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Tax plan is just wealth redistribution

Editor, This letter is in response to the editorial in your Sunday, Oct. 25, paper by Wesley Tharpe titled "Bolstering Ga. families through targeted tax reform." His Georgia Budget and Policy Institute has released a report that calls for a "targeted tax cut to working Georgia families." He elaborates on the plan: "A single Georgia mother with one child and working full-time at the minimum wage gets a tax cut of about $500 under the proposed reforms. A married family of three making about $38,000 a year receives an estimated tax cut of nearly $700."

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


WHO shouldn't mess with porcine preferences

The history revisionists are still as busy as bees trying to rid us of all vestiges of the Old South. That means some brave soul is going to have to tell Wheeler County that they have to change their name because the county is named for Confederate Gen. Joe Wheeler. Oh, and while you are at it, change the name of the county seat of Alamo. It might just offend Mexicans who got a bad rap at the other Alamo in 1836. They were just mad at the time because they couldn't register to vote.

November 05, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Government keeps stealing Social Security

Editor, I would like to respond to a Sound off in the Wednesday, Oct. 28 paper. The caller brought up the fact that people on Social Security retirement are not getting a raise this year. This is now three years in a row, and it is unfair to the retirees.

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


There's no denying that it's getting wetter

This is what the future looks like.

November 05, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Thankful for Rivers Alive help

Wow! I have so much to be thankful for!

November 03, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Frequent visitor puts in 2 cents on SPLOST

Editor, I have recently had the fortune to visit Hinesville. Over the course of the 10 or 12 years, I have visited your fine city. And I will tell you, you have some of the finest restaurants I have ever had the gastronomic pleasure to frequent. As a frequent visitor, I manage to keep abreast of some of the local politics and policies. Having family and friends doesn't hurt in that respect.

November 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


GDOT head urges drivers to be safe

Editor, More than a thousand fatalities. More than a thousand lives lost on Georgia's roads.

November 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


A childhood friend and a lesson

When I was 6, the boy with hair the color of cotton and eyes tinted sapphire came to live with us. He was the same age and size as me, but more timid and less secure. Depending on the day, we were either the best of friends or the worst of enemies.

November 02, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Newcomer's guide to Georgia-Florida Week

If you have just arrived in our fair state from some alien environment like the planet Krutopia or maybe Vermont, I need to explain to you a cataclysmic event taking place this Saturday afternoon in the city of Jacksonville, Florida, which is a suburb of Greater Metropolitan Brunswick, much like Vermont is a suburb of Canada.

October 29, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Support Coastal Greenway through area

Coastal Georgia public officials, bicyclers, joggers, hikers and walkers are being urged to express their support at 1 p.m. Nov. 4 in Darien for constructing the proposed Coastal Georgia Greenway from Savannah to St. Marys, which would be part of the proposed East Coast Greenway from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida.

October 28, 2015 | By Jim Morrison Guest columnist | Opinion


Accounting rule could give politicians heartburn

The phrase "GASB 77" is not just a random collection of letters and numbers.

October 28, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Bolstering Georgia families with targeted tax reform

State lawmakers and other civic-minded people who work to improve the lives of Georgia families have no shortage of important causes worthy of their attention:

October 27, 2015 | By Wesley Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion


Tearful goodbye to Dixie Dew

The dread of death, I have come to know, is as fierce and unrelenting as a tornado in full destruction mode. Your heart sticks in panic, peaceful sleep retreats for days or weeks, and you dash around desperately trying to stop the steady assault with whatever humanly means you have, such as prayer and medicine.

October 27, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Riceboro mayor lists city's accomplishments

Editor, Over the last few issues, the Coastal Courier has printed letters critical of this administration. I felt that it was time to set the record straight on a few salient points.

October 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Ten commandments for cigarette litter

Consider this: an estimated several trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide every year, according to cigarettelitter.org.

October 26, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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Grumpy pol seeks to support disabled people

Republican State Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia's 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician ...

January 28, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Who wins in this fight over freedom?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be ...

January 27, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Here is why your tax bill is late

Editor, The end of the year comes with the very important duty for the Tax Commissioner's Office to issue property tax notices to our ...

January 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hollywood gets it wrong -- again

It was a rare, precious afternoon for me. Dixie Dew and I were settled deeply into an easy chair with legs flopped across the ottoman ...

January 26, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


De-clutter your life for a fresh new year

This is a great month for de-cluttering your life. Although any month will do, January is a fresh year.

January 26, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Radio host calms listeners' nerves

Her intentions were innocent enough as Claire Lapella purchased her very first copy of The Lennox Valley Hometown News on Tuesday, May 5, 1998. She ...

January 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Jefferson's words continue to ring true

Editor, One of the greatest statesmen this country has ever known is Thomas Jefferson, who lived from April 13, 1743, to July 4, 1826. He ...

January 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gov. Deal backs away on teacher pay issue

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session ...

January 22, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


State of the Column: Never stronger!

My fellow Georgians, now that President Barack Obama has delivered his final soppy State of the Union address (Yay! Hooray!) and Gov. Nathan Deal has ...

January 22, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Georgia missing a chance to strengthen its workforce

While most adults who rely on cash and food assistance in Georgia lack any education beyond high school, not enough of the state's workers ...

January 20, 2016 | By Melissa Johnson Guest Columnist | Opinion


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