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Final days of 40 days at the Capitol

Day 39 (Tuesday, April 27): Today, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that the last two days of the session are here. The bad news is that there is still a tremendous amount of work left to be done as is evidenced by the 53 bills we have on the calendar today. And while the sheer number of bills is intimidating, of even more concern is the importance of the bills involved. While the more glamorous bills such as ethics, transportation and property tax reform have been discussed and debated in the media and different ...

May 05, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion

General Assembly is done

It is official, the 2010 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly adjourned Sine Die and came to an end midnight on Thursday, April 29. After spending months devoting our time and commitment in Atlanta under the Gold Dome. After being in session for 40 legislative days spread out over four months, continual committee meetings, agreements and disagreements, the members which represent people from all over our state came together and finished the work of the people. The two days of session this week the members worked into the late hours passing legislation. Key pieces of legislation were passed this ...

May 05, 2010 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion

Candidates get equal treatment

There are seven offices up for grabs in Bryan County. Four are on the board of education, three on the county commission.

May 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion

$17.9B budget passes as session adjourns

The 2010 session of the Georgia General Assembly came to an end late last Thursday night, several hours after lawmakers finalized a $17.9 billion state budget for fiscal year 2011. Having started Jan. 11, this was the longest legislative session on record since the 1880s.

May 05, 2010 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion

Animals gruops, stop arguing to attract funds

Animal-rescue groups from Liberty County and surrounding areas, while working for a very noble cause, are slowly tearing down their own credibility. The infighting among these groups is hurting their reputations and, possibly, turning off potential donors.

May 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion

New transportation funding will set off scramble

The Georgia Legislature has finally approved a funding mechanism for transportation. Next comes the jockeying for placement on project lists among advocates, agencies and authorities for the various modes. Just because there's finally an opportunity for transportation funding, however, doesn't mean throwing good money after bad. Taxpayers must be vigilant and demand sound solutions and bang for their buck – or their 1 percent sales tax, to be precise.

May 05, 2010 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion

Hinesight, debut

May 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion

Random misses, near hits?

Some recent thoughts, in no particular order. No particular order at all.

May 03, 2010 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion

Afraid of the truth?

Well, there you go! I spend time and take up valuable space in this paper telling people that offshore oil well drilling has a sterling reputation of success where oil spills are a concern and bingo! We now have the first serious oil rig spill in the history of the industry. I hope and pray the flow is stopped before the slick reaches the fragile eco-systems of the Chaudeleurs Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

May 03, 2010 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion

Not a good time to drill, baby, drill

Just a few weeks ago, most seemed glad to hear that President Barack Obama planned to open up areas off the Atlantic - and Georgia - coast to offshore drilling for oil. But there should be some second thoughts and careful assessment in the wake of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is getting worse by the day.

May 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion

Buzz around governor's race

Now that the legislative session is (drum roll, please) history, it is time to turn our sights to the governor's race.

May 03, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Area coastal conservation

In 2001 saltwater fishermen in Richmond Hill formed a chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association or CCA. The objective of the CCA is to conserve, promote and enhance the present and future availability of these coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public. CCA is a national organization with chapters in 17 coastal states. From the very beginning Richmond Hill has had a very strong chapter. Today there are 150 local members. Four of these members represent the state CCA board: Mike Odom, Fraser Bowen, Coley Bryant and Jimmy Roberts. Mike Odom represents Richmond Hill and Georgia ...

April 30, 2010 | By Angus McLeod Guest columnist | Opinion

Kudos to qualifying candidates

Last week was Georgia Cities Week - a Georgia Municipal Association creation that is aimed at informing the public on the importance of cities. Nearly 100 municipalities in the state participate in the event in one form or another, including Hinesville, Midway, Flemington and others.

April 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion

The high cost of putting people in jail

 Each day across Georgia, the state Department of Corrections prepares enough meals to feed the population of the city of Marietta. Breakfast and lunch are served to nearly 60,000 adult prisoners. Paying for 31 state prisons annually costs taxpayers $1 billion, including the cost to manage 150,000 parolees.

April 28, 2010 | By Mike Klein Guest columnist | Opinion

Think trees when you turn on faucet

When we think of forests, majestic trees, precious wildlife and clean, fresh air might come to mind. We probably don't think about the water we drink.

April 28, 2010 | By John Rosenow Guest columnist | Opinion

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Recycle It! Fair can free room for holidays

It is your last chance to recycle all those electronics and household items that are taking up space you need for the holidays.

November 10, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

It takes time to be a proper Southerner

It takes a lot of time to be the proper Southerner, the kind respected for thoughtfulness and kindness. In fact, it takes so much time ...

November 10, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

What in the world is a Sega Fish?

Editor, SEGAFFSH (pronounced Sega Fish) is an acronym for Southeast Georgia Friends of Fort Stewart and Hunter, also known as Friends of Fort Stewart and ...

November 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Innovation is true health-care solution

Political support for Medicaid expansion in Georgia is on life support, and the prognosis may be terminal. This doesn't mean, however, that there isn ...

November 09, 2015 | By Josh Daniels Guest columnist | Opinion

Tax plan is just wealth redistribution

Editor, This letter is in response to the editorial in your Sunday, Oct. 25, paper by Wesley Tharpe titled "Bolstering Ga. families through targeted tax ...

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

WHO shouldn't mess with porcine preferences

The history revisionists are still as busy as bees trying to rid us of all vestiges of the Old South. That means some brave soul ...

November 05, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Government keeps stealing Social Security

Editor, I would like to respond to a Sound off in the Wednesday, Oct. 28 paper. The caller brought up the fact that people on ...

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

There's no denying that it's getting wetter

This is what the future looks like.

November 05, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Thankful for Rivers Alive help

Wow! I have so much to be thankful for!

November 03, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Frequent visitor puts in 2 cents on SPLOST

Editor, I have recently had the fortune to visit Hinesville. Over the course of the 10 or 12 years, I have visited your fine city ...

November 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

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