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Lawmakers try to defuse explosive issue

With the legalization of fireworks this year, Georgia residents had a blast over the Fourth of July weekend - literally.

July 24, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Expiring federal tax credit threatens solar industry

With the state's Solar Power Free Market Financing Act now law, Georgia is expected to have a banner year for new solar installations in 2015. But after that, the future begins to look murky because of the looming expiration of the federal investment-tax credit for solar energy.

July 23, 2015 | By Rhone Resch Guest columnist | Opinion

Blessed are the peacemakers, who state the obvious

Blessed are we, the peacemakers. Ours is a lonely lot. I had hoped I could cut back on pacifying petulant poops and spend more time on my latest passion - learning to play the flugelhorn. Alas, it is not to be. My skills as a peacemaker are once again required. And wouldn't you know it? I had just mastered the aria "Lascia ch'io pianga" from Handel's opera "Rinaldo." Rats.

July 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

With ISIL, diplomacy is not an option

As the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known by the acronym ISIL, continues to grow and advance in the Middle East and even in our homeland, it is clear that we are not doing enough to eliminate these radical Islamic terrorists.

July 21, 2015 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson Guest columnist | Opinion

The fire: 'I refuse to cry'

My sister and I stood in the charred remains of a life that once was and said not a word. What was there to say? Finally, I spoke.

July 21, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Rebel-flag column 'mostly wrong'

Editor, Regarding the Confederate battle flag, Tom Crawford gets it mostly wrong in his opinion piece in the Coastal Courier of July 15.

July 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

How you are summoned for jury duty

One of the most important statutory jobs that the clerk of superior court has is custodianship of the county's jury lists. Ultimately, the clerk is charged by law with protecting and preserving grand- and trial-jury lists so that no one can alter them or do anything to them that would give anyone an unfair advantage during jury selection for civil or criminal cases.

July 20, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion

How to safely dispose of medicines

Using medicines safely includes proper disposal of them.

July 20, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Store thanks customers, will close soon

Editor, It's not easy to say goodbye to Hinesville. But, after 32 years in business, we are sad to announce that Freedom Home & Electronics will end operations at all of our retail locations, and our online store, later this month.

July 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Jekyll Island deer welcome now being official

In the midst of all the turmoil over recent Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and gay marriage as well as the furor over the Confederate battle flag, you may have missed the big news. The white-tailed deer has been selected the official mammal of the state of Georgia.

July 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Business beats tradition in battle over flag

Some wars are not fought on battlefields these days. They are fought on social networks with the weapons of Twitter feeds and Facebook memes.

July 16, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

School employees deserve break from rising premiums

Georgia recently released a 24-page report examining the costs of the State Health Benefit Plan, the health-insurance plan for state employees, including school-district employees.

July 14, 2015 | By Timothy Sweeney Guest columnist | Opinion

My husband's chainsaw assault

To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried. My husband, raised not in the South or in the country, wanted a chainsaw - a farm accessory that has brought down many a man. From an early age, I was taught respect for that chewing, sawing, respect-for-no-man power tool.

July 14, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Program promotes N.E.A.T. neighbhorhoods

An essential element of a vibrant, attractive community is clean, inviting, thriving neighborhoods.

July 14, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Clerks commission notaries in Georgia

Superior-court clerks in Georgia wear a lot of hats and perform numerous statutory duties.

July 13, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Special to the Courier | Opinion

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Articles by Section - Opinion

Politicians failing us on economy

A couple of months ago, the Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report on the U.S. economy's long-term prospects. Not to put too ...

September 16, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion

Unintended consequences of 'religious freedom'

If you've been watching TV, you surely have seen the controversy in Kentucky, where a court clerk has been in and out of jail ...

September 16, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Recalling those old sports guys

Not long ago, I watched a couple of documentaries on ESPN about the Southeastern Conference called "SEC: Storied."

September 15, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Great response from HomeProud homeowners

A couple of years ago, we implemented a seasonal recognition program called HomeProud. We wanted to put a positive spin on the appearance of private ...

September 15, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

State court performs vital judicial role

The State Court of Liberty County was established Aug. 9, 1916. Once called "county court" and later the "city court" of Hinesville, the state court ...

September 14, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion

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