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Teachers union supports charters schools, opposes amendment

We were glad that State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge came out in opposition to the constitutional amendment on charter schools that will be on the November ballot. We were equally glad that he made a strong statement of support for "high quality charter schools." Both views are ones that we share at the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. We consistently have supported charter schools and are proud of our charter school members. We cannot support the amendment.

October 30, 2012 | Dr. Allene Magill Guest columnist | Opinion


American citizens, not a candidate, lost political debates

If you are a political junkie like me, you likely just watched all the presidential and vice presidential debates. So, did they change your mind regarding which candidate gets your vote? My mind was made up long ago, and the debates did little to validate or detract from my choice.

October 30, 2012 | Len Calderone Guest columnist | Opinion


Motorists beware — deer on the move

Deer are beautiful animals, but they also are a pain for many of us.

October 29, 2012 | Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


‘Uncool’ parents aren’t doomed yet

I'm not cool. I listen almost exclusively to classic rock, and I cannot pass up a "Golden Girls" rerun marathon. I don't have a sophisticated cell phone, iPad, mp3 player, gaming console, GPS, TiVo or any other trendy electronic devices. Now, I'm not a total cave-dweller; I do have a computer, a simple cell phone, a television and a DVD player, but that's about it. And I'm fine with that.

October 29, 2012 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Learn what sequestration really will mean for area

From 1990-91, the 24th Infantry Division, assigned to Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield prior to 3rd Infantry Division, was called in its entirety to deploy during the Gulf War. During that time, Liberty County - without the presence of the soldiers - experienced economic hardship that it barely survived.

October 25, 2012 | Monica Eusebio Guest columnist | Opinion


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


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The rains came and went, but...

The Board of Directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County, Inc. would like to thank the community for supporting our Annual Back-to-School Rally.

August 14, 2017 | By Gary Gilliard Guest columnist | Opinion


Empowering our community's youth

One of my great passions in life is empowering our community's youth. I was raised to believe in the mentality that raising a child ...

August 12, 2017 | By Kenneth Howard Special to the Courier | Opinion


Nelson: Choice, voice, change

Choice, voice, change. These things are never easy! While campaigning for Hinesville City Council District 3, my slogan was "Your Choice, My Voice." The slogan ...

August 11, 2017 | By Vicky Nelson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Covering crime can wear you out

Covering crime can be a tiring and frustrating business, and here's why.

August 11, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Senior contributor | Opinion


Bad news for utility, taxpayers

When it comes to the nuclear reactors Georgia Power has been trying to build at Plant Vogtle, there never seems to be any good news ...

August 11, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Lot of activity in Sept.

We are finally on the downside of summer. Hopefully, there will not be too many more oppressively hot days.

August 10, 2017 | By Sara Swida KLB Director | Opinion


Humor: Is Dennis Rodman the only one who can save the world?

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

August 10, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


It’s a mad, mad, mad world

Every time you turn around these days it seems somebody's mad at somebody, or mad about something somebody else is doing.

August 09, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Managing Editor | Opinion


Commissioner explains resignation

Editor:

August 08, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Some on both sides want to stifle the press

A new Economist/YouGov poll shows that 45 percent of Republicans favor using the courts to "shut down" media outlets that publish "biased or inaccurate ...

August 04, 2017 | By Eric Schulzke Guest columnist | Opinion


Humor: Where to film the sequel to ‘Animal House’

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

August 04, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Humor: Russia behind missing socks

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

August 03, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Help homeless kids in our region

Editor:

August 03, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


From television star to preacher

Mama was always proud for people who pulled themselves up and did well in life. She rooted for them, bragged on them and delighted in ...

August 03, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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