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Reprehensible? Yes. Lying about service is not a crime

As the U.S. Supreme Court hears the case of a California man accused of lying about his military service and record, it's worth noting that lies and crimes aren't necessarily the same thing.

February 27, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


CSI: McIntosh is on the case

When I was out doing my daily exercise one day last week, I was nearly run over by four - count 'em, four - squad cars going about 75 miles per hour on Johnson Drain Road.

February 27, 2012 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


Government is shredding our Constitution

More than 200 years ago, the framers of the Constitution lived under the tyranny of the king of England and his laws and whims. When they revolted and formed a new government, they wrote a document designed to prevent this same tyranny from happening to the citizens of the United States.

February 23, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


NAACP: More investigations justified

Editor, On Friday, Feb. 17, the Liberty County branch of the NAACP met with an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in response to a request for an investigation into possible civil rights violations by local county agencies.

February 23, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Liberty officials discuss education with senator

Day 19 (Wednesday, Feb. 15): Without question, in my eight years that I have served in the Legislature, this has been the busiest time that I have ever experienced. While I am happy that leadership is trying to get us out by the end of March, the pace by which we have been operating has been very trying and exhausting.

February 22, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Defeat attempt to take control from local BoEs

The old saw, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again," is well known by state legislators Jan Jones, R-Milton; Brooks Coleman R-Duluth; Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta; Margaret Kaiser, D-Atlanta; Alisha Morgan, D-Austell; and Matt Hatchett, R-Dublin. They are the sponsors of House Resolution 1162 that would put on the ballot a constitutional amendment question that, if approved, would take local control away from elected school boards when it comes to approving charter schools.

February 22, 2012 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion


House bills focus on tax code, education

Feb: 17: The 2012 Legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly is now officially over half way through the 40 of session under the Gold Dome in Atlanta.

February 22, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


State lobbying laws should make you mad

I seem to have an innate ability to make folks mad. Usually, it is the humor-impaired and special-interest twits. Today, I hope to make everybody mad, no matter your race, creed, color or university affiliation. This diatribe is for all.

February 22, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Get your green on for cleanup

Green starts here this spring.

February 21, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


We surround ourselves with lots of stuff

MOULTRIE - Through the years I have collected an assortment of stuff, and occasionally I look around at all these items in my office and reminisce as to how I came into their possession. Many of them have stories associated with them while others offer much less drama, but they made good paperweights ... so I kept them.

February 21, 2012 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Nobles’ family thankful to community

Editor, We would like to thank all of our many friends in Long County and the surrounding communities for their heartfelt expressions of condolence during our recent loss of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

February 21, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


House defeats charter-school amendment

A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state government to set up charter schools at the local level and require local school boards to provide funding for those schools failed to receive the required two-thirds vote of approval in the House of Representatives on Feb. 8.

February 20, 2012 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Living a dog's life sure is good

If you really want to know who loves you the most - your wife or the dog - try this little experiment.

February 20, 2012 | By Vic Waters Guest columnist | Opinion


Training is to keep soldiers safe

I've had a lot of trouble understanding why Fort Stewart continues to train soldiers so intensely for the heavy methods of combat, like tanks, when it's clear most everyone is about to deploy to Afghanistan where those methods are unusable. A tank isn't practical in those mountains, and I've really struggled over why it's so important to keep the guys away from their families to train on something that seems so moot. I understood training for Afghanistan, but sometimes this heavy training seemed obsolete and unnecessary.

February 20, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Who are the president's policy makers?

Today we hear the term "czar" used a lot in government. The people who we call czars actually are policy directors for different segments of the government. Because of their power, the media uses the term czar, which is actually an old title for a Russian ruler and translates from Caesar, which was what Roman rulers were called.

February 16, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


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Get some fried fish, support veterans

Editor: East Liberty County American Legion Post 321 will host an Armed Forces Day fish fry Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 ...

May 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


In this case, Ann Coulter is right

Among my many strong principles is this one: Disagree with whatever Ann Coulter says. Actually, Ann is not the only one; she's really just ...

May 14, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Thoughts from Mr. Murder and Mayhem

I've earned a nickname from my colleagues in the news business over the years and it's not one I really relish, but nonetheless ...

May 14, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Guest columnist | Opinion


Corporations will still game tax system

For all the concerns raised by economists and others about the House tax plan, it is generally assumed that the proposal will reduce the gaming ...

May 12, 2017 | By Gary Kalman Columnist | Opinion


There is hope in fight against seismic testing

The very disturbing process of using seismic testing off the Georgia coast to find oil deposits, as is being proposed, coupled with the absolutely frightening ...

May 11, 2017 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Hogs not happy with comparison to politicians

A few years ago, I decided that what this country needed was an organization that specialized in both in-depth analysis of major political developments as ...

May 11, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Counting the days to failure

Those who worry that they are closed-minded because they can't conceive of agreeing with anything Donald Trump says or does can stop beating up ...

May 09, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Good to see NAACP joining fight

Editor: Sure is good to see someone else joining this fight for the students, teachers, and staff of Liberty County Educators.

May 09, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Food waste is a pressing issue

Recycling is important, but there are two other pieces of stewardship that are equally significant. The wise reuse of resources and household items, and simple ...

May 08, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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