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Recycling is natural, easy

Recycling and recycling education are the focus for Keep Liberty Beautiful during November. Our local program is participating in an annual campaign, America Recycles Day, on Nov. 15 to encourage Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products.

November 08, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Drug sentencing reform was overdue

The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 resulted from a powerful combination of social and political forces. The war on drugs fervor of the 1980s (and '90s), the emergence of crack cocaine and the growing political popularity of mandatory sentences, especially for drugs and drug-related crimes, all seemed to reinforce one another. The cocaine overdose death of basketball star Len Bias and the violence that accompanied the crack epidemic only added to the reaction.

November 08, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Civic center's Halloween was fun

Editor, The Dorchester Village Civic Center was renovated to provide enjoyment for our community. Hundreds recently took part in the Halloween haunted schoolhouse and the haunted hayride, which was made possible by the many volunteers who worked endless hours before and during the four-night event.

November 07, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


The good, the bad, the ugly internet

The good news is there is a world of free data available to us at the stroke of a computer key. It moves to us like lightening.

November 07, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Welcome, baby Anastasia

My daughter, Anastasia Mae, was born Thursday, making me the proudest mama in the world. Maybe there are a few moms out there who would challenge me for the title but at this point, with my sweet baby girl sleeping happily on her daddy's chest, I feel I have a pretty good handle on it.

November 07, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


One vote carries a lot of weight, go use it

Many Liberty County residents have an important job to tackle Tuesday at the polls. Here's hoping they buck the recent low-turnout trends and rise to the occasion. There sure is a lot at stake.

November 07, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Country endangered by apathy

We are getting too lazy in America. We have more enthusiasm for "Dancing with the Stars" than we do for the political issues that mold our lives and the well-being of our families. To overcome apathy, we need principles and the interest to carry through with those principles.

November 05, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Lions and tigers and bears, oh my

On Oct. 18 in Zanesville, Ohio, the owner of a privately owned wild animal park opened the cages of dozens of lions, tigers, bears and other exotic animals allowing them to escape before he committed suicide.

November 03, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


U.N. should not be in charge of Internet

The United States has run the Internet since the late 1960s when it first emerged as a communications network among U.S. defense agencies and research labs, and considering the Internet's ubiquitous presence worldwide, the United States has done a remarkable job.

November 03, 2011 | By Marietta Daily Journal | Opinion


If you're fed up, get out and vote

Editor, This is not a partisan statement. I am foregoing my usual Democratic rant and instead am attempting to plead with everyone to go to the polls and send the message that needs to be sent to the powers that be. I am talking to the Tea Partiers, the occupiers, the birthers, the non-birthers, the Democrats, the Republicans, the Libertarians, the independents, African-Americans, whites, Hispanics, Asians and people of any other races, creeds or religions. If you're a registered voter, you have been given an opportunity of historic importance. The voters can take back the power.

November 03, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Being Southern not the biggest problem

The Rev. Bryan Wright, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, announced recently he has appointed a task force to explore the possibility of changing the name of the organization. It seems the name "Southern" may soon be gone with the wind. That doesn't sit well with a number of my Baptist friends, who think this is nothing more than political correctness and a denigration of our beloved South.

November 02, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Litter has nine lives and then some

The Sixth Annual Rivers Alive events for Liberty County will wrap up in the next week. These annual statewide waterway cleanups are part of an effort to preserve and protect our waterways throughout our state.

November 01, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Sports fans must demand decorum

We expect the Arabs and Israelis to make peace. We don't understand why the Islamic sects can't seem to get along. And yet, we can't even seem to shake hands after a football game without getting into a fight?

November 01, 2011 | By Augusta Chronicle | Opinion


Don't complicate food, just enjoy it

Have you ever been surprised by a piece of information and then realized that perhaps you've gone through the better part of your life not knowing something?

October 31, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


EPD failed Ogeechee River, residents

It's been almost six months since the Ogeechee River was ruined for the summer of 2011 with the seemingly mysterious death of nearly 40,000 fish in a 70-mile stretch of the river. But it was only about a month ago that the state Environmental Protection Division, which monitors the state's waterways, determined what many Ogeechee residents and the Ogeechee Riverkeeper group had been saying practically since the fish kill first happened - that discharge from King America Finishing in Screven County was to blame.

October 31, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


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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


Real estate professionals make a difference

The Hinesville Area Board of Realtors is a local non­profit organization that thrives to make a difference in the Liberty, Long, Tattnall and Wayne ...

September 20, 2016 | By Karen Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


'Ban the box' and help ex-offenders succeed

More than 700,000 Americans are released from prison each year. We expect them to re-enter society and be law-abiding, but we make it extremely ...

September 19, 2016 | By Mike Brady Guest columnist | Opinion


Status symbols now include moutain families' hand-me-downs

When I was a child and we visited my grandparents, who lived up in the mountains in small, humble houses which we drove to slowly ...

September 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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