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Voting no on charter-school amendment a step in right direction

Editor, A "no" vote on the Georgia Charter Schools Amendment is a vote for local control.

October 24, 2012 | Dr. Judy Scherer Liberty County School System superintendent | Opinion


Columnist didn’t explain concerns of charter-school amendment supporters

Editor, Dick Yarbrough's recent column failed to accurately explain the concerns of charter-school amendment proponents regarding the future ability of the state school board to handle charter-application appeals absent this constitutional amendment.

October 24, 2012 | State Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta Georgia House majority whip | Opinion


Charter-school amendment more about ‘how’ than ‘what’

Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, majority whip in the Georgia House of Representatives, said he finds himself bordering between "amused and disturbed" by opponents of the charter-school amendment, which is set for a vote Nov. 6. Specifically, he doesn't like the assertion that the state school board retains the power to overrule on appeal a local school board's decision to deny a charter school after the Supreme Court's ruling on the subject in May 2011.

October 24, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Support network integral to parenthood

Raising a baby is tough. I doubt that comes as a surprise to the hardworking parents out there. What many people fail to realize is that having a baby is even harder when new parents have no support network.

October 23, 2012 | Hollie Barnidge | Opinion


Little-known amendment may save taxpayers millions

Throughout Georgia next month, citizens will consider how to vote for candidates from president of the United States down to county leaders. In the midst of all we hear about candidates, some Georgians may not be aware they will find two constitutional amendments at the end of the ballot. The second will allow the state to enter into multiyear leases and save taxpayers millions over the next 10 years.

October 22, 2012 | Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Guest columnist | Opinion


New driver, professional license backlogs unacceptable

When lawmakers in the state Capitol sift through the thousands of bills from the sublime to the ridiculous, they rarely factor in their discussions the law of unintended consequences. Same thing happens in Washington, D.C.

October 22, 2012 | The Telegraph, Macon | Opinion


Medicine regulations seek to keep citizens safe

During the past few weeks, we have learned of a growing number of fungal-meningitis cases linked to a batch of contaminated epidural steroid injections created by the New England Compounding Center. Meningitis refers to inflammation of the meninges, which are the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Common types of meningitis are viral and bacterial meningitis, which can be highly contagious and begin with flu-like symptoms. Often these types of meningitis may go undiagnosed as patients simply will write it off as a flu. Unlike viral and bacterial meningitis, fungal meningitis is not contagious, and cases currently under investigation ...

October 21, 2012 | Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, and Rep. Ben Watson, R-Savannah Guest columnists | Opinion


House bill ensures that there will be HOPE

HOPE will endure! That's the message the Georgia Student Finance Commission, the state agency that provides financial aid to Georgia students, recently communicated to leaders of the Georgia General Assembly. Thanks to the impact of House Bill 326, the Enduring HOPE bill that was passed during the 2010 legislative session and enacted in 2011, projections for what many consider to be the most successful merit-based scholarship program in the nation now are looking much better.

October 18, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


Pro-charter amendment forces bullying opponents

If the pro-charter amendment people are trying to win friends and influence voters to pass the measure in November, they have picked a bad way to do it.

October 18, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks to kind strangers for helping with flat tire in the rain

In a world of uncertainty, it is heartwarming to know that there still are good Samaritans out there. On the rainy morning of Oct. 4, I was bringing my husband home from the hospital after he had surgery the day before. We both were glad the surgery was over, and we were eager to get home. However, there was a kink in our plans - or rather, a flat tire. We were close to the intersection of Highways 144 and 84.

October 17, 2012 | Denice and Tom Ward Hinesville | Opinion


What is Liberty County doing for the city of Midway?

What goes up does not necessarily come down. Each year, the residents of Midway send their property taxes to Liberty County, but we see very little of that money come back to us.

October 16, 2012 | Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


So long, Hinesville — it’s been fun

Three years ago, I walked into the Coastal Courier office begging for whatever writing gig they could give a 19-year-old girl who followed her new husband across the country after he joined the Army. I walked out with a military spouse column - far more than I ever could have expected.

October 16, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Good judgment leads to proper budget cuts

As the federal government prepares to engage in sequestration to shrink the deficit, it might want to consider another money-saving measure. This is guaranteed to trim millions from the annual budget.

October 15, 2012 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


Poole’s Deli owner thankful to staff, customers for 21 wonderful years

Editor, It is with regret that I write this letter after agonizing for many hours. It comes with mixed emotions and thousands of tears. This is a decision that any independent small-business owner dreads, but, unfortunately, the time has come for me to close the doors of Poole's Deli.

October 15, 2012 | Susan Poole McCorkle Former owner, Poole’s Deli | Opinion


Hospital-provider fee surrounded by questions

Many questions surround Georgia's Hospital Provider Program, also known as the "hospital tax," "hospital-provider fee" or "hospital-bed tax."

October 11, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


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Bipartisanship is still possible

Back in 2001 and 2002, there was no Democrat more hated by Georgia Republicans than Roy Barnes, who was then the state's governor.

November 09, 2017 | By Tom Crwaford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Increased police presence will cut crime

Editor: I am writing to discuss safety in Liberty County neighborhoods, particularly those neighborhoods of Hinesville.

November 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Clear out clutter to make room for holiday gifts

What is in your closet? My hall closet is a mysterious place. I do not know what happens every few months. All sorts of things ...

November 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Cutting butter with a nuclear chainsaw

Editor: With abundant justification, much has been written about the colossally expensive, publicly subsidized, 30-billion-dollar fiasco known as the Plant Vogtle nuclear power-plant expansion. That ...

November 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Running from the Russians

Writing about something before it happens for publication after the fact is a pain in the you-know-what, but here I am doing it anyway.

November 06, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Maybe it's not the schools afterall

I am trying to remember when our public school system became an inferior way to learn to read, write and cipher. Maybe public schools have ...

November 04, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Don't punish business with tax reform

As a legislator here in Georgia who chairs a committee dedicated to fostering greater economic development and growth, I am completely behind the concept of ...

November 03, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Bad childhoods can show parents what not to do

I was standing in the lobby of an auditorium in which I'd just spoken, talking with a small group of attendees, when a 30-something ...

November 03, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family Psychologist | Opinion


Humor: Beer can aluminium paying better than bank interest

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

November 02, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Republicans attacking their own party

Several candidates for higher office are employing an old campaign strategy: attack the establishment as being hopelessly corrupt and promise to clean up the mess.

November 02, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Bullies are human, but bullying is not

Bullying is something I know very well. I've experienced every type of bullying you can imagine. I'm still experiencing it to this day.

October 31, 2017 | By De'Lacy Rouse Guest columnist | Opinion


To be understood, seek to understand

In 1943, Abraham Maslow wrote a paper titled "A Theory of Human Motivation." In it, Maslow described a pyramid-shaped figure, representing the most basic needs ...

October 31, 2017 | Patricia Jones Guest columnist | Opinion


Close session tape holds a surprises

Say what you want about the current Hinesville City Council, but it makes for interesting copy.

October 30, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Make Halloween ghoulishly 'green' in '17

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. When the kids were young, I absolutely loved decorating the house inside and out for this creepy day ...

October 30, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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