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Putting 'happy' back in 'happy birthday

Salesman: Welcome to Ed's New and Used Car Sales. How can I help you?

April 18, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Shepherd Center rebuilds lives

Those of you who regularly check this space know this, but to the newcomers out there: I am a whiner. Like Goldilocks, I whine when the porridge is too hot. I whine when the porridge is too cold. But unlike Goldilocks, I whine even when the glop is just right.

April 18, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Join the party for the planet on Earth Day

It's coming. It is nearly time to "party for the planet" and, hopefully, learn something too.

April 17, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Article didn't reflect Ludowici council meeting accurately

Editor, After reading an article in the Coastal Courier about the recent Ludowici City Council meeting, I feel I need to make a few points. The article states that the council discussed the mayor's travel pay; it did not. The meeting was set up a week early and for 9 a.m., even though the council said meetings would be at 6 p.m. This was a ploy to have a meeting the public wouldn't be able to attend. They did hire the police chief after a lengthy executive meeting, which only three members of the council attended ...

April 16, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


No one is perfect -- really, they're not

I'm always a little bit jealous of those military spouses who seem to have it all together. You know the type. They're forever patient with their children. They don't ever fight with their husbands. They present four perfectly dressed children at early morning activities and still somehow find time to straighten their hair and do their makeup just so.

April 16, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


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


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Laws may be decaying away

What should be the priority for state legislators -helping their poorest constituents avoid pain and suffering, or protecting the financial status of their most affluent ...

February 16, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


An open letter to NAACP leader

Editor and President Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson: I read with great embarrassment the article in the Feb. 1 Coastal Courier outlining your comments during your ...

February 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Paying down national debt is win-win

Editor: I think that Professor Winter Nie missed the mark in her column from Wednesday Feb. 8. She stated that China would win a trade ...

February 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Recycle It! Fairs in three places Saturday

Calling all pack rats who are looking to reform, next Saturday we will have our quarterly Recycle It! Fairs as well as a Shred It!

February 13, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


The revenge of the nation-state

The start of the Trump administration has been a vindication of the American nation-state.

February 12, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Jury duty can be a hoot when you know people

It was, of all things, a call to jury duty that reminded me powerfully of the beauty of a sweet hometown and the joy that ...

February 11, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Trump has created his own chaos

Let's take the good with the bad about Donald Trump: On the positive side, he has rendered useless those clocks the news networks like ...

February 11, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


China would win trade war with U.S.

During his election campaign, President Donald Trump threatened to impose 35 to 45 percent tariffs on Chinese imports to force China into renegotiating its trade ...

February 10, 2017 | By Prof. Winter Nie Guest columnist | Opinion


A.J.'s absence piques newswoman's curiosity

A week had gone by since A.J. Fryerson's letter to the editor concerning Buford Levitt's new gas pumps was published in the ...

February 10, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Will Trump sour on Georgia?

For a couple of months, Georgia was probably one of Donald Trump's favorite states.

February 10, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Advice for a journey's beginning

Please allow me a bit of a preamble: Nicholas Sanford Wansley is grandson Number Three chronologically and - pardon a grandfather's pride - a high achiever ...

February 09, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Bill would allow medical marijuana for autism

Serving as a state senator is rewarding because I am engaged in the intricate legislative process that often affects and improves the lives of people ...

February 09, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tree give-away for Arbor Day

This month is all about trees. Well, that is not exactly true. We are also all about recycling electronics and household goods and shredding records ...

February 07, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Words of thanks seem inadequate

Editor, When the worst disaster in the history of Turner County struck on the afternoon of Jan. 22, the immediate response was beyond anything we ...

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


No one has right to enter our country

Editor: For the life of me, I can't figure out the mentality of the protests going on. We finally get a president who wants ...

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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