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Times ain't a changing much

This column was going to be about my gearing up to run the Rock 'n' Roll marathon in November.

October 02, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Former city manager: 'I am truly humbled'

Editor, The day I graduated from college, Mayor Carl Dykes, along with council members Frank Bagley, Ben Darsey, Bobby Fussell, W.I. Stafford and Alonzo Walden, went out on a limb by deciding to extend an employment offer to me, even though I did not have any real experience for the job. I am sure they proceeded with much trepidation, but gave me a chance nonetheless. I accepted that offer and began my career with the city of Hinesville a few days later on June 12, 1978.

October 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Never too late to think legacy

Do me a favor, will you? I would greatly appreciate it if you would see that my obituary gets printed as is, just in case I happen to kick the bucket or cash in my chips or buy the farm or any other euphemism that you deem appropriate for the occasion.

September 30, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Does therapy help kids?

Q: Over the past year, our 4-year-old has developed several fears that have become quite disruptive. It started with a fear of dogs, which is inconvenient given that there are lots of dogs in our neighborhood. Since then she's become afraid of noises at night, wind (she thinks a hurricane is coming), and dying in her sleep. Needless to say, she is anxious a lot of the time. We've talked to her, reassured her, and so on, but nothing has worked. She's becoming a wreck, and so am I. Should I take her to a counselor? If ...

September 29, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family psychologist | Opinion


Humor: President Trump vs. NFL and NFL vs. us

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

September 28, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Lawmakers shirk duty to serve

On the seventh day of November, elections will be held in Atlanta and many other cities across Georgia as voters elect such local officials as a mayor and city council members.

September 28, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


A good man needs help

I'll keep this brief. I stumbled across a gofundme page late Wednesday set up for longtime Bryan County firefighter Otis Willis, who is suffering from cancer. He also worked with the Liberty County Fire Service and, 20 years ago, Willis was with the Lake George Fire Department and, for a brief time, tried to get a volunteer department going in Fleming.

September 28, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


‘Eat the rainbow’ is healthy advice

Has anyone ever told you that "carrots are good for your eyes" or "if you want to be big and strong then you'd better eat your greens?" Surely, we've all heard how "an apple a day will keep the doctor away."

September 27, 2017 | By Ashley Hoppers Extension Agent | Opinion


Boycott NFL for blackballing Kaepernick

I did it! I made it through Sunday without watching an NFL game!

September 26, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Green up the area with native plants

We are celebrating National Planting Day through September. In the next few weeks, as we enter the cooler temperatures of fall (thank goodness), we are also entering an excellent time to start planting. Planting isn't just for spring.

September 26, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Trump needs to stop watching TV

Donald Trump is the first president in U.S. history to have been baited into undermining his own negotiating position by negative TV coverage.

September 26, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Should parents take 4-year-old to counselor?

Q: Over the past year, our 4-year-old has developed several fears that have become quite disruptive. It started with a fear of dogs, which is inconvenient given that there are lots of dogs in our neighborhood. Since then she's become afraid of noises at night, wind (she thinks a hurricane is coming), and dying in her sleep. Needless to say, she is anxious a lot of the time. We've talked to her, reassured her, and so on, but nothing has worked. She's becoming a wreck, and so am I. Should I take her to a counselor? If ...

September 26, 2017 | John Rosemond Family psychologist | Opinion


Letter: City retirement increase just greedy

Editor, My take on the Hinesville mayor and council voting themselves a nice fat retirement pay increase is they are just plain greedy.

September 26, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Irma, swales and pancakes

Thanks to Irma, I got two days off this week to work on our house, which flooded a bit, and our backyard, which may have been at least partly to blame.

September 25, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Reflections on Irma's lessons

It is hard to know what to write about when you have been through the likes of Irma. Maybe it was "only" a tropical storm when it hit Georgia and not the powerful hurricane that ripped through Florida, but it was bad enough as many of you can attest. I will return to my acerbic roots soon, I promise, but not today. Nothing funny about disasters.

September 22, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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Make election county

Editor: Next month, the voters of Midway will be electing a mayor and city council. The big question is who should the voters elect? Let ...

October 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Lets each do our part for a clean city

The city of Hinesville tries to take a pro-active approach in all departments in an effort to better our city and be true to our ...

October 23, 2017 | By Steve Welborn Guest columnist | Opinion


Welcome to the 'Scouts'

Boys will be boys, and now girls can be, too

October 20, 2017 | By Ted O'Neil Columnist | Opinion


She was supposed to be a statistic

I was supposed to be a statistic, you know? A black girl with very humble beginnings growing up in rural Louisiana. Well, that was how ...

October 20, 2017 | By Sabrina Newby Guest columnist | Opinion


Humor: Out of shape teens bad news for military

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

October 19, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Why coal is dying in Georgia, elsewhere

Donald Trump promised throughout his presidential campaign that he would single-handedly halt the decline of the nation's coal industry and bring back lost jobs ...

October 19, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Greet fall with a walk on a Liberty nature trail

Ahhh… Do you feel that? The gradual easing away of the constant state of humidity we've been in for the last few months?

October 19, 2017 | By Erin Johnson Liberty County Conventions and Visitors Bureau | Opinion


Parents, don’t worry about kids liking you

I am sometimes asked if I think the "parenting pendulum" is swinging back toward where it was 60-plus years ago or at least toward a ...

October 19, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family Psychologist | Opinion


Only rain should go down drains

Ever wonder what those little drain holes are for in sidewalks and next to streets? Is that where those urban myth alligators are? Or are ...

October 17, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Development, laws make storm damage worse

Editor: We would hope that many would learn from this year's "natural disasters."

October 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Media either brave or stupid

Reporters, it's often been said, are either very brave or very stupid, I guess it depends on who you ask.

October 16, 2017 | By Lewis Levine Columnist | Opinion


Connecting hearts and minds

Editor: Sickle cell disease affects the health of some 90,000 to 100,000 Americans, most of whom are African Americans. An additional number of ...

October 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


The sadness of this death

Nobody I know takes pleasure in reporting death, no matter how it occurs or what circumstances surround it.

October 16, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Guns can't be legislated away

This gun problem facing us today cannot be "legislated away." It has gone way, way too far past that point.

October 13, 2017 | By Victor Pisano Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks for supporting film

Editor, The Board of Directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County, Inc. would like to thank those that supported the documentary "Hell Fire and Glory ...

October 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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