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Give Christmas gifts that give back

I have been blessed. During the holiday season, I am reminded constantly of the blessings I have - a loving husband and family, dear friends, great coworkers, a job I love and the involvement of thousands of local volunteers each year who are a blessing in themselves.

December 19, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Ban on texting while driving needed

Conceding that it's a little disconcerting that the National Transportation Safety Board would use a worst-case scenario to recommend a total ban on texting, emailing or talking on a cellphone - even hands-free devices - while driving, that's not necessarily sufficient reason to reject the recommendation outright.

December 19, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


So you don't believe in all that science stuff

Sometimes irony can be deafening. That's how it seemed to me recently as I listened to a fellow pooh-pooh science.

December 19, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


There are ways to create new jobs

Editor, Why are so many people out of work in Hinesville and Liberty County? I see a lot of open Hinesville jobs posted on the Internet and the Courier also provides help wanted ads. I also see a lot of jobs that businesses won't pay to have done, but that need to be done. Look at all these slum areas in Liberty County and Hinesville. Local governments don't pave roads or put in sidewalks where they are needed.

December 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Opinions of war aside, soldiers deserve welcome

Last week, the United States marked the end of a foreign conflict that claimed the lives of nearly 4,500 American troops and 100,000 Iraqis, wounded thousands more and cost the nation more than $800 billion. The war in Iraq lasted nearly nine bitterly conflicted years, but the flag-retiring ceremony that brought the battle to a close lasted only 45 minutes.

December 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Road trip may test patience, nerves

There's no escaping it now. With Christmas less than a week away, it's time to face the inevitable.

December 19, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Santa, please send jobs to Georgia

This year, 483,605 Georgians have the same item on their Christmas wish list - they want a job.

December 16, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion


U.N. considers more rights for Mother Earth

Recently, 192 mostly socialist governments, led by Bolivia, asked the U.N. to create a treaty that would grant the same rights found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to "Mother Nature." The treaty supports a legal system to maintain a balance between human rights and what they perceive as the rights of other elements of the Earth's community - the plants, animals and terrain.

December 14, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Thanks for helping family of boy in need

Editor, I am a mother of five children, one of whom is very ill, recently became wheelchair-bound and is getting worse daily. I went to a company called JCVisions here in town for assistance because my son's medical bills and my husband's recent layoff make it tough for us to keep up with bills. While I was at JCVisions, I asked the staffers if they knew of any resources for handicap accessories because my family is in need of a wheelchair lift and/or a larger van for our family and a wheelchair ramp for our son.

December 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Shop local stores first

As you're frantically buying gifts and checking names of your holiday lists, please stop for a moment to consider our local stores, businesses and eateries.

December 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


From hips to slips, what's interesting in 2011

Dear valued reader: In appreciation for your loyalty and support this past year, I had planned to thank you by sending each of you your own personalized Dick Yarbrough Christmas card - suitable for framing - that you could proudly show your envious friends. The cards might even become a collector's item some day and you could take them to the Antiques Road Show and make a lot of money which you could then spend on a new Ferrari. It is the least I could do for you.

December 14, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


The infamous Jekyll/Hyde syndrome

I don't like crowds. A family reunion is about as big a group as I want to be in. Forget theme parks and other places where you wish you had the Right Guard franchise. I think this attitude may come with age. And with wisdom.

December 13, 2011 | By Dwain Walden | Opinion


Will cancer recommendations save lives?

Dear editor: Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in men behind lung cancer. The PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test, even with limitations, is the best screening method we have today along with the DRE (digital rectal exam).

December 13, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Coal, jobs and your electric bill

Part of the Public Service Commission's job in Georgia is certifying how and where Georgia Power gets electricity. With ever-changing federal environmental regulations, the PSC soon will have to decide whether to close some of our old coal facilities or bring them into Environmental Protection Agency compliance with new standards by putting controls on them to further remove sulfur, mercury and NOx.

December 13, 2011 | By Tim Echols Special to the Courier | Opinion


EPD should not worry about economic growth

Jud Turner, Gov. Nathan Deal's choice to head the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, will officially succeed EPD Director Allen Barnes in the new year. At Wednesday's meeting of the state Natural Resources Board, Turner pledged to "adopt the policies of his predecessor in trying to keep economic development coming into the state while regulating its impact on the environment."

December 13, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


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Amendment 1 is not the answer

Editor: In order to turn around struggling schools, Gov. Nathan Deal proposed creation of an Opportunity School District (OSD). To do this, there has to ...

September 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Fighting Georgia's shadow economy

The United States has a massive underground economy – reportedly over $1 trillion.

September 29, 2016 | By state Rep. Jeff Jones Guest columnist | Opinion


Being a bed-wetting liberal redneck ain't easy

Oh, great. I have just been outed. It turns out that I am a bed-wetting liberal redneck. You were sure to find that out sooner ...

September 29, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Stem the tide of trash going into oceans

Want to hear something scary, scarier than any horror movie I have ever seen?

September 28, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Who will judge the judges? Keep the JQC

There are roughly 2,000 judges in Georgia, serving at every level of the judicial system from the state Supreme Court all the way down ...

September 28, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Reactin' takes time

It is with earnest intention that I arise each day and assemble my "to do" list. Somewhere between coffee and barn chores, the day thumbs ...

September 27, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Ask candidates if they believe in democracy

Twenty-one times during the presidential primaries, candidates took the stage to debate issues important to the American people. Twenty-one times, they faced questions on foreign ...

September 27, 2016 | By Marc Morial and Morris Pearl Guest columnists | Opinion


Cooper supporter motivates women voters

On Wednesday, the day before the "election of the century," Lennox Valley was captivated by the series of events that had transpired the previous night.

September 26, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Respect, obey police and they'll respect you

The number of police shootings of quote "innocent victims" has seemingly increased at an alarming rate in the past few years.

September 26, 2016 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Say no to closing judicial process

Two years ago, the Georgia First Amendment Foundation honored the state's Judicial Qualifications Commission for an opinion that strongly discouraged judges from keeping the ...

September 23, 2016 | By Hyde Post Guest columnist | Opinion


Drought may require divine solution

Uh oh, here we go again. I have been told that we are beginning to experience drought conditions in the state. Somebody needs to alert ...

September 22, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Just be glad we're not North Carolina, yet

If you want to see how badly politicians can mess up a state, look no farther than our neighbor North Carolina.

September 21, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Freedom of speech often hurts

Editor: I read Mr. Riddle and his column on Mr. Colin Kaepernick and his protest of racial injustice in the United States, which has spread ...

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Wetlands protect open waterways

At Keep Liberty Beautiful we have waterways on the brain in September and October. Liberty County's 11th annual Rivers Alive Day is scheduled for ...

September 20, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Words are important

Editor: Words are important because words have meaning. People use words as a communication tool. Words are also like recording devices - they record the ideas ...

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


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