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'Lock 'em all up' hasn't worked

Georgia's prison population has grown 35 percent during the past decade and is projected to continue growing during the next five years. Public safety is bolstered when offenders who are violent, dangerous or career criminals are put behind bars, but too often lower-level offenders emerge from prison as more hardened criminals.

October 27, 2011 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Occupy Atlanta protesters are unbearable

News bulletin: The state Department of Natural Resources is reporting that black bears in North Georgia seem to be migrating toward the Atlanta area.

October 26, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hinesight: Big banks' new fees fair?

October 25, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Problem is a 'call to action'

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For too many families, awareness of behind-closed-doors abuse is not an issue; they are all too intimately aware of violence at the hands of family members, spouses or intimate partners. They know its pain, its fear, its humiliation and the irrational shame victims often feel. For too many others, it's somebody else's business and somebody else's problem. …

October 24, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Cut pollution, don't feed storm drains

Keep Liberty Beautiful will complete the sixth annual Rivers Alive events this week.

October 24, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


'Fair tax' actually not fair at all

Editor, I worked hard and saved all that I could during my working years. If something needed done and I could do, it I did - from reroofing the house to replacing the brakes on my vehicles. I already have paid income taxes on the money that I've saved, but the fair tax people would have me pay "income" tax on it again if I buy a new set of golf clubs or a boat or anything else. There is nothing fair about that.

October 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Businesses have to pay sales tax, too

Editor, I want to offer a clarification to a statement made by Len Calderone in his column in Wednesday's Coastal Courier on changing the tax code. He favors wiping out the entire income tax code and replacing it with a "consumption tax" or sales tax. He mistakenly states halfway through his commentary that, "Others believe that business owners could make personal purchases and avoid the tax because businesses would be exempt. Businesses are exempt from state sales taxes even now, but they have to prove that what is purchased is for company-only use."

October 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Help to ensure all families enjoy holidays

With the holidays fast approaching, many community members are focusing on hosting and attending parties, buying presents and looking forward to family get-togethers. What many people don't realize is that there are others in our community who worry constantly about how to survive from one month to the next - never mind planning for the upcoming holiday season. That's where our local United Way comes in.

October 24, 2011 | By Kathryn Fox Guest columnist | Opinion


Trading up to parenthood

For the last few nights I've been sleeping like a baby. That's right, I'm up every hour or two, either eating, using the bathroom or just restless for no apparent reason. Who thought "like a baby" was a good way to describe deep sleep, anyway? That's more like sleeping "like a teenager" if you ask me.

October 24, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Global pecan demand good for Georgia

It appears that overseas markets are learning about a good thing - pecans.

October 20, 2011 | By Albany Herald | Opinion


Change the income tax code

U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said, "The federal tax code, with its 44,000 pages, 5.5 million words and 721 different forms, is a patchwork maze of complexity and a testament to confusion over common sense."

October 20, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Health insurance now manadatory, or is it?

National healthcare, ObamaCare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – whatever you refer to it as – the historic legislation passed by Congress in 2010 revolutionizing the American health care system is now law.

October 20, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


It's not government schools, it's stupid government

To quote the Church Lady on Saturday Night Live, "Well, isn't that special?" State School Superintendent John Barge and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., have asked U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a waiver of the controversial No Child Left Behind law and, instead, to measure school performance on a broader basis, consisting of scores on a Criterion-Referenced Competency Test along with other factors in a "performance index."

October 19, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


State should protect families, not criminals

An assistant U.S. District Attorney put into words during the sentencing of a bank robber with a frightening criminal background what many have been thinking or saying all along: Georgia's judicial system leaves much to be desired.

October 18, 2011 | By The Brunswick News | Opinion


Thanks for supporting ball for Dorchester

Editor, Thank you to everyone who came out in support of our annual Western Ball. The successful event shed light on the increasing awareness of one of our greatest historical landmarks and its importance, Midway's Dorchester Academy. The profits raised will go toward the restoration and upkeep of the center.

October 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Who's the boss? It remains to be seen

Donald Trump was supposed to take over the Republican Party, but the question going forward will be whether the Republican Party takes over him.

January 05, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


NAACP looks to widen focus in 2017

As we end 2016, we pause to consider how much have we emancipated?

January 05, 2017 | Graylan Quaterman Guest Column | Opinion


Family faces huge medical bill, hopes for help from others

Rick Downs needs your help now.

January 05, 2017 | Joann Downs Special to the Courier | Opinion


Welcome to the new year, grandson

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

January 05, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Thanks for stepping up, Riceboro folks

Editor: Thank you to Mrs. Patricia Fleming of the Kingdom Church of Christ, formerly the Jr. Church of Christ, for successful free Christmas dinners to ...

January 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Resolve to volunteer in 2017, KLB has jobs

Happy New Year! 2017 offers tremendous promise and opportunities whatever resolutions you have made for this year.

January 03, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


2016 was good year for Friends of Stewart/Hunter

Editor:

January 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Mayoral race hangs on final vote drawn

After Raymond Cooper received the first seven votes of the ballot count, Iris Long wondered if she was the only voter who cast her ballot ...

January 02, 2017 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Reporter let light shine on Liberty

I met Amy Swann at The Coastal Courier. She and I quickly became comfortable with each other and I will forever cherish her memory.

January 02, 2017 | By Jimmy Smith Guest columnist | Opinion


Recounting loved ones lost and new ones gained

At year's end, it's always interesting to look back at all that happened and realize that so little of it was anticipated while ...

January 01, 2017 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Hillary has only herself to blame

The Democrats have a simple explanation for Hillary Clinton's loss - the Russians did it.

December 31, 2016 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


More useless than socks on a pig

The only thing more useless than socks on a pig are New Year's resolutions. Our intentions are applaudable but our follow-through usually leaves a ...

December 30, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Seeing red flags

There is a really good reason to support Senate confirmation of Rex Tillerson to be President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state: Tony Perkins opposes ...

December 29, 2016 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Christ still found in Christmas

Wow! I hadn't noticed, how much things had changed during Christmas, until Friday night after a drive in Ludowici, where I live. Boy, was ...

December 28, 2016 | Carolyn Leonard | Opinion


Christmas isn't over until tree is mulched

Merry Christmas to all! If you are feeling a little down already because you think the holiday is drawing to an end, rejoice. The Twelve ...

December 27, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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