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Frustrations of mover, shaker wannabe

When Nathan Deal was elected governor, I made myself a promise that I was going to get along better with him than I did with his predecessor, George E. Perdue.

September 21, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Grits, scrambled eggs, Swiss Army knife

Remember the television show "MacGyver?" His character was incredibly resourceful. He could make a bomb out of stuff that you buy at a grocery store, and he could take over a small country with a Swiss Army knife.

September 20, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


NAACP branch decries Davis decision

Editor, It was announced today that Troy Davis was denied clemency and will be put to death by lethal injection on

September 20, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Politicians' refusal to hear Obama is wrong

As President Barack Obama's address to a joint session of Congress on jobs and the U.S. economy approached, at least five Republican members - Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and David Vitter of Louisiana, and Reps. Paul Broun of Georgia, Joe Walsh of Illinois and Ron Paul of Texas - announced that they wouldn't be attending.

September 20, 2011 | By Athens Banner Herald | Opinion


Herman Cain is excellent candidate

Editor, The American Dream is an ideal instilled in children across this great nation as they make their way through school. We have always been taught that hard work, persistence and sacrifice are the keys to success and that, in America, the sky is the limit in regards to achieving that success.

September 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Building green school can help economy

Despite the political banter of Washington, D.C., President Obama offered a bright solution in his jobs speech: school construction.

September 19, 2011 | By Kathleen Rogers Guest columnist | Opinion


Keep this election season clean, fair

Election season is upon us. Here's hoping Liberty County is treated to some good, clean races. Too often, name-calling and mudslinging overshadow the importance of political contests, and candidates who hope to head up states, counties, cities and communities may exhibit qualities that aren't often associated with leaders.

September 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


God's time is right time for life events

There's a fine line between a cute baby bump and being so uncomfortably ginormous that your walk becomes a waddle. I recently crossed that line.

September 19, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


Water wars may boil over soon

An issue that's been going on for decades involving Georgia, Alabama and Florida could heat up pretty quickly again as summer winds down.

September 15, 2011 | By Albany Herald | Opinion


Public doesn't understand Tea Party mission

Has everyone taken leave of their senses? The president of the Teamsters Union, James Hoffa Jr., shouted, "Take these (expletives) out," at a Labor Day rally while Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, attacked the Tea Party by saying, "As far as I'm concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell."

September 15, 2011 | By Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Statue of Liberty, a symbol of our country

My wife and I recently made a trip to Long Island, N.Y., to visit a brother of mine and his family. During our stay, we went into New York City to take in a few sights. The weather was hot and humid, and our party included my two nephews, 4 years old and 10 months.

September 15, 2011 | By Rafe Semmes Columnist | Opinion


Family thankful for help buying van

Editor, Truckin' for T.J. was started about a year ago to help raise money for a wheelchair-accessible van for our son, T.J. Norby. Very successful thrift sales and Boston butt sales were held with all of the proceeds going toward the van.

September 15, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Parting thoughts on 10th anniversary

Before we leave the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93 over Shanksville, Pa., allow me a couple of parting thoughts.

September 14, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


The challenge: Oysters, no saltines

The History Channel recently had a feature titled "You Don't Know Dixie." It was a great production that explored our language, food, music, inventions, humor, vices, etc. I've been a lot of places in the South, and I've learned that we have broad experiences that may be very similar in some respects but will vary greatly in others.

September 13, 2011 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion


Clergy had place at Sept. 11 ceremony

Let's think back to 10 years ago. Let's remember how we, as a country, felt immediately after the 9/11 attacks on America.

September 12, 2011 | By Mike Riddle Columnist | Opinion


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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


Just tell the folks, who, what, where, etc.

While studying for a degree in journalism, I learned the basics for telling a good story and answering questions before they could be asked.

September 17, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Powerful words: Underdog attacks make-believe issues

For a while it seemed as if the mayoral debate might have ended before it began. After prayers by Raymond Cooper and Dick Bland incited ...

September 15, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Military base visit shows their importance

National defense is our government's greatest responsibility, which is why I am chairing the new House Military Affairs Study Committee to learn how we ...

September 15, 2016 | By State Rep. Dave Belton Guest columnist | Opinion


Freedom to disrespect works both ways

Who cares what Colin Kaepernick, the sage of San Francisco, thinks? Really. So, why am I writing about him? Because people have asked me to ...

September 15, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Be careful who you send packing

Gov. Nathan Deal very much wants to do away with local boards of education that run Georgia's public school systems.

September 14, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


It takes a village

The success of our community's children is tied to the foundations embedded within them by more than their parents and family; much like in ...

September 13, 2016 | By Kristin J. Bryant Guest columnist | Opinion


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