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House OKs tax code, justice system revisions

The Georgia General Assembly reached the end of the 2012 legislative session, which adjourned Thursday, March 29.

April 02, 2012 | State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


I'm one of 'those' moms, pretty proud of it

This week, I reluctantly attended my very first MOPS meeting. Most know that MOPS stands for mothers of preschoolers, and since my daughter won't be a preschooler for another few years, I was a little confused about why I was invited in the first place. It turns out that MOPS, or at least the MOPS group that meets at Gum Branch Baptist Church, has branched out and now offers support and fellowship to moms of children who haven't yet started elementary school.

April 02, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Don't forget to turn out lights when you leave

I have never seen a president lie as much as President Barack Obama, except for maybe President Lyndon B. Johnson, who said that he wouldn't bomb North Vietnam in order to win the election over Sen. Barry Goldwater. After being elected, he then turned around and bombed North Vietnam.

March 29, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Junior E. Lee identifies next president

Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield, Ga., recently called me, all out of breath. I usually am not that concerned because after Junior has sprayed Arven Ridley's barn for fleas, it sometimes leaves him winded. But I knew this wasn't the case. He isn't scheduled to de-flea Arven's place for another two months.

March 28, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Obesity costly in more ways than one

Big people are big business in the United States, where about one in three adults and one in six children and adolescents are considered obese.

March 27, 2012 | By Laura Smith Public Health News Bureau | Opinion


Aftermath as bad as fish kill itself

As upsetting as the Ogeechee River fish kill remains some 10 months after it took place, events that have happened since have been just as hard to stomach.

March 27, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Students become 'trashologists'

A visitor made his annual trek to Liberty County last week and shared his "trashy" view of the world with hundreds of local children. Dr. T, a self-proclaimed "trashologist," talks trash wherever he goes. Keep Liberty Beautiful invites him to several schools each year to provide mini courses in trashology for local students. He never fails to get his message across, and he brings smiles to the faces of those in the audience. His entertaining - but highly educational - show fits right in with my philosophy about learning. Engage kids - and adults - and they will learn something whether they want to ...

March 26, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


No easy choices in school budget

With education funds from the state and federal governments dwindling, it's more apparent than ever that our local officials must exercise caution when spending the Liberty County School System's money. Schools are making do with older books and fewer supplies. In recent years, teachers have dealt with furlough days. The district has postponed necessary building repairs.

March 26, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Daughter missing dad

I remember when a few days away from my husband almost were impossible to get through. After basic training, raider focus, NTC and a year-long deployment, a few days is usually no problem. Of course, I miss him when he's not around, but I no longer stop functioning or sink into a deep depression.

March 26, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Georgia's new endangered species: Wildlife rehabilitators

Editor, Wildlife rehabilitators are very special people. They have acquired the knowledge and experience that is needed to work with injured and orphaned wildlife. Licensed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources - and, if caring for federally protected species, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - a wildlife rehabilitator's ultimate goal is to take an injured or orphaned animal, get it healthy and return it to its natural habitat.

March 26, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Your vote does county, why not use it?

I am embarrassed by the voters of Liberty County. A few weeks ago, we had a primary election in Georgia. The turnout was abominable. Fewer than 900 Liberty County Democrats came out in support of President Barack Obama. Was that because the Democrats think that he is a sure thing? Maybe it's because he's losing his voter base and could lose the general election in November. The point is, if Liberty County Democrats support him, they didn't show it.

March 22, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Ethics reform unlikely with legislators feeling entitled

So much for the theory that Tea Partiers are the tail that wags the conservative Georgia Legislature. And so much for the theory that the Legislature is supposed to be responsive to what the public wants.

March 22, 2012 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Thanks for supporting local play

Editor, Thanks to the greater Liberty County community for its recent support of the encore performance of the hit stage play, "With My Spiritual Eyes I Can See." This original Love-It Productions play served as the benefit kickoff for the Liberty County Manna House's fundraising campaign. The sanctuary at Bethesda Church nearly was filled to capacity with an enthusiastic audience of church groups, families with children, elected officials and friends from neighboring counties. Approximately 500 canned goods and donations of varying amounts were collected as admission to the play. These funds were donated to the Manna House to qualify ...

March 21, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Legislative session is in home stretch

The Georgia General Assembly is in the final stretch of the 2012 legislative session with only seven official days of session remaining.

March 21, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


A sea of green in Senate chambers

Day 31 (Monday, March 12): My day started off with an early morning meeting with the Director of the Governor's Office of Workforce Development, Tricia Pridemore, as we discussed legislation that I will be carrying in the Senate. Workforce Development is working to turn our state's unskilled labor force into skilled workers who can meet the demands of today's employers. On the days we are in session, we have a doctor of the day who assists the Capitol's nurse in providing any health-care needs we may have. On March 12, we were honored to have Dr ...

March 21, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Judge Gorsuch is the anti-Trump

If President Donald Trump is a budding authoritarian, as his critics allege, one of the safeguards is Judge Neil Gorsuch.

February 17, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Thanks for history symposium support

Editor: I would like to personally appreciate those sponsors and members of the greater Liberty County Community for their overwhelming support on February 6 to ...

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


State Senate honors firefighters, Girl Scout cookies

The Senate assembled this week to consider a wide range of legislation and we passed several bills that could affect our district. We also had ...

February 16, 2017 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Alternate-facts on McCain, Lewis, evolution

Editor: Doesn't mixing blue and red get purple? Not at the White House - alt-fact - it's orange.

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Would someone actually kill A.J.?

Three weeks had passed and still no one had seen or heard a peep from A.J. Fryerson. Something was amiss and the good folks ...

February 16, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


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


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