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High-speed rail is pie-in-the-sky plan

One of the more fiscally irresponsible components of President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 is the plan to increase surface "transportation" spending by more than 84 percent - from $58 billion to $107 billion - over FY 2010 spending levels.

March 21, 2011 | By Ronald Utt | Opinion


Lawmakers refill Sunday sales bill

In a remarkable resurrection, the bill that would allow alcohol sales on Sunday, passed the very body – the state Senate – that had vowed to let it languish in committee. And languish it did for a month before its recovery last week.

March 21, 2011 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion


What is your environmental IQ?

How "green" are you? These days there is a barrage of information out there on TV, the Internet, in magazines and in newspapers telling you that you ought to be "green" and think "green." But how much do you really know? I am sharing a simple quiz from the Environmental Protection Agency that will help you compare your basic environmental knowledge with the knowledge of citizens around the country. Let's see how you do!

March 21, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Numbers in from 'Round or Square Polls'

I called Junior E. Lee, vice president and general manager of Round or Square Polls Inc., a subsidiary of The Yarbrough Multinational Media and Pest Control Co., located over a pool hall in Greater Garfield, Ga., to see who he thinks might be running for president in 2012.

March 16, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Expect huge shift in taxes if bill passes

There is a 127-page bill, House Bill 385, moving through the Georgia Legislature that would, if passed, shift the tax burden drastically on to the backs of consumers. In its opening paragraphs it states that the purpose of the bill is to "implement the recommendations of the 2010 Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians." ... At least one member of the committee said the bill doesn't look anything like what they recommended. ...

March 16, 2011 | By Macon Telegraph | Opinion


Deal changes plan amid public outcry

Responding to the voices of educators, parents and lawmakers from across the state, including the calls and e-mails from the more than 125 people who attended our town hall meeting in the Liberty County commissioners boardroom March 4, Gov. Nathan Deal has reversed course on his proposal to reduce the instruction day for Georgia's pre-kindergarten students from six and a half hours to four hours.

March 16, 2011 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Ludowici case closed; not clearned

Editor, In response to the Courier article published March 11:

March 16, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


House passes budget, talks health care

After four full days of session, the Georgia General Assembly finished its 28th legislative day Friday. With only 12 days of session left, the Capitol is full of activity as members of the legislature continue with our responsibility of completing the people's work.

March 16, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Senate honors 10th Amendment Day

Day 25 (March 7): Today was 10th Amendment Day in the Senate as we took up three bills aimed at strengthening the rights of the state of Georgia under federal law. The 10th Amendment says the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution or prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states.

March 16, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Do your part for Global Youth Service Day

This year, Keep Liberty Beautiful and the local United Way office are teaming up to participate in Global Youth Service Day, which is actually a three-day celebration that runs from April 15-17.

March 14, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Planting season is memorable

No one can complain about the beautiful warm weather we are having these days. It is so good to be able to walk around outside without freezing. I noticed our plum tree had one tiny bloom on it one day, and the next day it looked like a white cloud. We have at least 25 camellia bushes in bloom at this time and each one is my favorite. People say "Just wait for the Easter snap." Well, it may snap later, but right now everything is beginning to pop open. This time of the year reminds me of Daddy and ...

March 14, 2011 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion


Hello, Ray, are you still out there?

I've noticed that the older we get, the more we wonder about what happened to some of those people we grew up with. I think we are curious to know how many of them are still with us ... if we won the race, so to speak, or if we should have a reunion do we need to reserve more than one table.

March 14, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Bill would help keep public in dark

Isn't there enough secrecy in government? Apparently not, according to Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, who earlier in the current legislative session introduced a bill that would curtail transparency in government by allowing governmental and quasi-governmental agencies to keep certain information from the public.

March 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Understand ESPLOST before voting Tuesday

On Tuesday, March 15, the citizens of Liberty County will have the opportunity to continue their support for public education in Liberty County by renewing the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for education (ESPLOST). This is not a new tax, but rather a vote to continue the one-cent sales tax that currently is in place in Liberty County and supporting the Liberty County School System.

March 14, 2011 | By Dr. Judy Scherer Special to the Courier | Opinion


A baby is going to change everything

Life is ironic sometimes, isn't it? I decide to write a series on children, since it's a topic I rarely write about since I, myself, have no children.

March 14, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


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Real estate records kept in clerk's office

"Clerk" is a commonplace term used to describe a variety of vocations, referring to persons who sell goods, wait on customers or engage in any type of clerical work, such as bookkeeping, copying and even running a cash register in a checkout line. Black's Law Dictionary defines "clerk" as the "officer of court who files pleadings, motions, judgments, etc., issues processes and keeps records of court proceedings," thus more aptly describing the functions of the 159 elected clerks of superior court in this state.

June 22, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Special to the Courier | Opinion


In search of cure for Alzheimer's disease

Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease. By 2050, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

June 19, 2015 | By State Rep. Robert Trammell Jr. Guest columnist | Opinion


A day for memories of a special man

It has been 31 years since he passed away, and not a day goes by that I don't miss him, especially on Father's Day.

June 18, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Funding the state transporation bill

The transportation bill received much attention this past legislative session, and rightfully so. It doesn't take long for one to drive anywhere in Georgia before noticing that our roads, interstates, and bridges are in terrible disrepair.

June 18, 2015 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


The American dream thrives

You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes, I agree with that disagreement.

June 17, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Clerk of courts discusses his position

Many years ago, at the conclusion of the longest criminal jury trial in Liberty County's history, I overheard an attorney's son, who sat through several days of presentation of evidence during the trial, tell his father that, of all the jobs of court officials involved, he wanted my job as clerk of superior court.

June 16, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Special to the Courier | Opinion


Make your vacations eco-friendly

Are you planning your summer vacation? I hope you don't think you have to toss out all your good green and sustainable habits when you travel!

June 16, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


W-ville mayor responds to Courier article

Editor, The following is written in response to your article on June 10, 2015, discussing the indictment of Crystal Tilley. The Coastal Courier called the City of Walthourville earlier in the week seeking comments on the indictment. Then, as now, it would have been inappropriate for the city to officially comment on this matter. There is an ongoing criminal case, and current city officials and employees may be witnesses or called to give testimony.

June 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Resident says city is muzzling him

Editor, Locked out!

June 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


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