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Homelessness is not a seasonal problem

The city of Hinesville recently observed its first Homeless Persons' Memorial Day, which consisted of prayers, mini-sermons, testimonials, special music and video presentations. The Liberty County Homeless Coalition and the Hinesville Homeless Prevention Program also conducted an unofficial homeless count Jan. 29-Feb. 4, during which participants counted 235 homeless people in Liberty County.

February 11, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

Thanks for foster kids' holidays

Editor, Where did January go? On behalf of the Liberty County DFCS board and staff, we would like to express our appreciation for all the individuals, churches and groups that supported our foster children and families during the Christmas season. Your generosity and assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

February 07, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

Walking away is not solution for schools

As many of you recall, I opposed the recent charter-school amendment, not because I oppose charter schools - I don't - but because I thought the wording of the amendment was duplicitous. I thought it grossly unfair that Gov. Nathan Deal could wax eloquently on the need for passage of the amendment, but School Superintendent John Barge was not allowed to talk about opposing it. It was like Goliath beating up David.

February 07, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Women deserve opporunity to train for combat

As one of his last acts as secretary of defense, Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women serving in combat roles. Considering that the hue and cry over that prospect - along with the false specter of unisex bathrooms - helped kill the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, the initial public reaction was surprisingly muted.

February 06, 2013 | Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion

GEFA loans $1.4M for Hinesville improvements

Last week, I was honored to be appointed by the House Democratic Caucus as ranking member of the House Transportation Committee. As a senior Democratic member of the committee, this assignment involves serving as a liaison and advising the caucus leadership on key transportation-related legislation on a daily basis throughout the session.

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

Hospital provider fee passes House

Last week saw the completion of the first nine days of the 2013 legislative session in the Georgia General Assembly. Now that any new chairman and committee members have been announced and assigned, the committee process is full speed ahead with many pieces of legislation awaiting action.

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

Budget, seafood mark Senate's first days

Day 5: As outlined in our state's Constitution, we begin our legislative session on the second Monday of each January. As was the case last week, we are in recess during the third week of January in order for the House and Senate Appropriations committees to review the governor's proposed budgets. Each state department head presents their budget to the joint committee to explain the proposal and answer legislators' questions.

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

There are no instant replays in real life

Super Bowl XLVII was Sunday, and you can bet there will be at least one major call by instant replay that will impact the game tremendously.

February 05, 2013 | By Rich DeLong Senior moments | Opinion

'Militia' meaning isn't what you think

I was a "Little Tiger," a member of Fred Garis' Tiger Athletic Club for boys. When it rained we couldn't play football or softball at Daffin Park, so we'd go to the attic at Stubbs Hardware in downtown Savannah and take target practice, shooting .22 rifles at paper targets.

February 05, 2013 | By Montford S. Ray Guest columnist | Opinion

Parents need one another, too

Growth of any type tends to require an adjustment period, and the expansion of a family is no exception. My husband and I were more than ready for our daughter's birth last year, and we knew there would be ups and downs, new experiences and some big lifestyle changes. Altering our schedules and rearranging our priorities to make our daughter's care our primary focus hasn't been too difficult - and, truthfully, we've enjoyed just about every minute of parenthood so far - but there certainly are things I miss, such as sleep and, especially, time to enjoy my ...

February 05, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion

Chambliss' retirement is a warning

The recent announcement by U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss that he will not seek another six-year term in the U.S. Senate was indeed a surprise to many. More than that, it was a warning of what might lie ahead for the nation, a country of 300 million Americans hobbled by partisan fighting.

February 05, 2013 | The Brunswick News | Opinion

After-school programs benefit everyone

Editor, As any working parent in Liberty County can tell you, the hours immediately following the regular school day can be a time when parents worry about what their children are doing - whether they're safe and constructively engaged, or getting into trouble. Over the past two decades, after-school programs have helped millions of families in Liberty County and across the nation.

February 04, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

Celebrate the importance of trees

Since trees are such a valuable part of our landscape and our lives, it is natural that we celebrate them on a special day.

February 04, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Allowing women in combat is solid decision

Women can now stand proudly with the men who defend our nation's freedom by serving on the front lines in military combat zones - and not a moment too soon.

February 04, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion

Senate needs more people like Chambliss

The recent announcement by U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss that he will not seek another six-year term in the U.S. Senate was indeed a surprise to many. More than that, it was a warning of what might lie ahead for the nation, a country of 300 million Americans hobbled by partisan fighting.

February 03, 2013 | Brunswick News | Opinion

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Right thing, wrong reasons

The recent unpleasantness surrounding Delta Air Lines, the NRA, and a foregone tax break are a telling example of how the right thing often gets ...

March 08, 2018 | Tom Crawford | Opinion

Who you calling a fish wrap?

Editor: Obviously the person referring to our Coastal Courier as a fish wrap does not subscribe to it and probably never has. I'm a ...

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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