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This could be your year to shine

As spouses and mothers, we far too easily let the needs of our family come first. As members of the military community, we give and give, tirelessly supporting those alongside us. While the challenges often faced by our community aren't dwindling anytime soon, instead of letting our lives and goals and intentions pass us by, let's go out and make big things happen.

January 30, 2014 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


House OKs amended budget for this year

Last Friday, the Georgia House of Representatives voted to approve a $320 million addition to the state budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2014, which ends June 30. The midyear adjustment would increase this year's total budget amount from $19.9 billion to $20.2 billion.

January 30, 2014 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Legislature aims at passing 'guns for God'

American humorist Will Rogers once said, "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." Ol' Will would have loved the Georgia Legislature. They are the gift that keeps on giving.

January 29, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Coastal educators visit Capitol

After taking a day off to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we continued our session Jan. 21. Traditionally, the shortened week is set aside for budget hearings, so only members of the Appropriations Committee would need to be in attendance. However, with the fast pace that we have started out with this year, budget hearings were held the week of Jan. 13 in order to save time.

January 29, 2014 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


A little independence never hurts

Back years ago, when Mama was widowed, it became suddenly and shockingly clear that she wasn't completely capable of being on her own. This was news to us because she had always stepped up and did whatever it took to look after our family. She was quite ingenious and hard-working.

January 28, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Want kids? Pass a screening

Awhile back, I worked with a woman who was vocal about her belief that potential parents should have to pass a strict screening before welcoming children into the world. Although, from a purely scientific standpoint, there was no way to enforce my coworker's slightly far-fetched proposal, she maintained all human beings should be stripped of their fertility at birth and should have their ability to procreate returned to them in their mid-to-late 20s only if they meet certain criteria.

January 28, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Kudos to Coastal EMC

Editor, I was very pleased to read that Coastal Electric Cooperative recently has been named the best electric co-op in Georgia and also received the 2013 Georgia Electric Membership Corporation "Community Service and Volunteerism Award."

January 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Don't congratulate Congress just yet

Now that Congress has its immense, $1.1 trillion bipartisan funding bill in hand, Capitol Hill is breathing easier.

January 27, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton | Opinion


'Playing the field' sure isn't easy

I'm not sure how it is with soldiers in non-combat roles.

January 23, 2014 | By Paige Hewlett Columnist | Opinion


Upcoming event is truly for the birds

Look up there in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a really a bird - hopefully, lots of them.

January 22, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers hit the ground running

Carter, R- Pooler, will report each week during the Legislative Session, which began Jan. 13 and is expected to last until March 1.

January 22, 2014 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Budget recommendations show improvements

Last week under the Gold Dome, the Georgia General Assembly concluded on Friday to complete its first official week of the 2014 legislative session. As this new session begins, please know that, as always, it is an honor and privilege to represent you and your families at our state Capitol.

January 22, 2014 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Who wants long life without banana pudding?

I read a news report this week that said while we are living a lot longer in the U.S., people in other countries are living even longer. Bummer.

January 22, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Pretty package is as important as gift

The renowned bow-maker in my hometown died. Only in the South would this probably be news, because we Southern women do admire a well-wrapped package.

January 21, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Tempted to follow the flock

Last week, I had my first parental brush with peer pressure. No, my daughter didn't come home from daycare complaining that her 1-year-old classmates are trying to influence her clothing choices or persuade her to join their social cliques. I was the one who felt an urge to conform, or rather, an urge to help my daughter conform. Then I realized that thoughts like the ones swimming through my head very well could be the reason why peer pressure exists in the first place. Kids have to learn it from someone.

January 21, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


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21-day diet for Congress? No, never mind

MOULTRIE - The first item in my emails today was: "How to get thin quickly."

August 12, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve better care

Our veterans shouldn't need an act of Congress and a presidential signature to get the Veterans Affairs healthcare system up to speed. But that's just what it took.

August 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Litmus test for Pres. Obama on whistleblowers

Whistleblowers, often revered and feared by the Obama administration, have received a special place since the 2011 initiation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global transparency campaign. Their prominence is justified. The OGP will become a magnet for cynicism unless there is safe cover for those who will make it work or fail - whistleblowers on the front lines of fraud, waste and abuse currently sustained through secrecy and enforced by repression.

August 11, 2014 | By Tom Devine and Shanna Devine Guest columnists | Opinion


EPA just making a power grab

According to the Federal Register, on Dec. 7, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency "found" that current and projected concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations. Unfortunately, this finding and the EPA's subsequent action threaten the health and welfare of current and future generations of Georgians far more than greenhouse gases do.

August 07, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


System is fine, officials are the problem

Just when you thought Washington couldn't get any messier, our elected officials in the nation's capital prove it can.

August 06, 2014 | Albany Herald | Opinion


Here's why teaching is a noble career

Dear Georgia public-school teachers, It is new school year but, alas, the same old impediments: an out-of-touch federal bureaucracy, ideological state legislators who choose not to send their kids to public schools but intend to tell you how and what to teach, and a society that values reality television more than quality education. Sometimes, I wonder how you manage.

August 06, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Here's to start of new school year

This week, school bells will ring and the 2014-15 academic year will begin. Some children welcome it, others don't. Parents also likely have mixed feelings about the start of another term.

August 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Positive change starts with individuals

How do you create positive community change? That is a good question. It is one that the national organization, Keep America Beautiful, has been fine-tuning a solution since the 1950s.

August 05, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Memories of hot pink luggage

Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama's house. That's when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.

August 05, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Look at desalination in area

Editor, According to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, our water source is slowly being polluted with saltwater, and the coastal area of Georgia will have to reduce the amount of water that it pulls from the Floridan aquifer by 17 million gallons a day.

August 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why I still have faith in Congress

It's depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans' utter disdain for Congress. But it's my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short.

August 04, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


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