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Rooting out federal waste brings revenues

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives need to reassess the plan they've come up with to raise $290 billion a year in more taxes to feed the never-satisfied appetite of the federal government.

November 30, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Opinion

Honoring a wise man who made a difference

Today, I ask for a moment of personal privilege. It was two years ago this week that I wrote about the Three Wise Men who have so greatly influenced my life: Roy Hodnett, a real estate magnate on Saint Simons Island; Dr. Raymond Cook, my college professor, now residing in Valdosta and John W. Jacobs Jr., a broadcast pioneer and philanthropist from Gainesville. All three are in their 90s or close to it. All three are a part of the Greatest Generation. All three are family men of faith. I could not have asked for better role models.

November 30, 2011 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Feel-good season does not feel good for many

Here we are again, welcoming the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season has begun with Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping, football and school vacation.

November 28, 2011 | John Scherer Stephen Ministry | Opinion

A bipartisan case for cynicism about government

Two state officials, two states, different political parties. Their sins are of vastly different degrees of seriousness. But they both illustrate vividly why citizens, who are supposed to be responsibly represented by people who allegedly serve at our pleasure and on our behalf, have become so cynical and exasperated.

November 28, 2011 | Staff report | Opinion

Holiday brings welcome change

Thursday marked the first Thanksgiving I've spent away from my family back in Iowa. That being said, this Thanksgiving probably was the best I've had yet.

November 28, 2011 | Joselynn McKenna | Opinion

Wood-dwelling pests not always cause for concern

You may have noticed little insects fluttering around the past couple of days. Are those termites? Yep. As a homeowner, it's natural to want to put up a protective dome around your home when termites swarm. Do you need to panic or do something immediately? No.

November 28, 2011 | Robert E. Bell Guest columnist | Opinion

Junior is taking credit for Gingrich campaign upsurge

Junior E. Lee is one of my most valued associates, but he can be a load to manage and a bit of a know-it-all. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga. He has two primary responsibilities: First, keep as many bugs as possible out of Emanuel County - particularly at Arveen Ridley's farm - and then to help us all make more informed political decisions. The exterminating profession doesn't seem to have a lot in common with the democratic process, but when you have someone of ...

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Bad economy puts damper on birth rate

Nothing puts a damper on prospects more than a down economy, and apparently that extends to the area of starting or expanding families.

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

U.S. Senate needs to pass House-approved bills

If our economy is going to make a comeback, the U.S. Senate must start acting like it wants to create more jobs and pass the bills that already have been passed by the House of Representatives. The Democratic Senate is sitting on more than 18 bills that could jumpstart the economy and produce jobs.

November 23, 2011 | Len Calderone | Opinion

Being thankful is a family tradition


November 23, 2011 | Letters to the editor | Opinion

Congrats, United Way, on exceeding goal

Congratulations to the United Way of Liberty County, which last week exceeded its 2011 fundraising campaign goal of $181,000 by raising $185,026 - up $64,026 from the $121,000 raised last year.

November 21, 2011 | Staff report | Opinion

Some legislation is better left alone

The pre-filing period for legislation to be considered in the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly began Nov. 14. Georgia's two-year legislative cycle means bills introduced but not passed in 2011 officially still are on the agenda.

November 21, 2011 | Staff report | Opinion

It’s almost time to fly solo

For the first time since Anastasia's birth, I'm preparing to do it on my own. Between my husband's 10 days of paternity leave and the nearly constant presence of family, I've always had some kind of help.

November 21, 2011 | Joselynn McKenna | Opinion

State looks to take new drug ‘spice’ off the rack

In September, a sheriff's deputy in Statesboro responded to a call and found a young man who reportedly had nearly beaten his girlfriend to death with a beer mug after both had ingested the drug spice.

November 21, 2011 | Senator Buddy Carter | Opinion

State looking to ban new drug 'spice'

In September, a sheriff's deputy in Statesboro responded to a call of a young man who had nearly beaten his girlfriend to death with a beer mug after both had ingested the drug spice.

November 17, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion

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Hurricane evacuation preparedness is key

There are several lists available across the web that help you prepare for a hurricane.

October 05, 2016 | By Kristian M. Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion

Learning from the Great Depression

It was the Great Depression that shaped my parents and would, in the years to come, shape my life as well. Because they saw first-hand ...

October 04, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Help for state's working poor

On any given day in Georgia, hundreds of working families walk through the doors of nonprofit food banks in our communities. A young mom earning ...

October 04, 2016 | By Wes Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion

Snuff out cigarette litter

In the past decade, cigarette smoking in America has decreased 28 percent, yet cigarette butts still remain the most littered item in the U.S ...

October 04, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

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