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Employment laws important to job creation

Earlier this month, our state and nation celebrated Labor Day, a holiday that appropriately recognizes the important contributions made today and throughout our history by the American worker.

October 01, 2012 | Chris Clark Guest columnist | Opinion


Families make many sacrifices during times of deployment

As many families are out choosing Halloween costumes and trying to decide how to decorate pumpkins, others in our community are preparing to say goodbye to their soldiers for nine to 12 months. While this is really nothing new to Liberty County - our heroes have been deploying for more than 10 years, since the beginning of the war - each time is poignant and offers a new opportunity to wish our soldiers farewell and to support family members left behind in what surely is a trying time.

October 01, 2012 | Monica Eusebio Guest columnist | Opinion


School’s new rule is questionable

Both my daughters attend a local elementary school. We are a military family and moved from Washington state to this area at the end of May. My husband deployed Aug. 15. My daughters are 7 and 5 years old, and my 5-year-old started kindergarten in August. That's a lot of big changes in my 5-year-old daughter's life, so the first few weeks of the school year, I went almost every day to have lunch with her. The last couple of weeks, I've gone maybe once or twice.

October 01, 2012 | Nicole Merrifield Midway | Opinion


Repealing welfare reforms not a solution

In 1996, a Republican-controlled Congress worked with a Democratic president to reform a welfare system that was failing the American people.

September 28, 2012 | Rep. Jack Kingston Guest columnist | Opinion


Superintendents-association head refutes pro-charter claims

With the vote on the charter-school amendment about a month away, the heat is getting intense. I know; I have felt it. I wrote a column a few weeks ago giving the pro-charter folks an opportunity to make their case for the amendment. For my trouble, a number of anti-charter advocates wondered if I was going soft on them, and backers of the bill continued to accuse me of giving out "misinformation."

September 27, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Operation Fast and Furious flop ignored public safety

The Justice Department's internal investigation of the debacle known as "Operation Fast and Furious," a poorly thought-out and worse-executed federal gun program that resulted in the death of a U.S. border agent and 1,400 guns still illegally on the street, has resulted in the retirement and resignation of two senior Justice officials.

September 26, 2012 | Albany Herald | Opinion


Charter-school amendment is all about local control

"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

September 25, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


Yep, politics comes in many flavors

I recently overheard a conversation that put me into a state of deep thought. At least I thought that was what I was in. I have been in deep stuff that wasn't thought.

September 24, 2012 | Dwain Walden Guest columnist | Opinion


Constitution still as relevant as ever

Sept. 17 marked the 225th anniversary of the world's most enlightened political document - the Constitution of the United States.

September 23, 2012 | Albany Herald | Opinion


Get jazzed for some good tunes

Music helps so many of us get through the everyday grind - the early morning sound of the alarm, the boring paperwork, the stinky diaper changes and washing the dishes. This week, people in this community have some great opportunities to dive head-first into the music scene with the wonderful combination of the Savannah Jazz Festival from Sept. 23-30 and Hinesville's ninth annual Blues & BBQ on Saturday night, Sept. 29.

September 23, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


We’re still living in a dangerous world

If there is anything that last week reminded us, it is that we still live in a dangerous world.

September 20, 2012 | Rep. Jack Kingston Guest columnist | Opinion


For the legislature, this party just may be over

When the gavel bangs to open the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly, I would suggest the first order of business be to have Willie Nelson serenade our solons with "The Party's Over."

September 20, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Liberty County must bring back Freedom Walk to remember heroes

Editor, What happened to the Sept. 11 Freedom Walk on Fort Stewart? I heard through the grapevine that it may have been canceled due to a "lack of cost effectiveness."

September 19, 2012 | Dennis P. Fitzgerald Riceboro | Opinion


Job-creation numbers still are weak

For all the political splash, pomp and circumstance during the past two weeks as America's two major political parties patted themselves on the back and hobnobbed with celebrities and the like, the jobs numbers that came out Sept. 7 should have been a dose of sobering reality.

September 18, 2012 | Albany Herald | Opinion


Children know where it’s at

Our kids teach us so many lessons, don't they? Recently my daughter reminded me about the importance of taking nothing for granted.

September 18, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


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Humor: Unlocking Weinstein's cell phone

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

November 11, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Humor: Graduating from school in three terms

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November 10, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Time for Mr. Answer Man

Hey, what time is it, boys and girls? It is time for Answer Man! The show that gives you the straight skinny to whatever has ...

November 09, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Royko’s classic on Veterans Day

Editor's note: The late and great Chicago Tribune columnist Mike Royko, a veteran of the Korean war, wrote this column in 1993 about Veterans ...

November 09, 2017 | By Mike Royko Guest columnist | Opinion


Bipartisanship is still possible

Back in 2001 and 2002, there was no Democrat more hated by Georgia Republicans than Roy Barnes, who was then the state's governor.

November 09, 2017 | By Tom Crwaford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Increased police presence will cut crime

Editor: I am writing to discuss safety in Liberty County neighborhoods, particularly those neighborhoods of Hinesville.

November 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Clear out clutter to make room for holiday gifts

What is in your closet? My hall closet is a mysterious place. I do not know what happens every few months. All sorts of things ...

November 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Cutting butter with a nuclear chainsaw

Editor: With abundant justification, much has been written about the colossally expensive, publicly subsidized, 30-billion-dollar fiasco known as the Plant Vogtle nuclear power-plant expansion. That ...

November 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Running from the Russians

Writing about something before it happens for publication after the fact is a pain in the you-know-what, but here I am doing it anyway.

November 06, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Maybe it's not the schools afterall

I am trying to remember when our public school system became an inferior way to learn to read, write and cipher. Maybe public schools have ...

November 04, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Don't punish business with tax reform

As a legislator here in Georgia who chairs a committee dedicated to fostering greater economic development and growth, I am completely behind the concept of ...

November 03, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Bad childhoods can show parents what not to do

I was standing in the lobby of an auditorium in which I'd just spoken, talking with a small group of attendees, when a 30-something ...

November 03, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family Psychologist | Opinion


Humor: Beer can aluminium paying better than bank interest

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

November 02, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Republicans attacking their own party

Several candidates for higher office are employing an old campaign strategy: attack the establishment as being hopelessly corrupt and promise to clean up the mess.

November 02, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


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