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Where Congress falls short, where it doesn't

At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I'd sum up my views on Congress.

March 18, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Not much has changed since rural raising

Most husbands, if they carry a photo of their wives, like for it to be one of glamour and beauty. That would not be my husband.

March 18, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Car shopping with a kid in mind

My husband and I are about to make our first big purchase since Reese joined our family. Don't get me wrong - with the amount of clothes, food and miscellaneous supplies a baby needs, a trip to the local big-box discount store does, on occasion, makes me feel like I've been taken to the cleaners. Technically, though, I think our seemingly imminent acquisition of a new vehicle would count as our family's first major expenditure, post-child.

March 18, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Lawmaker forgets there are 50 states

Editor, This letter is in response to state Rep. Al Williams' column in Wednesday's paper. I believe he missed the point with the two House bills that he opposes concerning the Affordable Care Act, i.e. Obamacare. The issue is not that the state should or should not support such a law for partisan reasons, but that Georgia is an independent sovereign state and should not be forced to do the will of any federal president or Congress without the state's approval.

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Figure out how to tax trailers already

Editor, Having been a Liberty County resident off and on since 1975, I find it totally amusing that we still are discussing how to keep track of and collect taxes. Having never seen so many trailers until I got here, you would think we would have figured out how to tax them by now.

March 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Midway budget is not a piggy bank

Ross Perot once said, "The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, the public debt should be reduced and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled." On the surface, the Midway revenue appears to balance with the expenditures. But in my opinion, the expenditures have been inflated to equal the revenue.

March 13, 2014 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Legislature solves nonexistent problem

The scene: I-16 near Dublin.

March 13, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Senate works through bills as end nears

March 3: While serving on the Appropriations Committee is a great honor, it is also a big responsibility. While most legislators went home last Thursday and Friday, me and other members of the Appropriations Committee remained in Atlanta working on the 2015 budget.

March 12, 2014 | By State Sen Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


House majority attacks ACA, Georgians suffer

March 3 was the 30th legislative day of the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly, the final day for legislation to pass either the House of Representatives or the Senate in time to be considered by the other chamber this year.

March 12, 2014 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Southerners are family, all understand

The woman looked over the selection of books, picked up four and smiled.

March 11, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Show you care, always share

Please, thank you and excuse me are some of the first words a child should learn, and I've tried to put that belief into practice with my daughter - once she mastered "mama," of course.

March 11, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Do something about city's eyesores

Editor, The Hinesville City Council should be commended for its wish to improve the city's "curb appeal," but before enacting additional regulations (such as those concerning polycarts), they should enforce the regulations already on the books.

March 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Advanced classes should be for everyone

As the chairman of the House appropriations committee, I clearly recognize the financial challenges of bringing economic vitality to all parts of our state.

March 10, 2014 | By Rep. Terry England Special to the Courier | Opinion


Healthy living gets boost in Coastal Empire

A month ago, a friend of mine told me she went to work out at a local gym one morning in early January, but it was so crowded, she couldn't find a machine to use.

March 06, 2014 | By Jim Healy Guest columnist | Opinion


House bill adjusts state funds to schools

As I recently reported, one of the most important requirements of the Legislature is to set a budget for the state each year.

March 05, 2014 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Legislative session was an embarrassment

Having had time to reflect on the recently completed 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly, it is with great regret that I have to say it was the most embarrassing performance by your state legislature that I can remember.

April 02, 2014 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Congratulations to HomeProud winners

Sometimes, I think I focus too much on the litter. But it is the nature of what I do.

April 01, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Long County, let us have our guns

Editor, I travel a lot and have written on the subject of gun rights before. Recently in Atlanta, they locked down a school because a neighbor was squirrel hunting nearby. Those people in Sandy Hook, Conn., are getting a new school because one of their own citizens committed murder there. Pretty soon, local commissioners are going to be sending drones through the community to look for zoning violations.

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


April is Month of the Military Child

Editor, April marks the nation's "Month of the Military Child" - a time to honor youth and their service to our country. On Tuesday, April 15, as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices, the public is invited to "Purple Up! For Military Kids." Everyone in the community is encouraged to wear purple shirts, scarves, shoes, buttons and pants. If it's purple, or can be turned purple, make it happen.

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Losing friends hurts; laughter will return

It happened recently - the 20th anniversary of stock-car racer Davey Allison's death. Maybe you remember him. Maybe you don't. But I shall never forget him.

April 01, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Put kids' safety above all else

There is nothing more important than the safety and protection of innocent children. Not constitutional rights, not animal rights, not thoughts, opinions, feelings or political beliefs. The lives of children must be given top priority.

April 01, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Carter flip-flopping should raise flags

Editor, Call me what you want for changing my mind on who I want to support in the upcoming 1st Congressional District primary, but I can no longer say I will be voting for state Sen. Buddy Carter.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


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