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Mommy play dates are important

Motherhood seems to make it nearly impossible to keep and make friends. It's not that old friends aren't still amazing. But if they don't have children, it can be hard to find any common ground. Chances are non-parents and single women don't find discussions about teething and diapers very interesting.

November 13, 2012 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Being thankful is a family tradition

Editor, It's that time of year when families gather together to give thanks. This was my late father's favorite time of year. It was a yearly tradition that my father would submit to the local paper a list of things for which he was thankful. As his daughter and in his honor and memory, I would like to carry on that tradition. I hope it touches the lives of those who didn't know him and brings a smile to the faces of those who did.

November 12, 2012 | Becky Chambless and Bill Owen Ludowici | Opinion


Midway City Council has no sense of urgency

The wheels of government move slowly, especially in Midway. I've attended city council meetings and have seen mundane projects voted through while important issues just languish.

November 12, 2012 | Len Calderone Columnist | Opinion


Let’s reassert the value of hard work

It is a paradox: Everywhere I go, supervisors tell me they can't find enough quality workers. Yet, the unemployment numbers hover at record highs. How is this possible?

November 08, 2012 | Tim Echols Guest columnist | Opinion


Salute to the heroes who did and did not make it home

Because of the timing of my column deadline, I defer comment on the elections until next week. I can say this much, however: We cast our votes freely and with no tanks in the street.

November 08, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Put politics aside and move on with business of running the nation

Barring a repeat of the 2000 presidential election, with its hanging chads and recounts, the worst of this election season is over. Thank heavens for an end to robo calls and TV ads and a mailbox full of promises from candidates of all political stripes.

November 07, 2012 | Courier opinion | Opinion


Maybe mom isn’t always right

I think my husband and my daughter's pediatrician are in cahoots. Before I elaborate, let me stress that I like our pediatrician very much. He's been practicing for more than 20 years and has raised five healthy children of his own. He previously served as chairman of Memorial University Medical Center's Department of Pediatrics and definitely seems to know his stuff.

November 06, 2012 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Well, now who’s your English-speaking daddy?

I was rumaging through an old box of pictures and useless memorabilia yesterday and found my senior year report cards. Yes, I had two of them - one for the regular school year and one for summer school, which I had to attend in order to get my diploma signed by the school system superintendent. I flunked English and, unless I made up for it, I wasn't going to graduate. Oh the humility.

November 05, 2012 | Vic Waters Guest columnist | Opinion


Retired educators do not support charter-school amendment

The Liberty/Long Retired Educators Association would like to go on the record as recommending a "no" vote on the charter-school amendment. The following news release from the Georgia PTA outlines some reasons why voters should join us in our fight to defeat this attempt to divert needed funds from our local school boards.

November 05, 2012 | Don Melton President, Liberty/Long Retired Educators Association | Opinion


Medicare Part D needs to be left alone

Democrats in Washington, D.C., aren't being honest with the American people. Medicare is in big trouble. According to the latest report from the program's Trustees, Medicare is facing a $38 trillion shortfall and will be out of money in just 12 years.

November 01, 2012 | Buddy Carter State senator | Opinion


Ten reasons to vote ‘no’ on charter-school amendment

The charter school amendment will be decided Nov. 6. If it doesn't pass, it will be the greatest upset since David conked Goliath with a rock.

October 31, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


Let’s ‘STEM’ the tide of joblessness

As the first report cards are handed out for the 2012-13 school year, parents should pay attention. It's not just about the grades; it's about what courses the grades are in. And while we want our children to grow up to be productive, taxpaying citizens, to reach that goal begins very early.

October 31, 2012 | Macon Telegraph | Opinion


Teachers union supports charters schools, opposes amendment

We were glad that State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge came out in opposition to the constitutional amendment on charter schools that will be on the November ballot. We were equally glad that he made a strong statement of support for "high quality charter schools." Both views are ones that we share at the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. We consistently have supported charter schools and are proud of our charter school members. We cannot support the amendment.

October 30, 2012 | Dr. Allene Magill Guest columnist | Opinion


American citizens, not a candidate, lost political debates

If you are a political junkie like me, you likely just watched all the presidential and vice presidential debates. So, did they change your mind regarding which candidate gets your vote? My mind was made up long ago, and the debates did little to validate or detract from my choice.

October 30, 2012 | Len Calderone Guest columnist | Opinion


Motorists beware — deer on the move

Deer are beautiful animals, but they also are a pain for many of us.

October 29, 2012 | Newnan Times-Herald | Opinion


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Locals earn recognition for environmental work

One of the hardest things I have to do as director for Keep Liberty Beautiful is to select groups and individual volunteers for additional recognition ...

December 12, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Newspaper has memories, as well as news

In this business, nothing is ever cut and dried and nothing stands still. You can have the saddest story in the world one day and ...

December 12, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Time to stop opioid abuse, harm

Georgia, unfortunately, is no stranger to the malicious effects of the epidemic. In Georgia alone, from June 2016 to May 2017, the total number of ...

December 11, 2017 | By Sen. Johnny Isakson and Chris Carr Special to the Courier | Opinion


Unintended consequences of criminal reform

It's hard to fathom the depth of the pain and suffering of crime victims and families left behind. For Henry Nicholas, the experiences of ...

December 09, 2017 | By Benita Dodd Columnist | Opinion


Health care for rural Georgia

If you get sick or badly injured in Georgia, you could find yourself slap out of luck if you live in one of the state ...

December 07, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Opinion


For Christmas, press 1

"Hello, you have reached the offices of Santa Claus at the North Pole."

December 07, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Writer: ‘Do not feed the wildlife’

Editor:

December 07, 2017 | Judith Herren of Liberty County | Opinion


They’re just words, right?

Russia. Fake news. Hate. Collusion. Flynn. David Duke. Republican. Treason. Conservative. KKK. Misogyny. Roy Moore. Religion. Rich people. Plea deal. Twitter. Obstruction. Guilty. Guns. Racism ...

December 07, 2017 | Will Darsey of Midway | Opinion


The good news is it’s not Christie

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

December 06, 2017 | Argus Hamilton | Opinion


Some abused kids thrive later

In a letter to the editor of the La Crosse (Wisconsin) Tribune, psychologist Afton Koball and two colleagues objected to a recent column in which ...

December 06, 2017 | John Rosemond | Opinion


Meet Mr. Grump Driver

It's an awful thing, being old before my time and evidently not only resembling Grumpy of Seven Dwarfs fame but also acting the part.

December 05, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten Columnist | Opinion


Stay 'green' giving and wrapping gifts

The Christmas countdown has begun! Are you ready? With a little bit of planning, we can all make this the "greenest" Christmas ever. Santa makes ...

December 05, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


The greatest power is not financial power

Editor: I don't know who invented the political system, but maybe it's time to change it. Politicians are egotistical and are in office ...

December 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


City being poorly operated

Editor: I feel this letter is way overdue, for I know most of the employees who work at City Hall, past and present.

December 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Local deputies, police need your

Editor's note: The following is an open letter from Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes.

December 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


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