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Sequestration could have catastrophic effects on Hinesville, local community

On Jan. 2, 2013, our city may experience an event that will have negative economic impacts on the community for years to come. Other communities with military installations will experience the same or similar negative impacts because of sequestration. Sequestration is a term that generally means seizure. In this case, though, it means additional budget cuts in the federal budget for the next 10 years. According to Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who recently participated in a news conference at MidCoast Regional Airport near Fort Stewart, our city and surrounding areas could see the immediate loss of approximately 7,000 jobs. The ...

August 31, 2012 | By Mayor Jim Thomas Special to the Courier | Opinion


Skeeter Skates weighs in on Middle East situation

I was in the middle of preparing a PowerPoint presentation for you on why House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, needs a campaign war chest of $356,415.19 to run unopposed for re-election in his district.

August 30, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Sequestration could have catastrophic effects on Hinesville, local community

On Jan. 2, 2013, our city may experience an event that will have negative economic impacts on the community for years to come. Other communities with military installations will experience the same or similar negative impacts because of sequestration. Sequestration is a term that generally means seizure. In this case, though, it means additional budget cuts in the federal budget for the next 10 years. According to Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who recently participated in a news conference at MidCoast Regional Airport near Fort Stewart, our city and surrounding areas could see the immediate loss of approximately 7,000 jobs. The ...

August 29, 2012 | Jim Thomas Hinesville mayor | Opinion


Employing veterans important

Picture this: An applicant walks into a job interview, extends a firm handshake, looks the hiring manager straight in the eye and begins to detail her impressive qualifications.

August 29, 2012 | By Hilda Solis | Opinion


Program links needy to potential helpers

Most people fall into one of two categories: people who need help but don't know how to ask and people who want to help but don't know how. The people who don't fit into either of these categories fall into a whole different category for self-centered people with no compassion, so I just won't go there.

August 29, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Georgia’s jobless situation straining unemployment insurance trust fund

Recently, the Georgia Department of Labor announced that the unemployment rate for July was 9.3 percent, marking the 59th month in a row that Georgia's unemployment rate has exceeded the national average.

August 28, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


Evaluate parties’ principles before taking side

Editor, In June, I published an open letter to all Americans, which I will summarize now.

August 27, 2012 | The Rev. Gloria Brown Riceboro | Opinion


State representative responds to Dick Yarbrough’s column

I read with interest Dick Yarbrough's Aug. 20 column.

August 27, 2012 | Ed Lindsey House majority whip | Opinion


The ship is about to hit the sand

Just when you think you're through with me, I reappear with a vengeance. It is election-fever season, and I'm running hot. The dog cussing is starting already, and the election is still three months away. I can't carry on a conversation with any of my friends for fear of hurting somebody's feelings.

August 23, 2012 | Vic Waters Guest columnist | Opinion


Debate over charter school amendment getting ugly

I knew it was going to get ugly, but I didn't know it would get this bad this quickly. I am talking about the constitutional amendment on charter schools to be voted on in November that asks, "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

August 22, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, deserves congratulations, continued support

Editor, State Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, and I first met more than 50 years ago at his grandparents' house in Midway. The Knights of Pythias wanted us to meet and spend seven days together because they felt we both were anointed by God to accomplish great things.

August 22, 2012 | Ted Harris Midway | Opinion


Board’s new visitor policy doesn’t just boil down to safety

A great deal of controversy has arisen in the wake of a policy put into place by the Liberty County School System. This policy affects a parent's ability to access his or her child's classroom for the purpose of observation.

August 21, 2012 | the Rev. Tim Byler Guest columnist | Opinion


It’s time to break through the hug barrier

Sitting somewhere near the top of the list of things I miss about living near family is frequent hugs.

August 21, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Safe gun practices prevent tragedies

Two young lives have been lost recently, and these tragedies could have been avoided. A 2-year-old girl in Pooler accidentally shot herself in July with a gun she found on her father's nightstand. Last week, a 2-year-old boy was fatally shot in a home in Hinesville's Eagles Landing subdivision. Authorities still are in the early stages of the investigation, but the gunshot is thought to be self-inflicted. The boy's father was outside mowing the lawn.

August 20, 2012 | Courier editorial | Opinion


Olens’ political star getting brighter

The political star of Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens seems to be getting brighter every day.

August 20, 2012 | Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


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Covering crime can wear you out

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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


Buddy Carter’s big moment

The biggest political story in the nation, the defeat of Obamacare repeal legislation, featured an unlikely appearance by a person you would never expect to ...

August 02, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Lead, follow or get out of the way

Is it just me? Is it my imagination that since the slow poke law was enacted last year, more drivers took it to mean they ...

August 01, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Columnist | Opinion


Downside of heavy rain is stormwater runoff

I have never seen this much rain in the summer. Brief summer thunderstorms are certainly common, but these recently are gullywashers and go on for ...

August 01, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Reading is fundamental to liberty

"Reading is fundamental" was a popular slogan when I was an elementary student in Los Angeles during the 1970s. Today, parents, teachers and tutors stress ...

August 01, 2017 | By Gerard Robinson Guest columnist | Opinion


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