Can Gingrich pull off a comback?

In Republican counties across Georgia, voters are keeping a close eye on the GOP candidates running for president.

November 17, 2011 | By Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


Challenge Ludowici to abide by code of ethics

Editor, On Oct. 26, a resolution was signed at a public meeting in Ludowici City Hall. The mayor, four council members and the city clerk signed the document. The code of ethics is a state law under Georgia Code Title 45 (OCGA 45-10-1) for public officers and employees.

November 17, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Energy Department should be dissolved

Since the country needs to cut its spending, a good place to start is the Department of Energy, which, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget, has a budget of $29 billion a year that I believe it wastes on failed projects, some of which are listed in this column. The DOE was started by President Jimmy Carter to make the U.S. energy dependent. Now we are more dependent than ever on foreign oil.

November 16, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Speaker may spend holiday closer to home

KNOCK! KNOCK! KNOCK!

November 16, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Want to keep driving? Stay in school

"How can we take a bite out of high school truancy, and maybe improve graduation rates in the process?" Hit the hooky players where it hurts.

November 15, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


I'm really gonna miss Andy Rooney

I'm going to miss Andy Rooney. I never met the guy, but it's like we had coffee together on a regular basis. He was a great talent – a Will Rogers sort-of-guy without the horse and lariat.

November 15, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Multi-state approach needed for port

Much has been asserted about the economic benefit of deepening Savannah's harbor – some of it highly speculative and contradicting official analysis by the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

November 15, 2011 | By David Kyler | Opinion


Fight homelessness now, all year long

The city of Hinesville recently observed Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week, which consisted of a town hall meeting, canned food drive and other events designed to shed light on the community's prevention programs and assist members of the population who are in need. Kudos to Homeless Prevention Program coordinator Daisy Jones, who works in the city's Community Development Department, for coordinating the observance, and to the city for supporting it.

November 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Midway, all governments must be accountable

Whether it is the federal government, state, county or city, the government is owned by the people. That's why the U.S. Constitution starts out, "We the People." Often, elected officials perform acts that do not benefit the taxpayers or make commitments that the people cannot afford or do not want to spend money on. After all, the money that government wastes is the taxpayers' money.

November 14, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Support End Veteran Homelessness Act

Editor: As our country celebrates Veterans Day, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all the men and women in our community who have honorably served their country.

November 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


State must use funds as they were intended

Alan Brown's frustration with the way the state has handled a fund that's supposed to support driver education for the state's young people - a fund established under a law carrying the name of his dead son, who hydroplaned on a wet road eight years ago and hit a tree - certainly is understandable.

November 14, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Hinesight: Christmas coming too early?

November 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Husband's commitment is invaluable

After nearly three years as a military spouse, I've grown accustomed to life without family around. I came from a very close-knit family - you know, the kind where grandma phones over when she sees a car she doesn't recognize in the driveway from across the highway. That means it took me a while to get used to this more independent way of living.

November 14, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Take the pledge to start recycling

Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day. Keep Liberty Beautiful is inviting you to take the pledge.

November 14, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


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Real estate professionals make a difference

The Hinesville Area Board of Realtors is a local non­profit organization that thrives to make a difference in the Liberty, Long, Tattnall and Wayne ...

September 20, 2016 | By Karen Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


'Ban the box' and help ex-offenders succeed

More than 700,000 Americans are released from prison each year. We expect them to re-enter society and be law-abiding, but we make it extremely ...

September 19, 2016 | By Mike Brady Guest columnist | Opinion


Status symbols now include moutain families' hand-me-downs

When I was a child and we visited my grandparents, who lived up in the mountains in small, humble houses which we drove to slowly ...

September 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Just tell the folks, who, what, where, etc.

While studying for a degree in journalism, I learned the basics for telling a good story and answering questions before they could be asked.

September 17, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Powerful words: Underdog attacks make-believe issues

For a while it seemed as if the mayoral debate might have ended before it began. After prayers by Raymond Cooper and Dick Bland incited ...

September 15, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Military base visit shows their importance

National defense is our government's greatest responsibility, which is why I am chairing the new House Military Affairs Study Committee to learn how we ...

September 15, 2016 | By State Rep. Dave Belton Guest columnist | Opinion


Freedom to disrespect works both ways

Who cares what Colin Kaepernick, the sage of San Francisco, thinks? Really. So, why am I writing about him? Because people have asked me to ...

September 15, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Be careful who you send packing

Gov. Nathan Deal very much wants to do away with local boards of education that run Georgia's public school systems.

September 14, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


It takes a village

The success of our community's children is tied to the foundations embedded within them by more than their parents and family; much like in ...

September 13, 2016 | By Kristin J. Bryant Guest columnist | Opinion


Tempers flare as prayers become personal

The excitement in the Valley was palpable that Tuesday evening as the good folks made their way to the fellowship hall of the Methodist Church ...

September 13, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Little house that raised a Southern columnist

The little house in which I was privileged to be raised, the same one I wrote of recently, needed its annual deep cleaning. This involves ...

September 12, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Life can be beachy on pretty barrier island

Life can be pretty beachy here in Liberty County! One of the prettiest barrier islands on Georgia's coast is right here for us to ...

September 12, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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