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Making a career of label reading

I've recently become a serious label reader. Previously while grocery shopping, I'd glance at the data on the back of food packages to make sure the item I was about to purchase didn't contain an entire day's worth of fat, or I'd do a quick comparison to determine which brand of granola bars contained fewer calories. But since my baby girl began eating solid food, I've pretty much made a career out of studiously inspecting every scrap of nutritional information I can get my hands on.

January 08, 2013 | Hollie Moore Barnidge Courier managing editor | Opinion


Raising minimum wage will lift the economy

As a longtime businessman, I see a deficit in America that has received far too little attention. That's the wage deficit experienced by growing numbers of Americans, with serious consequences for our economy.

January 08, 2013 | Darius Ross Special to the Courier | Opinion


Dual ceremonies show racial divide

Editor, This is in reference to the two articles on the swearing-in of our elected officials. It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. What does Friday's article "Sheriff, other elected officials sworn into office for new terms," which ran with a picture of white elected officials, versus Sunday's article, "Liberty County's leaders take oaths, begin new terms," which ran with a picture of black elected officials and two white females, show us?

January 07, 2013 | Graylan Quarterman Former Liberty County Development Authority member | Opinion


Gilliard had always planned to attend nighttime swearing-in ceremony

Editor, In reference to the story in last Sunday's Courier ("Dual ceremonies stir emotions"), a source for the story said that I'd planned to be sworn in earlier along with my colleagues, Commissioners Walden and Bowen, but that's not the case. At our regular December commission meeting, Commissioner Walden mentioned to me that he had plans to visit with his son during the holidays, and he was considering being sworn in before the planned date of Dec, 27. During a conversation before the December mid-month meeting, Walden asked whether I'd be interested in being sworn in ...

January 07, 2013 | Gary Gilliard District 5 commissioner | Opinion


Replace Georgia’s broken medical-tort system

When the governor paints the state's financial picture as "daunting" and Medicaid is at least $700 million in the red, you know it's time to get serious about the state budget.

January 03, 2013 | Ross Mason Guest columnist | Opinion


Gun dialogue must be comprehensive

The White House said curbing gun violence is a complex problem requiring a "comprehensive" solution.

January 03, 2013 | The Augusta Chronicle Online: www.chronicle.augusta.com | Opinion


Goats could be answer to economic issues

My work never ends. Not only do I have to deal with compound verb forms each and every week, the editors insist I throw in some commas along the way for reasons I don't fully understand. I think commas are a nuisance and only serve to get in the way of great thoughts.

January 02, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks to community for support with annual Christmas giveaway

Editor, The Seven Ministries board of directors would like to thank the community for its support of our annual Christmas giveaway. With your help, we were able to deliver more than 80 hams and more than 30 turkeys to deserving seniors throughout Liberty County.

January 02, 2013 | Gary Gilliard Seven Ministries president/CEO | Opinion


It’s easy to get wrapped up in life and miss the best parts

I usually don't like Christmas. Now, before I offend anyone, let me make it perfectly clear that it's the commercialization and the added family stress that leave a bad taste in my mouth. The celebration of Jesus' birth is - and should be -the focal point of the holiday.

January 01, 2013 | Hollie Moore Barnidge Courier managing editor | Opinion


Midway needs to enforce laws or just change them

I want to welcome the new Family Dollar store to Midway. For those who have yet to visit the store, it is very attractive and the shelves are well-stocked. Some of you are upset that the store missed its announced grand opening. It was not the company's fault. The city failed to issue its business license in a timely manner, even though the company filed the paperwork in plenty of time.

December 31, 2012 | Len Calderone Guest columnist | Opinion


Let’s allow Georgia voters to decide on horse racing, betting

Should horse racing and pari-mutuel betting be allowed in Georgia?

December 30, 2012 | Newnan Times-Herald Online: www.times-herald.com | Opinion


Politicians will pick up where Mayans left off

I was hoping that, for once, the Mayans would be right about something and that the world would have ended on Dec. 21 as they had said it would.

December 27, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


School slaughter presents tough questions for lawmakers

On June 21, 2008, my mother died. It was the first time in my adult life that I had someone close to me die. The sadness I felt at that time was unlike any other I had ever experienced.

December 26, 2012 | State Sen. Buddy Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


State must act to promote solar power

Earlier this month, about 50 people came to the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah to learn about opportunities for solar energy in Georgia.

December 26, 2012 | Dave Kyler | Opinion


Caution: Stick-family on board

Those little stick-figure families plastered to the back windshields of SUVs and minivans annoy me. Who cares if you have three kids who enjoy wearing Mickey Mouse ears, two dogs and a cat? Not me. From what I gather, I'm not alone on this.

December 25, 2012 | Hollie Moore Barnidge Courier managing editor | Opinion


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It’ll take a village to stop bullying

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November 18, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Opinion


Rhetoric and reality are different

As the country begins to digest the revelations in the new offshore tax haven leak known as the "Paradise Papers," it's important to not ...

November 17, 2017 | By Gary Kalman Columnist | Opinion


Signs of life for Democrats

Georgia Democrats have not had much to smile about in recent election cycles. Republicans have tended to dominate legislative races, and they also have a ...

November 17, 2017 | By Tom Crwaford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


You don’t have to live with sassy child

Q: Our 8-year-old has suddenly developed a very sassy mouth. She picked this up from a new neighborhood friend who speaks to her mother in ...

November 16, 2017 | By John Rosemond Family Psychologist | Opinion


GOP has folded up its big tent

Some will remember that Ronald Reagan used to describe the GOP as a "big tent," meaning it had room for a large spectrum of approaches ...

November 14, 2017 | By Bob Franken Columnist | Opinion


Celebrate recycling at Saturday fair

Happy America Recycles Day! This Wednesday is America Recycles Day. This day is the only nationally recognized day that promotes and encourages recycling in the ...

November 14, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Don't cut taxes on backs of retirees

Editor: As a member of the federal community who served our country for 40 plus years, I am deeply concerned that my hard-earned benefits will ...

November 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Trump is mainstream GOP

The showdown between President Donald Trump and Sen. Jeff Flake turned out to be no contest. It wasn't Trump who was out of the ...

November 13, 2017 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


What's better than a PhD?

Wednesday on this page we ran Mike Royko's classic column about veterans.

November 13, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


Humor: Unlocking Weinstein's cell phone

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

November 11, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Humor: Graduating from school in three terms

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

November 10, 2017 | By Argus Hamilton Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Time for Mr. Answer Man

Hey, what time is it, boys and girls? It is time for Answer Man! The show that gives you the straight skinny to whatever has ...

November 09, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Royko’s classic on Veterans Day

Editor's note: The late and great Chicago Tribune columnist Mike Royko, a veteran of the Korean war, wrote this column in 1993 about Veterans ...

November 09, 2017 | By Mike Royko Guest columnist | Opinion


Bipartisanship is still possible

Back in 2001 and 2002, there was no Democrat more hated by Georgia Republicans than Roy Barnes, who was then the state's governor.

November 09, 2017 | By Tom Crwaford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Increased police presence will cut crime

Editor: I am writing to discuss safety in Liberty County neighborhoods, particularly those neighborhoods of Hinesville.

November 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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