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Legislators met many objectives

Before the start of the 2013 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly, I listed priorities for the state and our district. Gov. Nathan Deal already has started the process of reviewing legislation passed by the General Assembly. Many objectives were achieved, and some of those are highlighted here:

April 10, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Festival, new businesses in Midway

At the February Midway City Council meeting, Police Chief Kelli Morningstar promoted Mark Rich to sergeant and Duvalle Page Sr. to senior patrol officer. Congratulations to these exceptional officers, who also received recognition awards for their job performance.

April 09, 2013 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Parents can't control every situation

My little family is about to make a big change. For the first time in her life, my baby girl is going to go to daycare. We've already enrolled her, and she starts next week.

April 09, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


We'd be better off if parties were relevant

A few weeks ago, the Republican National Committee issued a 100-page report aimed at reviving the GOP after its poor showing in last November's elections.

April 09, 2013 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Fun, education collide on Earth Day

It is that time of the year to party for your planet - and, hopefully, learn something, too.

April 08, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Honor Earth, ban balloon releases

On Wednesday, the Bryan County News had a front page article covering the mass balloon release in Liberty County in memory of victims of child abuse and to bring public attention to an indescribably serious problem that exists throughout our society. The subject of child abuse is certainly one that needs immeasurably more public attention, but mass balloon releases are an inadvisable thing to do.

April 08, 2013 | By Roy Hubbard Columnist | Opinion


Test cheating damage will be long-term

The Atlanta Schools cheating scandal is already the saddest chapter in the modern-era history of Georgia education, regardless of whether the nearly three dozen educators indicted are found guilty or not.

April 08, 2013 | Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


Skeeter nonplused with ethics bill

When the phone rang, I knew who was on the other end: Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in greater metropolitan Pooler. I can't tell you exactly why, but the phone always sounds more urgent when Skeeter calls.

April 04, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Key tourism legislation passes

The Georgia General Assembly officially wrapped up the 2013 legislative session at midnight Thursday, March 28, when we adjourned "Sine Die!"

April 03, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


A tale of two budgets

It is budget season in Washington. Recently, dueling proposals were introduced by House Republicans and Senate Democrats. Each offers a start contrast in vision for the country.

April 03, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


Good legislative session comes to end

• March 25: We had 25 bills on the calendar, and the first one called up was one that I was carrying, House Bill 36. This bill, which was sponsored in the House by Rep. Ben Watson, R-Savannah, adds red drum to the list of Georgia game fish, meaning that it can no longer be bought or sold on the open market. While presenting the bill, I shared my personal experiences of fishing for red drum, or spottail bass as we called them, while I was growing up in Coastal Georgia and how important it is for us to protect this ...

April 03, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


April is month highlighting safe communities

National County Government Month is celebrated each April by the nation's counties to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government.

April 02, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


We shouldn't have to pay to have opinions heard

Editor, Did you get your letter yet from the American Military Society asking for money so you can have a voice in the U.S. government? I always was told in civics and American-problems classes in grammar and high school that our votes give us a voice in government - plus, we pay federal taxes to keep that government running for the people and by the people.

April 02, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Pleasures of watching a little one grow

My daughter took her first steps last week. They were shaky, quick steps - only three of them - but they definitely were steps. It happened so unexpectedly. One moment, Reese was fiddling with a pile of unfolded, clean laundry I'd just dumped on the couch; the next moment, she'd turned around and was headed for the coffee table, where she'd left a toy. I was shocked, elated, proud and - as silly as this may sound - a little sad that she's growing up so quickly.

April 02, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


State budget includes money for Liberty campus

The 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly came to an end at midnight March 28, with the House of Representatives and the Senate reaching final agreement on a $19.9 billion state budget for fiscal year 2014. I am very pleased to report that the budget includes funding for the four-year program at the Liberty County campus of Armstrong Atlantic State University.

April 01, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


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Unplanned obsolescence, more

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February 10, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


D.C. curse strikes another Georgia politician

Washington, D.C., has put a curse on prominent Georgians who go there to work for Donald Trump.

February 09, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Foster children are pawns, again

I have a great interest in and a little walking-around knowledge of the political process because I have spent a good part of my adult ...

February 09, 2018 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Too much talk can add credence to child’s fears

A true story: When my daughter, Amy, was a pre-teen, she became anxious about going to sleep because of fears of dying in the middle ...

February 09, 2018 | John Rosemond | Opinion


Chamber staff is outstanding

Editor:

February 08, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Lurching from crisis to crisis, pointing fingers

You are probably asking yourself, "What was that all about?" Just because the government shutdown ended shortly after it began, it doesn't mean that ...

February 06, 2018 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


February is great time to hug a tree

Have you thanked a tree lately for all of the good stuff it does for us? February is a good time to do so if ...

February 06, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Responses miss mark on coast

Editor: It was refreshing to see folks responding to my comments about the perils of seismic testing and subsequent drilling for oil off the Georgia ...

February 06, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Let's all hold hands and fight

I love Hinesville. Always have. It's one of those places that sort of gets under your skin after awhile.

February 05, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Is Amazon project worth it?

The push to attract Amazon's second corporate headquarters continues, with no letup.

February 04, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Response to letters on oil exploration

Editor: It was refreshing to see folks responding to my comments about the perils of seismic testing and subsequent drilling for oil off the Georgia ...

February 02, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


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