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Great American Cleanup is looming

The Great American Cleanup season officially has begun! Thousand of communities just like ours are gearing up to clean up and "green up" their neighborhoods, roads and schools as well as look for ways to beautify and enhance green spaces. Why go to all this effort? Clean and attractive communities are healthier, safer, environmentally balanced and usually economically healthy, too. Those are all goals that I have for Liberty County and I hope you do, too! Activities already are in the works for the next few months. Just one thing is missing - we need you involved. Here are a few ...

March 07, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


House votes to save citizens time, money

The General Assembly completed its 19th legislative session day Thursday. The members of the legislature now are working in full force as we work toward the completion of the 2011 session, a maximum of 40 session days.

March 02, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Columnist | Opinion


Changes needed for state HOPE

Sometimes a good idea is so good it's hard to sustain over the long haul. That's often true with ideas that come from government that depend on revenues that blow with the economic winds.

March 02, 2011 | Gainesville Times | Opinion


Withholding is indexed for inflation

Editor, In response to Reggie Sage's letter in Sunday's edition, asking why the federal tax withholding went up on his recent retired pay statement, I may have the answer. The same thing happened at my office, where I am responsible for our payroll.

March 02, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Garrison commander addresses gate traffic

Editor, I'd like to address the concerns with gate opening times at Fort Stewart that were called in to the Coastal Courier's Sound off.

March 02, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Senate busy with bills, teasing newbies

• Day 17 (Tuesday, Feb. 22): While much of this session has been dedicated to talks about the HOPE scholarship program and the changes that will have to be made, Gov. Nathan Deal announced his proposals at a news conference today. The successful program that has provided numerous Georgia students with opportunities to continue their education has fallen on difficult times recently due to rising costs and declining revenues. The program is projected to show a deficit of around $240 million in the current fiscal year and more than $300 million in the next fiscal year. To give the program the ...

March 02, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Obama game plan is more of the same

President Barack Obama is stirring up the forces of reaction. Or at least he wants to. He is their inspiration and their leader, the nation's most eloquent and powerful advocate of a government of the past.

March 02, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Jail crisis has been building for years

Does Georgia have a higher percentage of criminals in its population than any other state? Let's hope not.

March 02, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Attractive businesses benefit community

The quarterly Win-dex Awards, which honor attractive businesses throughout our county, are one of my favorite programs at Keep Liberty Beautiful.

February 28, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Record and cherish memories for posterity

Last Monday was a national holiday for Presidents' Day. Many people were off work for the holiday. But, more important to me, it was my 64th birthday! It seems unreal to be this age. It seems as if I was just 6. Looking back over these years, I thought of so many things that have happened or changed since I was born. It is funny how we remember certain things and others we do not. For this column, I will share some of the most memorable moments of my life.

February 28, 2011 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion


Attorney general reminds cities of Sunshine Laws

Editor, I haven't given up on this cause against the unethical behavior of our local government.

February 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


LCIDA chairman must get story straight

Editor, This letter is being written to clear up any misconceptions there may be regarding Paul McGowan's status with the Long County Industrial Development Authority and his proposed site in the Long County Industrial Park.

February 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


President owes us an explanation

Editor, This is an open letter to the president of the United States.

February 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Children see the world differently

"You will be president of a small country."

February 28, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


UGA coach shows winning is not just scoring

Over my long life, I have come to realize that college football is not life-or-death. Life and death are life and death. Football is a game. Only a game. Yet, there are those rare times when the sport can tell us a lot about life – and death – and remind us that there is more to winning than the final score.

February 28, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Don't miss small business conference

Editor, National Small Business Week was May 4-9, but the must-attend event for small business entrepreneurs this month is the Mayor's Small Business Conference on May 20.

May 11, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Centennial celebrations lead down Memory Lane

You are going to have to give me a little scat room today. I am having an attack of the nostalgias. Going down someone else's Memory Lane can be as boring as a lecture on the life cycle of guppies, but this has been a reflective few weeks for me. My beloved Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia and the campus chapter of my college fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, both celebrated their 100th anniversaries this past month in Athens.

May 07, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


It is time to restructure Georgia schools

On May 22, my youngest child will graduate from high school, and I am ecstatic to see her turn that tassel and move on to her next chapter in life.

May 07, 2015 | By State Rep. Valencia Stoval Special to the Courier | Opinion


Them's some strong words

Once on "The Andy Griffith Show," Ernest T. Bass tried to join the Army. Several times, Barney says comically, "He's a nut!"

May 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Tell officials how you feel about pipeline

Someone asked the question, "Is Buddy Carter beholden to oil?" Would approximately $400,000 from a super PAC in Texas that represents big-oil interests mean anything? After all, the folks in Texas want Georgia to have good representation in Washington.

May 06, 2015 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


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


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