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Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss is catching heat from right-wingnuts for doing exactly what he should be doing - trying to help the federal government find a way out of the financial morass the country is in. The wingnuts want him to honor a 20-year-old no-tax pledge. The senator says he is not talking about tax increases, but tax reform and cites loopholes that need to be closed, such as the current $6 billion annual tax credits for ethanol production. Good for him. I support his efforts 100 percent. Maybe the wingnuts would rather see some moron representing us who thinks rape ...

December 06, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


‘Twas the Night Before Fiscal Cliff

'Twas the night before Fiscal Cliff, and throughout the land,

December 05, 2012 | Nick Thomas Guest columnist | Opinion


Fees should go to port maintenance

Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., is trying to convince other members of Congress to do what's necessary to make sure customs fees collected in the nation's ports go toward their upkeep. It's perfect sense to rational people, to dedicate revenue generated by ports to their proper maintenance.

December 05, 2012 | the Brunswick News Online: www.thebrunswicknews.com | Opinion


Cut parents a little slack in public

Now that I'm a parent, I'm much more willing to cut other moms and dads slack when their children misbehave or become upset in public. As an impatient 20-something, I used to get annoyed when a crying baby drowned out the conversation my husband and I were trying to have over dinner in a restaurant. In grocery stores, I'd roll my eyes in disbelief as a harried mom tried to coax her tantrum-throwing toddler back to a relatively calm state. In malls, I was quick to judge dads who attempted to placate exhausted, teary little ones with ...

December 04, 2012 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Kudos to United Way for surpassing goal

Congratulations to the United Way of Liberty County, which recently exceeded its 2012 fundraising campaign goal of $195,000 by raising $205,615 - up $20,589 from the $185,026 raised last year.

December 04, 2012 | Courier opinion | Opinion


Coastal Courier’s Friday tax-hike story was right on the money

Good job on the follow-up story, "Hikes not likely to be averted," in Friday's newspaper. I agree with your headline.

December 03, 2012 | Mike Sebek Hinesville | Opinion


Falling over fiscal cliff could be deadly

One of my favorite movie scenes is in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." Butch and Sundance are surrounded by their pursuers and have no other choice but to jump off of a steep cliff into a river far below. Their conversation goes like this:

November 29, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


If at first you don’t secede, why try again?

In case you have been busy doing mundane stuff like eking out a living, you may have missed the news that there is a petition going around that would allow Georgia to secede from the union.

November 28, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Deal has right to say ‘no’ to exchanges

State-based health-insurance exchanges are to play a key role in transforming the nation's health-care and insurance industries under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. The exchanges are designed to serve as markets for individuals and small businesses to shop for private insurance coverage under greatly enlarged federal regulations.

November 28, 2012 | Marietta Daily Journal Online: www.mdjonline.com | Opinion


Traveling with little one not bad

My daughter Reese recently breezed through her first air-travel experience when she and I went to visit family in St. Louis.

November 27, 2012 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Self-sufficiency message shouldn’t thwart efforts to refine new energy

The headline on the report from the International Energy Agency proclaimed that the United States would be, by 2017, the world's top oil producer, stepping ahead of Saudi Arabia. The report also predicts the United States will be the world's largest producer of natural gas in three years, surpassing Russia.

November 27, 2012 | The Macon Telegraph Online: www.macon.com | Opinion


Ecology is in a losing battle with politics

Large parts of many New Jersey cities and sections of New York City are built on reclaimed swamp, low land and former salt marsh going back more than 100 years of development. This is true of the more populated areas of the entire Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Those wetlands no longer exist to capture and contain rising water.

November 26, 2012 | Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


When giving to charity, don’t get taken

As hard as it is to believe, Christmas is just around the corner.

November 26, 2012 | The Albany Herald Online: www.albanyherald.com | Opinion


We are all to blame for church membership dip

A recent study from the Pew Forum on Religion and Life reveals that for the first time in our history, more people in the United States claim no religious affiliation than those who do. There are now more than 13 million self-described atheists and agnostics (nearly 6 percent of the U.S. public), as well as nearly 33 million people who say they have no particular religious affiliation. Why is that?

November 23, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Counting siblings as well as blessings

One of the things I'm most thankful for is growing up in a family that gave thanks. Three times a day, at every meal, my father said this blessing: Heavenly Father, pardon our sins, and give us hearts to be thankful for this and all our blessings. Amen.

November 22, 2012 | Roger Hines Guest columnist | Opinion


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Is Amazon project worth it?

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Response to letters on oil exploration

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Trump, Clinton and a Texas standoff

HOLLYWOOD - God Bless America, and how's everybody?

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Another take on Tump's immigrant stance

The world fell on Donald Trump's head - yet again - when he said in a White House meeting that we should be trying to get ...

January 30, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Collect items now for next recycle fair

Did you know that the United States is the No. 1 trash-producing country in the world, generating 1,609 pounds per person per year?

January 30, 2018 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Some Zen for this dummy

The way I understand Zen, it boils down to this.

January 29, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


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