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Senator's bill calls in Congress to balance federal budget

Day 28 (Monday, March 4, 2013): Today is one of my favorite days at the Capitol as I proudly wear my green sports coat in anticipation of the St. Patrick's Day Parade committee visit. Although some people at the Capitol ask if I won my green jacket at a golf tournament in Augusta, those who have played golf with me before don't bother to ask. The morning starts off early as we have a Health and Human Services Committee meeting at 8AM where we pass out one bill, table another and have discussion on a third before recessing ...

March 12, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Happy to be just us three

Have you ever had someone stare at you as if you have two heads? Try casually dropping into conversation the fact that you only plan to have one child. When people who don't know me learn that my husband and I are content to keep our family small, they look at me dumbfounded, confused and - sometimes - a bit horrified.

March 12, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


No shortage of beautification projects

Spring is such a busy time. At Keep Liberty Beautiful, we have a number of activities going on that we need you involved in.

March 12, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


House majority OKs expansion of gun-carry laws

A majority of the House of Representatives voted March 7 to approve legislation that would allow gun owners to carry weapons in many areas where they are now prohibited.

March 12, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


The insanity that is Washington, D.C.

Only in our nation's capital could you cut less than one-half of 1 percent of the annual federal budget (the so-called "sequester"), and then head home and call it a day while the nation sits in bewilderment. The "principals" in this matter still have not gathered at any real table to discuss this serious financial situation in recent weeks.

March 11, 2013 | By David Schwarz Guest columnist | Opinion


Midway shouldn’t go along with county’s fire-station staffing plan

Editor, Liberty County's move to place full-time firefighters in the Midway fire station is nothing more than a power grab by the county. If Midway was to go along with the county's plan, the city would have to give up control of its fire department.

March 11, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Officials right to take test probe seriously

The Governor's Office of Student Achievement recently conducted an audit of the Liberty County School System after evidence surfaced indicating irregularities on some Waldo Pafford Elementary classes' CRCT scores. Though a high number of erased answers among tests of third- through fifth-grade classes triggered the investigation, the preliminary findings of the academic auditors' probe were ambiguous.

March 11, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


City also needs some sequestration

Editor, I have now seen in this newspaper the city map of Hinesville that has the police report of crimes by street for the week.

March 07, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Cuts only way out of spending problem

President Barack Obama has mastered a new kind of politics: Do nothing about a problem, refuse to meet with Congress, and then launch campaign rallies across the country to complain about nothing getting done. The latest example is his campaign against what he describes as the devastating cuts of sequestration. What he is forgetting to tell the American people is that it was his idea in the first place. He also forgets to mention that these "massive" cuts amount to less than 3 cents on the dollar over 10 years.

March 07, 2013 | U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Pace quickens as session moves on

Monday, Feb. 25 - For the third year in a row, I presented a synthetic-marijuana bill to the Senate. House Bill 57, sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey, R- Peachtree City, already had passed the House and was on the fast tract so that the governor can sign the bill into law and it can become effective immediately. Manufacturers of synthetic marijuana continuously change the chemical make-up of the drug, requiring us to follow suit by adding their most recent formulas to the list of banned substances.

March 06, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


For ethcis reform, party isn't over yet

The Georgia House of Representatives has passed an ethics-reform bill and has sent it on its way to the state Senate for its consideration and action. But don't get out the confetti just yet.

March 06, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Ethics laws, St. Pat's are focus

The 2013 session of the General Assembly continued to push forward toward the finish line with the completion of the 27th day of session. The pace quickens, the days lengthen and pending legislation continues to grow.

March 06, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Lawmaker's bill would requre DNR to notify cities, counties of impending park closures

Friday was the 27th legislative day of the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly.

March 06, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Leveling tax burden is key to future

With what could be an endless series of fiscal crises facing the federal government during the next few months, now is a good time to check where Congress stands in its deficit-reduction efforts. After two years, here's the scorecard: middle-class families and the military, $1.5 trillion in budget cuts and reduced public investments over 10 years; wealthy households, $620 billion in fairer taxes; corporate America, nothing.

March 05, 2013 | By Frank Clemente Guest columnist | Opinion


No right way to do the wrong thing

Imagine a business that oversees massive construction projects but doesn't have to worry about completing them on time or within budget. Hard to believe a company like that could stay in business, right?

March 05, 2013 | By State Rep. Jeff Chapman Guest columnist | Opinion


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The Second Amendment and guns

Editor:

April 03, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


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