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Key tourism legislation passes

The Georgia General Assembly officially wrapped up the 2013 legislative session at midnight Thursday, March 28, when we adjourned "Sine Die!"

April 03, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


A tale of two budgets

It is budget season in Washington. Recently, dueling proposals were introduced by House Republicans and Senate Democrats. Each offers a start contrast in vision for the country.

April 03, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Good legislative session comes to end

• March 25: We had 25 bills on the calendar, and the first one called up was one that I was carrying, House Bill 36. This bill, which was sponsored in the House by Rep. Ben Watson, R-Savannah, adds red drum to the list of Georgia game fish, meaning that it can no longer be bought or sold on the open market. While presenting the bill, I shared my personal experiences of fishing for red drum, or spottail bass as we called them, while I was growing up in Coastal Georgia and how important it is for us to protect this ...

April 03, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


April is month highlighting safe communities

National County Government Month is celebrated each April by the nation's counties to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government.

April 02, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


We shouldn't have to pay to have opinions heard

Editor, Did you get your letter yet from the American Military Society asking for money so you can have a voice in the U.S. government? I always was told in civics and American-problems classes in grammar and high school that our votes give us a voice in government - plus, we pay federal taxes to keep that government running for the people and by the people.

April 02, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Pleasures of watching a little one grow

My daughter took her first steps last week. They were shaky, quick steps - only three of them - but they definitely were steps. It happened so unexpectedly. One moment, Reese was fiddling with a pile of unfolded, clean laundry I'd just dumped on the couch; the next moment, she'd turned around and was headed for the coffee table, where she'd left a toy. I was shocked, elated, proud and - as silly as this may sound - a little sad that she's growing up so quickly.

April 02, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


State budget includes money for Liberty campus

The 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly came to an end at midnight March 28, with the House of Representatives and the Senate reaching final agreement on a $19.9 billion state budget for fiscal year 2014. I am very pleased to report that the budget includes funding for the four-year program at the Liberty County campus of Armstrong Atlantic State University.

April 01, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Army changes can hurt our area

There can be no doubt that Fort Stewart/HAAF is the major economic engine in the region. At last calculation, the annual value of the base was placed at $5.4 billion.

April 01, 2013 | By Paul Andreshak and Monica Eusebio Guest columnists | Opinion


Into the lion's den for a worthy cause

I have a good idea what Daniel felt like when he was tossed into the lion's den way back when.

March 27, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Obama engages political theater

For weeks, President Barack Obama and his deputies traveled the country, sounding the alarm about sequestration. They used people as props to claim that public safety would be put at risk, meat would go uninspected and the economy would tank.

March 27, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Budget, farewells make for busy week

State Sen. Buddy Carter, R- Pooler, will be reporting each week during the legislative session. The session is expected to last until the latter days of March.

March 27, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Ethics reform should call 'gifts' what they are

With the 2013 legislative session ending Thursday, the chance lawmakers will pass meaningful ethics reform to stop the practice of lobbyist gift-giving appears to be slim.

March 27, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Lawmakers racing to finish line

The 2013 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly is scheduled for final adjournment Thursday. Needless to say, the past few days have been busy.

March 27, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


We should save a lot more for retirement

The U.S. is facing a retirement crisis. The simple fact is that most workers are saving too little to retire, according to the Employee Benefits Research Institute, which tracks pension issues. And workers are acutely aware of this.

March 26, 2013 | Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Please return woman's means of getting around

Editor, Would the person that came in my yard and stole my four-wheeler please bring it back? You see, I am an old woman and can't walk too far. The four-wheeler is the only way I can get fresh air. I can't walk; the only way I have to get around was with the four-wheeler.

March 26, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Responses miss mark on coast

Editor: It was refreshing to see folks responding to my comments about the perils of seismic testing and subsequent drilling for oil off the Georgia ...

February 06, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Let's all hold hands and fight

I love Hinesville. Always have. It's one of those places that sort of gets under your skin after awhile.

February 05, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Is Amazon project worth it?

The push to attract Amazon's second corporate headquarters continues, with no letup.

February 04, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Response to letters on oil exploration

Editor: It was refreshing to see folks responding to my comments about the perils of seismic testing and subsequent drilling for oil off the Georgia ...

February 02, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Marijuana instead of opioids?

Editor: There is an opioid epidemic! At least, that is what the government is telling us. But, the question remains, "Why is there an epidemic?"

February 01, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trump, Clinton and a Texas standoff

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

February 01, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Another take on Tump's immigrant stance

The world fell on Donald Trump's head - yet again - when he said in a White House meeting that we should be trying to get ...

January 30, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Collect items now for next recycle fair

Did you know that the United States is the No. 1 trash-producing country in the world, generating 1,609 pounds per person per year?

January 30, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Some Zen for this dummy

The way I understand Zen, it boils down to this.

January 29, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Apologies seem to be obscene distortions

Is it me, or has anyone else noticed that when someone is exposed for wrongdoing, the responses all seem similar? No matter whether someone is ...

January 28, 2018 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Review facts on oil exploration

Editor: In a recent Letter to the Editor, the author claimed that the "sky is falling" due to the recent announcement to open up leasing ...

January 27, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


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