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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


City also needs some sequestration

Editor, I have now seen in this newspaper the city map of Hinesville that has the police report of crimes by street for the week.

March 07, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Cuts only way out of spending problem

President Barack Obama has mastered a new kind of politics: Do nothing about a problem, refuse to meet with Congress, and then launch campaign rallies across the country to complain about nothing getting done. The latest example is his campaign against what he describes as the devastating cuts of sequestration. What he is forgetting to tell the American people is that it was his idea in the first place. He also forgets to mention that these "massive" cuts amount to less than 3 cents on the dollar over 10 years.

March 07, 2013 | U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Pace quickens as session moves on

Monday, Feb. 25 - For the third year in a row, I presented a synthetic-marijuana bill to the Senate. House Bill 57, sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey, R- Peachtree City, already had passed the House and was on the fast tract so that the governor can sign the bill into law and it can become effective immediately. Manufacturers of synthetic marijuana continuously change the chemical make-up of the drug, requiring us to follow suit by adding their most recent formulas to the list of banned substances.

March 06, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


For ethcis reform, party isn't over yet

The Georgia House of Representatives has passed an ethics-reform bill and has sent it on its way to the state Senate for its consideration and action. But don't get out the confetti just yet.

March 06, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Ethics laws, St. Pat's are focus

The 2013 session of the General Assembly continued to push forward toward the finish line with the completion of the 27th day of session. The pace quickens, the days lengthen and pending legislation continues to grow.

March 06, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Lawmaker's bill would requre DNR to notify cities, counties of impending park closures

Friday was the 27th legislative day of the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly.

March 06, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Leveling tax burden is key to future

With what could be an endless series of fiscal crises facing the federal government during the next few months, now is a good time to check where Congress stands in its deficit-reduction efforts. After two years, here's the scorecard: middle-class families and the military, $1.5 trillion in budget cuts and reduced public investments over 10 years; wealthy households, $620 billion in fairer taxes; corporate America, nothing.

March 05, 2013 | By Frank Clemente Guest columnist | Opinion


No right way to do the wrong thing

Imagine a business that oversees massive construction projects but doesn't have to worry about completing them on time or within budget. Hard to believe a company like that could stay in business, right?

March 05, 2013 | By State Rep. Jeff Chapman Guest columnist | Opinion


Lawmaker has park notice bill advance

Friday, March 1, was the 27thlegislative day of the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly. As we close in on the 30th-day "cross-over" deadline for legislation to pass the House of Representatives in time to be considered by the Senate, or vice versa, this year, this has been a busy past week at the committee level. Three bills that I co-sponsored were favorably reported by their respective committees and now await action by the full House.

March 05, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Help recognize attractive places

I am a pretty positive kind of person. At times in my life, I have been called a "Pollyanna" - and I know I date myself a lot mentioning this.

March 04, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Sequestration raises many questions

Why not shut the federal government down? Congress has been shut down for decades now, accomplishing nothing of any real significance in Washington for a very long time, so what would be the big deal? Would anyone really notice?

March 04, 2013 | The Brunswick News | Opinion


Hands off the baby, strangers

I understand babies are adorable, and it's hard to overcome the compulsion to pinch their chubby, pink cheeks and grab their tiny fingers. But for the sake of germ-fearing parents everywhere, I certainly wish people would learn to keep their hands to themselves.

March 04, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Sequester should have been avoided

A pile of automatic spending cuts, commonly known as the sequester, kicked in Friday, and while the impact of the $85 billion in cuts slated for this year won't immediately be felt, the potential for damage to our fragile economy has been done.

March 04, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Government should do more to stop identity theft

Editor, It does no good for the Georgia Department of Driver Services to have a person who is applying for a license or ID card bring in a birth certificate, other identification, address verification and proof of who they are to prevent identify theft, fraud or stolen IDs.

February 28, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Senate ends session with budget bill

The 154th General Assembly has officially come to completion and it was a great honor to represent you in the state Senate again this year ...

April 03, 2018 | Sen. Ben Watson | Opinion


The Second Amendment and guns

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April 03, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Plant Vogtle: crown jewel or sow's ear?

When Georgia utility regulators last December gave the Georgia Power Company a green light to keep charging customers to build two nuclear power plants at ...

April 02, 2018 | By Peter A. Bradford Guest columnist | Opinion


Candidate's stance on guns, NRA

Editor: I received mail recently that I want to share with my neighbors in Georgia Senate District 1, where I am running to be your ...

March 31, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


We live in interesting times, eh?

By now, you've likely read about the Liberty County sheriff's deputy who cuffed a kid as part of a career day demonstration.

March 31, 2018 | Jeff Whitten Coastal Courier | Opinion


Humor: Misty Snow and Drizzly Showers

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

March 30, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Repeating kindergarten won’t scar a child

Q: Even though he had an early-August birthday, we started our son in kindergarten this past dall at a private Christian school. They did some ...

March 30, 2018 | John Rosemond | Opinion


Miller left his mark on state

Zell Bryan Miller, the late governor and senator from Georgia, was known throughout his political career by the nickname "Zig-Zag Zell." It was a moniker ...

March 30, 2018 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


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