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Budget, tax, court reform on House agenda

With a number of issues still to be addressed, including criminal-justice reform, tax reform and the annual budget for fiscal year 2013, this will be a busy week at the Capitol.

March 12, 2012 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Some of the rich do support Obama

I have a good question for you: Why do the rich give thousands of dollars to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign?

March 08, 2012 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Senate goes through longest day of session

Day 26 (Monday, Feb. 27): The week begins with the second meeting of the Governor's Higher Education Funding Commission, a committee that I co-chair with Rep. Carl Rogers, chairman of the House Higher Education Committee. The commission is charged with examining how the funding formulas for the university system and technical college system should be changed in order to improve higher education outcomes in the state. We have four bills on the calendar as we go into session today, including House Bill 800, which expands eligibility so that a candidate with five years' service in any federally recognized component ...

March 08, 2012 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Lawmaker defends lobbying laws

Rep. Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs, has figured out something many of his colleagues in the General Assembly seem unable to grasp: If you disagree with something I say, tell me so and give me your side of the story

March 08, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Will anyone take Midway ticket challenge?

Editor, The Coastal Courier graciously published my previous letter to the editor wherein I challenged anyone to produce a speeding ticket issued by a Midway Police Department officer for going 5 miles per hour or less over the posted speed limit. The prize was a $50 gift certificate for Red Lobster or Olive Garden restaurants. The 30-day window has passed and no one has produced the winning ticket. This would tend to indicate that either there is no credence to the claims in Sound off that tickets have been issued for driving 5 mph or less over the speed limit ...

March 08, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


House passes education bills

The Georgia General Assembly completed its 28th legislative day of the 2012 session on Wednesday, Feb. 29. As Super Tuesday and the Presidential Preference Primary election for Georgia approach, the Legislature will continue with the people's work at our Capitol on Monday.

March 08, 2012 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Books, like dirt roads, need to stick around

MOULTRIE - This past week I got an email from a youngster who was taking me to task for something that had been printed in our newspaper. That's perfectly fine. It indicates someone is thinking.

March 06, 2012 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


You can save money on lighting

Money is tight right now for just about everyone. Gas prices have gone crazy and grocery costs are outrageous.

March 06, 2012 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Not just Congress has room for improvement

As a member of Congress, you get used to being graded. Interest groups send you questionnaires, check your voting record, and then issue their "report cards." Editorial writers opine freely on your performance. Pollsters issue monthly updates on how Congress is faring with the public.

March 06, 2012 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Driving instructor discusses passing

Editor, It is my hope this letter might clarify some comments in Sound off concerning driving laws. I am a Georgia DDS certified defensive driving instructor. I will quote from actual statutes.

March 06, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Think outside the oil barrel for transportation

President Barack Obama's call for Congress to end some $4 billion in subsidies for oil companies may or may not lower the price of gas. But it has a certain appeal at a time when Americans are feeling the pressure of rapidly rising gas costs while those same oil companies are making enormous profits.

March 05, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Financial troubles grew from Community Reinvestment Act

Editor, In reading various articles in the newspapers or magazines over the years about the foreclosure of many citizens' homes, none of the articles mention that President Obama helped to perpetuate these sub prime loan as far back as 1992.

March 05, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


What a difference an inch makes

Let's face it, the Army cracks down on standards when downsizing and lets a lot slide when it needs every able-bodied soldier it can get.

March 05, 2012 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Ludowici, Long should address pay issue

Editor, The Long County Press recently published an article about Nancy McKnew attending the Long County Commission meeting to address the issues concerning Long County Board of Elections Chairwoman Vanessa Cunningham. Commission Chairman Bobby Walker said the matter is under investigation. That was at least the third time this same issue has been brought up at a commission meeting and there definitely is a problem.

March 01, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Protecting Ogeechee makes more than just environmental sense

It's easy to get mad over the way the Ogeechee River has been treated, first by King America, then by state authorities. Dumping by King America in 2011 caused the worst fish kill in the river in memory, and the state's Environmental Protection Division responded with what amounts to a slap on the wrist.

March 01, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Why Oct. 8 is so important

Once a year, all over America, we observe fire prevention week during the week of Oct, 8.

October 09, 2017 | By Fire Chief Lamar Cook Special to the Courier | Opinion


Signs of the apocalypse in crime reports

There's a feature in Sports Illustrated called "This week's sign that the apocalypse is upon us."

October 09, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Humor: When world leaders dated

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

October 07, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Sovereignty is not a bad word

To listen to the commentary, Donald Trump used an inappropriate term at the U.N. - not just "Rocket Man," but "sovereignty."

October 06, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Local media always running for re-election

This may come under the heading of home cooking but this is National Newspaper Week, something we should both be celebrating. Me, because I get ...

October 05, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Old adages fit the bill

In my latest book, "Grandma Was Right After All!," I take the top 25 parenting sayings of my youth and explain what they really meant.

October 05, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family psychologist | Opinion


Changes coming to city website

Beginning on Oct. 8, the city of Hinesville's website will go through some changes in regards to how our users log on to use ...

October 05, 2017 | By Brittany Denney Guest columnist | Opinion


Speaking out on the issue of the flag

Editor: After writing two letters to the editor last year concerning our 2016 presidential election, I said I would not do that again, but in ...

October 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Cleanup keeps rivers alive and healthy

You're invited to wade into Rivers Alive with us this month as we focus on protecting our many diverse waterways throughout Liberty County.

October 03, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Statue at courthouse honors all veterans

Editor: Just before daylight the other morning I went downtown to visit a fellow old solider. I've seen him many, many times but never ...

October 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


That's no way to run a bus service

Editor: On Tuesday, Sept. 18, I missed an appointment in downtown Hinesville because the bus servicing the area was 25 minutes behind schedule.

October 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Times ain't a changing much

This column was going to be about my gearing up to run the Rock 'n' Roll marathon in November.

October 02, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Former city manager: 'I am truly humbled'

Editor, The day I graduated from college, Mayor Carl Dykes, along with council members Frank Bagley, Ben Darsey, Bobby Fussell, W.I. Stafford and Alonzo ...

October 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Never too late to think legacy

Do me a favor, will you? I would greatly appreciate it if you would see that my obituary gets printed as is, just in case ...

September 30, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Does therapy help kids?

Q: Over the past year, our 4-year-old has developed several fears that have become quite disruptive. It started with a fear of dogs, which is ...

September 29, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family psychologist | Opinion


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