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Protecting Ogeechee makes more than just environmental sense

It's easy to get mad over the way the Ogeechee River has been treated, first by King America, then by state authorities. Dumping by King America in 2011 caused the worst fish kill in the river in memory, and the state's Environmental Protection Division responded with what amounts to a slap on the wrist.

March 01, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Solution needed for Social Security

With the Great Depression, poverty among the elderly was substantial. The concept of Social Security was designed to address the problem of economic security for seniors by establishing a system by which workers contributed to their own future retirement by making payments to a fund while they worked.

February 29, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


State House discusses GBI, caregivers

The Georgia General Assembly continues to move forward with the 2012 legislative session. The Legislature completed four days of session last week, ending Friday afternoon.

February 29, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Sixteen simple words, their implications

Where did Congress get the authority to dictate what kind of light bulbs we must buy?

February 29, 2012 | By David Freeman Guest columnist | Opinion


Senate addresses unemployment, drug update

Day 22 (Tuesday, Feb. 21): Although it made for a late-night drive, I was delighted to join the Skidaway Island Republican Club on Feb. 20 for its annual Presidents Day dinner, where we heard from Home Depot cofounder Bernie Marcus. Marcus's story is that of the true American dream, and he certainly is an inspiration to many of us.

February 29, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Legislators 'cut and run' on public schools

Dear Public School Teachers: The "school choice" crowd in the General Assembly is after you again. I am beginning to think this is all your fault.

February 29, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Learn the facts about pollution, take action

Part of 'being green' is understanding the facts that affect our environment. Let's get real here. The following phenomenons, from www.epa.gov/enviroed, actually are caused by the everyday choices we make. So get the facts - and then do something about them.

February 28, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Regulation essential to protect small business

A guy walks into a bar and says, "Ouch."

February 28, 2012 | By Brian McGregor Guest columnist | Opinion


Senator dealing with budgets, presents bills

• Day 19 (Wednesday, Feb. 15): Without question, in the eight years that I have served in the Legislature, this has been the busiest time that I have ever experienced.

February 28, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Alternative medicine makes sense

I've never been big on medicine. It's rare that I ever reach for the ibuprofen in the cabinet and even more unlikely that I'll go for anything stronger. That's not to say that I'm a "suck-it-up" kind of person. I'm also not big on pain and do my best to avoid it. The way I've reconciled these two is with preventative care.

February 27, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Coverage of priest's removal unfair

Editor, It appears gossip and trash without evidence takes precedence when it comes to the group of SNAP.

February 27, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Help starting hydropnic gardens

Editor, Your recent article about our hobby farm in the Trade Hill community has brought a bunch of calls and folks stopping by to take a look. For those who are seeking information on Autopots and other hydroponic "stuff," the information can be found online at www.autopot.co.uk

February 27, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Reprehensible? Yes. Lying about service is not a crime

As the U.S. Supreme Court hears the case of a California man accused of lying about his military service and record, it's worth noting that lies and crimes aren't necessarily the same thing.

February 27, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


CSI: McIntosh is on the case

When I was out doing my daily exercise one day last week, I was nearly run over by four - count 'em, four - squad cars going about 75 miles per hour on Johnson Drain Road.

February 27, 2012 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


Government is shredding our Constitution

More than 200 years ago, the framers of the Constitution lived under the tyranny of the king of England and his laws and whims. When they revolted and formed a new government, they wrote a document designed to prevent this same tyranny from happening to the citizens of the United States.

February 23, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


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Thanks for helping students learn to grow

Editor: The Long County High School Career Technical and Agriculture Education Department would like to thank the Coastal Soil and Water Conservation District for their ...

April 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Remembering what Easter week is all about

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

April 14, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Enacted bills impact health care, education jobs

The 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly adjourned during the early morning hours of March 31 and many bills have been sent to Governor ...

April 13, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


GOP in a fight in the sixth

There's never been an off-year election like the one happening in the 6th Congressional District, where voters will pick a replacement for departed congressman ...

April 13, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Hinesville cleanup will be April 29

We are in the middle of our part of the national Great American Cleanup. Hundreds of area residents have joined up to cleanup more than ...

April 11, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


A reason to be 'Liberty County proud'

Editor: The theme for National County Government Month for 2017 is "Brilliant Ideas at Work." This theme could easily have been written to acknowledge the ...

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


In praise of 'Bull Dog' Leon

Editor: My oh my, this BoE fiasco seems to be like the Energizer Bunny - it just keeps going and going and going.

April 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Piling on is fun

Let's dispense with the sanctimony and admit it: Most of us really enjoy piling on. I know I do. There are few things more ...

April 09, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve expanded choice, better VA

During his campaign, President Trump repeatedly made a commitment to our veterans to improve the way our nation takes care of them.

April 08, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson | Opinion


Republicans can't do much worse

There's stumbling out of the gate, and then there's what Republicans just did on health care.

April 08, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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