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Let politicians know how sequestration would hurt

Sequestration. This single word has been the cause of much alarm and frustration for many communities with military installations, such as ours, since August 2011. It is a term that generally means seizure. In this case, though, it means additional cuts in the federal budget for the next 10 years. Sequestration is a complex issue, but the end result is simple - dramatic cuts in both civilian and military personnel budgets as well as a lack of modernization and readiness for the future years. This is cause for concern in regards to our soldiers, jobs, businesses and the future of our ...

February 25, 2013 | By Jim Thomas Guest columnist | Opinion


It's time to revamp State of Union

When the most memorable moment of the Capitol's State of the Union evening involves rising Republican star Marco Rubio lunging for a water bottle, it's a sure sign this tradition is badly in need of rethinking.

February 21, 2013 | Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Court fees, wiretapping on agenda

Monday, Feb. 11: Although we went into session at 10 a.m., we suspended roll call until 11 a.m. in order to allow our newest member, Sen. Dean Burke, R-Bainbridge, to be sworn in and participate in the session. Burke has been a physician for 25 years and brings a wealth of health-care experience to our chamber.

February 20, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Thanks to humor-impaired, column is strong

My fellow Americans: (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!) I come to you today to report on the state of your column - and it is your column because without you, I would be writing to myself which doesn't make any sense. (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!)

February 20, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Car fees, water issues take center stage

The Georgia General Assembly saw the completion of the 18th day of the 2013 legislative session last week as we were in session Monday through Thursday.

February 20, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Embrace all parenting styles

The world of online forums, message boards, social-media networks and blogs would have you believe there are two types of mothers - silky and crunchy.

February 19, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Midway operates in a vacuum

Generally, a mayor is considered the head of a city. He or she runs the day-to-day operations. A mayor should not make decisions in a vacuum. According to section 4 of Midway's city charter, "The government, supervision, powers and control of the city of Midway shall be vested in a mayor and three (now four) councilmen."

February 19, 2013 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Ways to stop litter in its tracks

As we gear up for our annual spring cleanups for the national Great American Cleanup effort, I have litter on the brain.

February 19, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Perspective is like a flyer on the windshield

Observing mankind can be very entertaining. Listening to what people say, how they act and how they react is often worthy of note ... maybe even a reality show.

February 18, 2013 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


AASU campus here is worth fighting for

Local elected officials and leaders have been lobbying lawmakers to make a Hinesville Armstrong Atlantic State University satellite campus a possibility, and it's a project worth fighting for. Seeing the project through to completion, however, may be an uphill battle.

February 18, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Ditch party line for local offices

If there's one thing most of us will probably agree on, it's that many tend to disagree whenever politics enters a discussion.

February 14, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Peaceful rally ends busy week in Atlanta

Friday in the Georgia General Assembly saw the completion of the 14th day of the 2013 legislative session.

February 13, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Work interspersed with celebrations

• Monday, Feb. 4 - After a short weekend break, we were welcomed back to the Capitol by a sea of green for 4-H Day. The mission of 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming productive attitudes. The fine young people who gathered Feb. 4 were great examples of this successful program. Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, and I were delighted to welcome the Leadership Liberty group to the Capitol. At lunch, I was honored to join my friends from Glynn County and the Brunswick area who were there to meet with state officials. Later in the ...

February 13, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Speaker proposes ethics legislation

Are you sitting down? I had a meeting with House Speaker David Ralston last week at the Capitol.

February 13, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


No kidding? Tax hikes slow economy

A ton of Americans didn't see the payroll-tax increase coming. Others simply didn't want to believe it when they heard or read about it, upon the rare occasion that the media would report on it. It had to just be right-wing talking points.

February 13, 2013 | Augusta Chronicle | Opinion


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Humor: Congress A-OK shutting government down

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

November 30, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


First Amendment gives people right to protest

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution isn't just the numerical starter of these constitutional provisions. In many ways, it is the most ...

November 30, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Call your congressman to save coast

I am not a Democrat or a Republican. I am deeply disappointed in both parties. The Democrat Party is not the party of Roosevelt and ...

November 29, 2017 | By Roy Hubbard Local columnist | Opinion


Put litter in trash, stay off Santa's naughty list

The holiday season is full of wonderful magical delights, but unfortunately, it is also full of trash.

November 28, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Addressing dire issues

Editor, This letter is being sent to address dire issues in Liberty County.

November 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Fully belly and a giant head

Truth is, I should probably be in a turkey-and-dressing induced coma. But I've got to work, so excuse some not so deep thoughts.

November 27, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


Steve Bannon's Roy Moore

Roy Moore is the Steve Bannon project in a nutshell.

November 27, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Staff writer says goodbye

I had no idea how much Liberty County would impact my life when my family moved to the area in 2003.

November 24, 2017 | By Tiffany King | Opinion


Humor: Manson survived by those still crazy enough

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

November 23, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


No longer our greatest enemy

When I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, there was no country more feared by Americans than the Soviet Union.

November 23, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Thanksgiving thoughts

It is tempting at this time of the year to compose a "I am thankful for ... " column. But I can't. Not because I don ...

November 23, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


GOP plan won't end tax 'gaming'

As the country begins to digest the revelations in the new offshore tax haven leak known as the "Paradise Papers," it's important to not ...

November 22, 2017 | By Gary Kalman Columnist | Opinion


Be grateful for a green Thanksgiving

The Holidays are here. It is the most wonderful time of the year! Make the next month some of the greenest days of the year ...

November 22, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Be grateful for a green Thanksgiving

The Holidays are here. It is the most wonderful time of the year! Make the next month some of the greenest days of the year ...

November 22, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Men, women still have way to go

In 1968, Phillip Morris decided the time had come to market cigarettes toward women, who had begun to make discernible social progress and were finally ...

November 21, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


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