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Join the party for the planet on Earth Day

It's coming. It is nearly time to "party for the planet" and, hopefully, learn something too.

April 17, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Article didn't reflect Ludowici council meeting accurately

Editor, After reading an article in the Coastal Courier about the recent Ludowici City Council meeting, I feel I need to make a few points. The article states that the council discussed the mayor's travel pay; it did not. The meeting was set up a week early and for 9 a.m., even though the council said meetings would be at 6 p.m. This was a ploy to have a meeting the public wouldn't be able to attend. They did hire the police chief after a lengthy executive meeting, which only three members of the council attended ...

April 16, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


No one is perfect -- really, they're not

I'm always a little bit jealous of those military spouses who seem to have it all together. You know the type. They're forever patient with their children. They don't ever fight with their husbands. They present four perfectly dressed children at early morning activities and still somehow find time to straighten their hair and do their makeup just so.

April 16, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


State is undermining public education

The state of Georgia is undermining our public schools. This may seem like an exaggeration, but the facts are clear.

April 16, 2012 | By Joseph G. Martin Jr. Guest columnist | Opinion


Budget, schools were session priorities

Looking back over the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly, we legislators worked hard to achieve the goals that we set.

April 13, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Fix Georgia's health care at home

After a historic three days of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, the fate of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known as ObamaCare lies in the hands of nine justices. Until the expected high court ruling in June, pundits and policy wonks will pick apart the questions and answers in the oral arguments. But Americans know that whether the law stands, crumbles or collapses, health care policy in these United States needs a fix.

April 12, 2012 | By Benita M. Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Obama's Supreme Court challenge questionable

I've said it before and I'll say it again: President Barack Obama thinks that he is the supreme leader of the United States. If you studied your history - or lived it - you know of other "supreme leaders" that have arisen in other countries from time to time. That didn't turn out so good.

April 12, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Daydreaming about wished-for headlines

I tend to daydream. Sometimes I look at the shape of the clouds above me and I can see a tea kettle or maybe the little fat guy that runs North Korea. And then sometimes I just close my eyes and think of headlines I would like to see, such as:

April 11, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Questionable things going on in Midway

Liberty County collects property taxes from the citizens of Midway. I still do not understand why this is. I would like to know what services are performed by the county for the city. Personally, I think the county collects more taxes than it spends on city services. In other words, the county may be ripping off the city, and no one seems to be doing anything about it.

April 10, 2012 | By Len Calderone | Opinion


Litter prevention, accountability

I believe in miracles. I know many people do not, but Easter is a wonderful time to remember that miracles do happen. I have experienced several in my lifetime - some that were big and incredible and that I know made a life-changing impact on me. I also experience many small miracles that confirm how good life is just when I need a gentle reminder that this world is full of wonderful things.

April 10, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Beware, it's not always in the name

MOULTRIE - Ever noticed how you can read the name or title of something and immediately you draw an impression of what it's about, but then you find out it's something totally different?

April 09, 2012 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


'Spice' prompts changes in drug laws

Editor, The Georgia General Assembly recently changed the current criminal-code section that deals with synthetic marijuana or "spice" as it commonly is known.

April 09, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Teach true meaning of holidays

My husband thinks it's wrong to lie to one's kids. On the surface, that seems just dandy, but you might be surprised how common lying to kids really is.

April 09, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Come enjoy magic in Hinesville

Editor, The city of Hinesville is joining cities across Georgia to celebrate Georgia Cities Week on April 22-28. This week is set aside by the Georgia Municipal Association to recognize the many services, programs and events city governments provide and their contribution to a better quality of life in Georgia. This year's theme, "The Magic of Cities," highlights the ways cities continue to transform to meet the needs of residents.

April 05, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


President killing pipeline to raise gas prices

Despite having spent a record three years reviewing the Keystone XL permit, including two comprehensive environmental evaluations, the Obama administration recently deferred a decision on the permit until after the 2012 presidential election.

April 04, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


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Volunteer to help clean up the county

The last few weeks have been busy for Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers.

March 14, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Changing consumer protection is bad idea

Editor: Senators Isakson and Perdue have proposed a bill for turning control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) over to Congressional oversight rather than ...

March 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Deconstruct the administrative state

Steve Bannon blew a dog whistle for constitutional conservatives when he spoke of "deconstructing the administrative state" at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

March 12, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Muckraking is tradition in America

OK, OK, OK, you say. Enough already. We in the media have made our point. In fact, we have made it ad nauseum. We are ...

March 11, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Darts and daisies, daisies and darts

At my first paper some 20 years ago there was a middle-aged, bespectacled and be-permed teacher named Ginger something-or-the other who regularly wrote a column ...

March 11, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Learn about the new chamber

As a spouse of a retired U.S. Army veteran, I have traveled the world and in my travels I have achieved many successes.

March 10, 2017 | By Sabrina Newby Guest columnist | Opinion


Legislation targets low-performing schools

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law. Last week, the ...

March 10, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


School board has gotta be kidding with payout

Editor: Either your reporting of the "BoE, superintendent to part ways June 30" had an error or this is another one of those "you gotta ...

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Shaking the money tree

The General Assembly session is more than two-thirds done and on track to adjournment.

March 09, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Crossover Day is benchmark for Georgia legislation

The Georgia General Assembly ended the week on what is known as "Crossover Day." This is the 28th legislative day in which bills that passed ...

March 09, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


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