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Worry about what rain can wash into waterways

April certainly was the month for showers this year.

May 05, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

The concrete road less traveled

What if you were told that 95 percent of Georgians are using a product that may not always be the best value for money?

May 05, 2015 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion

Tuition hikes cloud goal of increasing grads

A college education in Georgia just got less affordable. Tuition is rising again in the wake of cuts in state funds for the university system. The HOPE Scholarship covers far less than it used to, and many students do not receive it. A college degree is more important than ever, yet it may be priced out of reach for many students.

May 04, 2015 | By Claire Suggs Guest columnist | Opinion

Baltimore police arrests serve justice

Editor, I, along with many other Americans, breathed a sigh of relief at the news that the six officers involved in the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore will face multiple charges. The death has been ruled a homicide. This is a great day for the cause of justice in our country.

May 04, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Legislature's health care record was mixed

Georgia lawmakers left town earlier this month after producing a 2016 state spending plan that invests no more money overall for health care than last year. Georgia ranks near the bottom of all states for health-care investment, and the consequences include hundreds of thousands of uninsured Georgians and hospitals that struggle to stay afloat.

April 30, 2015 | By Timothy Sweeney Guest columnist | Opinion

Is Buddy Carter beholding to big oil?

Editor, When 1st Congressional District U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter spoke before Richmond Hill High School students on the issues surrounding Kinder Morgan's Palmetto Pipeline, he stated, "I suspect many of you drive, and gas is expensive. … Having a pipeline could help that. … So sometimes, we have to make tough decisions" (, April 17, reported by Jeff Whitten).

April 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Answer man has all the answers

What time is it, boys and girls? It's time for Answer Man! Time to dip into the ol' mailbag and see what is on your mind and show you how little is on ours. While we can't guarantee total and complete accuracy in our answers, it is Answer Man's opinion that this won't matter because if you knew the answer, you probably wouldn't have asked the question in the first place.

April 30, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

City seems to be flush with cash

Editor, I canceled my reservations for the State of the City luncheon. Don't need to go. I see by the two recent boondoggles to Washington, D.C., and St. Simons Island that the city of Hinesville is in "rock solid" shape financially.

April 29, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Resident explains confrontation with mayor

Editor, This will be my only commentary on the Hinesville City Council meeting of April 16.

April 29, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

County doesn't care how it spends taxpayer money

Editor, Why would representatives of Liberty County have to go to St. Simons to hold a meeting when there are many places in Liberty County and Fort Stewart? As usual, they don't care how they spend our tax dollars - travel, hotel and food. And what did they talk about? How to take more of our money and waste it on SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax).

April 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Recycle It! Fair coming up

It is that time again!

April 27, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Why are businesses still charging expired tax?

In theory and by law, businesses in Liberty County are supposed to charge customers only 6 percent sales tax. That has been the case since April 1, when the county's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax expired because a majority of voters chose not to renew it during the November election.

April 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Haleigh's Hope is now Georgia's hope

Fifteen months ago, a local reporter asked me if there was any interest within the General Assembly in taking on the medical marijuana issue for the 2014 legislative session, and I told him, emphatically, that there was none and that I did not foresee that issue coming up anytime soon in Georgia. Then, a week later, I met a little 4-year-old girl named Haleigh and her courageous mom and dad, and was I proved ever so wrong.

April 24, 2015 | By State Rep. Allen Peake Special to the Courier | Opinion

Fathers, don't seek custody in Liberty County

Editor, If you are a father seeking custody of your children in Hinesville, please read this carefully.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Gulf oil spill: Drawn-out tempest in teacup

The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was called catastrophic by many. President Barack Obama declared, "This oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced." The National Resource Defense Council said two years later, "A people wronged and a region scarred remains."

April 23, 2015 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion

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Torn between metro Pooler and Ryo

This world is full of surprises. I just got a call from Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter Skates Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater ...

September 17, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Politicians failing us on economy

A couple of months ago, the Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report on the U.S. economy's long-term prospects. Not to put too ...

September 16, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion

Unintended consequences of 'religious freedom'

If you've been watching TV, you surely have seen the controversy in Kentucky, where a court clerk has been in and out of jail ...

September 16, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Recalling those old sports guys

Not long ago, I watched a couple of documentaries on ESPN about the Southeastern Conference called "SEC: Storied."

September 15, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Great response from HomeProud homeowners

A couple of years ago, we implemented a seasonal recognition program called HomeProud. We wanted to put a positive spin on the appearance of private ...

September 15, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

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