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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


Legislators don't always do what they say they'll do

Do you really think if the state takes control away from local school boards to establish charter schools as the upcoming constitutional amendment proposes, they will do it better? If so, you are smoking rope. Once our legislators get control of the process, there is no guarantee that they will do what they say.

April 04, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Share your sole in upcoming shoe drive

More than 300 million children worldwide are without shoes. I don't mean they have no Sunday shoes or no good school shoes - I mean they absolutely have no shoes.

April 03, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Be sure to jot this down

I've been writing this column for six years now, and it still mystifies me that someone actually would read it. Before this, the only thing I had ever written was "home for money."

April 03, 2012 | By Vic Waters Columnist | Opinion


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Meet Mr. Grump Driver

It's an awful thing, being old before my time and evidently not only resembling Grumpy of Seven Dwarfs fame but also acting the part.

December 05, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


Stay 'green' giving and wrapping gifts

The Christmas countdown has begun! Are you ready? With a little bit of planning, we can all make this the "greenest" Christmas ever. Santa makes ...

December 05, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


The greatest power is not financial power

Editor: I don't know who invented the political system, but maybe it's time to change it. Politicians are egotistical and are in office ...

December 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


City being poorly operated

Editor: I feel this letter is way overdue, for I know most of the employees who work at City Hall, past and present.

December 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Local deputies, police need your

Editor's note: The following is an open letter from Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes.

December 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Can't even trust catfish anymore

You would figure that as a purebred and proud son of the South, I would know all there is to know about catfish. I have ...

December 01, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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


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