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Snake oil in the Clean Power Plan

"The most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help,'" Ronald Reagan famously said. After new energy regulations were announced this week, Americans should ask government, "With friends like you, who needs enemies?"

August 13, 2015 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion


Random thoughts on random subjects

Hooray! The state of Georgia, CSX Transportation, Murray County and the Georgia Ports Authority have announced construction of the Appalachian Regional Port to be built in Murray County in northwest Georgia. Automobiles, carpet, flooring and other goods from Georgia and neighboring states will be shipped via a direct 388-mile CSX rail line to the Georgia Ports Authority's deep-water port in Savannah.

August 13, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


School starts -- and the games begin

Another school year is underway in our state, which means that it's time to start complaining about the Georgia High School Association.

August 12, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Commissioners trying to sneak in SPLOST again

Editor, I really love to watch the "good ol' boy" politicians in Liberty County inveigle money from the taxpayers. If their sneakiness wasn't so serious, it would be funny.

August 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Being a full-time soldier for God

And he said, 'The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge. My savior, thou dost save me from violence. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.'" - 2 Samuel 22:2-4

August 10, 2015 | By Pastor Richard Hayes Pastor's Corner | Opinion


Don’t be a water waster with these tips

Are you a summer water waster?

August 10, 2015 | By Sara Swida Keep Liberty Beautiful Director | Opinion


Reader: Eason has positive vision for Hinesville

Editor,

August 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Clerk’s office works to save taxpayers money

As a government agency grows, there is a tendency for the agency to become a bureaucracy. I am not fond of bureaucracy and as clerk of the superior, state, juvenile and magistrate courts of Liberty County, I have done everything within my power to ensure that your clerk's office never becomes a "system of administration marked by officialism, red tape and proliferation" - which is an onerous task because almost every function of the office is governed by state and federal laws, court decisions, and state- and local-court rules.

August 10, 2015 | By F. Barry Wilkes For the Record | Opinion


The wealth of being poor

My people, as I have long said, were raised in hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don't know that I had a grandparent who ever saw the sum of $500 at one time or even held a hundred-dollar bill.

August 10, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion


Seven Ministries thanks school rally supporters

Editor, The Board of Directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County Inc. would like to thank the community for supporting our annual Back to School Rally. The event was held on July 25 at Rebecca's Place here in Hinesville, and we were able to provide school supplies to well over 250 children. Seven Ministries is not a social club, nor a civic organization. We are a ministry and, like all ministries, we depend on donations (the kindness of strangers) to make what we do possible. Monies from our annual fundraiser, the Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship Walk-A-Thon, remain our primary ...

August 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


This time was supposed to be so different

The most-important function Congress serves is to debate and pass the federal budget. I know - it also levies taxes, imposes or relaxes regulations and, once in a while, nudges our social, economic or political order in a meaningful way. But the budget tells the government what to do and makes it possible to do it. Everything else follows from that.

August 07, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion


By popular demand, Junior Lee analyzes races

Please don't say anything to Junior E. Lee about this, but I had several people come up to me after a recent speech to ask why they had not seen his observations in the paper recently. If he knew that, he might ask for a raise.

August 05, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Step right up and place your bets

Casino gambling is coming to Georgia. That is probably the horse to bet on.

August 05, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


When time melts away

It was over Sunday dinner that my sister told me what I did not know. A childhood friend - the red-headed, freckle-faced girl with laughing eyes and the brightest sense of humor possible - was sitting vigil with her husband as death crept close.

August 04, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Don't flick your butts on the rest of us

Cigarette litter is nasty - and unnecessary. So join us in the next few weeks as we remind local smokers, "Don't flick it; dispose of your cigarette litter responsibly."

August 04, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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Great-grandson reminds why teachers matter

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Pardon me, but your great-grandfather is having a surreal moment. Knowing you are now firmly ensconced in the first grade is ...

September 03, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Another Internet hoax perpetrated

There are millions of people who primarily receive their news and information through items that are posted on the Internet or sent to them via ...

September 03, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Planners see stable population for county

The Liberty County Planning Commission has been working on a new comprehensive plan for Liberty County and its municipalities for the past 18 months. During ...

September 02, 2015 | By Jeff Ricketson Guest columnist | Opinion


Magistrate court in state's 'small-claims court'

In 1983, the Georgia General Assembly enacted legislation creating a magistrate court in every county. Formerly, the magistrate court was called "the office of the ...

September 01, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Recycle It! Fair, Shred It! Day Sept. 12

It is time again for our quarterly Recycle It! fairs. The quarterly Recycle It! Fairs are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m ...

September 01, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Southerners love nicknames

For some reason, Southerners - more than people in any other region - love nicknames. It's really a show of affection when we care enough to ...

August 31, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


What about people who don't vote?

The campaigning for next year's elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. Which ...

August 28, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion


What is childhood apraxia of speech?

In recent years, there has been a marked increase in public awareness of childhood apraxia of speech. Despite this awareness, this neuromotor condition remains poorly ...

August 28, 2015 | By Shaunita Woods Guest columnist | Opinion


State must ensure schools don't fail students

In 2016, Georgia voters will have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment creating an Opportunity School District (OSD), which would step in and ...

August 28, 2015 | By Richard Woods Guest columnist | Opinion


Brian Robinson is more than just spokesman

Unless you are one of the intrepid public servants we keep sending back to the Gold Dome to get you out of our hair, or ...

August 27, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Carter shows special kind of courage

When he sat down in a room full of journalists at the Carter Center to talk about the cancer that has spread to several parts ...

August 26, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


HomeProud Homes counter what broken windows bring

This month, we are accepting nominations for HomeProud Homes in Liberty County.

August 25, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


An introduction, Southern style

Back in the autumn - just as the leaves began to hint of the enchanting oranges, yellows and reds to come - we took a Monday off ...

August 25, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Clerks created state authority for residents

Georgia's Uniform Commercial Code provides the process for lenders to secure loans on personal property (i.e., non-real-estate property) by filing with the clerk ...

August 24, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Midway neglecting historic trees

Editor, I think that I shall never see

August 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


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