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Military support is more than a slogan

This community is well aware of the sacrifices of the volunteer military force that protects the rest of us. Right now, even at a time of overlapping wars, about 1 percent of the population of this country is doing all the fighting, and sometimes dying, for the other 99. Yet America's treatment of its veterans, both young and old, and of soldiers' families has too often been a shameful failure on multiple levels.

April 20, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Children embrace 'green' status

So much litter, so little time. Litter is challenging. There is plenty to clean up. Liberty County is a large county, stretching about 40 miles in length and covering more than 519 square miles.

April 18, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Yard sales unite civilians, military

My first post-wide yard sale taught me a few things. It taught me that even after having been stationed at Fort Stewart for almost two years, I still have no idea how to get around post. It taught me that the threat of rain seriously reduces garage sale prices. It also taught me that a few hours out with good friends can make up for a too-long series of bad days.

April 18, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Georgia DOT says it's delivering results

Some three years ago, a seemingly never-ending series of studies, audits and reports criticized the Georgia Department of Transportation on a variety of fronts. Harsh comments made headlines across the state. Georgians were left to wonder if the DOT was an unaccountable, broken, unfixable bureaucracy.

April 18, 2011 | By Vance C. Smith Jr. Guest columnist | Opinion


Outgoing commanders will be missed, new ones welcome

Maj. Gen. Robert B. Abrams officially took command of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield from Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo during a change-of-command ceremony Friday on Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field. After nearly three years as commander, Cucolo passed the division's colors and responsibilities to Abrams, who we expect will continue to do a great job of leading our troops and overseeing the installation.

April 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


We must encourage children to read

Editor, I have been very pleased to see your series on recent efforts to get parents involved with teaching their kids to read. Learning to read perhaps is the most important skill anyone can learn, as it opens the door to a virtual wealth of knowledge.

April 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Skeeter takes a look at current events

It has been more than a year since I have talked to Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in greater metropolitan Pooler.

April 14, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Patients endangered by lack of transparency

One of the most widely debated topics today is health care. Between physicians and patients, the dialogue is markedly louder. In an ideal world, physicians successfully could manage their patients' individual health, based on years of medical training using prescribed treatments determined by examinations, appropriate tests, diagnoses and patient histories.

April 14, 2011 | By Dr. Christina Mayville Guest columnist | Opinion


Tax reform, budget were top House goals

The Georgia General Assembly was not officially in session last week; however, work still took place on behalf of the people. With only three days remaining of the 2011 legislative session, several items still are on the agenda. The No. 1 priority is the passage of the upcoming budget for Fiscal Year 2012. In addition to the budget, numerous other highly publicized and debated issues have yet to pass this session, including tax-reform legislation, the local option for Sunday sales of packaged adult beverages and immigration legislation.

April 14, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


What? Is it National Lick a Stick Week

This week I got several e-mails from various associations encouraging me to become a vegetarian ... to swear off meat. I didn't read too far into any of them because it ain't gonna happen. And besides, I was taught not to swear.

April 11, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Guest columnist | Opinion


A yawning political loophole

The glaring exception in Georgia's lobbyist disclosure requirements is not the kind of thing for which any state should want to be singled out. Yet Peggy Kerns, director of the Center for Ethics in Government at the National Conference of State Legislatures, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution she knows of no other state where that exception applies.

April 11, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Invest in schools now or pay later

Much has happened since the Georgia Board of Education unanimously adopted the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Both a new governor and new state school superintendent have come on board, and we will receive a $400 million Race to the Top grant to help improve our public schools.

April 11, 2011 | By Helen Butler and Adelina Nicholls Guest columnists | Opinion


Would they really have held up GIs' pay?

Buried beneath all of the political ploys and nearly 14 trillion dollars of debt are members of the United States military and their families, all deeply concerned for their futures.

April 11, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Students, parents must respect teachers

A couple years ago, officials in Georgia thwarted an alleged plot by a group of third-grade special-education students to kill their teacher. According to the story, various versions of which were published by news outlets and websites across the state, administrators at Waycross' Center Elementary School learned of the plan when a student told authorities about it.

April 11, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Simplifying taxes is complicated

Just hearing the words "dependent exemption," "itemized deductions" and "tax credit phase out" makes most of us want to run screaming to our friendly CPA for help. As policy collides with politics in the tax debate, these concepts have moved to center stage.

April 11, 2011 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


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Playing the fool

April Fools' Day has come and gone, but on the first of the month, I kept marveling at how - starting even before he ran, continuing ...

April 15, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Thanks for helping students learn to grow

Editor: The Long County High School Career Technical and Agriculture Education Department would like to thank the Coastal Soil and Water Conservation District for their ...

April 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Remembering what Easter week is all about

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

April 14, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Enacted bills impact health care, education jobs

The 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly adjourned during the early morning hours of March 31 and many bills have been sent to Governor ...

April 13, 2017 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


GOP in a fight in the sixth

There's never been an off-year election like the one happening in the 6th Congressional District, where voters will pick a replacement for departed congressman ...

April 13, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Hinesville cleanup will be April 29

We are in the middle of our part of the national Great American Cleanup. Hundreds of area residents have joined up to cleanup more than ...

April 11, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


A reason to be 'Liberty County proud'

Editor: The theme for National County Government Month for 2017 is "Brilliant Ideas at Work." This theme could easily have been written to acknowledge the ...

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


In praise of 'Bull Dog' Leon

Editor: My oh my, this BoE fiasco seems to be like the Energizer Bunny - it just keeps going and going and going.

April 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Piling on is fun

Let's dispense with the sanctimony and admit it: Most of us really enjoy piling on. I know I do. There are few things more ...

April 09, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Veterans deserve expanded choice, better VA

During his campaign, President Trump repeatedly made a commitment to our veterans to improve the way our nation takes care of them.

April 08, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson | Opinion


Republicans can't do much worse

There's stumbling out of the gate, and then there's what Republicans just did on health care.

April 08, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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