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Tax reform head calls legislative efforts 'obscene'

A.D. Frazier is not a happy camper. My friend and former Atlanta Olympic colleague spent last summer chairing the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians, a 10-member council appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston.

March 09, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Carter: Personal best for bill presentation

Day 20 (Feb. 28): For the second session day in a row I had a bill on the floor as I presented SB 95, legislation that I am sponsoring on behalf of the Police Chiefs Association of Georgia.

March 09, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


House tackles HOPE, illegal immigration

The General Assembly completed a full five days of session this week, which concluded on Friday with its 24th legislative session day. Several key pieces of legislation were debated and discussed on the House floor. The highlight this week was the passage of a solution to continue the HOPE Scholarship program and also legislation to address illegal immigration within our state.

March 09, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Potential to help the arts

In the midst of declining funding, it's tempting to see almost any state legislative attention to the Georgia Council for the Arts as a good thing.

March 09, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Bill sends wrong message on illegal workers

I recently came across the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association's Daily Legislative Watch and learned something quite disturbing. This legislative update contained a reference to SB 7, a bill proposed by the Insurance and Labor Committee that would essentially prevent illegal immigrants the ability to collect workers' compensation if injured or sick on the job. My question to the committee members is, "Are you trying to attract more illegal immigrants to Georgia?" Because with this bill, that is exactly the effect it will have.

March 09, 2011 | By Jeremiah K. Jarmin Guest columnist | Opinion


Jekyll doesnt need gambling

State Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, touched off public outcry this month when announcing an intent to introduce legislation that would allow a form of video gambling in certain state facilities. Jekyll Island would be one of them.

March 09, 2011 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


Finally some good news to offset uprisings

It is not easy being a househusband cum columnist. Trying to figure out where the paper towels are located at the same time I am trying to figure out where the commas go makes my brain hurt.

March 07, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Commissioner gave himself parting gift

John Oxendine apparently spent his last day in office as Georgia's insurance commissioner bestowing licenses on himself to sell insurance and adjust claims.

March 07, 2011 | Augusta Chronicle | Opinion


Gillards thank community for support

Editor, The family of the late Mrs. Jackie Gilliard-Henderson would like to thank the community for the outpouring of love and support during our time of bereavement. Our mother was a simple country girl who raised her family in the Rebecca Street Housing Projects. (She later lived and died at her home on Azalea Street.) She touched the lives of so many people and was loved by all because she gave of herself. (She had a heart of gold as the SRO crowds at the wake and funeral can attest.) We want to thank those who came from far and ...

March 07, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Ministry serves area individuals, families

We live in a fast-paced community here in Hinesville, Fort Stewart, Liberty and the surrounding counties. Many people suffer crises and tragedies, but they don't have caregivers to count on. Family members and friends may be scattered across the country or even the world. Neighbors and some friends rarely offer the support they once did. So when a crisis or challenge hits, many people have no one to turn to and end up facing it alone.

March 07, 2011 | By John Scherer Columnist | Opinion


Great American Cleanup is looming

The Great American Cleanup season officially has begun! Thousand of communities just like ours are gearing up to clean up and "green up" their neighborhoods, roads and schools as well as look for ways to beautify and enhance green spaces. Why go to all this effort? Clean and attractive communities are healthier, safer, environmentally balanced and usually economically healthy, too. Those are all goals that I have for Liberty County and I hope you do, too! Activities already are in the works for the next few months. Just one thing is missing - we need you involved. Here are a few ...

March 07, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


House votes to save citizens time, money

The General Assembly completed its 19th legislative session day Thursday. The members of the legislature now are working in full force as we work toward the completion of the 2011 session, a maximum of 40 session days.

March 02, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Columnist | Opinion


Changes needed for state HOPE

Sometimes a good idea is so good it's hard to sustain over the long haul. That's often true with ideas that come from government that depend on revenues that blow with the economic winds.

March 02, 2011 | Gainesville Times | Opinion


Withholding is indexed for inflation

Editor, In response to Reggie Sage's letter in Sunday's edition, asking why the federal tax withholding went up on his recent retired pay statement, I may have the answer. The same thing happened at my office, where I am responsible for our payroll.

March 02, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Garrison commander addresses gate traffic

Editor, I'd like to address the concerns with gate opening times at Fort Stewart that were called in to the Coastal Courier's Sound off.

March 02, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Clerks commission notaries in Georgia

Superior-court clerks in Georgia wear a lot of hats and perform numerous statutory duties.

July 13, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Special to the Courier | Opinion


Didn't voters reject SPLOST

Editor, I voted no on the 1-cent sales tax and thought it was over. Now, I hear they are going to have a vote on it again. My question is, the county and city get to call for a revote on the 1-cent tax. If the tax passes, do the people who voted no get to revote as do the city and county?

July 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gun-free zones invite mass shootings

Editor, Bring your gun to church. Bring your gun to the movie theater. Teachers, take your gun to school. Don't leave home without it.

July 09, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


'Occasional' column now going on 17 years

It was supposed to be one and done, but it didn't work out that way.

July 09, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Where should you get water?

This is what's happening in California as the state tries to cope with a record-breaking drought that is now in its fourth year.

July 08, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Remember environment when battling bugs

I love summer, but something's really been bugging me - bugs.

July 07, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Miss Elinor's special 'thank you'

It often amazes me how many words of kindness and encouragement I receive for the stories I tell. Often, a reader will write, "You don't know me, but I feel that we are friends."

July 07, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Land records hold a plethora of information

In many Georgia counties, the lack of - or gaps in - many public records is blamed on the Union Army's monthlong march through Georgia in the winter of 1864 when, in fact, the real reasons are a century and a half of complacency on the part of some officials entrusted to protect and preserve such records, lack of proper recordkeeping techniques, shoddy and inept recordkeeping practices, corruption, fraud, intentional alteration or destruction of records, and the lack of appropriations required to properly store and preserve such records.

July 06, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Guest columnist | Opinion


Health law still unaffordable, unworkable

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Obama administration to allow Obamacare subsidies to flow through HealthCare.gov. This is a disappointment for the rule of law and for the states that have fought to keep some of Obamacare's flawed policies out of their states.

July 06, 2015 | By Nina Owcharenko Guest columnist | Opinion


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