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Senate goes through longest day of session

Day 26 (Monday, Feb. 27): The week begins with the second meeting of the Governor's Higher Education Funding Commission, a committee that I co-chair with Rep. Carl Rogers, chairman of the House Higher Education Committee. The commission is charged with examining how the funding formulas for the university system and technical college system should be changed in order to improve higher education outcomes in the state. We have four bills on the calendar as we go into session today, including House Bill 800, which expands eligibility so that a candidate with five years' service in any federally recognized component ...

March 08, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Lawmaker defends lobbying laws

Rep. Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs, has figured out something many of his colleagues in the General Assembly seem unable to grasp: If you disagree with something I say, tell me so and give me your side of the story

March 08, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Will anyone take Midway ticket challenge?

Editor, The Coastal Courier graciously published my previous letter to the editor wherein I challenged anyone to produce a speeding ticket issued by a Midway Police Department officer for going 5 miles per hour or less over the posted speed limit. The prize was a $50 gift certificate for Red Lobster or Olive Garden restaurants. The 30-day window has passed and no one has produced the winning ticket. This would tend to indicate that either there is no credence to the claims in Sound off that tickets have been issued for driving 5 mph or less over the speed limit ...

March 08, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


House passes education bills

The Georgia General Assembly completed its 28th legislative day of the 2012 session on Wednesday, Feb. 29. As Super Tuesday and the Presidential Preference Primary election for Georgia approach, the Legislature will continue with the people's work at our Capitol on Monday.

March 08, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Books, like dirt roads, need to stick around

MOULTRIE - This past week I got an email from a youngster who was taking me to task for something that had been printed in our newspaper. That's perfectly fine. It indicates someone is thinking.

March 06, 2012 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


You can save money on lighting

Money is tight right now for just about everyone. Gas prices have gone crazy and grocery costs are outrageous.

March 06, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Not just Congress has room for improvement

As a member of Congress, you get used to being graded. Interest groups send you questionnaires, check your voting record, and then issue their "report cards." Editorial writers opine freely on your performance. Pollsters issue monthly updates on how Congress is faring with the public.

March 06, 2012 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Driving instructor discusses passing

Editor, It is my hope this letter might clarify some comments in Sound off concerning driving laws. I am a Georgia DDS certified defensive driving instructor. I will quote from actual statutes.

March 06, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Think outside the oil barrel for transportation

President Barack Obama's call for Congress to end some $4 billion in subsidies for oil companies may or may not lower the price of gas. But it has a certain appeal at a time when Americans are feeling the pressure of rapidly rising gas costs while those same oil companies are making enormous profits.

March 05, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Financial troubles grew from Community Reinvestment Act

Editor, In reading various articles in the newspapers or magazines over the years about the foreclosure of many citizens' homes, none of the articles mention that President Obama helped to perpetuate these sub prime loan as far back as 1992.

March 05, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


What a difference an inch makes

Let's face it, the Army cracks down on standards when downsizing and lets a lot slide when it needs every able-bodied soldier it can get.

March 05, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Ludowici, Long should address pay issue

Editor, The Long County Press recently published an article about Nancy McKnew attending the Long County Commission meeting to address the issues concerning Long County Board of Elections Chairwoman Vanessa Cunningham. Commission Chairman Bobby Walker said the matter is under investigation. That was at least the third time this same issue has been brought up at a commission meeting and there definitely is a problem.

March 01, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Protecting Ogeechee makes more than just environmental sense

It's easy to get mad over the way the Ogeechee River has been treated, first by King America, then by state authorities. Dumping by King America in 2011 caused the worst fish kill in the river in memory, and the state's Environmental Protection Division responded with what amounts to a slap on the wrist.

March 01, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Solution needed for Social Security

With the Great Depression, poverty among the elderly was substantial. The concept of Social Security was designed to address the problem of economic security for seniors by establishing a system by which workers contributed to their own future retirement by making payments to a fund while they worked.

February 29, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


State House discusses GBI, caregivers

The Georgia General Assembly continues to move forward with the 2012 legislative session. The Legislature completed four days of session last week, ending Friday afternoon.

February 29, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Enacted bills impact health care, education jobs

The 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly adjourned during the early morning hours of March 31 and many bills have been sent to Governor ...

April 13, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


GOP in a fight in the sixth

There's never been an off-year election like the one happening in the 6th Congressional District, where voters will pick a replacement for departed congressman ...

April 13, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Hinesville cleanup will be April 29

We are in the middle of our part of the national Great American Cleanup. Hundreds of area residents have joined up to cleanup more than ...

April 11, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


A reason to be 'Liberty County proud'

Editor: The theme for National County Government Month for 2017 is "Brilliant Ideas at Work." This theme could easily have been written to acknowledge the ...

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


In praise of 'Bull Dog' Leon

Editor: My oh my, this BoE fiasco seems to be like the Energizer Bunny - it just keeps going and going and going.

April 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Piling on is fun

Let's dispense with the sanctimony and admit it: Most of us really enjoy piling on. I know I do. There are few things more ...

April 09, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve expanded choice, better VA

During his campaign, President Trump repeatedly made a commitment to our veterans to improve the way our nation takes care of them.

April 08, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson | Opinion


Republicans can't do much worse

There's stumbling out of the gate, and then there's what Republicans just did on health care.

April 08, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve VA that does its job

During his campaign, President Trump repeatedly made a commitment to our veterans to improve the way our nation takes care of them.

April 07, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Brocolli up the nose ends political career

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I inform you today that I am not now nor will I become a candidate for ...

April 07, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


The people don’t matter

I wish I could tell you that Georgia's lawmakers are getting better at the way they handle the people's business, but that would ...

April 06, 2017 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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