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Is job market losing steam?

Just when you might have thought things were getting better, state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond goes and rains on the parade.

July 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


We must conserve Georgia's future, water

It's been one year since Senior U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson ruled in a lawsuit filed by Alabama and Florida that the Army Corps of Engineers exceeded their authority in allowing water withdrawals from Lake Lanier to meet the water supply needs of metro Atlanta's 3.5 million residents. In his order, Judge Magnuson made it clear that the only way to meet the needs of the metro area is for Congress to authorize Lake Lanier for water supply. The judge stayed his ruling until 2012 to give Georgia time to seek that authorization.

July 20, 2010 | By Gov. Sony Perdue Guest columnist | Opinion


Hinesight: What about rural trash collection?

July 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Down with school vouchers

I am unalterably, unequivocally, and un-any other word you can conjure up opposed to school vouchers. I consider them somewhere south of Gov. George E. Perdue's beloved horse barn that got tanked earlier this year.

July 19, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Meet the folks willing to help you

Many people, whether they admit it or not, have considered ways to serve others. To many, the desire to help fellow men, women and children is a continuous voice or vision, often brought on by a life-changing event.

July 19, 2010 | By John Scherer Columnist | Opinion


Protect America's endangered coasts

Dave Rauschkolb took on the oil industry when it got personal – it threatened his beach and his business.

July 14, 2010 | By Madeline Ostrander Guest columnist | Opinion


Arizona is only taking existing law seriously

The legal case against the Arizona immigration law is unassailable.

July 14, 2010 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


New laws are for your own good

This month, local and state authorities began enforcing a handful of new driving laws.

July 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hinesight discusses city raise revote

July 12, 2010 | Staff report | Opinion


On ham, grits and cell phones

MOULTRIE - We're all sitting there at the breakfast club, and someone begins talking about his new cell phone. It can do a lot of stuff, but it can't pour coffee nor can it scramble my sausage and eggs into my grits. So I'm left with some comfort zone. What I mean is, I don't think my life is totally about advanced technology and gizmos. There are still books to be read, there are still sticks to be whittled and there are still songs to be sung in the shower.

July 12, 2010 | By Dwain Walden Guest columnist | Opinion


Cloak of secrecy at Energy Department

The recent acceptance of $8.3 billion in taxpayer-backed loan guarantees by the builders of the Vogtle nuclear reactors seems like good news for Georgia electric customers. Nationwide taxpayers will now share in the costs and risks that had been on the shoulders of the customers of the utilities building the two reactors.

July 12, 2010 | By Peter A. Bradford Guest columnist | Opinion


Recognize positives in military life

Lately I've heard a lot of military spouses dwelling on the negative, lamenting the opportunities lost when their husbands signed on the dotted line.

July 12, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


(Drama) King James put on quite a show

The sporting world has lost its mind. During a primetime media spectacle Thursday night on ESPN, NBA star LeBron James announced he will leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat. The fanfare swirling around the event, the palpable buzz it generated and the press' exaggerated analysis of the six teams stumbling over each other to woo "King James" was downright embarrassing.

July 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


OMG! Dog days mean no more texting in cars

This time of year is referred to as "dog days." That is because state government feels that in appreciation for your tax contributions this is a great time to hound you with a bunch of new laws, regulations and similar irritations that usually become effective July 1. Hence, dog days.

July 12, 2010 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Tea Party storm brewing

It appears there is some dissension in the ranks in Georgia Tea Party territory. Either that, or they not only don't like the way government does its job, they don't like each other very much, either.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Strong candidate not running for president

My fellow Americans, it is with a heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016.

April 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


How can we trust the BoE?

Editor, It is mindboggling to me to hear Liberty County Board of Education members and Liberty County School System administrators talk of the millions of dollars tossed about our school district's budget during school-board meetings, work sessions and public forums as if it's no big deal. According to information presented by the district, our revenues for the 2013-14 school year were $92,203,140, and our expenditures were $98,130,080 - meaning, our school board authorized $5,926,940 in overspending. However, the board continued to operate in the same manner for the first half of the 2014-15 ...

April 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Beloved legacy of Don Light

Many people have crossed the path of my life, but only one crossed it from three different directions. Don Light, one of Nashville's most admired powerbrokers and star-makers, was meant to be part of my life. I said this repeatedly because I encountered him through friends in country music, Southern gospel and NASCAR racing.

April 22, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


When a man finds his destiny

Sometimes a man, despite his best efforts, doesn't find his destiny. Try as he might, down through the earnest years of his life, he chases it and even can believe he has it, only to awaken one morning and discover he doesn't - that what he has is an illusion, a mirage that he tried to turn into reality.

April 21, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Legislator gives view of 2015 session

The activity surrounding each legislative session is always a combination of fast action with periods of slow-moving, tedious meetings as legislation is researched, deliberated and reconciled before the actual vote. This session was no different, and each day was used to the fullest as we set our sights on tackling some tough issues for the betterment of our state. The following is a summary of some of the major accomplishments and most-significant legislation passed this session.

April 20, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Celebration is education disguised as fun

On Wednesday, Liberty County residents will join millions of people around the world in celebrating the Earth on Earth Day.

April 20, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Pipeline would be trouble for coast

There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.

April 17, 2015 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Step forward: Lessons from 2015 session

Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.

April 16, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion


Good people still do good things

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hits and misses of legislative session

As expected, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia's legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.

April 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


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