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Repercussions of an apology

The governor is flapping around like a headless chicken begging the feds for money to keep alive Georgia's health insurance program for children in need. The transportation nightmare in metro Atlanta could not get worse. Water polluters and land despoilers are pushing enough legislation to fill two freight cars. Loan sharks with fresh ideas for predation are circling the Statehouse. The tax code, the criminal defense system and flagging economic development require immediate attention.

April 03, 2007 | By Bill Shipp | Opinion


Drop in interethnic marriage

Once upon a time, there was trouble if you married outside of your ethnic group. It wasn't until 1967 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional, and not everybody loved Lucy and Ricky.

March 31, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


When do I get my racing stripes?

Since recently arriving in Hinesville, my profession has been altered from journalist to racecar driver as my compact car turbo charges down Highway 84.

March 31, 2007 | By John Deike Staff writer | Opinion


Georgia moves on transportation

Transportation proposals are chasing lawmakers at such an exciting and breathtaking pace this year that the convergence of plans under the Gold Dome seems destined to outdo NASCARís legendary pileups.

March 29, 2007 | By Benita M. Dodd Georgia Public Policy Foundation | Opinion


Healthcare: Healing a nation

Healthcare reformation is one of the most challenging crises facing our nation; yet the partisanship and bickering on both sides of the aisle is getting us nowhere.

March 29, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


What happened to the untouchables?

Democrats in Congress have used their newly won subpoena power to hold hearings in which former Bush Justice Department U.S. attorneys told tales of political pressure on public corruption investigations. Several were fired in December, apparently for failing to obey the orders of their political minders in Washington. In addition, the New York Times reported the former U.S. attorney in Maryland believes he was fired for investigating possible corruption in the administration of the state's then-Republican governor.

March 27, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Write a b log, post comments

One of the perks of the Coastal Courier's new Web site is it enables readers to share their views on matters they feel are interesting by expressing their thoughts in their own blog or commenting one written by someone else. Courier bloggers have voiced their opinions on topics ranging from alternative healing to national security, ESPLOST to the problems at Walter Reed. Below is an example of a Courier blog.

March 27, 2007 | Sonya Campbell-Kurth | Opinion


PSC steps toward keeping honest

It could only happen in Georgia, that is, if it's not Louisiana.

March 24, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hope may deter illegal immigrants

One piece of good news is that tougher enforcement along the Mexico border seems to have slowed illegal immigration.

March 24, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


PETA trashes its humane rep

New developments in the practices of the "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" recently released reveals employees for the controversial organization consider a "trash can" an "ethical" place for homeless pets in America.

March 22, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


Other opinions

If children can be targeted watch out, state employees

March 22, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Seatbelts for small trucks is positive move

Pickups make you think of back roads, farming and country, especially Southern country. So, in recent years, when the Georgia lawmakers rightly imposed seatbelt requirements on most passenger vehicles they elected to exclude pickups from those requirements.

March 22, 2007 | Staff Report | Opinion


Advancing student achievement

Only when we design education around the individual needs of children will we achieve excellence. I have visited several schools throughout the state this session to share details of two of my priorities, which revolve around the fundamental belief that no two children learn at the same pace or in the same way.

March 20, 2007 | By Casey Cagle Special to the Courier | Opinion


Return of the pipeline monster

Remember the standard scene from the old horror movies? Just when the hero sighs with relief that he has finally killed the monster, the damned thing rises up again and grabs the good guy by the throat.

March 20, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Shoot first, ask questions later?

Eight Marines were recently charged at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in the deaths of 24 Iraqi "civilians."

March 17, 2007 | By Nancy Bezanson Columnist | Opinion


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The humanity of Herbert Hoover

History is fickle with heroic humans, even when they loom over their generation in service to humanity. Even presidents suffer the fickle hand of history, especially when events in their administrations overshadow them. It happened to Herbert Hoover.

September 04, 2014 | By Harold Brown Guest Columnist | Opinion


Is heat driving people mad?

Editor, Recently, I've spotted some news headlines - around the region, state and country - that I never thought I'd see. It really makes me wonder, "Whatever were they thinking?"

September 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Communication from BoE is important

As many of our readers know, over the past few weeks the Courier received numerous comments and requests to look into recent policies and decisions made by leaders and administrators of the Liberty County School System.

September 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Firefighters recommend renter's insurance

Editor, The Hinesville Fire Department responds to several residential fires each year. Often, the structure involved in the fire is rented property. In several incidents that I have responded to in my 21 years with the department, residents have lost all of their belongings and did not have renter's insurance. This is a reminder from our department for renters to get renter's insurance today.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Use native plants to save on landscaping

National Planting Day, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, is a special way for us to celebrate the value and power of native species for local landscapes.

September 02, 2014 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Nostalgia sells; he's not buying

Have you noticed how "nostalgia" sells? This hit me like an antique butter churn the other day as I was watching television, and so many of the commercials have incorporated "old rock" music into their marketing spiels. And we can say, "Yes I remember that one!" We might even say, "Hey, that was our song!"

September 02, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Proof of Southern identity is the food

When business called my husband, Tink, back to Los Angeles, he decided to take the opportunity to have his annual check-up. When it ended, he called home.

September 02, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


We all wake up eventually

Last week, seemingly all the national news agencies reported on the American Academy of Pediatrics' new recommendation that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to help ensure older children get more sleep.

September 02, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Hinesville mosquito control praised

Editor, Two and a half years ago, Hinesville renovated its mosquito-control program to bring it in line with the American Mosquito Control Association's recommendations for an integrated mosquito control program.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Georgia icon still giving 'em 'zell'

Nostalgia is popular these days: Retro fashions, disco and '80s pop, "Throwback Thursdays" on social media. What's old is new again, what used to be hip turned square and then back to cool.

August 28, 2014 | Gainesville (Ga.) Times | Opinion


EPD marsh ruling creates a 'fine mess'

For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.

August 28, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


Wounded Warriors don't help older vets

Editor, My hat goes off to the Tri County RC Flyers for their recent airshow and the thousands of dollars they raised for wounded veterans. Unfortunately, the Courier's story contained a description of the Wounded Warrior Project organization that was misleading and is inaccurate. It read "… which helps veterans wounded in conflict…"

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


A little help from one mother to another

Editor, My wife went grocery shopping the morning of Aug. 21 with our 2-year-old son. While shopping, she bumped into another shopper along the way several times and made small talk. My son started to get bored and upset, so my wife cut her trip short and headed to the checkout.

August 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Teens, this is series -- text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

August 27, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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