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No place for Obamacare right now

The American people are rejecting Obamacare by wide margins. Recent polls in Georgia suggest that more than 57 percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of Obamacare and only 31 percent have a favorable view.

October 02, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Is our government really dysfunctional

Voters and federal workers are by now getting tired of all these cat-and-mouse games the two political parties in Congress are playing with their livelihoods and with the nation's economy. That includes the government shutdown because of the failure of Republicans and Democrats in the two chambers to find a compromise. Each has an objective and neither minds inflicting suffering on others to try to get its way.

October 02, 2013 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


What Congress should do with NSA

Washington is beginning to debate the proper extent of government eavesdropping powers in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA. It's hardly as robust a discussion as it should be, but it's a desperately needed start.

October 01, 2013 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Litter costs you even if you don't realize it

I don't understand the mindset of someone who litters. What are they thinking?

October 01, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Some jobs are meant for two

I recently made the mistake of trying to handle a "two-man job" by myself. I won't do that again.

October 01, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Closing Fort Stewart would lower taxes

Editor, The U.S. government, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army and the BRAC committee need to be thinking about closing down Fort Stewart.

October 01, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Shaped-note harmony makes life worth living

One day during lunch, my new-to-the-South-but-thoroughly-loving-it husband commented on the singing of our church's choir, which is led by my brother-in-law, Rodney.

September 30, 2013 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


A tribute to our fire-fighting heroes

In our lives, there are places and things we remember. I remember one event as if it were yesterday.

September 26, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


What will happen on Sept. 30

Sept. 30 is the end date for those in Congress to reach an agreement on the budget and spending. The threat of a possible government shutdown looms. What does that mean for those of us outside of the political power circle?

September 26, 2013 | By Friends of Fort Stewart/Hunter | Opinion


Shutdown risks making ACA permanent

The Sept. 30 end of the federal fiscal year always entails a messy political battle of some kind in Congress.

September 26, 2013 | Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Community issues should be topic of forum

Editor, I've been reading the recent back-and-forth debate between Liberty County Commissioner Gary Gilliard and Mr. Bruce A. McCartney. I have some comments.

September 26, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Ticket ban isn't enough ethics reform

It looks like our legislators are about to lose one of their most cherished perks: free football tickets. Bless their hearts.

September 25, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Watch where the water goes

We all like to have a clean car, don't we?

September 24, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Doing my diaper research

I consider myself a pretty eco-conscious mom. Not only do I want to do what's best for our planet, I want to set a good example for my daughter, Reese.

September 24, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Race discussion deserves public forum

Editor, Having grown up just south of the Mason-Dixon line, my childhood life experiences were fully integrated. Upon reaching the age of majority, I was off to experience the world starting with the civil-rights movement, then several years of war and the associated inhumanity of mankind against their brethren and the pain and poverty it creates. This was followed by many years in different states and countries observing life.

September 24, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Irritating, you got to love it

Even by my impossibly high standards, this has been a good week. It began with a whack upside the head from a reader in South Georgia after I opined that those who want to change the way we teach our children in public schools ought to have their kids in public schools. I was referring to the efforts led by Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, to overturn the Common Core curriculum in the recent legislative session.

April 02, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Legislative session was an embarrassment

Having had time to reflect on the recently completed 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly, it is with great regret that I have to say it was the most embarrassing performance by your state legislature that I can remember.

April 02, 2014 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Congratulations to HomeProud winners

Sometimes, I think I focus too much on the litter. But it is the nature of what I do.

April 01, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Long County, let us have our guns

Editor, I travel a lot and have written on the subject of gun rights before. Recently in Atlanta, they locked down a school because a neighbor was squirrel hunting nearby. Those people in Sandy Hook, Conn., are getting a new school because one of their own citizens committed murder there. Pretty soon, local commissioners are going to be sending drones through the community to look for zoning violations.

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


April is Month of the Military Child

Editor, April marks the nation's "Month of the Military Child" - a time to honor youth and their service to our country. On Tuesday, April 15, as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices, the public is invited to "Purple Up! For Military Kids." Everyone in the community is encouraged to wear purple shirts, scarves, shoes, buttons and pants. If it's purple, or can be turned purple, make it happen.

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Losing friends hurts; laughter will return

It happened recently - the 20th anniversary of stock-car racer Davey Allison's death. Maybe you remember him. Maybe you don't. But I shall never forget him.

April 01, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Put kids' safety above all else

There is nothing more important than the safety and protection of innocent children. Not constitutional rights, not animal rights, not thoughts, opinions, feelings or political beliefs. The lives of children must be given top priority.

April 01, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Carter flip-flopping should raise flags

Editor, Call me what you want for changing my mind on who I want to support in the upcoming 1st Congressional District primary, but I can no longer say I will be voting for state Sen. Buddy Carter.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


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