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State House OKs $20 billion budget

The House of Representatives voted March 12 to approve a $19.8 billion state budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1. HB 106 reflects an increase of $512 million over the current year's budget.

March 18, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion

House OKs video gambling run by Lottery

Day 31 (Monday, March 11, 2013): Every morning before session the Republican members of the Senate meet as a caucus to discuss bills on the agenda that day as well as bills that are working their way through the process. Today we discuss HB 512, a bill addressing the rights of gun owners that has passed the House and will be considered by the Senate in the near future. Many members, including myself, are staunch advocates of our 2nd amendment rights to own and carry handguns and look forward to working on this legislation. Right after our caucus meeting and ...

March 18, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion

We are blessed to be here

Editor, We all have troubles. But we are truly blessed - blessed to live in this country, even with all the faults we think it has. Comparatively, the rest of the world really has it tough. We're blessed to live in a great state, and particularly this wonderful county of Liberty. When folks here are sometimes having a rough go of it, blessings abound from the gracious folks we know as friends and neighbors.

March 14, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

Judge has earned place at head of table

Let's face it: Judges can be pretty scary folks to We the Unwashed. About the only time we ever see them is when we are called for jury duty or when - heaven forbid - we are plaintiffs, defendants or witnesses, wishing we could be anywhere but in the courtroom.

March 14, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

President engaged in classic political theater

For weeks, President Obama and his deputies traveled the country sounding the alarm about sequestration. They used people as props to claim that public safety would be put at risk, meat would go uninspected and the economy would tank.

March 13, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion

General asks for patience during cuts

Editor, While sequestration is serious with far-reaching impacts, the core mission of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield and the 3rd Infantry Division remains unchanged, even in the face of mandated funding cuts and Army civilian furloughs.

March 13, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

Homeless, hungry should barter more

Editor, Why are so many people in Hinesville, Liberty County and elsewhere homeless? We have a lot of empty rental housing in the area. Those people who can't afford to pay for a place to live should explore the barter system. This system is for people who have no money to pay rent for housing. They can provide a service or goods to the landlord in place of cash.

March 12, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

Where is the outcry over Ogeechee?

The state Environmental Protection Division, according to the law, is required to hold public meetings in certain circumstances. The severe pollution of the Ogeechee was one of those circumstances.

March 12, 2013 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion

Senator's bill calls in Congress to balance federal budget

Day 28 (Monday, March 4, 2013): Today is one of my favorite days at the Capitol as I proudly wear my green sports coat in anticipation of the St. Patrick's Day Parade committee visit. Although some people at the Capitol ask if I won my green jacket at a golf tournament in Augusta, those who have played golf with me before don't bother to ask. The morning starts off early as we have a Health and Human Services Committee meeting at 8AM where we pass out one bill, table another and have discussion on a third before recessing ...

March 12, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion

Happy to be just us three

Have you ever had someone stare at you as if you have two heads? Try casually dropping into conversation the fact that you only plan to have one child. When people who don't know me learn that my husband and I are content to keep our family small, they look at me dumbfounded, confused and - sometimes - a bit horrified.

March 12, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion

No shortage of beautification projects

Spring is such a busy time. At Keep Liberty Beautiful, we have a number of activities going on that we need you involved in.

March 12, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

House majority OKs expansion of gun-carry laws

A majority of the House of Representatives voted March 7 to approve legislation that would allow gun owners to carry weapons in many areas where they are now prohibited.

March 12, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion

The insanity that is Washington, D.C.

Only in our nation's capital could you cut less than one-half of 1 percent of the annual federal budget (the so-called "sequester"), and then head home and call it a day while the nation sits in bewilderment. The "principals" in this matter still have not gathered at any real table to discuss this serious financial situation in recent weeks.

March 11, 2013 | By David Schwarz Guest columnist | Opinion

Midway shouldn’t go along with county’s fire-station staffing plan

Editor, Liberty County's move to place full-time firefighters in the Midway fire station is nothing more than a power grab by the county. If Midway was to go along with the county's plan, the city would have to give up control of its fire department.

March 11, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

Officials right to take test probe seriously

The Governor's Office of Student Achievement recently conducted an audit of the Liberty County School System after evidence surfaced indicating irregularities on some Waldo Pafford Elementary classes' CRCT scores. Though a high number of erased answers among tests of third- through fifth-grade classes triggered the investigation, the preliminary findings of the academic auditors' probe were ambiguous.

March 11, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

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March 06, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

Senate passes bill creating joint defense commission

This week under the Gold Dome, bills that passed the Senate and the House were sent to the other chamber for consideration on what we ...

March 06, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion

The British are not coming, folks

Editor: The tragedy of repeated school shooting angers and depresses me, as I am sure it does most. I cannot fathom the depth of despair ...

March 05, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion

Keep trash out of gutters, let rain have the drain

Storm drains. You may take them for granted but you've just got to love them.

March 05, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Bear, Moe, you will be missed

The past couple of weeks have been tough. Two weeks ago, a friend of mine and former co-worker from the Hinesville Fire Department, George "Bear ...

March 05, 2018 | By Mike Riddle Special to the Courier | Opinion

NRA, Delta is ready when you are

If I were running Delta Airline, I'd end discounted tickets for everybody and blame it on Georgia's Republicans. I'd say I did ...

March 05, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Children would benefit from running their own sports

Thirty years ago, I offered a free (expenses-only) speaking engagement to any community that would abolish adult-organized-and-run children's sports programs (except those run by ...

March 02, 2018 | John Rosemond | Opinion

Adopt a highway, help reduce litter

Liberty County is our home. Just as we take care of our family homes where we live, we need to take care of our community ...

February 27, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Senate tackles tax, broadband bills

This week in the Senate, we heard 19 pieces of legislation on the floor. Our days were filled with long mornings in chamber and longer ...

February 27, 2018 | Sen. Blake Tillery Special to the Courier | Opinion

Fort Stewart is important to state, nation

Georgia is proud of our eight elite military bases that represent every branch of our armed forces. Between our active-duty members, military reserve members and ...

February 27, 2018 | By Casey Cagle Guest columnist | Opinion

A trip to SC and a correction

As I wrote this Friday morning, I felt a good bit under the weather, so excuse in advance whatever silly mess I made of this ...

February 26, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Arm teachers with these...

You want to arm teachers with guns to stop school shooting and intruders?

February 26, 2018 | By Patrick Underwood Guest columnist | Opinion

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