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My husband and I would like to thank Officer Britting for his assistance with our dog when it was bitten by a cottonmouth out by the transportation department pond. We really thank him for his assistance and direction. He's our hero. Thank you, officer.

June 20, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Opinion

Everything we do is fodder for Facebook

At the ripe old age of "I stopped counting," I have become one of those people. I can't stop myself. I've become a Facebooker. I don't want to be one, but I can't figure out how to kick the nasty habit.

June 20, 2011 | Vic Waters | Opinion

Youth beauty pageants should be banned

She has long blond hair that flows in curls over her shoulders. Her bright blue eyes sparkle under the lights. She flutters her long, dark lashes as she cocks her head to one side in a flirtatious, come-hither manner. Her bow-shaped lips are a beautiful, rich cherry red. Her baby blue sequined dress flows to the floor, settling around patent leather Mary Jane shoes. She is only 6 years old.

June 16, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion

Fire responders did great job

Editor, It is 5 a.m. and I have had the luxury of four hours of sleep. As I look out my window, I see smoke all around my neighborhood and the reality of the past 14 hours fills my thoughts. I keep thinking of two small words - thank you. I'm sure residents of Smiley Cross, Wilderness and Jake Lucas roads and all other affected areas also are repeating those words.

June 16, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Thanks to all who worked BRAG

Editor, Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) came to Liberty County on Friday, June 10 and headed out Saturday, June 11. The 1,200 cyclists who had been riding across the state all week stayed at Snelson-Golden Middle School, camping out across the grounds and inside the school itself.

June 16, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Leroy, Louise may already be winners

When I heard Newt Gingrich's campaign staff had resigned, I called the premier political analyst in the country to get the low-down on what really happened. That would be Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Co., located in Greater Garfield, Ga.

June 15, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

From the mouths of constituents

Every year after the legislative session ends, I send out a newsletter to constituents reporting on the activities of our session and asking for feedback on issues important to them.

June 15, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion

A good place to begin tax reform

If the issue of major tax reform, which stalled in the recent session of the Georgia General Assembly, isn't taken up in a special session, it will almost certainly resurface in 2012. Before lawmakers go back to spectacularly bad ideas like reimposing the state sales tax on food, they might want to make major adjustments to a loophole through which tens of millions are pouring out of Georgia's coffers, and for the benefit of a select few.

June 15, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion

If only Custer had hired such trackers

Yep, this is about Bigfoot again. Please bear with me.

June 13, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion

All generations should be patriotic

Like most people in their 20s, I often forget how much I have to learn. Self-absorption and arrogance pollute my generation and prevent many of us from seeing anything beyond ourselves.

June 13, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion

Preparing for storms now saves time later

It's summertime and the livin' is easy - that is until a tropical storm or hurricane starts bearing down on the East Coast. And if an evacuation is called, the living can get panicky and chaotic.

June 13, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion

Rail faces hurdles in funding, habits

There are several things standing in the way of Georgia's development of high-speed rail service and other transportation alternatives, but two are perhaps the most obvious.

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

Who will oversee the overseers?

Oversight is one of Congress' most important functions. When there is a major blunder - the federal regulatory lapses that led to the BP oil spell being a good example - it can often be traced to a lack of congressional oversight. At its most basic level, oversight insures that federal agencies are doing their jobs efficiently and well.

June 13, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion

Presidential candidate must hit books

Study up, Mr. Cain

June 13, 2011 | By Reid Wilborn Guest columnist | Opinion

Prescription for healthier planet

Medicines play an important role in treating certain conditions and diseases, but they should be taken with care and disposed of with care. Unused portions of these medicines must be disposed of properly to avoid harm to wildlife, pets and people.

June 13, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion

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Awards honor attractive businesses

The holidays are officially underway. It is a great time to share your Christmas cheer with folks you often take for granted.

December 01, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

There's a story with every name

In the South, everyone has a story. Every name is followed by a few sentences or paragraphs. No one is known by name alone.

December 01, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Support for LCHS Panthers much appreciated

Editor, Tuesday, Nov. 17, I received a text from Liberty County High School football coach Kirk Warner seeking financial support for the Panthers as they ...

November 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Radio host hatches plan to become mayor

Elections have always been big deals in small towns, and Lennox Valley is no exception. Winning an elected office is one of the few ways ...

November 30, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

L/LCFD chief explains medical protocols

Editor, When I was hired as chief of the Ludowici/Long County Fire Department, I looked at what calls we were responding to. We want ...

November 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Rural health care is very important

Editor, Nov. 19 was National Rural Health Day, an opportunity to celebrate the "can do" spirit of our rural communities. On this day, we honored ...

November 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Academician got it right about Woman Who Shares My Name

Several of you got a chuckle over my recent observations on a survey from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of ...

November 26, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Giving thanks for those we love

An email arrived in the middle of the night back in August. Its message was to tell me that Randy Parks, one of the dearest ...

November 25, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

What should Georgia do with refugees?

Gov. Nathan Deal was adamant when he signed an executive order declaring that no Syrian refugees will be allowed to set foot in Georgia.

November 25, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

New traffic light is big deal in small town

Editor's note: A new feature in our newspaper is a weekly serial named "The Good Folks of Lennox Valley," written by Kevin Slimp. Kevin ...

November 23, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

U.S. should not take in Syrian refugees

Editor, How do you commit mass suicide? You bring 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country, as the present administration wants to do. Homeland Security ...

November 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Hinesville still has hospitality

Editor, I came to live in the Hinesville area in 1970, when Hinesville was 6,500 population, and Liberty County was 17,000. Then Fort ...

November 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Support Veterans Memorial Walk

Editor, We had a well-attended Veterans Memorial Walk groundbreaking on Saturday, Nov. 7. It is exciting to see four years of work come to fruition.

November 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Unsubstantiated, anonymous sources have no place in journalism

I can't guarantee that I got all the commas where they belong today, but I can guarantee that what you read here is my ...

November 19, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

College students, coaches get upper hand

There was an interesting role reversal at the University of Missouri last week.

November 19, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

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