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Legislator gives view of 2015 session

The activity surrounding each legislative session is always a combination of fast action with periods of slow-moving, tedious meetings as legislation is researched, deliberated and reconciled before the actual vote. This session was no different, and each day was used to the fullest as we set our sights on tackling some tough issues for the betterment of our state. The following is a summary of some of the major accomplishments and most-significant legislation passed this session.

April 20, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Celebration is education disguised as fun

On Wednesday, Liberty County residents will join millions of people around the world in celebrating the Earth on Earth Day.

April 20, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Pipeline would be trouble for coast

There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.

April 17, 2015 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Step forward: Lessons from 2015 session

Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.

April 16, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion


Good people still do good things

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hits and misses of legislative session

As expected, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia's legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.

April 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Rumors: Faster than speed of death

Carrie called the other day, and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk. No conversation with Carrie is ever short. Even her voicemails run three to four minutes.

April 14, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Keep storm drains clear

I would love a good, old-fashioned rain - or, as we used to call it, gully washer - this week.

April 14, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


The intolerance of the so-called tolerant

I just finished reading an article written by Valerie Tarico on Yahoo. The story was titled "Right-wing Christianity teaches bigotry: The ugly roots of Indiana's new anti-gay law."

April 13, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Opinion


He's no 'Playtoe,' but still irked by list

Fortune Magazine has announced its list of the World's Greatest Leaders for 2015, and would you believe that I got snubbed again this year?

April 09, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Historic districts, autism bills highlight session

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned last week, and much was accomplished during a very busy session. The following are some of the bills that were agreed upon by both the House and Senate and have been sent to the governor for his approval.

April 08, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Review of Georgia health legislations

With the 2015 General Assembly session ending last week, here's a list of the health-care winners and losers during the 40 days of the Legislature.

April 08, 2015 | By Andy Miller Georgia Health News | Opinion


Take care of our planet hands-on

"The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations, whose words of thanks will not be heard." - Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day

April 07, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


NAACP forum starts dialogue with police

Editor, I want to address the front-page, above-the-fold news story by Randy C. Murray, "Is there racial profiling in Liberty County?" (Wednesday, April 1).

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Celebrate true meaning of Easter

Before Thanksgiving, as I "juned" - a mountain word Mama used to mean "moved faster" - around the kitchen preparing for company, it occurred to me that I should invite Jerry.

April 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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Free technical school education is great deal

At June's grand opening of Lanier Technical College's new campus in Barrow County, Gov. Nathan Deal talked about one of the best educational ...

August 20, 2015 | By State Rep. Terry England Guest columnist | Opinion


One of Georgia Tech's 'Lost Dodd Boys' reminisces

To say Betty Wallace loves Georgia Tech is to say Romeo loved Juliet or hogs love slop. It is a simple fact. Who else do ...

August 20, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Trump is telling truth about one big issue

Donald Trump's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination seems to defy gravity and all the other laws of nature.

August 19, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Rebel flag does symbolize slavery

Editor, Mr. Calderone, even if "Rebel flag not a symbol of slavery" (Coastal Courier, letter to the editor by Len Calderone, July 26) was not ...

August 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Help recognize attractive homes this month

If we want to improve our overall community, it really does start at home - yours and mine.

August 18, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Vacation Bible school changed us

Coming home one Sunday from the family dinner after church, I said, out of the blue, "I feel like we should volunteer for vacation Bible ...

August 18, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Memorable excuses from potential jurors

One of my statutory jobs as clerk of the courts of Liberty County is to maintain the jury list of the county from which superior ...

August 17, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Carson would make a great president

Editor, "Instead of pointing fingers and creating strife, we should be talking about how to solve the problem of murder in our black communities. ... We ...

August 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


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