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Communities should have welcoming entrances

Gateways to our county and towns welcome people in to our community. They are like the entryways to our homes. We want them to be inviting so that friends, neighbors and families will feel welcome when they visit.

January 21, 2013 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


What fiscal-cliff deal tells about Congress

Ordinarily, the start of a new Congress is a time for optimism. Fresh faces and a purposeful spirit combine to get Congress off to a hope-filled start.

January 21, 2013 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Budget, school safety, guns on legislative agenda

We began the 2013 legislative session under the Gold Dome in the Georgia General Assembly on Monday. My focus is on our district. Many different items and topics are on the agenda - a balanced budget for Georgia, school safety, gun-related proposals and ethics reform.

January 17, 2013 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


Thanks for supporting church's Christmas store

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January 16, 2013 | Staff Report | Opinion


Newspapers' reporting empowers us

I had the privilege of being with a group of newspaper publishers at the Georgia Press Association's winter gathering in Atlanta this week. It was one of those times I wish my mama and daddy still were around to see the crowd their little boy is hanging out with these days. Mama would be pleased. Daddy would be surprised.

January 16, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


OMI contract costs city of Hinesville more than it is worth

Editor, I am writing in reference to the article in last Sunday's paper about the OMI contract. I cannot understand why the city of Hinesville is paying some contractor to oversee the city's public works. The OMI contract is what is costing the city of Hinesville millions of dollars every year.

January 15, 2013 | Joseph Kelly Allenhurst | Opinion


Midway needs to make a few New Year’s resolutions

This is the time of year when we make resolutions that we hope will make us healthier, wiser, richer and more considerate. So why shouldn't a city also have resolutions? If I were making the resolutions for Midway, here is what I would resolve to do:

January 15, 2013 | Len Calderone Guest columnist | Opinion


Involve your church in “Souper Bowl” activities to help feed the needy

Editor, Feb. 3, 2013, is Super Bowl Sunday - a time of parties and celebrations. It is almost a national holiday.

January 14, 2013 | Charles R. Rogers, president Manna House board of directors | Opinion


Teach children personal responsibility early in life

Twice in recent weeks, I've exited the interstate on my daily commute and noticed - in two different places - bags of scattered fast-food rubbish lying in the grass by the side of the road. Both times, the remnants of children's meals - milk cartons and telltale cartoon-character packaging - were among the discarded cartons and wrappers. This tells me that children likely witnessed adults irresponsibly disposing of trash. How sad.

January 14, 2013 | Hollie Moore Barnidge Courier managing editor | Opinion


House majority puts ideology above people

In politics, as in most things, it's not about the guts of an issue - what's good or bad about it - but how the guts look. Seasoned viewers of politics know making law is akin to making sausage. Not a pretty sight. But just as the new year dawned, House Republicans brought out the meat grinders, stuffer machines and casings for all to see. The House GOP majority allowed itself to get caught up in yet another example that reinforces the impression that it cares more about ideology than real people in need.

January 13, 2013 | Macon Telegraph Online: www.macon.com | Opinion


Don’t make mountains of molehills

Editor, The recent Courier articles and subsequent opinions concerning the swearing in of elected officials leave me with mixed emotions - one of joy, the other sadness and dismay.

January 10, 2013 | Bruce A. McCartney Trade Hill community | Opinion


Fiscal-cliff ‘fix’ misses mark

When negotiations began over averting the fiscal cliff, the ultimate goal was supposed to be two-part: addressing tax increases and reducing the deficit.

January 10, 2013 | Jack Kingston U.S. representative | Opinion


It is up to officials to unite the county

Editor, Citizens of Liberty County, thank you for your support, prayers and work during my term as president of the Liberty County Branch of the YMCA. I have come to the end of my presidency, and the branch will hold elections for new officers. Until then, the Ms. Hannah Williams-Donegan will serve as interim president.

January 09, 2013 | Dwight Newbould Former president, Liberty County NAACP | Opinion


To Cameron: Thanks for reminding us what matters

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: During the years, it has been a tradition at the first of the year to impart some words of wisdom in this space to your father, uncle and cousins, who double as my grandsons. Perhaps some of my observations were useful to them. Maybe some fell on deaf ears. I have never asked. Anyway, they are adults now, old enough and wise enough (I hope) to figure things out for themselves. So now it's just you and me, kid.

January 09, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough Guest columnist | Opinion


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


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Sheriff draws fire from state lawmakers

It was a sight you very seldom see at the General Assembly - legislators, including Speaker David Ralston, openly attacking a Georgia sheriff.

February 22, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Sheriff draws fire from state lawmakers

It was a sight you very seldom see at the General Assembly - legislators, including Speaker David Ralston, openly attacking a Georgia sheriff.

February 22, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Sure, throw a military parade

The Pentagon has confirmed that it is in the preliminary stages of planning a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue - one of President Donald Trump's ...

February 22, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Robert Mueller is lucky; he's no Ken Starr

No matter the criticisms directed his way by Republicans, Robert Mueller should count himself lucky: He's not Ken Starr.

February 20, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Spring means time for Great American Cleanup

I do not care about what that groundhog predicted a few weeks ago. Spring is here for Keep Liberty Beautiful. And that means it is ...

February 20, 2018 | By Sarah Swida Special to the Courier | Opinion


We want the best for our kids

The love between a parent and his or her child is the purest, most unconditional love that is ever experienced.

February 20, 2018 | By Maggie Buckner Guest columnist | Opinion


Senate passes bills ahead of Crossover Day

As we complete legislative days 19 through 22, we find ourselves just six legislative days away from the Crossover Day deadline – the date whereby a ...

February 20, 2018 | Sen. Blake Tillery | Opinion


Maybe we really can't fix stupid

Maybe Forrest Gump's momma was right. Maybe we really can't fix stupid.

February 19, 2018 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


Humor: The many faces of Donald Trump

President Trump issued his $2 trillion budget proposal Monday. He pleased Democrats by saluting Black History Month and pleased Republicans by insisting on the wall ...

February 17, 2018 | By Argus Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Take a break from negativity

Editor: As we enter the Lenten season, I encourage the Courier to take a fast from printing negative political comments in Sound Off. Last Saturday ...

February 17, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Making I-16 ugly, unsafe again

Editor: Old-timers may remember how torn up the forest was during the building of I-16.

February 16, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Money isn't everyting in politics

Money isn't everything in politics. The candidate who raises the most cash isn't always going to be the candidate who gets the most ...

February 15, 2018 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Symposium was gerat success

Editor: I would like to personally appreciate those sponsors and members of the greater Liberty County community for their support on Feb. 5 of the ...

February 13, 2018 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hate, humility and social media

I was a late adopter of Facebook. I had a nagging fear that no one would befriend me, and that my Facebook experience would become ...

February 13, 2018 | By Dr. Gary Welton Guest columnist | Opinion


Trump's impure thoughts on Mueller

President Donald Trump has had impure thoughts about special counsel Robert Mueller.

February 12, 2018 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


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