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State House OKs $20 billion budget

The House of Representatives voted March 12 to approve a $19.8 billion state budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1. HB 106 reflects an increase of $512 million over the current year's budget.

March 18, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


House OKs video gambling run by Lottery

Day 31 (Monday, March 11, 2013): Every morning before session the Republican members of the Senate meet as a caucus to discuss bills on the agenda that day as well as bills that are working their way through the process. Today we discuss HB 512, a bill addressing the rights of gun owners that has passed the House and will be considered by the Senate in the near future. Many members, including myself, are staunch advocates of our 2nd amendment rights to own and carry handguns and look forward to working on this legislation. Right after our caucus meeting and ...

March 18, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


We are blessed to be here

Editor, We all have troubles. But we are truly blessed - blessed to live in this country, even with all the faults we think it has. Comparatively, the rest of the world really has it tough. We're blessed to live in a great state, and particularly this wonderful county of Liberty. When folks here are sometimes having a rough go of it, blessings abound from the gracious folks we know as friends and neighbors.

March 14, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Judge has earned place at head of table

Let's face it: Judges can be pretty scary folks to We the Unwashed. About the only time we ever see them is when we are called for jury duty or when - heaven forbid - we are plaintiffs, defendants or witnesses, wishing we could be anywhere but in the courtroom.

March 14, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


President engaged in classic political theater

For weeks, President Obama and his deputies traveled the country sounding the alarm about sequestration. They used people as props to claim that public safety would be put at risk, meat would go uninspected and the economy would tank.

March 13, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the Courier | Opinion


General asks for patience during cuts

Editor, While sequestration is serious with far-reaching impacts, the core mission of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield and the 3rd Infantry Division remains unchanged, even in the face of mandated funding cuts and Army civilian furloughs.

March 13, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Homeless, hungry should barter more

Editor, Why are so many people in Hinesville, Liberty County and elsewhere homeless? We have a lot of empty rental housing in the area. Those people who can't afford to pay for a place to live should explore the barter system. This system is for people who have no money to pay rent for housing. They can provide a service or goods to the landlord in place of cash.

March 12, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Where is the outcry over Ogeechee?

The state Environmental Protection Division, according to the law, is required to hold public meetings in certain circumstances. The severe pollution of the Ogeechee was one of those circumstances.

March 12, 2013 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Senator's bill calls in Congress to balance federal budget

Day 28 (Monday, March 4, 2013): Today is one of my favorite days at the Capitol as I proudly wear my green sports coat in anticipation of the St. Patrick's Day Parade committee visit. Although some people at the Capitol ask if I won my green jacket at a golf tournament in Augusta, those who have played golf with me before don't bother to ask. The morning starts off early as we have a Health and Human Services Committee meeting at 8AM where we pass out one bill, table another and have discussion on a third before recessing ...

March 12, 2013 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Happy to be just us three

Have you ever had someone stare at you as if you have two heads? Try casually dropping into conversation the fact that you only plan to have one child. When people who don't know me learn that my husband and I are content to keep our family small, they look at me dumbfounded, confused and - sometimes - a bit horrified.

March 12, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


No shortage of beautification projects

Spring is such a busy time. At Keep Liberty Beautiful, we have a number of activities going on that we need you involved in.

March 12, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


House majority OKs expansion of gun-carry laws

A majority of the House of Representatives voted March 7 to approve legislation that would allow gun owners to carry weapons in many areas where they are now prohibited.

March 12, 2013 | By State Rep. Al Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


The insanity that is Washington, D.C.

Only in our nation's capital could you cut less than one-half of 1 percent of the annual federal budget (the so-called "sequester"), and then head home and call it a day while the nation sits in bewilderment. The "principals" in this matter still have not gathered at any real table to discuss this serious financial situation in recent weeks.

March 11, 2013 | By David Schwarz Guest columnist | Opinion


Midway shouldn’t go along with county’s fire-station staffing plan

Editor, Liberty County's move to place full-time firefighters in the Midway fire station is nothing more than a power grab by the county. If Midway was to go along with the county's plan, the city would have to give up control of its fire department.

March 11, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Officials right to take test probe seriously

The Governor's Office of Student Achievement recently conducted an audit of the Liberty County School System after evidence surfaced indicating irregularities on some Waldo Pafford Elementary classes' CRCT scores. Though a high number of erased answers among tests of third- through fifth-grade classes triggered the investigation, the preliminary findings of the academic auditors' probe were ambiguous.

March 11, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


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Candidate's stance on guns, NRA

Editor: I received mail recently that I want to share with my neighbors in Georgia Senate District 1, where I am running to be your ...

March 31, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


We live in interesting times, eh?

By now, you've likely read about the Liberty County sheriff's deputy who cuffed a kid as part of a career day demonstration.

March 31, 2018 | Jeff Whitten Coastal Courier | Opinion


Humor: Misty Snow and Drizzly Showers

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

March 30, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Repeating kindergarten won’t scar a child

Q: Even though he had an early-August birthday, we started our son in kindergarten this past dall at a private Christian school. They did some ...

March 30, 2018 | John Rosemond | Opinion


Miller left his mark on state

Zell Bryan Miller, the late governor and senator from Georgia, was known throughout his political career by the nickname "Zig-Zag Zell." It was a moniker ...

March 30, 2018 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


There goes the neighborhood

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

March 29, 2018 | Argus Hamilton | Opinion


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