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Fun, education collide on Earth Day

It is that time of the year to party for your planet - and, hopefully, learn something, too.

April 08, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Honor Earth, ban balloon releases

On Wednesday, the Bryan County News had a front page article covering the mass balloon release in Liberty County in memory of victims of child abuse and to bring public attention to an indescribably serious problem that exists throughout our society. The subject of child abuse is certainly one that needs immeasurably more public attention, but mass balloon releases are an inadvisable thing to do.

April 08, 2013 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion

Test cheating damage will be long-term

The Atlanta Schools cheating scandal is already the saddest chapter in the modern-era history of Georgia education, regardless of whether the nearly three dozen educators indicted are found guilty or not.

April 08, 2013 | Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion

Skeeter nonplused with ethics bill

When the phone rang, I knew who was on the other end: Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in greater metropolitan Pooler. I can't tell you exactly why, but the phone always sounds more urgent when Skeeter calls.

April 04, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

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

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March 08, 2018 | Bruce McCartney | Opinion

Tax ‘break’ for the rich, not most of us


March 08, 2018 | Dollie Goldman | Opinion

Right thing, wrong reasons

The recent unpleasantness surrounding Delta Air Lines, the NRA, and a foregone tax break are a telling example of how the right thing often gets ...

March 08, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion

Who you calling a fish wrap?

Editor: Obviously the person referring to our Coastal Courier as a fish wrap does not subscribe to it and probably never has. I'm a ...

March 06, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

Senate passes bill creating joint defense commission

This week under the Gold Dome, bills that passed the Senate and the House were sent to the other chamber for consideration on what we ...

March 06, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion

The British are not coming, folks

Editor: The tragedy of repeated school shooting angers and depresses me, as I am sure it does most. I cannot fathom the depth of despair ...

March 05, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

Keep trash out of gutters, let rain have the drain

Storm drains. You may take them for granted but you've just got to love them.

March 05, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Bear, Moe, you will be missed

The past couple of weeks have been tough. Two weeks ago, a friend of mine and former co-worker from the Hinesville Fire Department, George "Bear ...

March 05, 2018 | By Mike Riddle Special to the Courier | Opinion

NRA, Delta is ready when you are

If I were running Delta Airline, I'd end discounted tickets for everybody and blame it on Georgia's Republicans. I'd say I did ...

March 05, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Children would benefit from running their own sports

Thirty years ago, I offered a free (expenses-only) speaking engagement to any community that would abolish adult-organized-and-run children's sports programs (except those run by ...

March 02, 2018 | John Rosemond | Opinion

Adopt a highway, help reduce litter

Liberty County is our home. Just as we take care of our family homes where we live, we need to take care of our community ...

February 27, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Senate tackles tax, broadband bills

This week in the Senate, we heard 19 pieces of legislation on the floor. Our days were filled with long mornings in chamber and longer ...

February 27, 2018 | Sen. Blake Tillery Special to the Courier | Opinion

Fort Stewart is important to state, nation

Georgia is proud of our eight elite military bases that represent every branch of our armed forces. Between our active-duty members, military reserve members and ...

February 27, 2018 | By Casey Cagle Guest columnist | Opinion

A trip to SC and a correction

As I wrote this Friday morning, I felt a good bit under the weather, so excuse in advance whatever silly mess I made of this ...

February 26, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Arm teachers with these...

You want to arm teachers with guns to stop school shooting and intruders?

February 26, 2018 | By Patrick Underwood Guest columnist | Opinion

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