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Make lawmakers finish their work

Editor, Regarding Sunday's sequestration column - well said, Mr. Mayor.

February 28, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


General Assembly passes mid point

The Georgia General Assembly saw the completion of the 22nd day of the 2013 legislative session, officially crossing through the mid-way point.

February 27, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Teachers make more than money

My recent observations on the lack of respect given public-school teachers in Georgia engendered a lot of responses, but none better than this story sent to me by my friend, David Egan, co-director of the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island and a former educator himself.

February 27, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Lincoln should inspire lawmakers

A few years ago, I read "Team of Rivals," which documents Abraham Lincoln's road to the White House and how he ultimately chose campaign rivals to serve in his presidential cabinet. He made friends with his political enemies, which is a rare trait much needed in today's political arena.

February 27, 2013 | By State Sen. Tommie Willilams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Senate tackles budget amendments

Tuesday, Feb. 19: After a long weekend at home, we're back in business this morning and our first action is to pass the 2013 amended budget out of the Appropriations Committee. The state's budget runs on a fiscal year from July 1-June 30 and has to be amended midyear primarily to account for revenue adjustments and K-12 student population growth.

February 27, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Refusal to expand Medicaid costs Georgia

Despite the fact that other Republican governors in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio and, most recently, Florida have agreed to expand the Medicaid program in their states under the federal Affordable Care Act, Gov. Nathan Deal is still holding firm on his refusal to do so in Georgia.

February 27, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Trial and error is expensive

Having a baby is costly in ways I did not foresee. Of course, I knew there would be added expenses in medical bills, childcare, diapers, formula and clothing. But I'm surprised at the amount of money my family wastes on things that don't seem to be to my baby's liking.

February 26, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Great American Cleanup needs volunteers

Volunteers are the essential ingredients for the Great American Cleanup events this spring in Liberty County.

February 26, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Exploiting state office for higher one

An intriguing piece of legislation dropped into the hopper in Atlanta this week has, so far, exactly one signature on it - that of its sponsor, Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus). It deserves at least a close look. The essence of the bill, S.B. 175, is that state legislators who run for federal office must either vacate their legislative seats within 30 days after officially declaring their candidacy, or officially end that bid for higher office by notice to the Federal Election Commission before that 30-day period ends.

February 26, 2013 | Columbus Ledger | Opinion


What's coming up in Congress this year

Earlier this year, it seemed there might be some hope for Capitol Hill when Congress dealt easily with raising the debt ceiling. But don't let that single episode fool you. As President Obama and House Republicans circle each other over the forthcoming budget cuts known as the "sequester," it's a reminder that Congress and the White House have a complicated legislative agenda ahead - and that none of the items on it will come easily.

February 25, 2013 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Support KLB's 'Good Neighbors' drive

As if Keep Liberty Beautiful didn't already do enough for the community, the organization is now in the midst of its "Good Neighbors: Keep it Clean, Keep it Green" campaign. The effort focuses on recognizing local residents who realize that their actions - and inactions - on their property and public roads do impact their neighbors. These folks keep their homes and land clean, nicely landscaped and free of clutter. In addition, "good neighbors" won't hesitate to lend a hand to nearby residents who might need help sprucing up their property.

February 25, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Let politicians know how sequestration would hurt

Sequestration. This single word has been the cause of much alarm and frustration for many communities with military installations, such as ours, since August 2011. It is a term that generally means seizure. In this case, though, it means additional cuts in the federal budget for the next 10 years. Sequestration is a complex issue, but the end result is simple - dramatic cuts in both civilian and military personnel budgets as well as a lack of modernization and readiness for the future years. This is cause for concern in regards to our soldiers, jobs, businesses and the future of our ...

February 25, 2013 | By Jim Thomas Guest columnist | Opinion


It's time to revamp State of Union

When the most memorable moment of the Capitol's State of the Union evening involves rising Republican star Marco Rubio lunging for a water bottle, it's a sure sign this tradition is badly in need of rethinking.

February 21, 2013 | Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Court fees, wiretapping on agenda

Monday, Feb. 11: Although we went into session at 10 a.m., we suspended roll call until 11 a.m. in order to allow our newest member, Sen. Dean Burke, R-Bainbridge, to be sworn in and participate in the session. Burke has been a physician for 25 years and brings a wealth of health-care experience to our chamber.

February 20, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Thanks to humor-impaired, column is strong

My fellow Americans: (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!) I come to you today to report on the state of your column - and it is your column because without you, I would be writing to myself which doesn't make any sense. (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!)

February 20, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Be aware of pollution you leave behind

NPDES: The first time I heard that term was about 12 years ago, I wondered, "What could this be about?"

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Session's winners and losers

The second half of Georgia's biennial legislative session that ended March 31 turned out to be surprisingly more intensive than expected.

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April 09, 2018 | By Rachel Goodman Guest columnist | Opinion


City enforces nuisance laws

Since Hinesville's establishment in 1837, we have grown in not only population, but also in our commitment to serve our citizens. Part of our ...

April 09, 2018 | By Steve Welborn Special to the Courier | Opinion


Humor: Tiger Woods back at the Masters

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April 07, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


A late, but heartfelt remembrance of Zell Miller

An unalterable deadline does not allow me to comment on certain events as quickly as I would like. Also, it is my policy to avoid ...

April 06, 2018 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Was march effective protest or just feel good moment?

There are arguments over the number of those who participated in the March for Our Lives, as there always are disputes over crowd size at ...

April 06, 2018 | Bob Franken | Opinion


Gun rights carry responsibilities, too

Let me first thank Mr. Calderone for his technical information about guns. As I said before, I have little knowledge about all the kinds of ...

April 05, 2018 | Niki Seale, Hinesville | Opinion


A good close to 2018 session

Georgia's legislators gaveled things to a close last week and for the first time in a while, it was a session that provided some ...

April 05, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


‘Gentle’ parenting has put generations at risk

Upon arrival on-site for a recent speaking engagement, I am told that several rather vocal parents refused to attend because I am not an advocate ...

April 05, 2018 | John Rosemond | Opinion


Russia shows they’re the bad guys

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

April 04, 2018 | Argus Hamilton | Opinion


Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed when he stepped from his second-floor hotel room at the Lorraine Motel ...

April 04, 2018 | Dr. Gary Scott Smith | Opinion


A late but heartfelt remembrance of Zell Miller

An unalterable deadline does not allow me to comment on certain events as quickly as I would like. Also, it is my policy to avoid ...

April 03, 2018 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


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