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Sequestration could have catastrophic effects on Hinesville, local community

On Jan. 2, 2013, our city may experience an event that will have negative economic impacts on the community for years to come. Other communities with military installations will experience the same or similar negative impacts because of sequestration. Sequestration is a term that generally means seizure. In this case, though, it means additional budget cuts in the federal budget for the next 10 years. According to Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who recently participated in a news conference at MidCoast Regional Airport near Fort Stewart, our city and surrounding areas could see the immediate loss of approximately 7,000 jobs. The ...

August 29, 2012 | Jim Thomas Hinesville mayor | Opinion


Employing veterans important

Picture this: An applicant walks into a job interview, extends a firm handshake, looks the hiring manager straight in the eye and begins to detail her impressive qualifications.

August 29, 2012 | By Hilda Solis | Opinion


Program links needy to potential helpers

Most people fall into one of two categories: people who need help but don't know how to ask and people who want to help but don't know how. The people who don't fit into either of these categories fall into a whole different category for self-centered people with no compassion, so I just won't go there.

August 29, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Georgia’s jobless situation straining unemployment insurance trust fund

Recently, the Georgia Department of Labor announced that the unemployment rate for July was 9.3 percent, marking the 59th month in a row that Georgia's unemployment rate has exceeded the national average.

August 28, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


Evaluate parties’ principles before taking side

Editor, In June, I published an open letter to all Americans, which I will summarize now.

August 27, 2012 | The Rev. Gloria Brown Riceboro | Opinion


State representative responds to Dick Yarbrough’s column

I read with interest Dick Yarbrough's Aug. 20 column.

August 27, 2012 | Ed Lindsey House majority whip | Opinion


The ship is about to hit the sand

Just when you think you're through with me, I reappear with a vengeance. It is election-fever season, and I'm running hot. The dog cussing is starting already, and the election is still three months away. I can't carry on a conversation with any of my friends for fear of hurting somebody's feelings.

August 23, 2012 | Vic Waters Guest columnist | Opinion


Debate over charter school amendment getting ugly

I knew it was going to get ugly, but I didn't know it would get this bad this quickly. I am talking about the constitutional amendment on charter schools to be voted on in November that asks, "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

August 22, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, deserves congratulations, continued support

Editor, State Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, and I first met more than 50 years ago at his grandparents' house in Midway. The Knights of Pythias wanted us to meet and spend seven days together because they felt we both were anointed by God to accomplish great things.

August 22, 2012 | Ted Harris Midway | Opinion


Board’s new visitor policy doesn’t just boil down to safety

A great deal of controversy has arisen in the wake of a policy put into place by the Liberty County School System. This policy affects a parent's ability to access his or her child's classroom for the purpose of observation.

August 21, 2012 | the Rev. Tim Byler Guest columnist | Opinion


It’s time to break through the hug barrier

Sitting somewhere near the top of the list of things I miss about living near family is frequent hugs.

August 21, 2012 | Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Safe gun practices prevent tragedies

Two young lives have been lost recently, and these tragedies could have been avoided. A 2-year-old girl in Pooler accidentally shot herself in July with a gun she found on her father's nightstand. Last week, a 2-year-old boy was fatally shot in a home in Hinesville's Eagles Landing subdivision. Authorities still are in the early stages of the investigation, but the gunshot is thought to be self-inflicted. The boy's father was outside mowing the lawn.

August 20, 2012 | Courier editorial | Opinion


Olens’ political star getting brighter

The political star of Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens seems to be getting brighter every day.

August 20, 2012 | Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


LCSS response to policy in entirety

Editor's note: Liberty County School System Deputy Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Conley on Friday, Aug. 17, issued the following statement in response to parents' complaints about the new visitor policy. Her response appears unedited in its entirety below.

August 17, 2012 | Staff Report | Opinion


Providing economic certainty takes more than a few temporary measures

In the recently released July jobs report, we found out that almost as many people gave up looking for work all together in the month of July as were able to find a job. In total, 23 million Americans are struggling to find work.

August 16, 2012 | Jack Kingston U.S. representative | Opinion


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Running from the Russians

Writing about something before it happens for publication after the fact is a pain in the you-know-what, but here I am doing it anyway.

November 06, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Maybe it's not the schools afterall

I am trying to remember when our public school system became an inferior way to learn to read, write and cipher. Maybe public schools have ...

November 04, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Don't punish business with tax reform

As a legislator here in Georgia who chairs a committee dedicated to fostering greater economic development and growth, I am completely behind the concept of ...

November 03, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Bad childhoods can show parents what not to do

I was standing in the lobby of an auditorium in which I'd just spoken, talking with a small group of attendees, when a 30-something ...

November 03, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family Psychologist | Opinion


Humor: Beer can aluminium paying better than bank interest

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

November 02, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Republicans attacking their own party

Several candidates for higher office are employing an old campaign strategy: attack the establishment as being hopelessly corrupt and promise to clean up the mess.

November 02, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Bullies are human, but bullying is not

Bullying is something I know very well. I've experienced every type of bullying you can imagine. I'm still experiencing it to this day.

October 31, 2017 | By De'Lacy Rouse Guest columnist | Opinion


To be understood, seek to understand

In 1943, Abraham Maslow wrote a paper titled "A Theory of Human Motivation." In it, Maslow described a pyramid-shaped figure, representing the most basic needs ...

October 31, 2017 | Patricia Jones Guest columnist | Opinion


Close session tape holds a surprises

Say what you want about the current Hinesville City Council, but it makes for interesting copy.

October 30, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Make Halloween ghoulishly 'green' in '17

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. When the kids were young, I absolutely loved decorating the house inside and out for this creepy day ...

October 30, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Advice for a president who needs it

Pardon this journalistic equivalent of spitting in the wind but I thought it was important that you hear from one of the "deplorables" who resides ...

October 27, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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