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The good and bad of tax reform proposal

On Jan. 7, the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness submitted its much-anticipated report to the lieutenant governor and speaker of the house.

January 24, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


The vicious cycle of tuition hikes

It would seem state officials' educational cuts are steering Georgia's university system into a rather perilous conundrum.

January 24, 2011 | Valdosta Daily Times | Opinion


Bad weather doesn't alter state politics

The past week you would have thought we were living in two different states. North of the Gnat Line, it seemed like Siberia. Even possums and yard dogs were hugging each other trying to stay warm. South of the line, folks assumed that God was punishing North Georgia for having taken most of the political power in the last election.

January 24, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Will China trip actually pay off?

Editor, Stop the presses - hold the headlines! I see Chinese President Hu Jintao and an entourage of 100 Chinese business men are visiting the United States and will announce many new U.S. business ventures.

January 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Alabama governor's remarks taken wrong

Editor, A few days ago, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley made an accurate remark for which he will be criticized. In his Jan. 11 address he said, "Those who have not accepted Jesus as their savior are not my brothers and sisters ..."

January 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Life with less pay is not easy

I'll go ahead and admit to what everyone else is already thinking: We're missing the extra deployment money. It's not that we blew all of the additional pay and didn't save anything. We saved, but we were definitely living a little more comfortably, too. Now, with all of that saved money off limits, hundreds less per paycheck, and the increased expense of feeding a full grown man, we just don't have quite as much fun money as we once did.

January 24, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Dealing with the chapters of your 'book of life'

When we were young, most everything was good. We made it out of high school and many of us went on to college, trade school, the military, the work force or maybe even hitchhiked across the country. Some of us married our sweethearts and settled down to buy homes and raise families. Others moved far away and some chose to stay nearby or in our hometowns, close to family.

January 24, 2011 | By John Scherer Columnist | Opinion


Youth volunteer efforts pay off now, later

It is more of a blessing to give than to receive. We all probably were told this when we were kids. The interesting thing is that our parents and Sunday school teachers were right! A host of scientific studies conducted have shown that altruism actually does wonders for your health and soul. A now-famous Harvard University study conducted in the 1980s proved that people who simply watched an altruistic act - in the study's case, a short film of Mother Teresa tending to orphans in Calcutta - got a boost in their immune systems. We think the benefits of volunteering are ...

January 24, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Vets, don't overlook aid, attendance benefits

If you are a veteran or the widow(er) of a veteran, you may be entitled to collect $1,000 to $2,000 tax-free per month that you earned through service to our country. Many Liberty County residents, like most veterans nationwide, are still unaware of the aid and attendance benefit available through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Designed to help pay for health-care, this benefit can be a lifesaver if you are facing the challenge of paying spiraling costs while maintaining your quality of life.

January 19, 2011 | By Richard Barid and Michael Smith Special to the Courier | Opinion


Weather gets session off to slow start

Editor's note: State Sen. Buddy Carter, R- Pooler, will periodically provide written updates during the legislative session, which began Jan. 10 and is expected to last until the latter days of March.

January 19, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Tucson tragedy no excuse for abuse

Almost instantaneously the horrific shooting in Tucson, Ariz., became the occasion for partisan hatred.

January 19, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Suit is opportunity to reclaim nuclear site

We remain skeptical that the courts will step in to save Yucca Mountain - and, by extension, the Central Savannah River Area.

January 19, 2011 | Augusta Chronicle | Opinion


Hinesight targets rude cell phone users

January 17, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Cold, snow -- it's all about perspectives

Among the great things about the deep South is that we have grits, the best college football in the land and very little snow.

January 17, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Teaching tolerance in our schools

Sometimes the most important lessons learned at school don't come from a classroom.

January 17, 2011 | By Maureen Costello Guest columnist | Opinion


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Legislator gives view of 2015 session

The activity surrounding each legislative session is always a combination of fast action with periods of slow-moving, tedious meetings as legislation is researched, deliberated and reconciled before the actual vote. This session was no different, and each day was used to the fullest as we set our sights on tackling some tough issues for the betterment of our state. The following is a summary of some of the major accomplishments and most-significant legislation passed this session.

April 20, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson Special to the Courier | Opinion


Celebration is education disguised as fun

On Wednesday, Liberty County residents will join millions of people around the world in celebrating the Earth on Earth Day.

April 20, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Pipeline would be trouble for coast

There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.

April 17, 2015 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Step forward: Lessons from 2015 session

Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.

April 16, 2015 | By Taifa Smith Butler Guest columnist | Opinion


Good people still do good things

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Hits and misses of legislative session

As expected, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia's legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.

April 15, 2015 | By Kelly McCutchen Guest columnist | Opinion


Rumors: Faster than speed of death

Carrie called the other day, and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk. No conversation with Carrie is ever short. Even her voicemails run three to four minutes.

April 14, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Keep storm drains clear

I would love a good, old-fashioned rain - or, as we used to call it, gully washer - this week.

April 14, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


The intolerance of the so-called tolerant

I just finished reading an article written by Valerie Tarico on Yahoo. The story was titled "Right-wing Christianity teaches bigotry: The ugly roots of Indiana's new anti-gay law."

April 13, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Opinion


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